A book you took/stole from a place. Or a book that was taken or stolen from you. Steal-worthy or limited edition books.
I am fond of collecting books, and the prettier it is, the more I want it displayed on my shelf. My bookshelf is full of hardbound books, which are more expensive than paperbacks. But such is my love for collecting them that I am often broke due to it.
Gilded edges and embossed covers are other things I look for in books worth collecting. Then there are the maps illustrated on the pages that capture my heart’s delight every time. Beautifully detailed illustrations are another thing I crave in books and have a few on my shelf because of it.
At the moment there are a few books on my hit list as most coveted due to them being special and limited editions. Sharing the top five books I wish to ‘biblioklept’ for my bookshelf.
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Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen | Classics | Romance |
Part of a ten hardbound books collectible set published by Penguin Classics, specially designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith, this is one of my favorite classics. I would love to biblioklept this special edition which is actually a faux leather edition.
P.S. : Actually would love to get my hands on all of these beautifully bound Classics – Sigh!!
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | Historical Fiction | Romance |
Night circus is the ultimate book about star-crossed lovers that is set as a historical fiction with fantasy as its central theme. It is one of my all time favorite book and I wish to get my hands on this uber expensive edition which has been designed by Books Illustrated Ltd in Letterpress edition (580 books) and these are further available as:
- Deluxe leather bound edition – 250 copies
- Prestige lettered edition – 26 copies
- Collectors cloth bound edition – 304 copies
Each book is signed by the author Erin Morgenstern and the Illustrator Anne Yvonne Gilbert and most have been sold out by now.
Get this- each of these books is priced at approximately 1.5 Lacs!
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll | Classics |
This is one children’s tale that had me hooked from the word go and I devoured it within days. Next in line was Alice through the looking glass which continues her adventures further on. The original publisher of this timeless classic is Macmillan who has taken out a special edition which has both the books in it as well as extra features. This enviable collector’s edition has die-cut cover with intricate embossed two foil detail, head and tail bands, red foiled edges and a ribbon marker, making it truly unique.
The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde | Classics |
‘ Illuminated Editions’ by Beehive Books has taken out some really beautiful collectible editions of classics. Designed by Maëlle Doliveux, each books has stunning illustrations and has its own slip case cover to complement the cover design. The slipcases are textured, being elaborately debossed and embossed, die-cut, and foil blocked. Each book is cloth bound with hand sewn signatures. One such book in this literary series is the Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde that I wish to get my hands on someday. Now don’t you think this one is worth a biblioklept?
Illustrated set of Harry Potter books by JK Rowling | Fantasy Fiction | YA |
Jim Kaye has used his special talents to create the extraordinary world of Harry Potter in stunning imagery which one can avail as the special edition of illustrated sets. I happen to own two of these full color editions and both are a prized possession for sure. There is something so magical about the illustrations that I have begun to see the story in a new light. Its a childhood fascination for the beautiful color illustrations that keep me hooked to such books. Looking to collect the rest too as and when I have the resources for it.
Well that is it from me on this subject. Do share which one is your favorite. And if you have one which is different from mine, then do share that as well.
For the uninitiated, AtoZ challenge is a blogging challenge wherein one has to write on every alphabet from A to Z and post on all days of April, except Sundays. Usually its better to devise a theme as it makes it easy to write the posts. Plus readers have a reason to stay hooked too.
I am participating in this years challenge with Life Of Leo with a shared theme of quirky bookish words. Both of us are interpreting the words as per our reading tastes.