We can source individual copies of these books, or leather bind the full set.
A classic set of 20th-century literature, four of Daphne du Maurier’s best novels in a blocked slipcase, Rebecca, Frenchman’s Creek, Jamaica Inn and My Cousin Rachel. The books plots are varied and complex, with suspense, romance, and sometimes supernatural elements.Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark.
Binding suggestions: It is nice to see a theme to a set of books, so why not rebind the set in your chosen shade of leather, say a royal blue. We can add individual illustrations debossed in gold on the front of each book. The bands across the book spines can be raised, and a golden silk ribbon added to each book. Gilt edges with speckled blue paint would complete this look.
AUSTEN, JANE - PRIDE & PREJUDICE - FOLIO SOCIETY EDITION SET
A collection of seven classic books by Jane Austen: Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Shorter Works, Emma, Sense & Sensibility.
This set showcases Jane Austen's sparkling comedy of manners and gripping romance books, she remains one of the best-loved authors worldwide. You can buy any title seperately, or bind the whole set, price will be quoted on request.
The tenth printing of the reset 1975 Folio Society editions. Introductions by Richard Church, with wood-engravings by Joan Hassall. Chapter headings are decorated with a band of wood-cut prints, with gilt lettering to the spine on burgundy and white cloth.
Binding suggestions: For a classic set of titles like these we can select a colour of leather that is in keeping with the English cottage garden, a deep green, wheat coloured yellow or a delicate pink. Why not jazz up the end papers with marbling, we have a range of colours to match the book cases. Would you like a slipcase made to measure, that can be arranged, simply select a shade and we can emboss it with an image or lettering.
Kipling, Rudyard - The Jungle Book - Folio Society (SOLD)
THIS COPY HAS BEEN SOLD - please contact us if you have a book to be leather bound, or would like us to source another copy for you.
This was a leather bound book completed for a customer for her daughters birthday gift. The book was an illustrated colour copy of the popular Jungle Book, Folio Society 1992.
It has a fresh and modern look, with a large format, bound in purple leather with gold blocking of the title, author and personalised with the recipients initials. The book had 3 raised bands to the spine, and gilt edges.
This book was bound in a vibrant shade of purple to match her daughters favourite sports team, with gold edges - at Ludlow Bookbinders we can create a bespoke design to match your vision of the finished product.
It is a book to be enjoyed for the future.
Hawking, Stephen - My Brief History, A Memoir (signed by Hawking) - BANTAM PRESS
This is a rare 1st edition, 1st issue, of My Brief History, signed by Professor Stephen Hawking to the half title page with his right thumb-print. With accompanying hand written text 'Right thumb print of Professor S. Hawking witnessed by Nikki O'Brien May 2014'. Nikki was Professor Hawking's Nurse for Fourteen Years.
Stephen Hawking's lively memoir, My Brief History recounts Hawking’s improbable journey, from his post-war London boyhood to his years of international acclaim as a professor and bestselling author. Illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this is a concise, witty, and candid account of a fascinating life.
Published by Bantam Press (London) 2013.
Ready to buy hardback book, protected in a black slipcase, A most attractive title.
The Voyages of Samuel Gulliver to Lilliput and Brobdingnag, by Dean Swift. A four part narrative, opening with Gulliver’s shipwreck on the island of Lilliput, whose inhabitant are just six inches high. It is is a satirical romp in which Swift takes some memorable shots at English political parties and their antics. This is the 1948 first edition, illustrated by Edward Bawden with charming colour illustrations throughout the book.
Binding suggestions: This book's lithographs are bright in colour, so the book would look good with a bright shade of leather binding. A yellow or blue would look good, with a blind frame, raised bands to the spine and gold lettering of the title and author on the front. A contrasting ribbon to mark your page in the book, and blue edges to complete the look.
From Here to Eternity is the debut novel of American author James Jones, published by Scribner's in 1951. Set in 1941, the novel focuses on several members of a U.S. Army infantry company stationed in Hawaii in Barracks on the island of Oahu, in the months leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This is a 1952 copy published by Collins.
Binding suggestion: A teal leather with blind frame to the front, blue speckled edges to the spine and a golden ribbon would look good for this book. Add three raised bands to the spine, with the book title and authour in gold lettering. You can add a personal message to the front if it is a gift to mark a special occasion.
