The 100 Greatest Folio Society Books Ever Published

The 100 Greatest Folio Society Books Ever Published list provides a wide-ranging selection of fiction and non-fiction works for the FS enthusiast. The Folio Society is a London-based publisher that produces illustrated hardback editions of classic books. Each Folio edition features specially designed bindings and includes artist-commissioned illustrations or researched artworks and photographs. Most editions come with their own slipcase.

1. Metamorphosis and Other Stories

By Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western ... More »

Metamorphosis and Other Stories
The Greek Myths

2. The Greek Myths

By Robert Graves

For a full appreciation of literature or visual art, knowledge of the Greek myths is crucial. In this much-loved collection, poet and scholar Robert Graves retells the immortal stories of the Greek myths. Demeter mourning her daughter Persephone, Icarus flying too close to the sun, Theseus and the ... More »

3. On the Origin of Species

By Charles Darwin

On the Origin of Species, published on 24 November 1859, is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Its full title ... More »

On the Origin of Species
Easy & Not So Easy Pieces

4. Easy & Not So Easy Pieces

By Richard Feynman

, xxvi, 254 pages, illustrated with colour plates and numerous diagrams, this edition follows the text of the Addison Wesley Longman editions, with updated introduction by Roger Penrose More »

5. The Hobbit

By J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, better known by its abbreviated title The Hobbit, is a fantasy novel and children's book by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide ... More »

The Hobbit

6. Slaughterhouse-Five

By Kurt Vonnegut

Folio Society hardbound edition, with slipcover. More »

7. Walden

By Henry David Thoreau

The Folio Society edition, 1980, a new hardcover with new slipcase, very nice collectible copy. More »

I, Claudius

8. I, Claudius

By Robert Graves

Shipped from UK, please allow 10 to 21 business days for arrival. Boxed. More »

9. The Iliad

By Homer

Classic Robert Fagles translation of Homer's Illiad. Collector's edition More »

The Iliad
The Odyssey

10. The Odyssey

By Homer

The second half of Homer's epic work sumptuously bookcrafted by The Folio Society. Acclaimed translation by Robert Fagles, introduction by Bernard Knox, and illustrations by Grahame Baker. 688 pgs. More »

11. Short Stories By Ernest Hemingway

By Ernest Hemingway


Short Stories By Ernest Hemingway
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples

12. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples

By Winston Churchill

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples is a four-volume history of Britain and its former colonies and possessions throughout the world, written by Winston Churchill, covering the period from Caesar's ... More »

13. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

By Edward Gibbon

Reissued in new bindings with antiqued cream color paper, ruled in gilt and with red and blue labels on spines. Housed in two slipcases. More »

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Homage to Catalonia

14. Homage to Catalonia

By George Orwell

Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell's personal account of his experiences and observations in the Spanish Civil War. The first edition was published in 1938. The book was not published in the United States until February ... More »

15. The Outsider

By Albert Camus

London published Fiction More »

The Outsider
To the Lighthouse

16. To the Lighthouse

By Virginia Woolf

To the Lighthouse is a 1927 novel by Virginia Woolf. A landmark novel of high modernism, the text, which centres on the Ramsays and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920, skilfully manipulates temporal and psychological elements More »

17. The Double Helix

By James D. Watson

The Double Helix : A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA is an autobiographical account of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA written by James D. Watson and published in ... More »

The Double Helix
The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II

18. The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II

By Fernand Braudel

Braudel's first book, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II was his most influential. More »

19. The Lord of the Rings

By J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English philologist and University of Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's ... More »

The Lord of the Rings
Life: A Natural History Of The First Four Billion Years Of Life On Earth

20. Life: A Natural History Of The First Four Billion Years Of Life On Earth

By Richard Fortey

A magisterial exploration of the natural history of the first four thousand million years of life on and in the earth, by one of Britain's most dazzling science writers. What do any of us know about the history of our planet before the arrival of man? Most of ... More »

21. Dracula

By Bram Stoker

Folio Society Edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula More »

The Best of Dorothy Parker

22. The Best of Dorothy Parker

By Dorothy Parker

Just like brand new....protective sleeve and book are perfect. More »

