Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday Tip

Book lust.  I love books.  All kinds. They are my weakness, much like designer shoes are for many.  Yesterday I went to my neighborhood bookstore for a visit.  I am a regular.  The minute I set foot in any bookstore, I relax.  I love the smell of books and bookstores.  I wish there was a room spray called "Library", it would be my homes signature scent!

This visit I went specifically to check on the arrival of a new book from a favorite author.  But in a flash I was distracted by pattern, color, amazing texture and beautiful design.  There in Literature were a series of tiny spectacular works of art on display!!!


I could not help myself, within mere minutes I purchased all five that were available!  Classics.  Beloved occupants of many of our own home libraries and bookshelves.  The cover designs and illustrations are by Coralie Bickford-Smith.  I did a Google search for both her and Penquin Classics (the publisher for these) and found out you can also buy them on Amazon.  Along with several other selections!  Each one is truly stunning.  I will definately be placing an order to include "Wuthering Heights", one of my all time favorites.


Each book was $20.00.  I also had a coupon from Borders for 33% off bringing the cost to a mere $13.40  each.  Many were similary priced on Amazon.  20/10 rule:  A quick visit to the bookstore or your computer will net you a classic piece of literary art to read and admire!
  

27 comments:

  1. I did a post on these a while back. I think they are stunning.

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  2. I think these are beautiful and I can't finish this comment fast enough to get on line and order! Thank you - great tip!! Marija

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  3. I have 3 of those books sitting on a bookshelf in our living room. Not only are they great novels, they are quite pretty too!

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  4. Aren't they beautiful? They've been on my radar for some time now. Penguin is releasing "Emma" as part of this set in March or May. I've already requested them for my b'day from various people (w/links to amazon!) and I think what I don't get that way, I'll have to break downa and buy for myself.

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  5. These are some of my all time faves, now these designs are only adding to the appeal for me. Great find.

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  6. I love books too! My husband makes fun of me because I like them so much. I burn through so much money buying them, I could probably fund an entire library!

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  7. Great post. I'm a big fan of books to look at and to read. I bought a bunch of antique books last time I was on a buying trip - 20 to be exact- and wish I had gotten more.

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  8. I deleted my last comment. I misunderstood your comment on my blog and thought you had your eye on my peacocks, so I came here to tease you... I just love her site and no one knows about it. Glad you liked it too.

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  9. What beautiful books! And what great classics! Trina

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  10. I've seen these at Anthropologie! One of my favorite designers, Dana Tydings, brought them to a photo shoot last year to help style a room -- they were perfect. Enjoy!

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  11. Marija-did you order your books yet?

    Pemberley-antique books=love!

    Dc by Design-I must confess...this was also a consideration. Anytime designers can bring together style and function, we are elated! So forgive me now if these show up in photos for a client's house as well as mine!!!

    I am so happy to hear that many of you have already discovered these books or have been inspired to purchase them. It truly pains me to think of them existing only on a store shelf!

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  12. First time to visit...and I am swooning. Fave topic: books! And THESE are gor-jus! I'm not sure whether to thank you (or not); as my credit card is wooing me.

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  13. I hadn't seen these and they are so pretty. I may have to stop by B&N today. My daughter would be thrilled....she loves being read to in their little kiddie area!

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  14. Those covers are really beautiful! I have a weakness for books, too.

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  15. Love these, a dear friend has them and I thought oh, these need to be added to my wish list. love books!!!
    pve

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  16. I DO judge a book by its cover and these are WONDERFUL! (inside and out)
    As a child, I would walk the 3 miles into town to go to the little 3 room library, often more than once a week. I love 'em too!
    annie

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  17. i have great news for you......there is a scent you can BURN that makes your home smell like a library!

    it is by a company called 'modern alchemy'the scent is 'ex libris'. look it up, even the description is divine and it live's up to it
    debra

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  18. They are beautiful indeed! I am attached to leather bound editions - of which I have very few - but, I may move on now...

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  19. Don't even get me near a bookstore, you have to drag me out crying.

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  20. I love that collection... it's very decorative... have a nice one!

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  21. Debra-I just checked the website...I am so tempted to order this...thanks for the tip!

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  22. I recently discovered a box of vintage Readers Digest condensed books from way-back-when (they used to be on my Mom's bookshelf and somehow found their way into my attic!) The covers were so beautiful (just like the ones you found) with their graphic patterns and neat color combinations that I am now saving them for a special design project. They are so much prettier than a Kindle!

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  23. oooohhhhhh ahhhhhhhhhh......can't buy them fast enough! Thank you for sharing your find!

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  24. I've had my eye on these and a little discount is just the temptation I need to bring a few of my favorite classics home. thanks for the tip!

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  25. I too love to be surrounded by books. It’s a wonderful feeling...

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