Great Gifts from the Folio Society

Books mentioned in this post were received for review consideration from the publisher. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own.

Here’s a video showing some of my favorites among the newest publications by the Folio Society, which I hope might interest you as gifts for your loved ones this season — or a fabulous way to treat yourself!

A summary of the seven featured titles can be found underneath the video, with links to more information from Folio. And for more beautifully illustrated books from all genres (including history, science, religion, travel, and philosophy, as well as fiction, poetry, and children’s books) please visit

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin – I reviewed this landmark science fiction novel recently here. One of the last projects Le Guin worked on toward the end of her life, approving the illustrations by David Lupton, who also illustrated A Wizard of Earthsea for Folio.

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh – A new edition of one of the great classics of the twentieth century, with two-color woodcuts by Harry Brockway.

How To See Fairies by Charles Van Sandwyck – An homage to Arthur Rackham, these are short tales, poems, and vignettes previously printed privately by the author/illustrator, now available to all in a gorgeous deluxe format.

The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes – Winner of the annual Folio/House of Illustration competition, this selection of ten of the greatest and most famous Holmes stories features atmospheric illustrations by Max Löffler.

The Folio Book of Children’s Poetry – A charming collection of assorted children’s favorites, from classic and modern authors. The poems are arranged alphabetically by title, which makes for some interesting juxtapositions.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – A very well-thought-out and designed edition of Steinbeck’s short but powerful novel, with dramatic color and black-and white illustrations by James Albon, including a wrap-around illustrated slipcase.

Middlemarch by George Eliot – One of the monuments of world literature gets a monumental new edition, in honor of the centenary of the author’s birth. Illustrator Pierre Mornet contributes insightful portraits of the unforgettable cast of characters, and critic A.N. Wilson introduces the novel that most profoundly “understands misunderstanding.”