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Edited: May 21, 11:52pm Top


This series of threads is designed to list all the current series of limited editions in five year blocks, initially by year, then alphabetic order, with a picture of both the exterior and interior of each book.
The prices in the lists below are representative only, and may have varied from time to time, and market to market.

The other threads in this series can be found thus:-

More information, and often leaflets and brochure downloads for these books, can be found on the FSD wiki .

Some limited editions are still available directly from the Folio Society. The Folio Society Limited Editions website can be found here.


Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
11 tipped in colour illustrations and embedded line drawings by Charles van Sandwyk. Printed on cream paper. Letterpress printed illustrations on endpapers. Quarter bound in white vellum blocked with title in gold with vellum tips and design blocked maroon cloth sides. 162pp. Solander box in red cloth with paper spine label. 36x27.5cm. 1000 copies. (£545)

Door in the Wall by H. G. Wells.
Facsimile of 1911 edition. Photographs by Alvin Langdon Coburn. Enclosed 40 page leaflet of essays by George Hendrick and David Lodge. Printed on mould made paper with deckled edges. 10 tipped in photo plates. Quarter bound in cloth with paper sides blocked in gold. Title label on spine. Brown cloth solander box blocked in gold and inset with photo on front. 160pp. 16x12.2in. 980 copies. (£250)

Hansel & Gretel by The Brothers Grimm.
(2v.). Facsimile with 12 tipped in colour illustrations by Kay Nielsen with Japanese tissue overlays, 10 black-and-white images, printed on Caxton Wove paper, endpapers printed in gold and orange inks, gilded top edge, bound in buckram blocked in gold foil and screen printed in turquoise on front and spine with a design, 312pp. Commentary volume paper covered 16pp. Both enclosed in cloth bound solander box blocked in gold on front and spine. 12¾×10in. 980 copies. (£250)

Mort by Terry Pratchett.
Introduced by A.S.Byatt. 7 colour illustrations by Omar Rayyan. Pictorial endpapers. Loose print enclosed. Bound in gold blocked black full leather. Pictorial slipcase. 222pp. 24.7x16.8cm. 500 copies. (£105) (Fastest selling FS book - Sold out in under 13 hours)

Plants of the Americas (Selectarum Stirpium Americaarum Historia) by Nikolai Joseph Jacquin.
(2v.) Facsimile volume, 264 colour plates, two tipped in fold-out plates, printed on Veltique paper, quarter bound in maroon goatskin with cloth sides blocked with a design in gold, silver and black, 272pp. Commentary volume, 10 colour illustrations, printed on Veltique paper, bound in light blue cloth blocked with a design in black and gold, 56pp. Both enclosed in dark blue cloth bound solander box with title blocked in gold on front and spine. 750 copies 50.3x35.2x8.2cm. (£595)

Poetic Edda.
Parallel Norse and English texts. Translated by Carolyne Larrington. 20 colour illustrations by Simon Noyes tipped in. Printed on Abbey Wove paper. Bound in maroon leather with five raised bands, gilt blocked title on spine. Pages coloured light brown on all edges. Plain light brown slipcase bound in cloth. 496pp. 32.3x23.2cm. 980 copies. (£295)

Tales From The 1001 Nights.
(2v.). Plates volume, 50 colour plates by Salvador Dali protected by translucent overlays, printed on Modigliani paper, quarter bound in calf skin gilt blocked on spine, sides covered in Tsarina Crush with Dali's signature gilt blocked, gilded top page edge, 112pp. Text volume introduction by Robert Irwin, translation by Malcolm and Ursula Lyons, printed on Abbey ove paper, bound in cloth gilt blocked on spine and with a paper cover title, ribbon marker, 512pp. Black cloth solander box gilt blocked on cover and spine. 49.8x37.8x10.8cm. 750 copies. (£885)


Bayeux Tapestry scroll.
Housed in a hardwood table frame, topped with shatterproof glass, with a scroll winder on each end. Scroll box height 75 cm (29½˝); width 87 cm (34¼˝); depth 50 cm (19½˝). 480 copies. (£1920)

Book of Jonah, The.
14 wood engravings by David Jones. Bound in oatmeal coloured cloth blocked in gold on the spine. Taupe paper dust wrapper, printed in black ink with an illustration by the artist in facsimile of the original. Accompanying essay by Sebastian Carter. Solander presentation box covered in smooth turquoise Surbalin paper and lined with green Geltex Marbrava paper, front and spine are blocked in gold foil and front board is inset with a title label printed in black with an illustration by David Jones.20pp. 750 copies (£100)

Call of Cthulhu, The by H.P.Lovecraft
Illustrated by Dan Hillier. Preface by Alan Moore. 472 pages. 12¼" × 9½" × 2". 750 copies (£345)

Count of Monte Cristo, The by Alexandre Dumas
Introduced by Sir John Mortimer, 24 integrated black and white line drawings by Roman Pisarev, signed and numbered tipped-in etching, bound in gold blocked leather, 1088pp., 10” × 6¾”., 500 copies (£195 launch price, £220) - (Sold out In 9 days).

