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DLE Ovid Metamorphoses

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Edited: May 26, 3:05pm Top

The largest set of DLEs to date. These are giants. Beautifully built with the beveled board edges. Simple design to the covers, although the spine is a little busy. Very thick pages. Limited to 400 sets @ $500.

These photos have been moved to the album. Click the pic.

Jul 12, 2011, 2:21pm Top

Wootle, thanks for the post, you must be a bit proud of that shelf. I know that some of my oversized EP books have had issues with warping as the leather shrinks with changes in humidity. Do you think that these may suffer the same fate, or do you think these won't have the issue since they have the thicker end boards?

Also, you do realize you can take the plastic off those now! :)

Beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 12, 2011, 2:31pm Top

Personally I've never had a problem with warped boards here. I have received a couple books purchased from the "south" that was warped until they spent some time here, then they straightened back out. With that being said, with such a large area of leather, it could definetely bend the thicker boards I believe if the humidity was to high.

I usually don't take the wrap off until I am ready to read them, I didn't make it all the way through Faerie Queene 1, so thus the others are still wrapped for now. They shouldn't be on that shelf anyway since they aren't DLEs, but they don't fit on the regular shelves.

Jul 12, 2011, 4:35pm Top

Wootle, where are the Crusades? Are they on a different shelf along with the Divine Comedy? Also, thanks for the wonderful pics!

Jul 12, 2011, 4:45pm Top

Crusades, 1611, Romance, Cassell's and Dante are on the shelf below. I'm not happy with the unit just yet, gonna have to build another next to it with more lay down shelves.

Jul 12, 2011, 4:53pm Top

With the Dante now in the picture as well - that thing is really huge...

Jul 12, 2011, 4:58pm Top

They're giants, larger than Kelmscott even. I'll post a comparison pic later of all of them together.

Jul 12, 2011, 5:00pm Top

Your last picture actually shows the comparison pretty well :) I think the Dante is huge - don't even want to think about this one...

Edited: Jul 12, 2011, 5:35pm Top

Wow, it's fun seeing all the DLEs in one bookcase!!

My EP DLEs are, unfortunately, spread out all over my library. Smaller volumes with slipcases are in one place, larger volumes with slipcases in another, the two clamshelled books are stacked on top of a shelving unit, and I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the large and unprotected Ovid and Crusades volumes. Given the layout and number of volumes in my library, I can't imagine ever being able to group them together like this without sacrificing valuable shelf space -- and I really hate keeping books in boxes (no offense intended, wailo).

So I really enjoy seeing what you've done here, Wootle--even if it's a temporary solution for you and a never-to-be realized one for me.

Edited: Jul 12, 2011, 6:03pm Top

Very nice, Wootle - so what copy number is your Ovid?

Jul 12, 2011, 6:03pm Top

It's right in the middle somewhere, like all my others. I never get any of the low numbers.

Jul 12, 2011, 8:17pm Top

That, is one shelf of pure delight!

Jul 12, 2011, 8:24pm Top

>9 SilentInAWay:: No offense taken, Silent. I hate it too. To make matters worse ... I've had to start stacking shelves in front of shelves for lack of space. Now the books behind are entombed until I can afford a house with a library. If E/P doesn't knock it off with the DLEs that will be about never.

Jul 12, 2011, 8:53pm Top

I am not a fan of all EP books but I like this! Is that beveling I see? Nice touch! Same with the marbled end papers. I'm so sick of the same old silk that EP is so infatuated with. Add a regal purple binding and you have a winner.

Jul 12, 2011, 9:00pm Top

Purple would be a nice binding, I'm sure we'll see one eventually. I also am all for marbled endpapers, I'm tired of the silk. That is beveled edges, which most of the larger editions have had so far.

The leather does look a little purplish, but it is really a dark brown with perhaps a touch of red.

Jul 12, 2011, 9:23pm Top

Gosh darnit- you may have just convinced me to spend another $500!! Why? Why?????

Jul 12, 2011, 10:43pm Top

>15 Wootle:

Ah, my mistake. I hope I'm not going colorblind. That second pic really had me!

