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The other day I ran across the new Penguin cloth-bound classics at Elliott Bay Book Company and I fell in love (and I am not alone). I couldn't stop stroking them and cooing, like I do with puppies and apple peelers. Each hardcover features a unique wallpaper design embossed on cloth. They are books with substance, with strong spines and covers that look and they feel how books should, and they're classics—Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The Picture of Dorian Gray—so you know they're worth reading (again).

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  • via Third Place Blog
Today, Third Place Books announced the arrival of part two of these gorgeous books, including Alice in Wonderland, The Odyssey, and The Hounds of the Baskervilles, among others. I am so fucking excited about this collection. They are exactly what books should be: constructed to be read, designed to be shown off.