23. Democracy in America

By Alexis de Tocqueville

"DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA is at once the best book ever written about democracy and the best book ever written on America."--from the PREFACE. These pages contain the timeless traveler's observations and refelctions of the French aristocrat, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859). Orginally published by de Tocqueville in three volumes, ... More »

Democracy in America
Brave New World

24. Brave New World

By Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley's most celebrated work and a classic science fiction. American Academy of Arts (1959) and Letters Award of Merit winner. Set in the London of AD 2540 (632 A.F. in the book) the novel about life in a scientifically-controlled utopian future where cloning is the primary means ... More »

25. Things Fall Apart

By Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart is an English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe published in 1958. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, and one of the first African novels written in English ... More »

Things Fall Apart
The History of the Peloponnesian War

26. The History of the Peloponnesian War

By Thucydides

A plague so devastating it destroyed belief in the gods; prisoners of war worked mercilessly to death in stone quarries; statesmen debating the motives for military action with chilling pragmatism; coup leaders concealing the breakdown of values beneath a sickly veneer of spin . . . The horrors, ... More »

27. The Republic

By Plato

Fine Hardcover in slipcase, published by Folio Society. More »

The Republic
The Twelve Caesars

28. The Twelve Caesars

By Robert Graves

The Folio Society has reprinted classic books in special edition bindings. This hardcover is clothbound in russet and navy with gilt accents and twelve gilt heads of the Caesars as accents. More »

29. Relativity

By Albert Einstein

In physics and especially relativity, General Relativity is a popular textbook on Einstein's theory of general relativity written by Robert Wald. It was published by the University of Chicago in 1984. The book, a tome of ... More »

Anna Karenina

30. Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy | Used Price: 50% Off

"Toltstoy towered above his age as Dante and Michelangelo and Beethoven had done above theirs." --Kenneth Clark ANNA KARENINA and WAR AND PEACE, Tolstoy's masterpieces, could not stand farther apart in narrative scale. The latter is an epic novel of Napoleonic-threatened Europe, the former a deeply-moving, tragic love ... More »

31. The Brothers Karamazov

By Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Brothers Karamazov (Russian: Братья Карамазовы, Brat'ya Karamazovy), pronounced [ˈbratʲjə kərɐˈmazəvɨ]) is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoyevsky spent nearly two years writing The Brothers Karamazov, which was published as a serial ... More »

The Brothers Karamazov
Waiting for Godot

32. Waiting for Godot

By Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot (/ˈɡɒdoʊ/ GOD-oh) is an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. Godot's absence, as well as ... More »

33. The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy

By Jacob Burckhardt

No other work has had more impact on man's conception of the past than Jacob Burckhardt's The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy. The notion that between the 14th and 16th centuries in Italy a new and unique civilisation was born called 'the Renaissance' seems so familiar, it ... More »

The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
The March Of Folly: From Troy To Vietnam

34. The March Of Folly: From Troy To Vietnam

By Barbara Tuchman

A meditation on the historical recurrence of governments pursuing policies evidently contrary to their own interests. In addition to the two historical events referenced in the title, discusses the Popes of the late Renaissance inciting the Protestant rebellion and Great Britain provoking the Americans to revolt. More »

35. The Second World War

By Winston Churchill

The Second World War is a history of the period from the end of the First World War to July 1945, written by Winston Churchill. It was largely responsible for ... More »

The Second World War
Plutarch Lives

36. Plutarch Lives

By Plutarch

Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, commonly called Parallel Lives or Plutarch's Lives, is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings, written in the late ... More »

History of Western Philosophy

38. History of Western Philosophy

By Bertrand Russell

A History of Western Philosophy is a 1945 book by philosopher Bertrand Russell. A conspectus of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratic philosophers to the early 20th century, it was criticised for its ... More »

39. Darkness at Noon

By Arthur Koestler

Darkness at Noon (German: Sonnenfinsternis) is a novel by the Hungarian-born British novelist Arthur Koestler, first published in 1940. His best known work, it is the tale of Rubashov, an Old Bolshevik who is arrested, imprisoned, ... More »

