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  1. Creators, Conquerors & Citizens

    Spanning 700 years, Creators, Conquerors & Citizens is classical scholar Robin Waterfield’s complete, commanding history of Ancient Greece, augmented with vibrant colour illustrations in this large-format Folio Society edition.

  2. Bestsellers
    A Journal of the Plague Year

    A Journal of the Plague Year

    Daniel Defoe

    Illustrated by Chris Wormell

    £47.95

    Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year depicts London in a deadly pandemic. This Folio Society edition, with beautiful woodcuts by Chris Wormell, is introduced by editor-in-chief of The Lancet, Richard Horton.

  3. Bestsellers
    A Man on the Moon

    A Man on the Moon

    Andrew Chaikin

    £175.00

    Andrew Chaikin selects stunning new photography for The Folio Society edition of A Man on the Moon – his commanding history of the Apollo missions, with an introduction by Tom Hanks. 

  4. Folio e-Gift Card

    When you’d love to buy someone special a book but you’re not sure which one … choose the Folio e-Gift Card and they can pick their perfect edition. We’ll email it directly to their inbox on the date you choose, so they can start browsing straight as soon as they get it.

  5. Editors Choice
    Dynasty

    Dynasty

    Tom Holland

    £60.00

    In Dynasty, classical historian Tom Holland chronicles the murderous, decadent reigns of the first five emperors of Rome – a sensational narrative presented in a lavishly illustrated Folio edition.

  6. Long Walk to Freedom

    Long Walk to Freedom

    Nelson Mandela

    £85.00

    The international best-selling autobiography of the first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom is published by Folio as a striking collector’s edition featuring 41 pages of photographs and an evocative new binding.

  7. Editors Choice
    Everest

    Everest

    Edited by Peter Gillman

    £225.00

    Compiled, written and edited by Peter Gillman for The Folio Society, Everest: From Reconnaissance to Summit is an exclusive record of five key expeditions, introduced by Wade Davis and Jan Morris with superlative photography from the Royal Geographical Society archives.

  8. The Aztecs

    The Aztecs

    Richard F. Townsend

    £145.00

    The history of one of the world’s most fascinating civilisations, a people both dynamic and feared, is newly presented in a stunning two-volume Folio edition.

  9. Editors Choice
    Mythical Beasts

    Mythical Beasts

    Edited by John Cherry

    Illustrated by Neil Packer

    £60.00

    A fascinating history of the creatures that populate myths and folklore, John Cherry’s Mythical Beasts is beautifully reimagined as a Folio edition illustrated with archive images and Neil Packer’s striking new motifs and binding design.

  10. Iron Kingdom

    Iron Kingdom

    Christopher Clark

    £145.00

    An illustrated Folio Society edition of Christopher Clark’s magisterial history of Prussia from 1600 to the aftermath of the Second World War – winner of awards including the Wolfson History Prize.

  11. Waterloo

    Waterloo

    Alan Forrest

    £47.95

    Waterloo by Alan Forrest launches a major Folio series on history’s greatest battles, providing a vivid account of Napoleon’s defeat by Wellington and its legacy throughout the world.

  12. Thermopylae

    Thermopylae

    Chris Carey

    £47.95

    Thermopylae by Chris Carey is a worthy addition to The Folio Society’s Great Battles series – a masterful account of the Greeks’ celebrated stand against the Persians and its cultural legacy.

  13. Culloden

    Culloden

    Murray Pittock

    £47.95

    Fully illustrated and part of the Folio Society’s Great Battles series, Murray Pittock’s Culloden boldly reassesses the last battle fought on British soil – a clash that ended the Jacobite uprising.

  14. The Art of War

    Written more than 2,500 years ago, The Art of War remains the most famous military treatise of all time. Sun-tzu’s collection of precepts on strategic warfare has yet to be surpassed.

  15. Europe

    Europe

    Norman Davies

    £175.00

    For the first time, full-colour images illustrate Norman Davies’s magisterial work, Europe: A History, in an elegant three-volume edition from The Folio Society, fully updated by the author.

  16. On the Origin of Species

    No book has revolutionised our view of life on earth more than Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Yet its enduring popularity is a testament to the immense energy and startling simplicity with which Darwin makes his revelations.

  17. The Descent of Man

    The Descent of Man

    Charles Darwin

    £70.00

    Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man applies his revolutionary theory to human evolution. This exceptional Folio collector’s edition is introduced by Richard Dawkins and includes numerous colour illustrations, as well as diagrams and figures. 

  18. The Selfish Gene

    The Selfish Gene

    Richard Dawkins

    £60.00

    Richard Dawkins’s startling theory propelled The Selfish Gene to international acclaim and it remains the de facto text on social development. This first illustrated edition includes 51 incredible colour photographs.

  19. The Stories of English

    A new Folio Society edition of eminent linguist David Crystal’s commanding history shows how English turned into a rich, diverse global language, spoken by well over two billion people.

  20. A History of Christianity

    A History of Christianity

    Diarmaid MacCulloch

    £225.00

    A beautiful three-volume Folio edition of Diarmaid MacCulloch’s epic history of Christianity – a landmark of scholarship presented with superb colour images and an exclusive new introduction from historian Neil MacGregor

  21. The Book of Proverbs

    A beautiful pocket-sized Folio edition of the monumental King James Version of the Book of Proverbs, with exquisitely designed lettering by Jessica Hische and a new introduction by the Bishop of Leeds

  22. Eagle Against the Sun

    Eagle Against the Sun

    Ronald H. Spector

    £90.00

    Featuring a new foreword and maps, Eagle Against the Sun is Ronald H. Spector’s definitive history of World War Two in the Pacific, from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  23. De Profundis

    De Profundis

    Oscar Wilde

    £42.95

    One of the greatest love letters ever written, De Profundis is newly introduced by Patti Smith and illustrated with archive photography in this exceptional Folio edition.

  24. Mystery Train

    Mystery Train

    Greil Marcus

    £60.00

    In this newly updated Folio edition, Greil Marcus’s masterful history of rock ‘n’ roll and American culture, Mystery Train, is beautifully illustrated with archive photography and full-colour album covers, introduced by the author.

  25. 1776

    1776

    David McCullough

    £60.00

    A landmark narrative of American history, David McCullough’s 1776  is published as a stunning Folio edition with newly researched paintings, sketches and maps from the era, and a striking pictorial slipcase.

  26. Working

    Working

    Studs Terkel

    £75.00

    The fascinating working lives of ordinary people are revealed in Studs Terkel’s masterful chronicle of American life, published as an illustrated edition for the first time by Folio.

From history to philosophy, travel journals to cookery books, The Folio Society publishes only the best in non-fiction. Each non-fiction book features carefully selected photographs and illustrations. Whether your interests lie in the sciences, the arts, or both, you’ll be able to find the perfect book in the best hardcover bindings.