About Us

Loading...

‘A Folio Society edition is, I reckon, as excellent an
accolade as any author can achieve these days’
Stephen Fry

The Folio Society is a unique and proudly independent publisher. We make some of the most beautiful books in the world,
available exclusively at foliosociety.com.

Folio publishes a broad range of exceptional books, choosing existing titles from the world’s great works of fiction and non-fiction.
These books are the best within their genre: informed, imaginative and intelligent writing which appeals to a curious mind.

Our editions are exquisitely crafted. Each is a work of art, thoughtfully curated and beautifully presented for our worldwide
community of book lovers. Folio designs each book to make sure it contains everything the reader could want from an edition.
We embrace traditional, long-lasting bookbinding and craft techniques, and combine these
with innovative design and cutting-edge
production methods and technology.

Whether it be commissioning award-winning illustrations or an insightful introduction, researching a new picture selection, or creating a
gorgeously designed and impeccably edited hardback book, Folio sets the standard in modern fine-book publishing.

In December 2021, The Folio Society became an Employee Ownership Trust – a company owned by its employees via the Trust, whose only beneficiaries are those who work in the business. This reflects Folio’s commitment to social enterprise and employee well-being.

Folio editions are made for book lovers, by book lovers.

2022

Communication Arts Illustration Awards 2022
WINNER: Gérard DuBois for The Road in Books category
WINNER: Neil Packer for The Divine Comedy (Limited Edition) in Books category

American Illustration - American Photography (AI-AP)
WINNER: Michael Philip Dunbabin for Sparkling Cyanide in AI41 American Illustration

2022 British Book Awards
The Folio Society was shortlisted for the Independent Publisher of the Year


2021

British Book Production and Design Awards
WINNER: The Phantom of the Opera for Literature category

2021 Dezeen Awards
WINNER: Philip K. Dick: The Complete Short Stories in Graphic Design Public Vote category
2021 Communication Arts Award of Excellence

3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration No.18
WINNER: Robert Carter for The Godfather won the Silver award

2021 Communication Arts
WINNER: Philip K. Dick: The Complete Short Stories won the Award of Excellence

AOI 2021 World Illustration Awards
WINNER: Shabazz Larkin for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in the Book Covers category

American Illustration - American Photography (AI-AP) 2021
WINNER: Robert Carter for The Godfather in AI40

The Art Director's Club 100th international awards for The One Club 2021
WINNER: Edward Kinsella for Misery won the Silver Cube in the Book category

Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles
WINNER: Robert Carter for The Godfather won the Gold Award in the Book illustration category

Society of Illustrators in New York
WINNER: Daniel Liévano for Kafka on the Shore won the Silver Medal

Illustration West 60
WINNER: Edward Kinsella for Misery

 

2020

The Art Director's Club 99th international awards for The One Club 2020
WINNER: Anansi Boys won the Bronze Cube

iJungle Illustration Awards 2020
MERIT: Robert Carter for The Godfather

AOI 2020 World Illustration Awards
WINNER: Francis Vallejo for Anansi Boys in the Commercial Publishing category

Hiii Illustration 2020 Awards
MERIT: Robert Carter for The Godfather

 


2019

British Book Production and Design Awards
WINNER: The Folio Book of Children's Poetry in the Literature category
WINNER: Ubik in the Best Jacket/Cover category category

3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration No.17
WINNER: Mark Smith for To Love And Be Wise won the Distinguished Merit and a Merit for The Franchise Affair

Spectrum 26 Awards
WINNER: Francis Vallejo for Anansi Boys in the Book category

D&AD Awards 2019
WINNER: Anansi Boys, illustrated by Francis Vallejo, won a wooden pencil in the Book Design: Illustrated Book and Graphic Novel category

Communication Arts Illustration Awards 2019
WINNER: Mark Smith for Miss Pym Disposes in Books category
WINNER: Anna and Elena Balbusso for Atlas Shrugged in the Books category
WINNER: Francis Vallejo for Anansi Boys in Books category

ADC Annual Awards 2019
WINNER: Victo Ngai won a silver cube in Illustration for the Folio limited edition of The Kama Sutra of Vatsyanana
MERIT: Yuko Shimizu won a merit for Japanese Tales

American Illustration - American Photography (AI-AP) 2019
WINNER: Romy Blümel for Tales of the Greek Hereos in AI38

 

2018

V&A Illustration Awards 2018
WINNER: Book Illustration Category and Moir Gemmill Illustrator of the Year John Vernon Lord for Ulysses

D&AD Awards 2018
The Hundred and One Dalmatians illustrated by Sara Ogilvie won a wooden pencil for book design in Children's and Young Adults category

Communication Arts Illustration Awards 2018-04-27
Finalists: Edward Kinsella for East of Eden and Darya Shnykina for Mansfield Pork

Society of Illustrators
WINNER: Hamilton King Award to Victo Ngai for the Folio limited edition of The Komo Sutra of Votsyayono
WINNER: Silver Medal in the Book Category to Yuko Shimizu for Japanese Tales

The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
WINNER: Bronze Medal to Mark Smith for The Daughter of Time

