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DLE Slaughterhouse-Five

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Edited: May 27, 7:39pm Top

The newest deluxe limited edition by Easton Press. What can I say? Looks great, comparable to 451 in size, make your own determination. Photos have been moved to the album. Click the pic.

Jul 11, 2011, 7:26pm Top

Illustrations are very interesting...I want to compare them to the FS edition tonight.

Jul 11, 2011, 7:56pm Top

Can't wait, they told me today it shipped out a bit ago, I should get it this week. Looks great. Thanks for the photo's.

Jul 11, 2011, 8:27pm Top

Looks gorgeous! Thanks for the pics... I think. Is it good to say thanks for something that gives you bookenvy?

Jul 12, 2011, 5:00am Top

Congratulations Astropi. It does looks nice but not my cup of tea.

Jul 12, 2011, 9:01am Top

5: Thanks, but I'm not the one who purchased it. Congratulations should be sent to Wootle!

Jul 12, 2011, 9:14am Top

I noticed that E/P used Signed Modern Classics signature sheets while the title page just states 'signed limited edition'. What do the title pages of the normal Signed Moderen Classics state?

Jul 12, 2011, 9:57am Top

The title page of the SMC book says "Signed Collector's Edition" I also noticed that the first four lines of the poem on the title page have been omitted from the LE edition. The omitted lines are

A fourth-generation German-American
now living in easy circumstances
on Cape Cod
and smoking too much,
who, etc.

Edited: Jul 12, 2011, 10:07am Top

It's not only the SMC - there are two copies of this book in my house from different publishers and they both have the complete 'poem' on the title page. Why would the first four lines be omitted from this expensive LE?

Jul 12, 2011, 11:54am Top

> 8
The anti smoking lobby strikes again?

Jul 12, 2011, 12:02pm Top

I also thought that a first, but I see no reason to also remove the first three lines. Maybe it was a consortium of the anti-smoking, anti-German(-American), anti-easy circumstances and anti-Cape Cod lobbies. ;-)

Edited: Jul 12, 2011, 12:14pm Top

The first thing that comes to mind--why on earth did they use the same skull and crossbones illustration for the cover of a limited edition as you find on the $5 paperback???


I'll follow that with a pair of general questions about E.P. LEs:
Is the leather of a higher quality than, say, the 100 Best series?
Could they perhaps have been a bit more imaginative with their endpapers? Silk is what they use on their run of the mill productions!

I love Vonnegut and particularly SH5, but I guess I'm in a bit of a critical mood.

Jul 12, 2011, 12:15pm Top

8: Tom, that was a good observation. I wonder if originally the poem was shorter and later Vonnegut changed it? That is one possibility, or perhaps EP simply screwed up? I would not call this omission serious, but definitely perplexing. If you had not point it out, I would never have noticed.

Jul 12, 2011, 12:21pm Top

I can't find any mention of the title page ever changing, therefore it seems plausible that EP simply messed-up. Ah well, no one is perfect!

Jul 12, 2011, 12:37pm Top

I checked on wikipedia and the "poem" is part of the the book's full title. It is hard to understand why EP would abridge the title of an LE book when they haven't done it in their other publications of the book.

Jul 12, 2011, 1:46pm Top

This might be a "stretcher" (as Huck Finn would have said) of a guess, but maybe EP is covering themselves
(legally and/or copyright speaking) with that omission; those lines say "now living" etc. Vonnegut has been dead for four years now and maybe it ties in with it being a signed edition. The previous signed edition from EP was in 1998(?) (We've speculated in another thread about this new DLE how Vonnegut could have signed 850 copies AFTER he shuffled off.) How do such emendations of text or title page matter (if unauthorized) stand in terms of copyright issues? Any fine legal minds care to chime in?

Jul 12, 2011, 1:58pm Top

Lastly, how many other people have noticed that there is a "smiling face" on the bottom of the spine of the Slaughterhouse-Five book? It's evil...

Jul 12, 2011, 2:25pm Top

>16 iluvbeckett: Vonnegut must have signed many pages for the SMC edition in 1998, which would explain the SMC logo in the LE. Even though the page sizes of the LE and SMC are different, perhaps all EP's signature pages are a standard size and are cut to fit the actual volumes. When I subscribed to SMC, Vonnegut was alive and Slaughterhouse Five was the first book sent to new subscribers, which might explain the large number of signed pages. Does anyone know if that is true today and if the SMC edition is even still available?

Edited: Aug 16, 2014, 5:09pm Top

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Jul 12, 2011, 5:21pm Top


Jul 17, 2011, 11:42pm Top

A quick short review and set of pictures on this DLE are now up at Books and Vines, though no matching Wootle's pictures!




Edited: Oct 25, 2013, 12:13pm Top

Hi, I'm new to this board and have a question that hopefully someone can answer:

I originally purchased the Signed Modern Classic of "Slaughterhouse Five" in 1999 and have the original invoice from Easton.

It is still sealed, and is the dark blue leather version, however on the binding it does not say "signed edition". I want to sell it as signed but don't want to open it to verify it's signed. I saw the exact style sold as signed through Heritage Auctions but they had no photo of the signed page.

Any help/information would be greatly appreciated. Thank You in advance.

Edited: Aug 16, 2014, 5:09pm Top

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