Back in March 2021, librarian HeatherS emailed us about the Classics of Romance hardcover edition:
I purchased this signed hardcover copy of Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small about 3 years ago in a used bookstore. It was published in 1996. I thought it was an interesting and unusual edition and think it might have been a special order-by-mail book club of some kind.
Any help you or the community can give me would be much appreciated. I’m sure this isn’t the only copy out there!
Well, get ready, we have an update from Heather!
I wanted to follow up with you on the Classics of Romance HaBO you posted for me a while back.
I haven’t been able to find out anything else about the line yet, but I have enlisted the Browne Popular Culture Library for aid.
I got the two books mentioned in the comments, so now I have 3 titles total.
Pink ribbon bookmarks and inset cover art for all, though only the original Bertrice Small is signed.
The search for info and/or more books in this series continues!
Are you ready for some pictures?
They look like a cross between romances and library reference books or bound periodic collections.
But hot diggity, we have stepbacks.
So! Much! MULET!
Aren’t those cool? I am so curious to know if more were made.
I asked Heather if she’d heard of any others in the series, and she says they’re very hard to find: “I haven’t been able to find anything about them at all. It’s like they never existed… but they do, since they’re on my bookshelf. They aren’t in WorldCat or Goodreads, either.”
Oooh, mysterious edition is mysterious-er!
It also strikes me as very interesting that many of the Kickstarters of custom or collector’s editions of romances (I did a podcast about this with Katee Robert and Lucy Eden) are producing intricate and elegant hardcovers like these.
I know the hard bound editions of much loved books are very popular with YA readers, especially in special collector’s boxes or subscription services, too. (And don’t get me started on how much I loved the art for the Subterranean Press Murderbot edition).
What romance would you want a collector’s edition of?