Founded in 1947, The Folio Society has spent the past seventy years publishing handsomely illustrated and carefully-crafted editions of classic works of literature, driven by the belief that "the literary content of a book should be matched by its physical form". Folio Society publications have long been admired as much for the high quality of their production as for the exemplary illustration and design they display, and upholding such high standards for seven decades is an achievement not to be sniffed at. The Society's history and legacy will be explored this autumn in a new exhibition, The Artful Book, opening tomorrow at the National Art Library in London's Victoria & Albert Museum.
The exhibition will include a copy of The Folio Society's first ever publication, an edition of Tales By Tolstoy from 1947, alongside a wealth of material from the Society's archives, including original commissioned illustrations and artwork, publications, pamphlets, documents and correspondence. A reading corner has also been created within the Library, allowing visitors to explore a range of Folio Society titles first-hand. For a dose of inspiration for lovers of literature, book design and illustration, it's not to be missed.
The Artful Book
The National Art Library, V&A, London
5 September 2017 – 28 January 2018