Brilliant literature, brilliantly published

If you fetishize books as much as we do, you probably already own some Everyman’s Library titles — those elegant volumes of literary classics that are all about bookmaking as an art form. Though we’re purveyors of little bits of light that pass fleetingly across computer screens, nothing makes us quite as happy as holding in our hands a great book printed with old-school finesse: on acid-free paper with full-cloth sewn bindings, beautiful endpapers, and ribbon markers.

Turns out Everyman is 100 years old this year, so the U.S. publisher of the imprint, Knopf, has just released Everyman’s Library 100 Essentials Set, a spectacular collection of the 100 best-selling titles in the series, including familiars — Beloved, Walden, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Catch-22 — along with plenty of others (Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji) that we never got around to reading. (Click HERE for the complete list.) It sells for $2,188 (though you can get it discounted at Amazon for $1,312) — and we’re giving one away (see details in the left-hand margin).

“>BUY individual titles that are part of Everyman’s Library 100 Essentials Set

“>BUY Everyman’s Library 100 Essentials Set

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