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Classic Books: An Appreciation

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Hans Christian Andersen: Classic Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Dugald Stewart Walker (Illustrator), Hans Tegner (Illustrator)

All of the magic and wonder of Hans Christian Andersen: Classic Fairy Tales is brought to you in this elegant leatherbound edition. Featuring beautiful detailing and eye-catching end papers, you’ll want to keep this book where everyone can see it. Complete Fairy Tales and Stories: Hans Christian Andersen is part of Barnes & Noble’s series of quality leatherbound volumes. Each title in the series presents a classic work in an attractively designed edition bound in genuine bonded leather.

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The Brontë Sisters: Three Novels: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Agnes Grey by Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Anne Brontë

The most cherished novel from each of England’s talented sisters, in one gorgeously packaged volume. The Bronte family was a literary phenomenon unequalled before or since. Both Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily’s Wuthering Heights have won lofty places in the pantheon and stirred the romantic sensibilities of generations of readers. This Leatherbound Classics edition unites these two enduring favourites with the lesser known but no less powerful work by their youngest sister, Anne. Drawn from Anne’s own experiences as a governess, Agnes Grey offers a compelling view of Victorian chauvinism and materialism. Its inclusion makes The Bronte Sisters a must-have volume for anyone fascinated by this singularly talented family.

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Jules Verne: Seven Novels by Jules Verne

Writing in France in the nineteenth century, Jules Verne was fascinated by adventure and exploration. Collecting Five Weeks in a Balloon, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Round the Moon, Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island, this omnibus offers a unique compilation of seven of Vernes Voyages, stories in which he extrapolated developing technology and invention into marvellous fiction. This volume offers readers a generous introduction to Jules Verne, whose books are as alive today as they were for readers new to the ideas expressed in them during his time. This edition of the text is exquisitely bound in bonded-leather, with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectable, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for any home library.

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Dracula and Other Horror Classics by Bram Stoker

Count Dracula has inspired countless movies, books and plays. But few, if any, have been fully faithful to Bram Stoker’s original, best-selling novel of mystery and horror, love and death, sin and redemption. Dracula chronicles the vampire’s journey from Transylvania to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood of strong men and beautiful women while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power. Today’s critics see Dracula as a virtual textbook on Victorian repression of the erotic and fear of female sexuality. In it, Stoker created a new word for terror, a new myth to feed our nightmares and a character who will outlive us all.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories by Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel (Illustrator)

Everything that Lewis Carroll ever published in book form appears in this volume. In addition, at least ten of the shorter pieces have never appeared in print except in their original editions. Included are: ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ ‘Through the Looking-Glass,’ ‘Sylvie and Bruno,’ ‘Sylvie and Bruno Concluded,’ ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ and all of the poetry, essays and phantasmagoria along with a substantial collection of his miscellaneous writings. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories is part of Barnes & Noble’s series of quality leatherbound volumes. Each title in the series presents a classic work in an attractively designed edition bound in genuine bonded leather, with beautiful illustrations and breathtaking endpapers. These books make elegant additions to any home library.

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Gray’s Anatomy by F.R.S. Henry Gray, M.D. Drawings by H.V. Carter (Illustrator)

Gray’s Anatomy is a phenomenally well-known title and with good reason; it is a scientific and artistic triumph. Not just a dry index of parts and names, Gray’s lets the natural beauty and grace of the body’s interconnected systems and structures shine forth from the page. Using sumptuous illustrations and clear, matter-of-fact descriptions, Dr. Gray unleashed a classic on the world more than 100 years ago. Its clarity and usefulness keep it in print today. Whether you want to understand yourself or others, knowledge of our physical parts and how they fit together is essential. Gray’s Anatomy provides that information in a simple, timeless format that cleanly dissects a body of knowledge grown over centuries. This book will not only fill the needs of people in the medical profession, but will please artists and naturalists as well. Part of the Leatherbound Classics series, this volume is an attractively designed edition bound in genuine bonded leather. It will make an elegant addition to any home library.