The British Book Design & Production Awards 2018
WINNER: Literature category for The Little Prince

 

2017

The British Book Design & Production Awards 2017
Winner of Scholarly, Academic and Reference Book category Micrographia

 

2016

British Book Design & Production Awards 2016
Winner Best British Book and Book of the Year: Alice in Wonderland Winner Best Brand/Series Identity: Folio Collectables

V&A Awards 2016
Winner Best Book Cover Illustration and Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year: David McConochie for The Folio Book of Ghost Stories

Design and Advertising Association Pencil Awards 2016
Winner Wood Pencil: Frank Herbert for Dune

 

2015

British Book Design and Production Awards
Winner Literature category: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
Winner Scholarly, Academic and Reference Books category: The Herefordshire Pomona

V&A Illustration Awards 2015
Winner Book Illustration Award and Illustrator of the Year: Sterling Hundley for Treasure Island

 

2014

American Illustration 33, 2014 annual
Selected for inclusion: The Day of the Jackal illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi

Association of Illustrators 2014
Winner: Geoff Grandfield, Professional Book Illustration Award for The Alexander Trilogy.

V&A Illustration Awards 2014
Winner: Anne-Marie Jones for Sons and Lovers for Best Illustrated Book Cover

3x3 International Proshow No.11
Distinguished Merit: Anna and Elena Balbusso for Pride and Prejudice in the illustrated book category

2014 Communication Arts Award Of Excellence
Winner: Anna and Elena Balbusso for Pride and Prejudice in the Book category

 

2013

Longman-History Today Awards
Winner of Historical Picture Researcher of the Year - Cathie Arrington, for Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems

The Society of Illustrators
Professional Award for Design - Jonathan Burton, Odds & Bods Playing Cards. (His design was also given the Overall Professional prize, the highest award of the evening.)

3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration
Five of our illustrators have been awarded a merit in the book category of the prestigious 3x3 Professional Show No.10, hosted in the USA

V&A Book Illustration Award
Winner of Book Category - Anna and Elena Balbusso, Eugene Onegin

Association of Illustrators Illustration Awards
Design Category Winner - Jonathan Burton, Odds & Bods Playing Cards

Society of Indexers
Wheatley Medal Winner - Gerard Hill, Hannibal

Society of Illustrators 55, Book Category (US)
Gold medal - Anna and Elena Balbusso, for 'Tatyana', Eugene Onegin
Gold medal - Raquel Leis Allion for Art Direction, Eugene Onegin

Society of Illustrators 55, Sequential/Series (US)
Silver medal - Jonathan Burton, Odds & Bods Playing Cards
Silver medal - Sheri Gee for Art Direction Communication Arts Award for Excellence
Silver medial - Anna and Elena Balbusso, Eugene Onegin

 

2012

British Book Awards
The Folio Society was shortlisted for the Independent Publisher of the Year

British Book Design and Production Awards
Winner of the Limited Edition Category - Gulliver's Travels
Winner of the Literature Category - Fahrenheit 451

Society of Illustrators 54, Book Category (US)
Gold medal - Anna and Elena Balbusso, The Handmaid's Tale
Gold medal - Sheri Gee for Art Direction
Silver medal - Sam Weber, Fahrenheit 451
Silver medal - Sheri Gee for Art Direction

Communication Arts
Award for Excellence - Anna and Elena Balbusso, The Handmaid's Tale and First Love

Applied Arts Magazine
Award of Excellence 2012 Photography and Illustration Award - Anna and Elena Balbusso, The Handmaid's Tale
The Folio Society Brand Book/Our brand identity/ Awards

V&A Illustration Award
Best Illustrated Book Cover - Matthew Richardson, The Outsider

Longman-History Today Awards
Joint Winner of Historical Picture Researcher of the Year - Caroline Hotblack for Black Sea

 

2011

Association of Illustrators, Images 35, Books Category
Silver - Jonathan Burton, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

 

2010

D&AD Awards
In Book (bronze equivalent) - Sam Weber, Lord of the Flies

Association of Illustrators, Images 34, Books Category
Gold - Simon Pemberton, The Songlines
Silver - Jonathan Burton, Cover Her Face Bronze
Silver - Niroot Puttapipat, Myths and Legends of Russia

3x3 Pro Show, Book Category
Silver - A. Richard Allen, Brat Farrar
Merit - Jeff Fisher, The Hunting of the Snark; Daniel Haskett, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

Longman-History Today Awards
Winner of Historical Picture Researcher of the Year - Julie McMahon for Stalingrad

 

2009

Association of Illustrators, Images 33, Books Category
Gold - Geoff Grandfield, Blackmailers Don't Shoot
Bronze - Swava Harasymowicz, Birdsong

V&A Illustration Award
Best Illustrated Book and Overall Winner - Tom Burns, The New York Trilogy

Design Week Awards
Editorial Design Category Winner - The Sea, The Sea, Tatsuro Kiuchi

 

2008

Association of Illustrators, Images 32, Books Category
Gold - Tom Burns, The New York Trilogy