There’s no two ways about it: gift book season is upon us. ‘Tis the time for lush stacks of beautifully illustrated almanacs, glossy art books, lush boxed sets, impenetrable cookbooks, and smart new editions of old favorites. Well, we’ve got one of those last, and if you’ve been paying attention it’s not news by now: we’re quite pleased with our annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks.
We think it’s a book well-worth gifting, so we’ve put together a little something to try to simulate that feeling of flipping through a beautiful book and realizing who it’d be perfect for. And we have the book’s designer and acquiring editor to talk us through it. For Graciela Galup, the designer, part of the challenge in working on the cover for this book was in figuring out how a Harvard University Press edition of Pride and Prejudice would be different from all of the other editions already out there. Our books manage to stand out, she says, without straying from a classic, subtle style. Which is why this image to the right may work fine for Android Karenina, but didn’t quite cut it for us (just a little too racy, even without the robotics).
So, take a look at the video for a peek inside our Pride and Prejudice. It may just be the perfect gift for your favorite romantic, history buff, Austenite, Victorianist, or plain old book-lover. Or maybe it’s a little something for yourself? You deserve it.
(Image above right: The Kiss by G. Baldry (19th century) Simon Carter Gallery, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK/ The Bridgeman Art Library)