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Folio Society Special and Limited Editions

The Folio Society is well known for their finely produced, slipcased books, often specially illustrated and custom designed for the Society, which are ubiquitous on the readers' market. Less commonly known are their Special and Limited Editions, produced in smaller numbers and meant for the collectors' market.

The Special Editions, also referred to as Fine Editions, take the usual Folio Society productions to an even higher level. They are sometimes reprints of earlier titles, but with updated bindings and new notes or illustrations; and sometimes they're new productions. They are always excellent books, printed on fine paper and superbly illustrated; usually in deluxe bindings with illustrated slipcases.

As for the the Limited Editions, we quote the Folio Society: "These outstanding works of literary and historical significance are bound to order, numbered by hand and strictly limited. The Folio Society takes every care to ensure that these books are works of art in themselves and set new standards of publishing excellence. These glorious texts, in newly commissioned bindings or as beautifully reproduced facsimiles, are the ultimate collector's editions." These editions are never to be repeated.

This is a small collection of these special volumes.

NB. All prices on this page are in Canadian dollars.

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Chaucer, Geoffrey and Gill, Eric. The Canterbury Tales. London: The Folio Society, 2010. #11 of 1980 copies (plus 25 lettered copies not for sale). This is a facsimile of the 1928-31 Golden Cockerel Press edition, designed and illustrated by Eric Gill, and originally published in four volumes. Facsimile volume, accompanied with an essay volume entitled The Golden Cockerel Press, The Canterbury Tales & Eric Gill: An Essay by Peter Holliday, in custom clamshell case. Facsimile bound in full black goatskin leather, gilt decorated with Gill's designs; all edges gilt; silk marker; initial letters in black, red and blue. Essay volume in deep green-grey boards with black cloth spine and paper title label on front. Black cloth clamshell, lettered and decorated (Gill's leaves) on spine. All parts fine and bright.
"The engravings are reproduced by kind permission of the Estate of Eric Gill/The Bridgman Art Library" (cf. Colophon)

"In the Golden Cockerel Press edition of The Canterbury Tales, Gill absorbed the experience of his own origins in the Arts and Crafts movement ... and then extended his range far beyond it." (cf. Conclusion of the Essay)
Folio Society Canterbury Tales

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Gill, Eric. The Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ ... London: The Folio Society, 2007. "According to the Authorized Version of the King James I. With Decorations by Eric Gill." Facsimile of the 1931 Golden Cockerel Press edition of 1931, #531 of 2750 numbered copies (plus 25 lettered copies not for sale). Two volumes in clamshell case. Facsimile volume: gilt-decorated black morocco; all edges gilt; black silk marker; contents clean and tight. Commentary volume: ¼ black cloth with dark grey boards and paper title label; excellent inside and out. Black slipcase gilt-lettered on spine, just a touch dusty. A fine set.
Folio Society The Four Gospels

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Voltaire. Candide or Optimism. London: The Folio Society, 2011. "Translated by Tobias Smollett. Introduced by Julian Barnes. Illustrated by Quentin Blake." #194 of 1000 numbered copies (plus 25 lettered copies not for sale), signed by the illustrator. Bound in decoratively gilt-lettered burgundy-brown "Nigerian goatskin blocked with a design by the artist", with top edge gilt; in matching brownish-grey, gilt-lettered slipcase which has just the slightest hint of rubbing/bumping. A fine copy.
Folio Society Candide Limited Edition

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Blake, William. Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion. [London]: The Folio Society in association with the William Blake Trust, 2007. [First FS edition*]. "Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Morton D. Paley." This facsimile of Yale's unique coloured copy of Jerusalem is "Published ... in the 250th anniversary year of Blake's birth". Quarter-bound in brown goatskin with blue moiré silk boards and gilt lettering on spine; top edge coloured brown; contents excellent. Blue slipcase with Blake's title page illustration on front; a touch of rubbing to bottom edge and very faint scoring on rear panel. A fine volume in fine slipcase.
* "This edition of Jerusalem was first published in 1991 as Volume 1 of the Collected Edition of Blake's Illuminated Books by Gallery Publications in conjunction with the William Blake Trust."
Folio Society Jerusalem

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