WILDE, OSCAR - THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY - CHARLES CARRINGTON
A Gothic and philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde. It follows the title character, Dorian Gray, a handsome and innocent young man, as he falls in the traps of seduction, vanity and moral corruption, which lead to his eventual downfall.
This illusustrated 1908 first edition is encased in a solander box. It is Quarter bound in white, in a light grey cloth. The corners are tipped in white, with delicate golden blocking to the front. Marbled end papers are in blue, black and gold. The book has two deckled edges, and the top edge is gilt. The frontispiece and illustrations are by Henry Keen.
Fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends and their time as students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is a Bloomsbury 2014 print, illustrated by Jim Kay.
Binding suggestions: Of course, we immediately associate these books with the classic red and yellow colours of the best-selling hardbacks. This is something we can replicate in leather. However, you may be looking to create something totally unique as a gift, we have leathers to match the current book cover colours. When rebinding we can keep the gold lettering and stars, you can then choose an appropriate image to decorate the front cover of each book – how about a golden snitch on the front and gilt edges to finish the look. Complete it with red head and tail bands and a red ribbon to mark your page.
PULLMAN, PHILLIP - HIS DARK MATERIALS TRILLIOGY - SCHOLISTIC LTD
His Dark Materials is a trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. It follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes. This book, published in 2001 contains all three books in the series.
Binding suggestions: Black and gold would look good for this leather rebinding. The title and authour added to the front and spine in gold lettering. Gold edges to the top pages and added marbled end papers in red, gold and white. A black silk ribbon to mark the page, and a blocked gold image to the front of a golden compass.
KIPLING, RUDYARD - ALL THE PUCK STORIES - MACMILLAN & CO 1935
For over a century, Kipling's fairy tales have captured the imagination of readers of all ages. This 1935 Macmillan and Co Ltd book has Illustrations in colour by H. R. Millar and Charles E. Brock. Kipling's stories are collected in one volume in this book. The narrative follows two children Dan and Una, performing a Shakespeare play on Midsummer Eve. They meet an ancient fairy named Puck, who weaves magical stories with characters from history.
Binding suggestions: This book is a children's classic, it would make for an excellent Christening gift or birthday present. Rebound in yellow leather with gold and black lettering to the front and spine, and initials added to personalise the book. Add a yellow ribbon to complete the look, and a light blue slipcase to protect the book for future years.
KISSENGER, HENRY - THE WHITEHOUSE YEARS - EIDENFELD AND NICOLSON
A signed copy of Henry Kissinger's The Whitehouse Years. This copy was owned by Lord Carrington, who held office in the governments of six successive Conservative prime minister. Kissenger has signed it with a personal note to his friend, Lord Carrington.
Kissinger's lasting contribution to the history of this crucial time. One of the most important books to come out of the Nixon Administration, the New York Times bestselling book covers Henry Kissinger's first four years (1969-1973) as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
Bound in dark navy blue leather, with a blind boarder and Kissinger's signature blocked in gold on the front of the book. The book has five raised bands to the spine gold lined, and gilt edges to all pages. A navy blue ribbon to mark the page, and end papers in blue card. Beautiful marbled papers in gold, blue, black and white match the inside of the Solander box. The inner page shows Lord Carrington's name and a personal note signed by Kissinger.
PULLMAN, PHILLIP - SIGNED SET - HIS DARK MATERIALS TRILLIOGY - ALFRED A. KNOPF INC
His Dark Materials is a trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. It follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes.
Set signed by the author. Bound in black leather, with blind frames, and images blocked in gold on the front. Gold lettering to the spine with title and authour, and five gold-edged raised bands. With intricate black, maroon and white marbled endpapers. The books are protected in a black slipcase lined in red buckram.
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Cranford is one of the better-known novels of the 19th-century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. It was first published, in eight instalments in the magazine Household Words, which was edited by Charles Dickens. The text in this book was taken from the 1864 edition, the last to be revised by Mrs Gaskell before her death. Illustrations are by George Harrap & Co. The book is made up of a collection of satirical sketches, which sympathetically portray changing small town customs and values in mid Victorian England. It is Gaskell's affectionate portrait of people and customs that were already becoming anachronisms. The book is introduced by Susan Hill, Folio Society.
