Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Gifts (II)

What about a fine hardcover edition of Jane Eyre?
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë - Author
Jessica Hische - Jacket Illustrator
Penguin Drop Caps Series (US, December 2012 / UK February 2013)
Hardcover $22.00
ISBN 9780143123149

From A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers—featuring cover art by type superstar Jessica Hische

It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and gift-worthy hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet by superstar type designer Jessica Hische, whose work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany & Co. to Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin's own bestsellers Committed and Rules of Civility. A collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley,  the series design encompasses foil-stamped paper-over-board cases in a rainbow-hued spectrum across all twenty-six book spines and a decorative stain on all three paper edges. Penguin Drop Caps debuts with an “A” for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a “B” for Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and a “C” for Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, and continues with more classics from Penguin.

B is for Brontë. A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre dazzles and shocks readers with its passionate depiction of a woman's search for equality and freedom. Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane's natural independence and spirit—which proves necessary when she takes a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him and live with the consequences, or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving the man she loves?
Or this other Jane Eyre edition with a cover by Mr. Boddington's Studio?:
Mr. Boddington's Penguin Classics, Jane Eyre
Cover designed by Mr. Boddington's Studio
Hardcover
624 pages
Penguin
In a refurbished Manhattan suite peppered with antiques from around the world, the skilled artisans of luxury stationer Mr. Boddington's Studio jacket premium cotton stock in vintage-y, custom artwork. Here, they recover Charlotte Brontë's classic, and the result is just as splendid as the story inside. With a ribbon marker, deckle-edged pages and colored endpapers in addition to the beautiful cover, this book is a must-have for design buffs, book collectors and literature lovers. An Anthropologie exclusive.

Or a book with sketches of Yorkshire by the artist Ashley Jackson?

My Yorkshire Sketch bookAshley Jackson
Size: Hardcover: 96 pages,
Publisher: Dalesman Publishers (October 2012)

Ashley Jackson, Yorkshire’s favourite artist, has been capturing his artistic passion for the county in his sketchbooks for over fifty years.
Now he chooses his favourite drawings and watercolour sketches from a lifetime of depicting his beloved county, accompanied by Ashley’s personal reminiscences about his artistic inspirations.
“ These drawings from my personal sketchbooks,” explains Ashley, “are my love letters from Mother Nature.They are the raw sketches done at lightning speed to capture that particular moment in time.”
This book will come signed and with a sketch in the front cover by the artist. 

 Or maybe a hotel night in Yorkshire in no less than Heathcliff's room:
Heathcliff has been immortalised... in a bedroom!
The romantic character from Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights has had a hotel room named after him.
It features an original oil painting of Haworth Moor and period furniture.
The room is one of seven at the refurbished Craven Heifer in Addingham that have been named in honour of famous Yorkshire sons and daughters.
Each also features a wall mural with a quote pertinent to the individual it depicts. (Keighley News)

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