Edward Thomas Selected Poems.
Introduced by Andrew Motion, original lithographs by David Gentleman. 118pp. 9¾˝ x 7˝. 1250 copies. (£195)

12 wood engravings by Paul Nash. Bound in black cloth blocked in gold. Orange paper dust wrapper printed in black ink in facsimile of the original. Pages are doubled over as ‘French folds’. Accompanying essay by Sebastian Carter. Solander presentation box covered in smooth rust brown Surbalin paper and lined with dark bown Zanders Efalin wove, front and spine are blocked in gold foil and the front board is inset with a title label printed in black with an illustration by Paul Nash. 750 copies. 28pp. (£100)

Micrographia by Robert Hooke
Introduced by Ruth Scurr and with a Brief Life by John Aubrey. 38 plates including 5 fold-outs. Silver top edge. Quarter-bound in leather with cloth sides blocked in silver with a design. 400pp. 13½" × 8¾". 750 copies. (£225)

Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Illustrated by Quentin Blake, Postscript by Dr Rowan Williams. 288pp. 14″ × 10″. 1000 copies (£295)

Song of Songs.
19 wood engravings by Eric Gill. Bound in oatmeal cloth blocked in gold on the spine. Taupe paper dust wrapper, printed in black ink, and featuring an illustration by the artist in facsimile of the original. Accompanying essay by Sebastian Carter. Solander presentation box covered in dark green Wibalin paper and lined with pale green Surbalin paper, front and spine are blocked in gold foil and the front board is inset with a title label printed in black with an illustration by Eric Gill. 44pp. 750 copies (£100)


Cinderella & The Sleeping Beauty.
Two volumes. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Retold by C. S. Evans. Quarter-bound in white cloth with art parchment sides blocked in gold. One tipped-in colour illustration. Four silhouette illustrations heightened with colour. Numerous black and white illustrations including head and tail pieces in each book. Decorative endpapers. Gilded top edges. Presentation box bound in green cloth blocked in black and gold. 750 copies 120 pages in total. 11¼x9in. £245

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Introduced by Joe Hill. Illustrated by Dave McKean. Bound in blocked leather with a design by the artist. Signed print, frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations. Four integrated black and white illustrations for the part-titles and illustrated headings throughout. Metallic foil blocked endpapers. Red coloured page edges. Printed cloth slipcase. 208pp. 10x5½in. 295 copies. (£275)

Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana, The.
Illustrated by and signed by Victo Ngai. Translated from the Sanscrit by Sir Richard Burton and Forster Fitzgerald Arbuthnot. 8 colour plates by Victo Ngai tipped into decorative borders, 25 integrated b&w drawings. Bound in cloth blocked in gold on the spine and inset with a cloth label printed and blocked in gold foil. Design printed endpapers. Gilded page tops. Ribbon marker. 264pp. Commentary volume with essays by W. G. Archer, Hanif Kureishi and John Keay. Quarter-bound in cloth with paper sides blocked in dark blue foil. 64pp. Both books 13x9¾in. Solander box bound in cloth, blocked in gold and lined with cloth printed and blocked in gold foil. 750 copies (£395).

Love is Enough by William Morris.
Abundant floral illustrations by Beatrice Pagden. Introductory note by John Bidwell. Facsimile of a unique copy of a first edition held at The Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Original binding replicated in cowhide blocked in gold on front, back, spine and doublures. Five raised bands. Original binder’s signature, 18 C-S 87, gilt blocked on the doublure. Printed by Memmingen, Germany, on Natural Evolution paper. Introductory note by John Bidwell, accompanies each facsimile. Slipcase bound in teal Baronesse cloth blocked in gold. 152pp. 9x5¾˝ 750 copies. (£250)

Wanderer & Other Old-English Poems, The.
Introduced by Michael Alexander. Translated by Michael Alexander. Foreword by Bernard O'Donoghue. 8 colour plates. Signed and numbered by illustrator Alan Lee. Printed on cream wove paper. Other drawings and borders integrated with the text and printed in dove grey. Limitation certificate printed letterpress by The Logan Press. Quarter-bound in goatskin with blind and silver blocking on the spine. Boards printed and blocked with designs by the artist. Endpapers printed with a design by the artist. Top edge gilded in gunmetal foil, ribbon marker. Clothbound slipcase blocked in silver on the front board. 244pp. 13¼x9½in. (£395)