Binding suggestions: A rebind in brown leather would look nice for this title. You can add a new slipcase, in red to compliment the case, lined with red suedel to protect the book and add colour. The book is illustrated with wood engravings by John Hassel, which can be debossed on the jacket, next to red endpapers. The detail on the book spine can be added in gold, alongside the title and personalisation.
Shakespeare, William - The Sonnets of William Shakespeare
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This book is printed on handmade Riccardi paper, which is one of 1,000 copies for sale in Great Britain at the time of publishing, this is copy number 522. Reprinted from the Oxford text, as edited by W.J. Craig for the Medici Society. The book paper shows some signs of yellowing, the jacket is tarnished with a yellow hue. The paper is thick with deckle edges.
Binding suggestions: This is an excellent example of the perfect book to be rebound. A leather rebind with transform the look of the book to make it look fresh and modern. Add gold lettering to the front and spine. A timeless classic that would make for a unique gift for all poetry lovers.
BUCHAN, JOHN - SET OF FIVE NOVELS - FOLIO SOCIETY EDITIONS
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A 2003 prime condition set of five of John Buchan’s best novels: The Thirty Nine Steps, Greenmantle, The Island of Sheep, Mr Standfast and The Three Hostages. With colour illustrations inside and on the jacket and spine by Nick Hardcastle. Buchan was a diplomat, soldier, barrister, journalist, historian, politician, publisher, poet and novelist. His literary output was remarkable. His distinctive thrillers – ‘shockers’ as he called them – were characterised by suspenseful atmosphere, conspiracy theories and romantic heroes, notably Richard Hannay. The Thirty-Nine Steps was the novel which has been adapted for film and television, including a film by Alfred Hitchcock.
Binding suggestions: We suggest rebinding this set in a green leather to give a uniform look to the books, complete with black lettering and marbled green and yellow endpapers. The illustrations on the cover and spine, blocked with a design by the artist can be reproduced. Add a matching ribbon to the books and top and tail bands to fit the same colour theme. You can enclose the set in a new slipcase, in black with gold lettering.
Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss - Folio Society Edition
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The Mill on the Floss is a semi-autobiographical novel by George Eliot, first published in three volumes in 1860 by William Blackwood. Spanning a period of 10 to 15 years, the novel details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings who grow up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss. It is a 1986 Folio Society edition, containing lovely wood engravings by Alison MacNeill of countryside life. There is an introduction to the book by Bel Mooney.
Binding suggestions: We suggest a rebind in royal blue leather, and for the gold patterning on the current case to be redone in a brighter shade of gold. The spine will show the title and author, with three raised bands in gold and gilded edges for impact. Complete with peach endpapers and a matching ribbon.
Thackeray, William Makepeace - Folio Society Edition
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Vanity Fair is an English novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, which follows the lives of Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley amid their friends and families during and after the Napoleonic Wars.
Binding suggestions: The illustrations in this edition of Vanity Fair by Robin Jaques are shown throughout the book and are fine in detail and delicate. We think a blue leather would work well for this rebind and suggest adding gold lettering and raised bands to the spine. The outer pages can be painted blue, to match the case, with golden flecks to the to compliment the lettering on the spine and raised bands. Add a new slipcase if you want to complete the look, with a suede lining for added to protect the book and add colour.
Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe - Folio Society 1972
First published on 25 April 1719, the first edition credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents. The story follows the adventure if a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical desert island before ultimately being rescued. It is generally seen as a contender for the first English novel.
Binding suggestions: We suggest a rebind in pale peach leather, with black lettering, you can select one of the striking images from inside the book to be debossed in black on the front of the book. An example to consider is the linocut on page 13 by John Lawrence of the sea and the first boat trip taken in the opening chapter of the book. We can make a matching slipcase, with an inner lining of suedel. Add raised bands to the spine, tipped in gold, and a green silk ribbon to mark the page.
GRAHAM, KENNETH - WIND IN THE WILLOWS - METHUEN & CO EDITION
British author Kenneth Grahame’s enduring classic, The Wind in the Willows is a well-loved novel for all ages. It follows the trials, tribulations and most importantly the friendships between animals who reside in the idyllic English countryside. This is a ninth edition Methuen publication in 1915, it has a frontispiece black and white illustration by Graham Robertson.
