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The Collector’s Library presents the great works of literature in handsome, hardback formats. Whether they are the regular classics of world literature, which fit so neatly into the pocket or briefcase, or the handsome Library, designed for the bookshelf, the books are sumptuously produced, enduring editions to own, to collect and to treasure.

Collector’s Library is an imprint of CRW Publishing Ltd

  • Full-cloth bindings
  • Ribbon markers
  • Head and tail bands
  • Gilt edges
  • Section sewn
  • Superb quality at affordable prices

Modern Writers

Sebastian Faulks Birdsong

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Frederick Forsyth The Day of the Jackal

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Graham Greene Brighton Rock

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Robert Graves Goodbye to All That

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Dashiell Hammett Maltese Falcon

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Robert Graves I, Claudius

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Noel Streatfeild Ballet Shoes

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L.P. Hartley The Go-Between

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Muriel Spark The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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Gerald Durrell My Family and Other Animals

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Laurie Lee Cider with Rosie

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Graham Greene The Third Man

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W.Somerset Maugham Best Short Stories

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Franz Kafka The Trial

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Max Beerbohm Zuleika Dobson

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E.M.Forster The Machine Stops

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Erich Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front

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The 450th birthday of England’s greatest playwright

April 23rd 2014 is the 450th birthday of England’s greatest playwright. The Collector’s Library is proud to publish fourteen of his greatest plays, all illustrated by Sir John Gilbert, as well as two editions of his 154 sonnets, which deal with themes such as the passage of time, love, beauty and mortality – one edition illustrated throughout in colour, and the other a plain text.

As You Like It


Henry V

Julius Caesar

King Lear


The Merchant of Venice

A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Richard III

Romeo and Juliet

The Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest

Twelfth Night

The Sonnets

The Sonnets (illustrated in colour)

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born in 1775 at Steventon, Hampshire. She was the seventh child of the local rector, and her life was by modern standards uneventful. In 1801 she moved with her parents to Bath, but returned to Hampshire when her father died, settling in the village of Chawton. She remained there until 1817, when she moved to Winchester to be within easy reach of her doctor. She died that year, aged forty-one. Four of her novels, including Pride and Prejudice, were published anonymously in her lifetime; Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, along with several shorter works, appeared posthumously. She never married.

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The Complete Works

Shakespeare's 450th Birthday
23rd April 2014

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