Darkness at Noon
A Century of Conflict: 1848 -1948

40. A Century of Conflict: 1848 -1948

By A.J.P. Taylor

Alan John Percivale Taylor, FBA (25 March 1906 – 7 September 1990) was a British historian who specialised in 19th- and 20th-century European diplomacy. Both a journalist and a broadcaster, he became well known to ... More »

41. Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

By Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (Danish: [ˈhanˀs ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsnÌ©]; often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and ... More »

Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales
The Wings of the Dove

42. The Wings of the Dove

By Henry James

The Wings of the Dove is a 1902 novel by Henry James. This novel tells the story of Milly Theale, an American heiress stricken with a serious disease, and her effect on the people around her. Some of these people befriend Milly with honorable motives, while others are ... More »

43. A History of Africa

By J. D. Fage

John Donnelly Fage (3 June 1921 – 6 August 2002) was a British historian noted for his work on African history. Fage was born at Teddington, Middlesex, England. He went to Cambridge University (Magdalene College) for his ... More »

A History of Africa

44. Aeneid

By Virgil

Publius Vergilius Maro (October 15, 70 BC – September 21, 19 BC), usually called Virgil or Vergil /ˈvɜrdʒəl/ in English, was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He is known for three major works of Latin literature, the Eclogues (or Bucolics), ... More »

The Trial

46. The Trial

By Franz Kafka

All orders are shipped Media Mail with Delivery Confirmation. In slipcase. More »

47. The Best of Saki

By Saki

Hector Hugh Munro (18 December 1870 – 13 November 1916), better known by the pen name Saki, and also frequently as H. H. Munro, was a British writer whose witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre stories satirised Edwardian society and culture. He is considered ... More »

The Best of Saki
Animal Farm

48. Animal Farm

By George Orwell

Animal Farm is an allegorical and dystopian novel by George Orwell, published in England on 17 August 1945. According to Orwell, the book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the ... More »

49. Oscar and Lucinda

By Peter Carey

Oscar and Lucinda is a novel by Australian author Peter Carey which won the 1988 Booker Prize, the 1989 Miles Franklin Award, and was shortlisted for The Best of the Booker. More »

Oscar and Lucinda
Midnight's Children

50. Midnight's Children

By Salman Rushdie

As new in slipcase. Absolutely FINE/FINE, all corners sharp w/out bumps. Price sticker remnant to bottom edge of slipcase (no paper missing). More »

51. A History of the Arab Peoples

By Albert Hourani

A History of the Arab Peoples is a book written by the British-born Lebanese historian Albert Hourani. The book presents the history of the Arabs from the advent of Islam (although some pre-Islamic ... More »

A History of the Arab Peoples
Seven Pillars of Wisdom

52. Seven Pillars of Wisdom

By T. E. Lawrence

Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiographical account of the experiences of British soldier T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia"), while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against ... More »

53. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

By Dee Brown

"One does not sell [or soak with blood] the earth upon which the people walk." - Crazy Horse . . . The massacre by United States soldiers of encamped Sioux at Wounded Knee is the culminating event in a barbarous and shameful catalog of war, slaughter, planned genocide, ... More »

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

55. Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson's classic adventure, one of the best-loved children's stories of all time, is now available in a deluxe edition published by The Folio Society. Bound in full buckram, with a stunning gilt-embossed pictorial design on the front board, a gilt-lettered spine, Smyth-sewn binding, and 16 full-page color ... More »

Treasure Island
The Prince

56. The Prince

By Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince (Italian: Il Principe, [il ˈprin.tʃ]) is a political treatise by the Italian diplomat, historian and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. From correspondence a version appears to have been distributed in 1513, using a Latin title, De Principatibus ... More »

57. Goodbye to All That

By Robert Graves

The autobiography of famous writer Robert Graves, expanded by the author with a prologue and epilogue. The book has an illustrated cover. More »

Goodbye to All That
A Dance to the Music of Time

58. A Dance to the Music of Time

By Anthony Powell

For the painting, see A Dance to the Music of Time (painting). A Dance to the Music of Time is a twelve-volume cycle of novels by Anthony Powell, inspired ... More »

