Sunday, December 24, 2017

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 236: A Christmas Treasury, Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

***Late Edition***
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

Here's my choice for this week!

A Christmas Treasury
(Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)
Leather Bound Hardcover, 368 pages
Barnes & Noble
September 29 , 2017
   Anthologies, Christmas Fiction,
Classics, Literary Fiction,

My Thoughts About This Cover

Well, it's almost Christmas! So today I'm presenting one of the most BEAUTIFUL -- if not THE most beautiful -- Christmas book I've ever laid eyes on! This treasure, aptly titled, A Christmas Treasury, is a collection of great Christmas fiction and poetry, which are suitably shown off in the traditional Christmas colors. 

Barnes & Noble began issuing these lovely collectible editions some time back. I really can't recall when. Anyway, they are designed so as to hark back to the grand old days of beautiful book bindings, in the 19th-century. Barnes & Noble has produced many of these volumes, and they're not only classics such as Moby Dick, a collection of seven Jane Austen novels, the King James Bible, and others, but also of modern classics such as collections of Star Wars and Star Trek stories. And they also have this GORGEOUS Christmas volume, which I purchased around the middle of November, and featured in one of my Book Blogger Hop posts, on December 1st. You can access that post HERE

This volume, which has exquisite, gilt-edged pages, contains that timeless Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol, in its entirety. It also contains the equally classic, and touching, O. Henry story, "The Gift of the Magi", as well as L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, the favorite Christmas poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas", and stories by such luminaries as Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, L. M. Montgomery, and William Dean Howells.

This is the full, exquisite cover!

The illustration on the front cover, which shows a whimsical Christmas tree, is totally delightful, as well, while the gold designs framing it, and carrying over into the back cover, are beautifully set off against a rich red background. The entire book design definitely evokes the joy and beauty of the Christmas season, as it includes several traditional Christmas motifs.

The font used for the title is ornate, elegant, and, of course, beautiful, as well, going perfectly with the entire cover!

Inside, there are many illustrations by the beloved, brilliant artists of the 19th-century Golden Age of Illustration, such as Arthur Rackham, Mary Cowles Clark, Alice Ercle Hunt, and others. So the book is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. I know I will certainly treasure it for many years to come!

See the wonderfully detailed YouTube video below for a very thorough look at both the outside and inside of this bookish treat!

The front cover Christmas tree is the work of Laurel Long, an American book illustrator. She has created illustrations for such children's books as Hans Brinker, by Bruce Coville, The Magic Nesting Doll, by Jacqueline K. Ogburn, and a Grimm story titled "The Lady and the Lion". She has also illustrated a picture book, titled The Mightiest Heart, by Lynn Cullen. This book was awarded the Gold Medal by the Society of Illustrators. 

Another picture book illustrated by Long is titled The Twelve Days of Christmas, which was featured in The New York Times Book Review.

Long is also a Professor in the Art Department at California State University, Northridge.

She has illustrated books for several publishers, among them Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, Inc., Harper Collins, and Guideposts Magazine.

Patrice Kaplan is Designer/Art Director at Sterling Publishing, where she has worked since 2005. She's in charge of the art direction and design of the Barnes & Noble leather-bound books, as well as the Signature Edition books. So we bibliophiles have her to thank for all of the GLORIOUS covers that are part of the Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions series!! KUDOS to her!!!

Before that, she was the Senior Designer at Pocket Books, a Simon and Schuster imprint. There she designed not only books for young adults, but for adults, as well. 

Previous to that, she was the Promotion Designer at Harper Collins.

She received her BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. 

Kaplan has won awards for two of her B&N leather-bound designs at the New York Book Show. In 2012, she won First Place for the Children's Picture Book Series, while in 2010, she won Third Place for her Arabian Nights book cover design.

For some reason, I couldn't find as many links for Kaplan as I did for Long. All of the biographical information on Kaplan came from her LinkedIn profile.

So here are two more names for my ever-growing list of favorite book illustrators and designers!

Online Links
Laurel Long
Patrice Kaplan

What do you think of 
this week's cover?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!

Merry Christmas to Everyone!!


  1. A perfect seasonal choice for a wonderful looking book. Everything about this book looks perfect. I watched the video and the artwork is indeed superb looking. I have this notion that someday I will start collecting high quality books. If I ever do, this book will be one that I add to my collection early on.

  2. Oh my the book made me drool! It is absolutely gorgeous, like an heirloom.... Merry Christmas!


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