Holiday 2010 sale
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Anyone going to order anything with the Holiday sale? 15% lt $60, 20% gt $60 includes subscribers too!
Muir - Nature Writings
Henry James - Travel Writings
Irving - Three Western Narratives
I grabbed the American Sermons volume to give as a gift and then a variety of others for myself (though they will be gifts from family members to give to me). I picked up the 2 Lynd Ward volumes, Raymond Chandler short stories and Charles Brockden Brown. I am thinking that I may alter my order and swap the Brown volume for the 2nd Mencken volume-- complete the set and what not.
I will say, one thing that is troublesome is that the volumes purchased to give as a gift will show up as "purchased" for my subscription. As a result, I will have to call customer support to have them update my account so that I will receive the American Sermons volume eventually as a part of my subscription. That is if I ever catch up (6 new volumes a year doesn't give a guy a lot of room for collecting the whole series unless you start just picking up volumes during the sale times)...
I have ordered at the beginning of the sale
O'Connor: Collected Works
Kerouac: Road Novels
Willa Cather: Complete Fiction & Other Writings (3 volumes)
Emerson: Poems & Translations
Norris: Novels & Essays
Cooper: Leatherstocking Tales, vol. 1
Cooper: Leatherstocking Tales, vol. 2
Crane: Prose & Poetry
Melville: Redburn, Moby-Dick, White Jacket
Twain: Mississippi Writings
London: Novels & Stories
Paine: Collected Writings
Slipcased: Capt. Smith: Travels
Slipcased: Du Bois: Writings
Slipcased: Muir: Nature Writings
Slipcased: Irving: Western Writings
Slipcased: H. James: Travel Writings: The Continent
Slipcased: Longfellow: Poems & Other Writings
I added the Capt John Smith volume. They had an excerpt from the book on the website. I was hooked. Some LOA volumes do have illustrations. This one states: Included in the volume are 44 pages of contemporary drawings, 15 of them full-color illustrations by John White.
These being in an open barge of two tunnes burthen leaving the Phenix at Cape-Henry we crossed the bay to the Easterne shore and fell with the Iles called Smiths Iles. The first people we saw were 2 grimme and stout Salvages upon Cape-Charles with long poles like Javelings, headed
with bone, they boldly demanded what we were, and what we would, but after many circumstances, they in time seemed very kinde, and directed us to Acawmacke the habitation of the Werowans where we were kindly intreated; this king was the comliest
proper civill Salvage wee incountred: his country is a pleasant fertill clay-soile. Hee tolde us of a straunge accident lately happened him, and it was. Two dead children by the extreame passions of their parents, or some dreaming visions, phantasie, or affection moved them againe to revisit their dead carkases, whose benummed bodies reflected to the eies of the beholders such pleasant delightfull countenances, as though they had regained their vital spirits. This as
a miracle drew many to behold them, all which, being a great part of his people) not long after died, and not any one escaped. They spake the language of Powhatan wherein they made such descriptions of the bay, Iles, and rivers that often did us exceeding pleasure.
I ordered (all slipcased):
The most recent (third) Saul Bellow
The two Lynd Ward volumes
The most recent Henry James (6th volume of novels).
With this order, my collection is lacking, among published volumes, only the most recent (6th) Roth, the second Mencken, and the True Crimes anthology.
My order arrived and as ever I am impressed by the fine collection the LOA has put together.
I have 39 LOA volumes now and believe I have a wide and diverse range of American literature, which has filled a void in my library.
The offer has been fantastic: I ordered 15 volumes, and after the discount, cost me what 12 volumes would normally have cost me.
> Congrats LesMes 15 volumes at one time is quite a haul. I look forward to seeing them in your catalog. Keep it up and you will soon be a member of the 100 club.
There's a 100 club! Oh how fun! Let's see, I have 71 in my LT library plus the 6 that just arrived - hmmm - (sticks tongue out slightly whilst calculating) = 77 : 23 more to go!
Do I get a certificate or something? ;^)
I twice got certificates for eating 2lb Cod and Chips in a restaurant - sorry about that little bit of trivia. I am now a strict vegetarian and won't be doing that again. :-)
I digress (probably because it's 36C here today and I am swooning)
I have now catalogued my LOAs.
