Books: beautiful in prose and pattern

I’ve always loved Scott F. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  I am not sure how many times I’ve read it, but over the years I can safely say it must add up to be at least 10.  I have NOT watched the new movie.  The characters, and vistas I’ve visualized in my head are perfect they way they are…although Leo as Gastby might end up being better than I imagined.

The Beautiful and the Damned is another fondly recalled tale, but I have yet to read;  The Last Tycoon, Flappers and Philosophers, Tender is the Night, and This Side of Paradise.  Then I discovered these on Amazon.  These beautifully designed hardcover sleeves have rekindled my interest in Mr. Fitzgerald’s work.


I have been a collector in one form or another since I was a child, and books are absolutely no exception, but I have never collected them for anything other than the words, the stories.   These covers cradle the carefully constructed prose in perfectly lovely patterns, quintessential of the jazz age.  Collectables?  Oh, I think so.  Just gorgeous.


The graphics are designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.  A well recognized typographer, Ms. Bickford-Smith’s work  “with Penguin Classics on the clothbound series attracted worldwide attention and harks back to the world of Victorian bindings and a golden age of book binding.”


Part of what gives the design of any space depth is a carefully curated collection of items.  Art, collectables, and other unique items work together to define the style of a space and is a reflection of the person who has selected each piece over the years.


I have a spot on my shelves just waiting for these beauties.  I have had my eye on them for nearly a year now! so I had to share.  The great thing is, they are very affordable, and easily accessed through Amazon.  I just need to pull the trigger on this purchase!

Now.  As in lust with these books as I am, I gasped audibly when I ventured into looking at Coralie Bickford-Smith’s collaboration with Samantha Johnson on some prints….



This William Blake quote print belongs in my dining room. Does it belong anywhere in your home?  I’m willing to bet you are imagining the perfect place for it right now…. Well, you can find them here.  They sell these unframed through an Etsy account shipping from London, England.  It doesn’t mention that they ship to Canada, but I for one, am not above begging.

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