Unfortunately, the packaging of this item was poorly done and the corner of the slipcase was crushed. Amazon was good about crediting me 15% of the price, but I would rather have had undamaged goods. The covers are linen and the pictures are okay, but the page edges aren't gold; which would have made this set stunning. It looks like a matte paint. I'm an avid Harry Potter fan, so had to have this set in the UK version. I will no longer read the Americanized version.