The Folio Society is an independent publishing house that creates sumptuous editions of classic books. “Making a Folio Society book involves a strange kind of alchemy,” says its publishing director, Tom Walker. “We work with our greatest authors and obsess over hand-stitched bindings and illustrated page edges.” This year, the company celebrates its 75th anniversary, offering it a chance to reflect on the 2,400 editions it has commissioned, with illustrators ranging from Quentin Blake to Paula Rego to Kingsley Nebechi. “Book design is a living, thriving art form,” says Walker. “When it is done well it has the capacity to bring great books back to our attention and allow us to see them in a new light.”

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