Some of our fondest memories of childhood come from the books that nourished our imagination. You can share those memories with your children and grandchildren in the form of leather-bound classics, including many first editions, from the London firm of Asprey & Garrard.
Imagine thumbing through a copy of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book printed in 1894, when India was still the crown jewel of the British Empire. Other selections might include Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland from 1866, a first-edition four-volume set of A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh dated 1924 to 1928, and a first-edition 1939 volume of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, by T.S. Eliot. The books are handcrafted in vegetable-tanned Indian and Nigerian calf- and goatskin, accented with gilt tooling. They can be produced in any color (red, green, and black are the most popular), and many books have the original illustrated or decorated endpapers, as well as gilt edging on the pages. Contact Asprey & Garrard for a catalogue or to request a specific title. 167 New Bond Street, London W1S 4AR, England; 44-207-493-6767; fax 44-207-491-0384. In the United States: 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022; 212-688-1811; fax 212-826-3746.