Christmas Lit Gifts 2017: Collector’s editions of timeless classics

Good books make wonderful gifts, to be sure, and it’s arguably more so when they are books that have stood the test of time. Every bibliophile has favourites in classic literature, and the following gorgeous collector’s editions are tomes to cherish for a lifetime. They make for truly handsome additions to any home library.

Fans of Charles Dickens will want the definitive collector’s set featuring six of the author’s greatest novels: Great Expectations, Hard Times, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities. They are delectable clothbound editions with foil stamped designs on the cover. (RM550)

The Knickerbocker Classic series comes in beautiful full-cloth binding with a ribbon marker. Each one is housed in an elegant slipcase.

The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales
By Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
All 211 stories are featured in this volume, including Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Rumpelstiltskin. The stories are accompanied by 40 colour plates and 60 black and white illustrations from award-winning English illustrator Arthur Rackham, whose books and prints are now highly sought-after collectibles. (RM152.90)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
By William Shakespeare
The Bard’s 16 comedies, 10 histories, 12 tragedies and all his poems and sonnets are gathered in this tome. This collection includes poems and plays that were not included in Shakespeare’s First Folio of 1623. (RM152.90)

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
By Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan are all found in this tome. Also included is an original introduction with enlightening information on Jane Austen’s life and works. (RM152.90)

The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft
By H. P. Lovecraft
This collection, which gathers the author’s novel, four novellas, and 53 short stories, feature Lovecraft’s trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes. Among them are The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Call of Cthulhu, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Colour Out of Space, and The Dunwich Horror. (RM152.90)

The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
By Edgar Allan Poe
Included in this deliciously wicked volume by famous gothic American writer are macabre and dark stories such as The Raven, The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, and Annabelle Lee. (RM152.90)

The Complete Sherlock Holmes
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This deluxe edition boasts the entire Holmes catalogue, comprising four full-length novels and 56 short stories. (RM152.90)

Tales from the Arabian Nights
Translated by Sir Richard Francis Burton
Gathered in this tome are 21 of the most popular tales told by Scheherazade to her husband, King Shahryar, in the course of 1,001 nights in order to save her life are. Dating over a thousand years, with origins from Persia, India, Egypt, and Mesopotamia, among others, the stories include The Tale of Scheherazade, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. They are accompanied by a new introduction and 24 colour illustrations by Edmund Dulac. (RM152.90)

The Divine Comedy
By Dante Alighieri
This classic translation by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow features a new introduction and over 100 engravings by Gustave Dore. (RM152.90)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Tales
By Lewis Carroll
This volume comprises both Alice books (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass); the nonsense poems, including The Hunting of the Snark and Jabberwocky; the novels Sylvie and Bruno and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded; and essays and other miscellaneous writings of this prolific writer. They stories are accompanied by John Tenniel’s original, iconic illustrations. (RM152.90)





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