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When he founded The Folio Society it was Charles Ede's intention to create fine editions 'worthy of the contents, at a price within reach of everyman.' In celebration of his ethos, The Folio Society is proud to introduce a new series, Folio collectables, a selection of some of the world's best-loved books presented in a bold new design and with, for Folio, a very unusual binding. Softbound, these are the first Folio books to be readily portable, whilst retaining every inch of our usual quality and style. Launching with four essential titles, the Folio collectables will grow to encompass a glittering array of fiction and non-fiction.

Our Folio Collectables Series includes A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Black Mischief, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Diary of a Nobody, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Cider with Rosie.

A Christmas Carol
There is nothing more Dickensian than the Dickens Christmas. His was a vision of sizzling geese with the stuffing falling out, puddings like cannonballs blazing with brandy, bowls of punch, hoards of children and Dickens himself in the role of storyteller. And nowhere was his vision more ebulliently immortalised than in A Christmas Carol.
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In the summer of 1816 a group of friends gathered in a lakeside house in Switzerland. Confined indoors by the inclement weather, they fell to writing ghost stories for their entertainment. The youngest member of the group, an 18-year-old girl, contributed the astonishing tale of Victor Frankenstein, a student of natural philosophy, who galvanises into life a creature out of the bones collected from charnel houses – a hideous monster of superhuman strength and size. Possessed of human needs and emotions and educated through books, the creature craves acceptance in society and a female companion of its own, and the failure of its creator to comply with its demands leads to a chaotic and terrifying denouement. Described in one of its earliest reviews as 'a novel which excites new reflections and untried sources of emotion', it is also thought by many to be the very first science fiction novel.
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
With these deceptively simple words Lorelei Lee, a not-so-dumb blonde with a single-minded devotion to orchids, diamonds and champagne, embarks on what Edith Wharton was to call, perhaps not entirely seriously, 'the great American novel'. Written in diary form, Lorelei Lee's life makes for an outrageous, witty read. Capturing the carefree attitude of the glamorous jazz age, the flighty Lorelei moves from suitor to suitor, from scandalous situation to frivolous engagement, ever in search of the elusive millionaire who could provide her own happy ending.
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Black Mischief
The third novel by master satirist Evelyn Waugh chronicles the efforts of Seth, the Oxford-educated emperor of the fictional nation of Azania, to modernise his country. His subjects are reluctant and corruption is rife but, with the assistance of the feckless Basil Seal as his Minister of Modernisation, Seth is determined that his nation will adopt the 'civilised' ways of the West. Farcical and outrageous, Waugh’s biting comedy was inspired by his travels as a journalist around Europe and Africa in the 1930s.
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The Hound of the Baskervilles
Has a savage beast been unleashed from hell to torment the last of the Baskervilles, or is it, as Sherlock Holmes shrewdly suspects, the instrument of the foulest of foul play? Arthur Conan Doyle had despatched his famous detective over the Reichenbach Falls eight years prior to the appearance of this, the third and best-known Sherlock Holmes novel. While he called its writing 'the inevitable relapse after repentance', he was sufficiently unrepentant to call it 'a real creeper', and to be the first to admit that it featured 'Holmes at his very best'. Not simply another of Conan Doyle's classic tales, this book manages subtly to blend two recurring preoccupations of late Victorian fiction: the gothic and the triumph of Rationalism. The Hound of the Baskervilles succeeds as a chillingly evocative portrait of both the bleak Devonshire landscape and the evil latent in mankind.
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Down and Out in Paris and London
George Orwell's memoir, written when he was a young man in his twenties and published in 1933, is a revealing and often disturbing account of his time living in the slums of Paris and on the streets of London. As his determination to understand poverty takes him from one desperate situation to another, Orwell's compassion and curiosity shine through: with each shared cigarette, with each unexpected conversation, a previously hidden world is revealed.
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The Diary of a Nobody
'I fail to see', writes suburban bank clerk Charles Pooter ‘– because I do not happen to be a "Somebody" – why my diary should not be interesting.’ More than just interesting, The Diary of a Nobody is a comic masterpiece. First published in 1892, and never out of print since, this edition features Weedon Grossmith's original illustrations, including the 'séance' scene, rarely published since the first edition. Whatever he turns his attention to – from home improvements to exchanging excruciating puns with his 'dear wife' Carrie – Pooter reveals a talent for blunders and accidents. His diary of domestic pleasures and woes, his friends' foibles and the exploits of his irreverent son Lupin, is both endearing and unwittingly funny.
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Essentially autobiographical, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man reveals all the latent talent, the subtle use of language and the wide range of learning that were later to come to full flower in Joyce's strange masterpiece, Ulysses. This edition features eight black and white illustrations by celebrated artist Dodie Masterman, who captures the turbulent mood of Joyce's work. The binding, produced as part of the Folio Collectables series, is blocked with an image of Stephen Dedalus and a bird in flight.
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin
In 1883, Mark Twain completed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a work he had been 'fooling over' for seven years. Although it began modestly as a boyhood romance, Twain's rich imagination transformed it into arguably the most important American novel of the century, influencing writers as diverse as F. Scott Fitzgerald and J. D. Salinger.
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Production Details

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  • All The Folio Collectables are:
  • Bound in blocked cloth
  • Colour page tops and ribbon marker
  • 9" x 5¾"

  • Please note the Folio Collectables are not slipcased

  • A Christmas Carol
  • Author: Charles Dickens
  • Set in Centaur with Message of the Birds display
  • 192 pages
  • 29 integrated mono illustrations by Michael Foreman

  • Frankenstein
  • Author: Mary Shelley
  • Set in Minion with Aquus display
  • 272 pages
  • Frontispiece and 9 mono illustrations by Harry Brockway

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Author: Anita Loos
  • Set in Bodoni with Tea Biscuit display
  • 192 pages
  • Frontispiece and 20 integrated mono illustrations, and two colour printed title page by ffolkes

  • Black Mischief
  • Author: Evelyn Waugh
  • Set in Van Dijck with PAG Auto display
  • 256 pages
  • Frontispiece and 19 black & white images by Quentin Blake

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Author: Conan Doyle
  • Set in Garamond with Shifty Chica display
  • 256 pages
  • Frontispiece and 5 mono linocuts by Edward Bawden

  • Down and Out in Paris and London
  • Author: George Orwell
  • Set in Dante with Jacob Riley for display
  • 272 pages
  • Frontispiece and 6 black & white photographs

  • The Diary of a Nobody
  • Authors: George and Weedon Grossmith
  • Set in Bulmer with Bromwich display
  • 224 pages
  • Frontispiece and 32 black & white illustrations by Weedon Grossmith

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Author: James Joyce
  • Set in Caslon with Gauguin display
  • 304 pages
  • 8 black & white illustrations by Dodie Masterman

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Author: Mark Twain
  • Set in Goudy Old Style with Gothic Tuscan display
  • 352 pages
  • Frontispiece and 15 integrated black & white illustrations by Harry Brockway

  • Cider with Rosie
  • Author: Laurie Lee
  • Set in Abertina with Akzidenz Grotesk for display
  • 256 pages
  • Frontispiece and 27 black & white integrated illustrations

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