Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Literary Love: They're Here!

Like so many people, I absolutely fell in love with the gorgeous Penguin Classics series designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith when they debuted last November. The ten book series was inspired by patterns and each book includes a matte foil design. My birthday is in November, so I thought I'd ask for them for my birthday. However, at that time, they were only available in the UK through Waterstone's for about 40 pounds a piece.

Fast forward to mid-February, when I came across this blog post. I was ecstatic to see that they are now available at Chapters Indigo bookstores in Canada and that they ship to the United States. The best part, however, is that they are going for $14.99 Canadian, which is about $11 U.S. dollars! I ordered them a couple of weeks ago and received them about four or five days later.

Here they are in my home:







They are incredibly beautiful in person and I hope to pass them on to my children some day. I plan to go back and read or re-read each book in the series very soon. If you are interested in ordering a set for yourself, visit Chapters. Unfortunately, they do not show images of the books, but I do have the exact ISBN numbers. This is what I used and they were exactly what I was hoping for.

ISBNs:
Madame Bovary (9780141040318)
Great Expectations(9780141040363)
Sense & Sensibility(9780141040370)
Cranford(9780141442549)
Tess of the D’Urbervilles(9780141040332)
Pride & Prejudice(9780141040349)
Crime & Punishment(9780140455687)
Jane Eyre(9780141040387)
Picture of Dorian Gray(9780141442464)
Wuthering Heights(9700141040356)

31 comments:

jen laceda said...

Yay, go Canada! I love Chapters Indigo! I buy all my books from them!

bandelle said...

Yay! They are beautiful books and look lovely in your home. Do you remember how much the shipping charges were?

Kylie
xxx

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Kylie, I think shipping is $7.99 Canadian per item. That includes customs charges as well.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Omg! I must have those. The price is amazing.

Love your lamp as well!

Sweet Nothings said...

I LOVE IT!! I NEED SOME!!! LIKE NOW!!


oh, and your lamp....i need that too..where can i scoop that bad boy up

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Thanks for the compliments on the lamp, girls. It is Circa Lighting's Quatrefoil floor lamp.

http://www.circalighting.com/details.aspx?pid=1694&cid=

Yoli said...

I think they are stunning Paloma. I have those classics but it is nice to see them encased in such loveliness.

Mrs. B. said...

I love them all!!!
I know what I want for Mothers Day.... :)

Carolina Eclectic said...

Ooh, so pretty!!

jess@thehomebound said...

Classic books with lovely new covers! I'm loving this!

la la Lovely said...

I am so buying myself a present.. i was about to buy sense and sensability and was looking for a pretty copy and i always love copies of jane eyre and wuthering heights and all things austen... gorg! Thank you!
xx trina

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Oh, my gosh!!!! Stunning and covet-worthy!!

Anonymous said...

I love these; I plan to order my favs soon!

fromtherightbank said...

Oh these are beautiful. I want to go right out and get a set!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I have a belated birthday gift to buy, and it just so happens the person is an avid reader. I think you just gave me a great gift idea - Muito Obrigada!

Porchlight Interiors said...

These books are just gorgeous! They make such a statement on the bookshelf! Tracey xx

anonymously chic said...

books are one of my favorite things...ever and good looking books might just be my favorite thing.

melissa davis said...

Holy cow! Gorgeous!! ;)

elly e said...

These are amazing. I love a good looking book especially old ones but I guess I really need to pick up on enjoying to read them. To many things to do and I would rather look at pictures or watch a movie, I know I know horrible but I always blame it on my creative side of the brain. Anyone with me?

paula said...

I am so jealous. I love them dearly.

Jill said...

They are very glam and I love your quatrefoil floor lamp!

Things That Inspire said...

The book store should pay Little Green Notebook a commission...I too bought these books and they are beautiful. I put them in my dining room on the buffet until I decided where to put them, but they have ended up staying there as I love to look at them when passing by the room!

The quatrefoil lamp looks great. It is such a pretty design - I love many of the Kasler designs for Visual Comfort.

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

SHIPPING COST UPDATE:

I know I had mentioned in an earlier comment that I thought shipping was $7 CA per book. That is what I remember the website saying. However, I came across my confirmation e-mail from when I ordered the first 7 books (I later decided to take the plunge and order the whole set despite that I don't like Tess of the D'Urbevilles, etc).

Long story short, here is my order summary:

Your chapters.indigo.ca order includes the following item(s):

1. DELUXE HARDBACK CLASSICS MME BOVARY - 1 @ $14.99 (In Stock)
2. DELUXE HARDBACK CLASSICS PRIDE & PREJ - 1 @ $14.99 (In Stock)
3. DELUXE HARDBACK CLASSICS WUTHERING HEIG - 1 @ $14.99 (In Stock)
4. DELUXE HARDBACK CLASSICS GREAT EXPECTAT - 1 @ $14.99 (In Stock)
5. DELUXE HARDBACK CLASSICS SENSE & SENS - 1 @ $14.99 (In Stock)
6. DELUXE HARDBACK CLASSICS JANE EYRE - 1 @ $14.99 (In Stock)
7. DELUXE HARDBACK CLASSICS PICTURE OF DOR - 1 @ $14.99 (In Stock)

Item(s) Subtotal: $104.93
Shipping: $21.60
=====================
TOTAL: $126.53


That is equivalent to $101.50 USD. As you can see, it is not $7 per book. The math doesn't add up. Luckily, it is cheaper and not more expensive. :)

{this is glamorous} said...

They're just beautiful, and how lovely that you included the ISBN numbers! Will definitely order a few as well.

My name: Julie My design firm: SHELTER said...

Love, how beautiful and functional. Thanks for the great post.

Best,
Julie
SHELTER

MsGourmet said...

Stunning!

Anonymous said...

What do these lovely books look like on the inside? Are there notes, annotations, etc in the back? Thanks.

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Hi Anon! The books do have bountiful notes and multiple appendices in the back. :)

JeanetteS said...

What absolutely lovely books. I am off to order a few for myself. Love the inspiration here!

j said...

I cannot find these on the webiste any longer...does anyone ahve any clues as to where to get these?

SINA said...

Would you be willing to sell
Madame bovary and crime and punishment. I am willing to pay a lot for them.

You can email me at sinarichert@gmail.com

Thank you!