Today I’m shining the spotlight on one of my favourite book editions to collect, and the fantastic publisher that releases them.
My modest collection of Persephone books as it stands.
Persephone is a publishing house that specialises in forgotten classics written (mostly) by women that had previously gone out of print. The design of their books is simple but very aesthetically pleasing. Elegant grey covers belie the gorgeous endpapers hiding within, with each book featuring its own distinct pattern, often dating back to the era that the book in question was first released. They also come with a protective dust jacket, and a bookmark that matches the endpapers of your chosen read. As well as these editions, they have created a ‘Classics’ range; their 12 bestselling books, reissued with full colour artwork on the cover. I currently own 5 of their standard editions, and 5 of their ‘Classics’.
Gift wrapping is available when ordering online, and the first 1000 copies of one of the books seen above, Despised and Rejected, came packaged in a facsimile of a newspaper spread from the time of the book’s initial release, featuring an article about the scandal it caused. It’s attention to detail like this that really sets Persephone apart. Also seen above are copies of their biannual magazine, and a few examples of the bookmarks that come with the books, each one matching the endpapers inside.
Everything about Persephone speaks of quality; from the standard of the literature they release, to the thick, sturdy paper they print on; from the variety of subscriptions, gift cards, and packages they offer, to the friendly, personal touches in their service. Their books are stocked in many bookshops, and can be ordered direct from their website. They also have their own shop in London (where the press itself is based), in which they stock all of their published works. I’m yet to have the chance to visit the shop in person myself, but it’s definitely on my bookish bucket list.
A look at the Persephone catalogue, which details all of their releases thus far. When you receive a gift card, you will also be sent a free copy of this to help you choose which books to order, alongside a personalised notecard, and the most recent Persephone biannual, mentioned above.
There’s not much else to say, other than how much I’m looking forward to expanding my collection of Persephone books.
Do you have any Persephone books?