59. 101 Stories

By O. Henry

This edition of O. Henry's stories was published by The Folio Society Ltd., London. It is a blue and tan cloth-bound hardcover book in a blue slipcase. The book was printed on Caxton-wove paper at St. Edmundsburgh Press, bound in London in cloth, and printed and blocked by ... More »

101 Stories
Heart of Darkness

60. Heart of Darkness

By Joseph Conrad

This is the Folio Society reprint of the Heart of Darkness and Two Other Stories by Joseph Conrad. This edition is cloth and comes in the original sleeve. More »

61. The Histories

By Herodotus

More than anything, Herodotus' great book is a treasure-trove of wonders. The omens and oracles, fantastic tales and fables, told to him on his travels through Greece, Africa and the Near East, and faithfully recorded, once earned him the soubriquet the Father of Lies. Stories of Hippias, the ... More »

The Histories
If this is a Man

62. If this is a Man

By Primo Levi

If This Is a Man (first published in 1947 in Italian as Se questo è un uomo; United States title: Survival in Auschwitz) is a work by the Italian Jewish writer Primo ... More »

63. Nostromo

By Joseph Conrad

London published Fiction More »

Paradise Lost

64. Paradise Lost

By John Milton

Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608-1674). It was originally published in 1667 in ten books, with a total of over ten thousand individual lines of verse. A ... More »

65. The Blue Fairy Book

By Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang's Fairy Books — also known as Andrew Lang's "Coloured" Fairy Books or Andrew Lang's Fairy Books of Many Colors — are a series of twelve collections of fairy tales, published between 1889 ... More »

The Blue Fairy Book
Gulliver's Travels

66. Gulliver's Travels

By Jonathan Swift

Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships, better known simply as Gulliver's Travels (1726, amended 1735), is a novel by Anglo-Irish ... More »

67. The Remains of the Day

By Kazuo Ishiguro

K asuo Ishiguro won the 1989 Booker Prize with this celebrated novel that movingly evokes the changing landscape - physical, political and emotional - of Britain between the wars. In 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, borrows his employer's car for a summer motoring trip, but his ... More »

The Remains of the Day
The Icelandic Sagas

68. The Icelandic Sagas

By Magnus Magnusson

The Sagas of Icelanders (Icelandic: Íslendingasögur)—many of which are also known as family sagas—are prose histories mostly describing events that took place in Iceland in the 10th and early 11th centuries, during the so-called Saga Age. ... More »

69. The Diary of a Young Girl

By Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl (also known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while ... More »

The Diary of a Young Girl
To Kill A Mocking Bird

70. To Kill A Mocking Bird

By Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters ... More »

71. A History of Chinese Civilisation

By Jacques Gernet

A History of Chinese Civilization (folio Society 2 Vol. Box set) More »

A History of Chinese Civilisation
Travels with my Aunt

72. Travels with my Aunt

By Graham Greene

Travels with My Aunt (1969) is a novel written by English author Graham Greene. The novel follows the travels of Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, and his eccentric Aunt Augusta as they find their way across Europe, and eventually even further afield. Aunt Augusta pulls Henry away ... More »

The Prince and the Pauper

74. The Prince and the Pauper

By Mark Twain

The story of two boys (or girls)--one rich, one poor--exchanging places has become so familiar that we forget that the original tale was conceived, and brilliantly executed, by Mark Twain. THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER is a comic novel, an adventure novel, an historic novel--and a compassionate moral ... More »

75. The Blind Watchmaker

By Richard Dawkins

Bound in cloth, blocked and printed with a computer-generated image of a golden DNA double helix unwinding. Set in Sabon with Optima display. 384 pages; 24 pages of colour plates. 10½" × 6¼" In this award-winning, lucid and entertainingly written book, Richard Dawkins uses the great scientific discoveries of ... More »

The Blind Watchmaker

77. The Chronicles of Narnia

By C. S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 100 ... More »

The Chronicles of Narnia
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

78. The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

By Muriel Spark

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a short book by novelist Muriel Spark, the best known of her works. It first saw publication in The New Yorker ... More »

79. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass

By Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel. Written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice who ... More »

Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass
Civilisation: A Personal View

80. Civilisation: A Personal View

By Kenneth Clark

Beautifully bound book with gilded design on front cover and matching slip case. Civilization by Kenneth Clark, published by the prestigious Folio Society, London. Gift book. More »

