Coco Christmas : The World’s Most Beautiful Historic Books

At House of Coco reading is one of our favourite things to do, especially in the winter months where you can get lost for hours in front of the roaring fire.

From a jewel-encrusted tome to the perfect replica of the 9th century Book of Kells, Addison Publications, the UK’s most luxurious illustrated book publisher, have picked their six top Christmas gift suggestions for this festive season.

Addison Publications publish and distribute extraordinary facsimiles of historic material held in the collections of the world’s top libraries and museums. These stunning limited editions cost between £2, 950 and £39, 500.


Mark Catesby’s Natural History of Carolina, Florida & the Bahama Islands (above)
(First facsimile edition) £39, 500

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The first illustrated record of the flora and fauna of North America, as observed by English naturalist and explorer Mark Catesby on a trip to America in 1712. The 263 watercolour drawings are part of the Royal Collection and the first facsimile edition is now available in four leather-bound volumes.


The Lindisfarne Gospels

(8th Century) Victorian Binding £16, 950 | Leather Binding £7, 950

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The Lindisfarne Gospels must be the outstanding artistic creation of the early Middle Ages with their breathtaking colours and a vast quantity of detailed ornamental decoration. The book was written, illustrated and illuminated by Bishop Eadfrith ofLindisfarne in the 5 years preceding his death (likely 715-720 A.D.). The book contains the first version of the Gospels in English.


The Highgrove Florilegium
(2009) £12, 950


The first Florilegium in the United Kingdom inspired by a royal patron. For seven years leading botanical artists from around the world were invited to paint examples of the plants and trees growing in TRH The Prince of Wales’ and The Duchess of Cornwall’s garden at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. Each copy is signed by HRH The Prince of Wales.


The Peterborough Psalter
(14th century) £6, 000


The Peterborough Psalter was commissioned by Geoffrey of Crowland, the abbot of Peterborough and presented to Pope John XXII around 1318. With its suave figures, delicately incised gold patterns, and painterly modelling of draperies and faces, this volume preserves the work of the finest English illuminator of the early fourteenth century.

Gaston Phoebus – The Hunting Book
(15th Century) £2, 950            

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A facsimile of one of the most beautiful and bestselling texts of the late Middle Ages, this manuscript was written and illustrated in Paris around 1407. Gaston Phoebus’ Hunting Book is the most famous record of medieval hunting and a fascinating piece of cultural history.

The Book of Kells
(9th Century) £12, 500

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The Book of Kells manuscript, which eclipsed all other artistic and cultural achievements of the early Middle Ages, was created around AD 800 by Irish monks to glorify the life of Christ, the facsimile provides a perfect replica of all 680 pages of the manuscript.


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