Binding suggestions: As this is a story set on the banks of a river, a blue leather binding would be a nice look for this book. The black and white illustrations are bold and could work well with pale yellow endpaper to contrast the leather. The detailed illustration on the spine can be debossed in gold, and the edges of the book coloured blue with speckles of gold.
Murdoch, Iris -The Sea The Sea - Folio Society Edition
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A 2009 Folio Society edition of Iris Murdoch’s Booker Prize Winning novel, The Sea The Sea. It is a tale of the strange obsessions that haunt a self satisfied playwright and director as he begins to write his memoirs. The book is introduced by John Sutherland with illustrations by Tatsuro Kiuchi.
Binding suggestions: A deep blue leather for the jacket with gold and white images on the front and spine would stay true to this edition’s style. However, the full colour illustrations within the book draw out other colour palettes, with natural shades of blue, green, tan, white and terracotta, all of which would look beautiful on the jacket. Add marbled end papers in white, blue, and gold – and which look like oil on water - and you have a personalised book and slipcase inspired by the seaside landscape.
CLAVELL, JAMES - SHŌGUN - HODDER AND STOUGHTON FIRST EDITION
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Shōgun is a 1975 novel by James Clavell. It is the first novel of the author's Asian Saga. A major best-seller, by 1990 the book had sold 15 million copies worldwide. Beginning in feudal Japan some months before the critical Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Shōgun gives an account of the rise of the daimyō Toranaga. This book is a 1975 Hodder and Stoughton first edition, fourth printing.
Binding suggestions: We suggest giving this book a new look, with a full rebind in black leather, with the image of the sword debossed in gold on the front, and black and gold lettering to the front and spine. Add four raised bands to the spine, top and tail bands and a black ribbon to mark the page.
Rhys, Jean - Wide Sargasso Sea - Folio Society Edition
An eye-catching 1993 first edition of Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. With copper engravings by Chris Daunt and an introduction by Bel Mooney. The book has 12 engravings in fine black and white print to illustrate the narrative. The book is a feminist and anti-colonial response to Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre, describing the background to Mr. Rochester's marriage from the point-of-view of his mad wife Antoinette Cosway.
Binding suggestions: A full rebind inteal leather would work nicely for this book with silver lettering for the title and along the spine. A simple maritime image would work well on the front of the case or on the spine debossed in silver, a wave pattern or coastline. You can also have a name printed, initials, or personalised message added. The edges of the book paper can be gilded or speckled with a fine dye to evoke sea spray. Finish with blue and white head and tail bands and a white blue ribbon.
Le Carré, John - Karla Trilogy - Folio Society Edition
Smiley's People the spy novel by John le Carré, published in 1979. Featuring British master-spy George Smiley, it is the third and final novel of the "Karla Trilogy", following Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy. George Smiley is called out of retirement to investigate the death of one of his old agents.
Binding suggestions: To give this set a uniform look, we will bind all three books mid-blue leather. We will add matching marbled endpapers in blue and gold, and a blue silk ribbon to mark the page. You may wish to have all the books in the Karla Trilogy together in one slipcase, the perfect gift for those who enjoy a spy novel.
HODGSON BURNETT, FRANCES - A LITTLE PRINCESS - FOLIO SOCIETY Edition
Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett was an American-English novelist and playwright, the story follows a young girl sent to boarding school following a family tragedy, a resilient girl, her changed circumstances lead her to follow a new path and find new and unexpected friends.
Binding suggestions: Whilst pink is the obvious choice for this book, you could also consider a pepper red leather, this would tie in with the artwork by Harold Piffard in the inner pages. We could use the floral design of the book and create brasses with roses and hearts, as in the current design, or create something unique. Personalised initials on the book spine would be a lovely touch. A pink ribbon can be added to mark the page whilst reading.
The Best of Saki is introduced by A.N. Wilson and contains black and white illustrations throughout by Roger Fereday. These short stories are funny, sophisticated, satirical, and thought-provoking.
Binding suggestion:A lighter leather cover would be in keeping with this book’s present colour palette, and our leather in the shade biscuit would add a warmth to the light beige pages. We can add maroon and white head and tail bands and raised bands to the spine. This case would set off the maroon end papers, and a gold lettering to the spine gives this book a luxurious feel.