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm, Arthur Rackham (Illustrator)

With the words once upon a time, the Brothers Grimm transport readers to a timeless realm where witches, giants, princesses, kings, fairies, goblins and wizards fall in love, try to get rich, quarrel with their neighbours, have magical adventures of all kinds and in the process reveal essential truths about human nature. When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm set out to collect stories in the early 1800s, their goal was not to entertain children but to preserve Germanic folklore; and the hard life of European peasants was reflected in the tales they discovered. However, once the brothers saw how the stories entranced young readers, they began softening some of the harsher aspects to make them more suitable for children. Grimms Complete Fairy Tales is part of Barnes & Noble’s series of quality leatherbound volumes. Each title in the series presents a classic work in an attractively designed edition bound in genuine bonded leather.

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo is often considered to be Alexandre Dumass best work. This distinguished collectible edition features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin ribbon bookmark, distinctive gilt edging and deocrative endpapers. It’s the perfect gift for book lovers and an indispensable addition to any home library.

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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

In seventeenth-century Boston, Hester Prynne shoulders the scorn of her fellow Puritan townsfolk for bearing a child out of wedlock. For her refusal to name the father of her daughter Pearl, Hester is made to wear a scarlet ‘A’ stitched conspicuously upon her dress. But though she bears the stigma of the shame her peers would confer upon her, others feel the guilt for her transgression more acutely, notably the pious Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, the confessor with whom Hester and Pearl’s destinies are intimately bound up. First published in 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s historical study of guilt and sin has since been lauded as the most important work of fiction by its distinguished author and a landmark of American literature. This exquisite collectible edition features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive stained edging, and decorative marbled endpapers. It’s the perfect gift for book-lovers and an artful addition to any home library.

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The Arabian Nights by Ken Mondschein (Introduction), Richard Burton (Translator)

They are ancient stories, but they still enchant our imaginations today. “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.” “Sinbad the Sailor.” “Aladdin.” These and the other Middle Eastern stories collected in “Arabian Nights” are delightful, fascinating, and fun for fans and first-time readers alike. This beautiful, leather-bound edition collects the classic tales of “Arabian Nights” in a new, redesigned format. Specially designed end papers, gilded edges, a ribbon bookmark, and other decorative elements enhance the reading experience, while an expert introduction provides new information and context for these well-known stories. “Arabian Nights” is a compelling look at a long-gone culture–and the perfect addition to any home library.

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Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. First published in 1818. A monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.

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The Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla by Nikola Tesla

The Inventions, Researches, and Writings of Nikola Tesla is the fascinating record of the pioneering work of this great genius and inventor. During the early twentieth century, Tesla blazed a trail for the new field of electricity. This book brings together many of the findings and theories that made the enigmatic researcher famous (and to some, infamous), illustrating for contemporary readers the astounding scope of Tesla’s often controversial ideas and inventions.
The Inventions, Researches, and Writings of Nikola Tesla includes lectures, articles, and discussions, particularly those bearing on polypahse motors and the effects obtained with currents of high potential and high frequency. Many of his later discoveries are based on these findings, and they afford a rare and exciting glimpse of a great genius at work.
Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia in 1856. He emigrated to the United States in 1884 and worked for a short time for Thomas Edison. A pioneer in the field of high-tension electricity, Tesla made many discoveries and inventions of lasting value to the development of radio transmission and electricity, one of the most famous of which was the power system at Niagara Falls. He died in 1943.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Works by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Short Stories is a compilation of short stories by Oscar Wilde, along with his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. It was originally published in 1888 under the title Stories: Oscar Wilde. Some of the short stories within include “The Sphinx Without a Secret,” “The Model Millionaire,” and stories from the previously-published collections “A House of Pomegranates” and “The Happy Prince and Other Tales.” This book is sure to interest Oscar Wilde fans and fans of Victorian literature. OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) was a celebrated Irish-born playwright, short story writer, poet, and personality in Victorian London. He is best known for his involvement in the aesthetic movement and his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as his many plays, such as Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Importance of Being Ernest, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and Salom . During his imprisonment for gross indecency, he wrote De Profundis, and later, The Ballad of Reading Gao.

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