Wilfred Owens - Selected Poems.
Nine engravings and eight letterpress vignettes by Neil Bousfield, who has signed the book. Introduced by Owen Sheers. Quarter-bound in goatskin with paste-paper sides. Coloured top edge. Paper-covered slipcase blocked in gold on one side and inset with a printed label. 108pp. 9¾x7in. 1250 copies. (£195)


Book of the New Sun, The by Gene Wolfe
(4v.). Signed by Gene Wolfe. Illustrated and signed by Sam Weber. Introduced and signed by Neil Gaiman. Decorative initial chapter letters designed by the illustrator. Printed in two colours throughout. Colour frontispiece and double-page illustration and 3 black and white full-page plates in each volume printed on Natural Evolution Ivory paper.Black page edges. Each volume 3/4 bound in black buckram blocked in red foil with cloth front boards printed with designs by the illustrator. Handmade cloth-bound slipcase blocked on two sides in pale gold foil with designs by the illustrator and lined with silver mirrored paper. 1,196 pages in total. Each volume 10×6¾in. 750 copies (£395)

Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais
(2v.). Illustrated by Gustave Doré. Introduced by Stephen Greenblatt. Translated by Professor M. A. Screech. Essay by Milan Kundera. Quarter-bound in goatskin leather with cloth sides blocked in gold foil on front and spine. 61 full-page engraved illustrations. 658 smaller engraved illustrations. Numerous ornamented initials throughout. Handmade cloth-bound slipcase printed in gold with designs by Doré. Gilded top edges. Ribbon markers. 1000 pages in total. 14¼×10¼in. 500 copies (£495)

London & New York.
(2v. + commentary leaflet). Illustrated by Alvin Langdon Coburn. Introduced by Hilaire Belloc. Foreword by H. G. Wells. Introduction by Geoff Dyer. Essay by Rut Blees Luxemburg. 40 rare photogravures in facsimile. Printed on Tatami paper and hand-tipped onto heavyweight grey Materica paper. Printed on Abbey Pure paper, sewn with blue thread and blocked in blue foil on the title page. Quarter-bound in brown goatskin leather with grey Materica paper sides blocked in gold on front and spine. Slipcase covered in grey Materica paper blocked in blue foil. London 68 pages; New York 56 pages. 40 images in total 16½×12in. 500 copies (£435)

To be continued………………….


Mar 26, 2018, 8:32pm Top

>1 wcarter:

Fabulous work and an invaluable aid to anyone who collects FS Limited Editions.

Mar 26, 2018, 8:37pm Top

I'd never buy it but that Hansel and Gretel is quite stunning.

Mar 26, 2018, 10:55pm Top

If patience is a virtue, you are a virtuous man Dr. Carter. This turned out to be another valuable tool.

Mar 26, 2018, 11:45pm Top

I am thankful for all your hard work, as this is excellent (again). Just keep surprising us!

Mar 27, 2018, 8:34am Top

Fantastic series of threads, thank you. Quite overwhelming to see them all in "one go" - imagine owning them all!

I must admit though that as long as I live I will not understand the attraction of Quentin Blake's art. He has contributed to so many LEs, so he has something clearly - I'm immune to it though.

Edited: Mar 27, 2018, 10:19am Top

I wouldn't call myself a fan of Quentin Blake's art, but I somehow have the feeling that the beauty of the Ridley Walker LE is seriously underrated.

Edited: May 2, 2018, 9:07am Top

>6 ian_curtin:

I don't get it either. Quite simply, illustrations by Quentin Blake have kept me from buying books because I find them pretty awful. But yes, there's clearly quite an audience for them.

May 2, 2018, 6:39am Top

This list has been updated with the 2018 LEs.

May 2, 2018, 6:41am Top

>9 wcarter: Thanks Warwick! We all appreciate your hard work

May 3, 2018, 4:55pm Top

>9 wcarter: all those LEs (even the biblical ones which i have no interest in) look fantastic.

The Wanderer or maybe the Lovecraft are next on my list. Wish i hadnt missed out on the Alice.

Thanks for posting

Apr 3, 2:47am Top

Updated with latest LEs from 2019.

Apr 3, 6:23am Top

>12 wcarter:

Thanks, Warwick. This has been an invaluable series. Shame you can't make a book out of it :)

Apr 15, 5:33pm Top

Is this Poetic Edda the most beautiful book in history? I can't buy it, for fear that it has too much power over me. I may chuck all of my books in a box somewhere to hide the shame they would feel standing next to that masterpiece. I am going through a strange progression in which poetry is appealing and interesting, which makes this scandalous list all the more tempting. Be gone wicked Edda so I can mourn you.

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