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Barring a few exceptions, I’m not a re-reader. For my personal library, the books I wish to add are those I want to return to for the sake of recalling a meaningful passage or remarkable prose. The books I covet most posses a physical beauty that mirrors the wondrous words inside.
1.The Hogwarts Express cover set from Juniper Books. They do a marvelous job of extracting the essence from a set of works and using that image to represent the books’ covers. Their newest set (of many) Harry Potter covers features a panoramic Hogwarts Express scene that makes me wish I was heading back to school on the magical steam engine. All of Juniper Books’ designs are striking and deserve to be admired much like the paintings they draw inspiration from.
2. House of Mina Lima is renowned for creating graphic props for the Wizarding World and gilded screenplays of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. They’ve graced us with real life bookish marvels in the form of Premium editions of illustrated children’s classics. Starting with Beauty and the Beast and recently creating The Secret Garden. I’ve seen this book up close and it has so many charming interactive features, it gives me serious grabby hands. I’ve lost count how long ago I first read it, this might be a lovely excuse for a reread. The premium editions are available for around $30 and less from secondary sources. Give yourself a treat though and go to Mina Lima’s website, you won’t regret it.
3. I’d love to line my shelves with pretty poetry anthologies but they are a bit more of a challenge to find. I recently acquired a 1937 Heritage Edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and hope to add similar compendiums of a few of my favorite poets; Dickinson and the Brontes.
4. Speaking of Brontes, I’ve caught the book thrifting bug (again) and needed to rescue this 1943 edition of Jane Eyre when I spied it on the library donation shelf. Containing iconic engravings by Fritz Eichenberg, it makes a dramatic statement even if it’s a little beaten up. It only set me back $1 and it’s not too bad for it’s age. Technically, this one’s cheating because I haven’t read it yet, but it represents the age and style of books I’d choose for my library.
5. Virtual book window shopping has been a fun diversion even if I don’t have the shelf space. However, I’d never turn down the vintage Penguin paperbacks in simple orange or green. And I’ve nearly convinced myself to start a collection of sweet Children’s Puffin classics.
What books do you want to add to your library? Do you prefer classic and careworn or in new pristine shape?