The Wordsworth Collector’s Edition classics are definitely the prettiest books that I reviewed and featured last year. They are lightweight, portable, and very inexpensive. This time, Wordsworth granted me the privilege to review and feature their Library Collection series. These books, on the other hand, are the biggest volumes in their collection.
The Wordsworth Library Collection is composed of a total of seven books:
- The Complete Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
- The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
- The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes
- The Complete Fairy Tales of The Brothers Grimm
- The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
They are the biggest because they are collections of works and not individual titles. And just like the Collector’s Edition series, these books are as pretty and attractive. Each volume is covered in a sturdy black hardback cover with the titles stamped in gold. The whole set looks very stunning and elegant and I particularly like the emblem on each volume that represents their respective content.
These books are glued-bound. While it is definitely a huge plus in books to have sewn binding, I am quite satisfied with the quality of the binding of these volumes. It is strong, intact, and would likely last for years. The text blocks are also nicely trimmed. The paper is gray and thin but highly opaque. Though it is not really an issue for me, it looks rather cheap, like the ones used in textbooks and newspapers (and it smells like it). But I really like that it does not glare under direct light and is easy to turn.
The texts in these books are very readable. Unlike similar volumes from other publishers which contain collected works, these are not reprints. They are typeset with fresh, modern typefaces with relaxed layout and spacing. Shakespeare’s volume is the only one that seems to be a facsimile of an old edition. Aside from the readable typeset, some volumes also include illustrations especially the ones with tales and stories. These include the Brothers Grimm, Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe, and Hans Christian Andersen. This is an excellent feature especially if you want to gift these volumes to young ones.
The Wordsworth’s Library Collection is the best option if you want to have as many titles in as fewer volumes as possible. True to its title, these volumes are perfect for any library—whether in school or at home. Though they are not that portable, you’ll have the advantage and convenience of having all the works of your favorite authors in a single volume. These collected works are also probably the cheapest in the market—retailing for only £16.99 each. These are definitely a must-have for any library!
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of these books from Wordsworth Editions in exchange for a fair and honest review. To learn more about their products and offers, visit https://wordsworth-editions.com/