81. The Mill on the Floss

By George Eliot

The Mill on the Floss is a novel by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), first published in three volumes in 1860 by William Blackwood. The first American edition was by Thomas Y. ... More »

The Mill on the Floss
The Qur'an

82. The Qur'an

By Marmaduke Pickthall

The Qur'an [Hardcover in slipcase] [Jan 01, 2007] More »

83. Lord of the Flies

By William Golding

Lord of the Flies is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results. Its ... More »

Lord of the Flies
Lord Jim

84. Lord Jim

By Joseph Conrad

Lord Jim is a novel by Joseph Conrad originally published as a serial in Blackwood's Magazine from October 1899 to November 1900. An early and primary event is the abandonment of a ship in distress by its crew including ... More »

85. Amerika

By Franz Kafka

Amerika, also known as The Man Who Disappeared (German: Der Verschollene), is the incomplete first novel of author Franz Kafka, published posthumously in 1927. The novel originally began as a short story titled The Stoker. The novel incorporates ... More »

The Plums of P.G. Wodehouse

86. The Plums of P.G. Wodehouse

By P. G. Wodehouse

Plum Stones is a collection of short stories by P.G. Wodehouse. All of the stories contain a different Character (such as Plum Pie).It was published after his death (in 1993) by Galahad books. It contains stories previously never ... More »

87. Gormenghast

By Mervyn Peake

Beautiful collector's edition. More »


88. Moby-Dick

By Herman Melville

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel by Herman Melville, first published in 1851. It is considered to be one of the Great American Novels. The story tells the adventures of wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by ... More »

89. Enigma: The Battle for the Code

By Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

The complete untold story of the cracking of the infamous Nazi code Most histories of the cracking of the elusive Enigma code focus on the work done by the codebreakers at Bletchley Park, Britain's famous World War II counterintelligence station. In this fascinating account, however, we are told, for ... More »

Enigma: The Battle for the Code

91. The Voyage of HMS Beagle

By Charles Darwin

Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited Round the World under Captain Fitz Roy, R.N. This Edition reprints the 1860 text with minor emendations. This handsome collector's editiion of 518 pages has 36 pages of colour and black and white plates. Introduction ... More »

The Voyage of HMS Beagle
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

92. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

By Robert Louis Stevenson

New, unread Folio Society hardcover in matching slipcase. Pristine gift condition. Contents are tight, bright and clean, free of any internal markings or personalizations. Not ex-library, not a book club, not a remainder More »

93. Ethics

By Aristotle

Great book for a Collector or Gift for the Holidays More »

The Complete Prose of Woody Allen: Without Feathers, Getting Even, Side Effects

94. The Complete Prose of Woody Allen: Without Feathers, Getting Even, Side Effects

By Woody Allen

Getting Even (1971) is Woody Allen's first collection of humor short stories and plays. Most pieces were first published in The New Yorker between 1966 and 1971. More »

95. The Descent of Man

By Charles Darwin

The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex is a book on evolutionary theory by English naturalist Charles Darwin, first ... More »

The Descent of Man
The Arabian Nights

96. The Arabian Nights

By Edward Detmold

One Thousand and One Nights (Arabic: كتاب ألف ليلة وليلة‎ Kitāb alf laylah wa-laylah) is a collection of West and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic ... More »

97. Kidnapped

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Kidnapped is a historical fiction adventure novel by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. Written as a "boys' novel" and first published in the magazine Young Folks from May to July 1886, the novel has attracted the praise ... More »

Pride and Prejudice

98. Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society ... More »

99. Ulysses

By James Joyce

Ulysses is a novel by the Irish writer James Joyce. It was first serialised in parts in the American journal The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920, and then published in its entirety by Sylvia Beach ... More »

Memoirs of a Revolutionist

100. Memoirs of a Revolutionist

By Peter Kropotkin

Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin (1842-1921) was born in Moscow to a prominent family of minor nobility. He was one of the world's foremost anarchistic communists. Kropotkin advocated a communist society, free from central government and based on voluntary associations between workers. In addition to his Memoirs, he wrote ... More »

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