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the beautiful, nearly-bespoke books produced by the folio society function as decorative objects as well as excellent reads.
January 15, 2015  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH



founded in 1947, the london-based publisher the folio society predates the rise of the e-book by a solid half-century. but their beautifully-designed volumes nevertheless feel like a much-needed corrective to anyone who’s spent a little too much time peering at her kindle, and, consequently, has come to view books as digital—or even disposable—objects.

satisfyingly weighty, in more ways than one, their editions of classics like anna karenina and little women feature gorgeous cover art, exquisite illustrations, and thoughtful introductions; a just-released version of wuthering heights boasts a foreword by none other than patti smith. they’re meant to be read, of course, but they’re also uniquely handsome when displayed on a bookshelf  or nightstand.

the complete line, which also includes hand-numbered limited editions (and, at a higher price point, letterpress-printed versions of each of shakespeare’s plays) is available through the company’s website. but if you’d prefer to check out their wares in person, they can be found at select shops in the u.s., including chartwell booksellers in manhattan and the community bookstore in brooklyn.

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