Monday, February 21, 2011

Cover Lust

For those of you who don't know who Coralie Bickford-Smith is, consider this your (in)formal education. She's a London-based designer whose work now graces the covers of the Penguin Hardcover Classics, amongst some of their other collections. If you haven't seen them, feast your eyes:

I've been obsessed with her work since I first saw the Penguin Classics debut a while back. The art nerd in me totally geeked out, and I went in search of them. They're a little difficult to get hold of in the U.S., but Amazon carries them, as well as The Book Depository (and free shipping, too!). I recently purchased JANE EYRE (1. because I'm horribly under-read in the classics department and 2. because the movie's coming out soon) and plan on collecting all of them at some point. I mean, come on. Your bookshelf would look freaking gorgeous if you had an entire shelf of them, and I'm vain like that. I want a pretty bookshelf.

If you want to see more of Coralie's work, you can check out her website or this nifty article that just came out.


  1. Ah, I love those classics. I really wanted to buy my sister Madame Bovary for Christmas, but trust me to pick one of the few that hadn't been reprnted and so is insanly dificult to find anywhere. I bought her Emma (chairs!) instead. I love books that are bound like that - they just feel so much more special.

  2. Those are making me drool. Seriously. I may have to look into getting a copy of Wuthering Heights, completely disregarding the fact that I already own a copy. But as it's my favorite book, there's always room for a prettier copy.

    That being said, Jane Eyre is amazing. I think you'll like it. (Hopefully I'm not wrong.)