Press Release: May Collectables

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Folio Collectables

‘Editions of the world’s great literature, in a format worthy
of the contents, at a price within the reach of everyman’

CHARLES EDE, founder of The Folio Society

The Folio Society is delighted to announce the publication of two classic comic novels – The Diary of a Nobody and Black Mischief – in their widely acclaimed Folio Collectables series. As with the other titles in the series, they have been produced with our traditional attention to detail and high production standards. Featuring flexible covers and bold new designs, these easily portable volumes retail at just £19.95. They are COL_PR_02perfect to add to your own library or to introduce someone to the joy of owning editions from The Folio Society.

The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith is a comic masterpiece. First published in 1892, and never out of print since, this edition features Weedon Grossmith’s original illustrations, including the ‘séance’ scene, rarely published since the first edition. Whatever he turns his attention to – from home improvements to exchanging excruciating puns with his ‘dear wife’ Carrie – Charles Pooter reveals a talent for blunders and accidents. His diary of domestic pleasures and woes, his friends’ foibles and the exploits of his irreverent son Lupin, is both endearing and unwittingly funny.

Evelyn Waugh’s Black Mischief is a farcical COL_PR_03comedy of double-crosses and dry humour. Waugh chronicles the efforts of Seth, the Oxford-educated emperor of the fictional nation of Azania, to modernise his country. His subjects are reluctant and corruption is rife but, with the assistance of the feckless Basil Seal as his Minister of Modernisation, Seth is determined that his nation will adopt the ‘civilised’ ways of the West. This edition features 19 black and white integrated illustrations by Quentin Blake. With a keen
eye for the absurd, Blake’s restless pen wittily captures the denizens and the details of Azania. As Emperor Seth settles into his new office, he requests that a Victory Medal be made in honour of his coming to power – a medal with his image emblazoned upon it. This striking image is featured on the vibrant binding of this Folio Collectables edition.

With these stunning new additions to the six other essential titles already in the series – Down and Out in Paris and London, Cider with Rosie, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Frankenstein and A Christmas Carol – the Folio Collectables continues to grow, encompassing a glittering array of thoughtfully curated fiction and non-fiction titles.

Product information

Flexible boards, bound in cloth, blocked front, back and spine with illustrations and display text. Head- and tail-bands, marker ribbons, coloured endpapers, coloured tops, 2-colour title page, black and white illustrations. 9″ x 5¾”.

UK £19.95 US $34.95 Can $42.95 Aus $44.95


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