You have to let the LOA people know when you've reached 100. When I did, I got some sort of certificate or recognition, and they would periodically send stuff to 100 Club members, including a list of the other members. I remember once I got a pad of paper with the LOA logo at the top, and certain other mementos. I wonder whether they've let that concept lapse, though, since I haven't received any communications on that score for a few years. Also, they used to highlight the 100 Club in each issue of the newsletter, listing new members, encouraging people to let them know and to send in photos of their collections, some of which they printed in the newsletter. But I haven't seen any mention of the 100 Club for quite a while now. I wonder whether they are contemplating a 200 Club, now that the main series has passed 210 volumes -- or maybe they've just decided not to pursue the n00 Club concept any more.
>13 There's no reason at all to feel inadequate, kd. 25 LOA volumes, whatever the selection, is a great collection. They'll take a long time to read, and since LOA volumes are generally the equivalent of 3-4 regular books, you have 75-100 wonderful books. Enjoy!
No, no - feel happy you are part of this great endeavor! After all I have been collecting them for 6 years. One every other month with an occasional haul here and there.
Woo hoo! David! Can you answer our question about the 100 club? I thought they were just kidding...
I have not been in the USA for around 20 years or so. The thought of having my eyes scanned, my prints taken and perhaps a prostrate examination - is all a bit much for me - security conscious or no!
I do however think that being a member of the 100 club should attract some privileges...
1) Automatic immigration and custom clearance
2) Security of person from over excited airport security
3) Unlimited Taco Bell vouchers
Is this asking too much?
And that is standard procedure when flying within the US. It is much worse for those entering from other countries.
Seriously, I have heard stories from those that have become US citizens trying to get back into the US from Canada (driving). They can get detained for hours at the border. It is a very frightening experience. So if you have become a US citizen and go to Canada or Mexico, take your citizenship papers with you!
Coupla years ago I saw mention of a 100 club so I contacted LOA and they sent me a very nice little package with LOA letter opener, LOA stiff handle key ring, a tasty square of chocolate, a letter of appreciation, and maybe something else but I 'dismember'-all in all quite a charming package of goodies, with the letter opener being a timely replacement for its' recently and permanently misplaced predecessor.
I think this is a great idea, lets hope they keep this custom of the 100 or 200 club. I would definitely enjoy receiving such gifts when I reach such goal
I'll post a separate thread on the 100+ Club (and how to join) when I get back in the office tomorrow.
Thanks, everyone, for keeping us on our toes!
I'm dreading this.
I feel a sense of impending financial doom.
I can already anticipate how I am going to explain to my wife that I need to buy up 85 volumes of LOA for a sweet new letter opener!
At the risk of raining on the parade, I am still waiting for my delivery of the 'Holiday Sale' books. It takes ages for them to arrive in the UK. However I have learned to be patient: last year I wrote and said that the 2009 offer had not arrived. LoA said they would send another batch. Both parcels arrived within a week of each other.
I wrote and asked what I should do. LoA were very kind and told me not to worry. I gave the duplicate set to my old school library. They were very pleased. It would be good to think that they might become subscribers as a result.
So I wait patiently for two volumes of William James and two vols on the Debate on the Constitution. When they arrive I will need to be snowed in for about a month to read them. The 'Holiday Sale' offer is very good value for non US residents as it considerably reduces the postage costs.
Don't feel it's Yankee discrimination--early in my postings on the Folio Society Devotees, I complained that the English must still be using the Mayflower to send us our books.
Django, I'm quite happy, thanks (just having a little moan.) Though I must say I wish there could be a reintroduction of sea mail. I would like a big Webster's dictionary, but I could almost buy a flight for myself for the price of the shipping (or should I say, airing?)
The post will arrive when it arrives. Just like in the Ozark song, it'll shine when it shines :-)
I would cut all retailers a bit of slack due to the seasonal backlog and the seasonable weather!
Talking about the OMDs, I might just crank them up for a bit!
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