When coming up with a list of classics to read in the Summer, I knew that I needed to include Fine Edition Classics – Seasons Editions. When curating the special editions of beloved classics, they specifically looked at the seasons that took place in the stories. Yet, I am the queen of shopping around, so I decided to include Fine Edition Classics summer choices and to share a few other gorgeous editions of the same books as well.
Happily, I have read all of the four novels that were selected for Summer: Jane Eyre, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Wonderland Collection, and Persuasion. Not only do I wholeheartedly agree with these choices, I also suggest them as potential summer (or really any time of the year) reads.
Have you, or do you plan to, read any classic books this summer?
Have you read any of these books before? Let me know in the comments.
About the Seasons Editions: “A fine exclusive edition of one of literature’s most beloved stories. Featuring a laser-cut jacket on a textured book with foil stamping, all titles in this series will be first editions. No more than 10,000 copies will be printed, and each will be individually numbered from 1 to 10,000. * Now with bonus bookmark!”
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
From the publisher: “‘It was quiet at the other end of the house; but I knew my way; and the light of the unclouded summer moon, entering here and there at passage windows, enabled me to find it without difficulty.‘
Throughout the hardships of her childhood, Jane Eyre clings to a sense of self-worth, despite the maltreatment from those close to her. At the age of eighteen, sick of her narrow existence, Jane seeks work as a governess. The monotony of her new life at Thornfield Hall is derailed by the arrival of her peculiar and volatile employer, Mr. Rochester.
A flagship of Victorian fiction, Jane Eyre intrigues readers through the vigorous courage of Jane’s voice, a forceful depiction of childhood injustice, an unflinching examination of the restraints placed upon women, and a worthy exploration into the complexities of both faith and passion.
Jane Eyre (Seasons Edition–Summer) is one of four titles available in June 2020.”
I really cannot get over how stunning that laser cut artwork is on the cover!
Links to the Seasons Edition of Jane Eyre — Amazon, Bookshop.org
Below are two more stunning editions of this gothic classic:
Links to the Chiltern Publishing edition of Jane Eyre — Amazon, Bookshop.org
Links to The Brontë Collection — Amazon, Bookshop.org
2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
From the publisher: “‘When I got there it was all still and Sunday-like, and hot and sunshiny; the hands was gone to the fields; and there was that kind of faint dronings of bugs and lies in the air that makes it seem so lonesome and like everybody’s dead and gone …‘
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a thirteen-year-old boy, Huck, is in search of adventure on the beautiful shores of the Mississippi River.
When Huck escapes kidnapping by his own drunken father, he decides to find a canoe to shove off down the river, leaving behind his life of confinement and civilization. Soon Huck comes across Jim, Miss Watson’s slave. While traveling down the river, Huck and Jim have many adventures, but more importantly, during many long talks, they become the best of friends, both in search of freedom. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is regarded by many critics and scholars to be the first ‘Great American novel.’
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Seasons Edition–Summer) is one of four titles available in June 2020.”
Links to the Seasons Edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — Amazon, Bookshop.org
You will find other editions of this American classic below:
Link to Mark Twain: Five Novels (Leather-bound Classics) — Amazon
Links to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn:
Norman Rockwell Collector’s Edition — Amazon, Bookshop.org
3. The Wonderland Collection by Lewis Carroll
From the publisher: “‘So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close to her.‘
Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland books have delighted readers across the globe for more than a hundred years. The Wonderland Collection presents three of Carroll’s most famous works:
- Through the Looking Glass
- Alice in Wonderland
- A Tangled Tale
The Wonderland Collection (Seasons Edition–Summer) is one of four titles available in June 2020.”
Links to the Seasons Edition of The Wonderful Collection — Amazon, Bookshop.org
Below are two other editions of this whimsical tale:
Links to the MinaLima Edition — Amazon, Bookshop.org
Links to the Palazzo Edition — Amazon, Bookshop.org
4. Persuasion by Jane Austen
From the publisher: “’He had seen you indeed, before he came to Bath, and admired you, but without knowing it was you. So says my historian, at least. Is this true? Did he see you last summer or autumn, ‘somewhere down in the west,’ to use her own words, without knowing it to be you?‘
At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer considered young enough for worthy romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What transpires when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen’s last completed novel. A brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, Persuasion is, above all, a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.
Persuasion (Seasons Edition–Summer) is one of four titles available in June 2020.”
Links to the Seasons Edition of Persuasion — Amazon, Bookshop.org
Below are two other stunning editions of this classic by Jane Austen:
Links to Persuasion – Penguin Clothbound Classics — Amazon, Bookshop.org
Links to The Complete Works of Jane Austen — Amazon, Bookshop.org
Blogger’s End Note: Oh dear, it seems that after putting together this post, while I still certainly want all of these editions, I just might need to start collecting these Seasons Editions!