When it comes to books I generally prefer mine with a little age. The softened corners of often turned pages are hallmarks of being so well loved they've been carried around in various pockets or bags to read on the move and if there are notes or inscriptions then so much the better . . . . Yet show me a brand spanking new copy of an old favourite in a special/limited edition binding and I've got to have it. I'm a walking contradiction!
That was exactly what happened with this copy of Emma by Jane Austen: it screamed 'buy me' before I'd even glimpsed it properly and was bought and bagged inside 2 minutes as there was only 1 in the shop and I knew it wouldn't be left on the shelf very long!
This edition is from the White's Fine Editions series produced by White's Books of London. The pattern on the clothbound cover and the endpapers is by textile designer Amy Gibson and although it bears little relevance to the novel it totally won me over!
The title page is simple and elegant and I've really enjoyed reading it because the paper feels amazing.
Even the typeface had me swooning and now I have Emma I'm already eyeing up the other editions from the series . . . we'll see if I can exercise some self control though!