One of the great things about high-profile remakes and re-imaginings of old classics is how often they’ll send curious viewers back to the source material. HBO’s series adaptation of Westworld has reinvigorated interest in Michael Crichton’s original 1973 film; Big Little Lies became a bestseller again after HBO’s miniseries adaptation; Hulu’s acclaimed The Handmaid’s Tale has boosted sales of Margaret Atwood’s book (and even the original 1990 film version). So hopefully this month’s HBO movie adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 will bring some new readers to that classic book – and if so, boy do we have a suggestion for how to read it.
Our friends at Folio Society have given the book their customary four-star treatment, with a handsome new edition supplemented by Sam Weber’s illustrations and cover design. It’s available exclusively on their website– and if you’re in the mood for more classic dystopian sci-fi while you’re there, they’ve just released a gorgeous new binding of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend with art by Dave McKean. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite images from each, below.