Think like Penguin Classics who have recently released a new line of jacket-less hardcovers featuring handsome covers which have a wallpaper like quality when put on the bookshelf. The designer, Coralie Bickford-Smith, is known for her brilliant and simplistic fusion of plot themes with visually stimulating layouts, including a three set collection of the Arabian Nights and a Gothic Horror Series. This particular series is unfortunately only being sold in the UK, exclusively through Waterstone’s.
According to Bickford-Smith, the pattern design was organized with collaboration from researchers familiar with the books’ specific themes and historical contexts. Everything from the aristocratic hierarchy of Great Expectations to the jarring psychology of Crime and Punishment is captured through the elegant covers.