An unusual Little Women book

I found this very unusual book cover the other day it’s Little Women by Louisa M Alcott but the cover is illustrated Jessie M King and depicts a solitary girl in what appears to be a desert environment which totally contradicts the story itself.

Through some internet research, the book cover was illustrated by Jessie M King (1875-1949) and is well known as a book illustrator, jewellery designer and painter of pots.  Sadly there are no illustrations within the book.

This is one of a series of books published by Collins under the title Collins Bumper Presentation Books.  It has proven to be very difficult to find information on this edition online anywhere: I imagine very few have survived.

This book is definitely a keeper and will add to my collection of unusual and interesting finds.

(NB. If you have found this post, please DO NOT email me asking about the date, value, or details of your book. I know no more about it than you do.)

rare little women (Copy)

Vintage journal

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Notebook journal

Remade Books is the home of the remade Notebook journal. Browse our site to find a book that is attractive to you or for someone you know, if its to be a gift, and we’ll convert it into a lovely remade notebook journal.

Notebook journals are ideal for students, professionals, writers, artists – and make wonderfully unique gifts.  Select copy of a book or novel  from our site that appeals, for example music, nature, cookery or transport, and order your Remade Books notebook journal. You can select options such as lined paper when you order, and include any special instructions.

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Recycled notebook

A Remade Books Recycled Notebook is an old, unwanted book, of your choice, recreated into a notebook using recycled paper.  Paperbacks or soft back books make great casual notebooks, or go for a hard backed book if you want a longer lasting notebook. A smaller sized book will make a handy pocket notebook, or a larger size for a jotter. Each product lists the approximate size in centimetres, you can select a book to suit your needs. Lined paper is an option you can select when ordering your recycled notebooks.

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Recycled diary

What is a Remade Books Recycled Diary? Well it isn’t an old diary recycled into a new diary, rather an old book recycled into a totally unique diary and made with recycled paper. When you purchase a Remade Book, select the diary option upon ordering and we will print a custom diary into a Remade hard cover journal or paperback notebook. It will have a week-to-view diary on the left and a blank page on the right. We can place selected pages of the original book in between the months if you like. Just request this in “Special Instructions” when ordering your book.

So there we have it, a Remade Books Recycled diary. If you have any questions about ordering our Recycled Diaries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Recycled journal

Remade Books is the home of Recycled Journals. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will tell you the story of the Remade Books Recycled Journal

How it works: We take an old, unloved, unwanted book that was destined for landfill or incineration, and lovingly transform it into a recycled journal. Hard backed books made the best long lasting journals. We carefully slice off the spine and set it aside to be made into a clever bookmark. Then we select pages from the book, give them a quick trim, cut some recycled paper the same size, then intersperse the original content with blank sheets, or lined paper or a diary if you have ordered it. Then we bind it all up with high quality wire binding, adding a bookmark, ribbon place holder, elastic closures etc. We spend some time making your recycled journal unique, such as protective corners if they’re needed.

I could say at this point; “There you have it, the story of the recycled journal from Remade Books”… But in truth it’s story is just about to begin… As YOUR Recycled Journal from Remade Books!

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Eco friendly gifts

Looking for an eco friendly gift? Look no further – Remade Books make simply fantastic eco friendly gifts! Recycled from old books, and containing only original pages and recycled paper, they are as eco friendly as a product comes. We provide stylish recycled gift wrap along with reused packaging, so your gift will stand out from the crowd as being one of the eco-friendly sort! For extra eco- friendly brownie points you can send us your used book and we’ll refill it for you! But it’s not just about recycling; when you buy a Remade Book, you are buying straight from us, the manufacturer, cutting out any middle men and saving on transport costs compared with eco friendly products you may find on the high street.

So why not browse the Remade Books site and grab an eco friendly gift today!


Upcycled gift

An Upcycled Gift is a product made from unwanted or scrap materials that have been restored or reinvented to create a new object.  And that’s exactly what we do at Remade Books to create a range of unique Upcycled gifts.

Old books are lovingly recreated into upcycled notebooks, journals, diaries and more. Remade Books make wonderful upcycled gifts as they be tailor made to suit the gift receiver. For example you can choose from a range of options and order a bookmark made from the spine, lined paper or even a customised diary.

For an unusual and unique upcycled gift, browse the Remade Books shop.


Upcycling gifts

What Is Upcyling? Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. A good example is a Remade Book. These are old books that are transformed into various items of stationary such as notebooks, journals, diaries, sketchbooks.

How do we go about upcycling gifts? At Remade Books we take old unwanted books and remove the spine. We take selected pages from the content, such as beautiful illustrations are intersperse these between blank pages, lined pages or even pages with a specially printed diary. The whole lot is rebound together with wire bindings and there you have it – something new that makes a wonderful an upcycled gift!  Order it online, have it tailor made to your specifications, gift wrapped and sent away as a useful and beautiful upcycled gift.


Recycled Birthday Presents

It’s a fact – some people are just hard to buy birthday presents for. But here’s some good news – this is no longer the case – Remade Books make fantastic Recycled Birthday Presents! Are you looking for a recycled birthday present for someone who is environmentally aware? Then look no further. A Remade Book is individually created from books originally destined for landfill or incineration. It is transformed, using recycled paper, into a useful notebook, journal, dairy or sketchbook. As a birthday present there is no equal, just select an old unwanted copy of your ‘Birthday receivers’ favourite novel or book from our online shop – or send us a copy you have found your self. We’ll convert it, gift wrap it, add your personalised message and send it direct. Job done!

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