A 1999 Folio Society edition, with introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald and engravings by Simon Brett. George Eliot's influential novel Middlemarch is a “study of provincial life.” At its centre are the beautiful and inquisitive Dorothea Brooke and the ambitious young doctor Tertius Lydgate, who both have to abandon their idealist views when faced with the reality of daily life.
Binding suggestion: This book would look striking when rebound in crimson leather. Add a blind boarder to the front, with gold lettering on the spine and five raised bands lined in gold. Finish with gilt edges and add a silk ribbon to mark your page. If this book is a gift to mark a special occasion, why not add initials and a date.
Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë, first published in October 1847. It follows the experiences of its eponymous heroine, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester, the brooding master of Thornfield Hall. At the time the novel revolutionised prose fiction. Lithographs illustrate the book by Anthony Colbert in pink and green.
Binding suggestion: We have a 1965 Folio society edition of this title which would benefit from a full rebind. We can replicate the detailed patterning on the spine and deboss the book in gold and black, add marbled papers in cream to off set the jacket and inner illustrations. We recommend a slipcase with a curved edge to mirror the book spine in a pine green leather.
For more than half a century readers have journeyed alongside Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, a story of adventure, and the prequel to The Lord of the Rings. This is a Folio Society, 1979 first edition copy. The book contains detailed maps on the endpapers printed in red and black ink, showing Thrór’s Map and Wilderland. The inset label shows an image of Great Eagles, along with 19 black-and-white pictures by Eric Fraser to illustrate each of the chapters.
Binding suggestion: Gold is guarded by the dragon Smaug, so it follows that this book should be bound in red leather with gilt edges. However, travel is also a theme of book, a light tan shade would also work well, gold lettering on the front and spine, and all maps will be preserved in the new binding. A classic book like this deserves a dedication, why not add gold embossed initials to the spine of this book to be treasured forever.
Hodgson Burnett, Frances - The Secret Garden - Folio Society
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and finds an invalid cousin and a mysterious locked garden. This is a 1986 Folio Society first edition, fourth printing, with drawings by Dodie Masterman. A beautiful green hardback book, with gilt lettering on the spine, green top edge to pages, complete with slip case. This is a 1986 Folio Society printing of The Secret Garden.
Binding suggestion: This vibrant spring green shade of leather feels an appropriate choice for this book, the gilt lettering to the spine can be replicated and the end papers can feature a natural pattern, we can add end papers that look like the bark of a tree, evoking the garden scenery in the book.
MELVILLE, HERMAN - MOBY DICK - FOLIO SOCIETY EDITION
Herman Melville’s tale of the hunt for the white whale, Moby Dick, is a sublime work of the imagination, an American Odyssey. It is at once an adventure story of the high seas, and an exploration of the uncharted regions of the soul. This is a folio society first edition.
Binding suggestion: We have a leather that is a blue-grey shade which is appropriate for a book that focuses on the ocean. We can add a blind frame, and an image of a whale debossed in black on the front of the book. Add top and tail bands in navy and white, and four gold raised bands to the spine. Gold edges to the pages would complete the look, and make this a luxury gift or a title to treasure.
LARSSON STIEG - THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY LIMITED EDITION SET
Millennium Trilogy, with combined sales of over 55 million worldwide. An unlikely duo is hired to investigate an unsolved missing persons case. A disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, and the tattooed computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander. As they connect this disappearance with other crimes, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family secret.
The limited-edition Folio Society trilogy, first published in 2010 as part of a boxed set includes four pictorial hardcovers with an illustrated black slipcase. The set include, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest, The Girl Who Played With Fire and an Afterword containing essays by those who knew and worked with the author. All have gilt illustration on the front cover and gilt lettering to the spine. The books are illustrated with black and white maps, and drawings.
Binding suggestion: To fit the mood of this dark thriller, why not bind the set of books in slate grey leather with silver lettering. Each book can then be stamped with an individual images - a dragon, a flame and a hornet. We can preserve the book illustrations inside and compliment the black and white maps with red, gold, black and cream marbled end papers. Finished with a blind frame and slipcase to hold the set.