What’s better than a book? A beautiful book. And what’s better than a beautiful book? A book that’s beautiful because it was designed by a top name from the world of architecture, fashion or the arts.

Much-cherished publishing house Puffin has released six such titles – The Designer Puffin Classics, each a limited edition of 1,000 – to celebrate its 70th birthday.

Want them all? From today, Puffin is auctioning the complete set, each one signed by its designer, via guardian.co.uk, with all proceeds going to The Guardian‘s Ugandan development project, Katine. Get bidding here.

Antony Gormley has reinvented James and the Giant PeachLivingetc fave Orla Kiely has added retro charm to Little Women;

Brit pop-art supremo and creator of this album cover paints a new Oliver TwistCharlie and Lola creator Lauren Child has designed a wonderful multi-layer version of The Secret Garden;

Pritzker Prize-winning architect legend Frank Gehry goes delicate with Treasure Island; and Around the World in Eighty Days is resplendent in gold, thanks to leading architect David Adjaye.

Each volume comes in its own Perspex case – the perfect heirloom-in-the-making protector.

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

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