those people whose faces light up when someone asks them about their passions; but also who can spend hours talking about the same thing once someone has brought up the subject. It is true that many things fascinate me, but few have that effect on me, rabbits and books are among them.
As I wrote about rabbits recently, today I’m going to write to you about books, which I’m sure you’ll be more interested in.
A while ago I discovered the publishing house Alba Clásicos Ilustrados and from that first moment I became obsessed. As its name indicates, it is a publishing house that reedits classics and illustrates them.
The reason of my obsession
When you really want to read a book the truth is that the quality of the edition doesn’t really matters, but having good quality editions provides real pleasure. This is what Alba does.
The editions of each book are of unmatched quality:
- They are hardcover books and both covers are illustrated.
- The titles, both the book and the stories or chapters that comprise it, have a very worked typography created, exclusively, for each volume.
- The book’s guards are also illustrated and treated for with care, something that in most books shines for its simplicity.
- The quality of the paper is ideal. It is firm, resistant and doesn’t let you see the letters on the back of the page.
- Each volume is illustrated and not only in black and white. Some books have a colour that characterizes it and that is included in his illustrations as yellow for Wuthering Heightsor red for the Anthology of horror stories.
- Each book has a fabric divider.
- All these not to mention the affordable prize of each book with is between 10 and 20€. If you think this is expensive just remember the are coalitionist editions with illustrations and hardcovers.
Currently it has a collection of 24 books that meet the conditions I’ve just told you, but unfortunately I still don’t have them all:
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Extraordinary narrations by Edgar Allan Poe
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- The Ghost of Canterville and other stories by Oscar Wilde
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Journey to the Moon by Jules Verne
- Grimm brothers’ stories
- Study in scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The dog of the Baskerville of Arthur Conan Doyle
- The call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft
- Anthology of horror stories
- Anna Kareninaa by Lev Tolsstoi
- Anthology of detective stories
- Arabian Nights
- The portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert L. Stevenson
- The prophet by Kahlil Gibran
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- The mountains of madness and other stories by H. P. Lovecraft
- The metamorphosis and other stories by Franz Kafka
- The Dunwich horror and other stories by H. P. Lovecraft
You will have noticed that some titles are written in bold, those are the ones that I already own. Little by little I’ll buy them all, although there are some that I think I will not buy because I already have spectacular editions of them, like those of Poe, Lovecraft and Lewis.
If you like reading and you are one of those who enjoy holding a good book, I highly recommend them.