Jul 13, 2011, 3:04am Top

14> I'm so sick of the same old silk that EP is so infatuated with

I hear ya. When I first started collecting Easton Press books, they tended to use a different color fabric for the endpages of each book, usually selected to complement either the color of the cover or the interior design. Obviously, this is no longer the case...

Jul 13, 2011, 10:48am Top

Easton Press also used to have different colors for their silk bookmarks. That also, is no longer the case. However, I have noticed that a few of the DLEs do use a gold-colored bookmark which is a nice change from the usual.

Jul 13, 2011, 2:31pm Top

Wootle, I'm concerned about the shelf holding your KJB, Crusades, etc.; must be about 50-60 pounds worth of beautiful, delectable DLEs there. Would reinforcement be in order? -or maybe shoring up the floorboards under your bookcase? :-)

Jul 13, 2011, 3:28pm Top

These are very well built units, the shelf is glued and nailed on three sides, so no problem. I could put my big ass on that shelf with no problem. I guess being a house framer has some benefits.

Jul 20, 2011, 11:04am Top

Does anyone have any idea why Metamorphoses isn't listed in the DLE section of the EP website? It comes up when you do a search for it, but it doesn't mention anything about it being a DLE. I went ahead and ordered it anyway... Did they suddenly decide to cancel it as a limited edition and make it a standard edition?

Jul 20, 2011, 11:25am Top

22: ummm, NO. You can't just cancel a LE and make it a standard edition, especially after it has gone into print! I think this "rumor" that EP just randomly cancels DLEs is getting way out of hand. The reason it's not listed on the EP website under the DLE section is because the EP website sucks!

Jul 20, 2011, 11:28am Top

The website does say it is a DLE. One could also ask why the Signed First Edition series is the DLE section of the website. It doesn't belong there.

Jul 20, 2011, 11:34am Top

OK, good. I was hoping it's just the website being a horrible website. You're right, it does say in the description that it's a deluxe limited edition. I wonder if and when they'll ever revamp their website?? Surely they know they'd sell a lot more books if they did?!

Jul 20, 2011, 12:19pm Top

>25 Sand_Man:: I don't think they know that, or even think it for that matter or they would change it. But I'm with you ... they need to change it.

Jul 22, 2011, 8:21pm Top

The Ovid was delivered today, around an hour after I left to do errands (seems I'm never around when the UPS guy is here). I had called EP a couple days ago inquiring about shipment and she told me it was "scheduled for Friday", which I assumed meant it was SHIPPING today, so imagine my surprise when I got home and saw the humongous box on top of the mailbox in my foyer! (It actually shipped out on Tuesday.) 21 pounds worth of delectable DLE delight - I got that puppy up into my apartment pronto! Once again as in the case of another DLE I got some time ago, the package said "signature required" but since I wasn't home and today was the hottest day in years along the East Coast I guess the UPS man didn't want to lug 21 lbs. up three flights of stairs. I won't be opening it for a few days because it's beastly hot in my place and I don't want to drip sweat on those lovely volumes. -And by the way, what's the best way of examining these if you don't own a book stand or table sturdy enough to support the weight and you haven't worked on your pecs for awhile? (-o.k., actually never!) I mean, these must be the heaviest DLE's since "Crusades"!!

Jul 22, 2011, 11:46pm Top

Becket, I also received mine today. Like you I called Wednesday morning and was to they would go out Friday. I wonder if they have a system delay? However I opened mine. Beautiful books thus far, although I've only briefly examined. I was originally going to hold off on these, but wootle tipped me over the edge.

Now my biggest issue is where to store them. I've run out of horizontal storage in the library and I hate to store these under Crusades for fear they will stick. Any suggestions if sticking can be avoided with a sheet of paper? Wail, astropi, quicksilver?

Jul 23, 2011, 12:18am Top

>28 hamletscamaro:: I would recommend an archival plastic film such as you might find here. Sometimes I receive books from sellers wrapped in sleeves made from similar material, which I save for predicaments such as yours.

Edited: Jul 23, 2011, 3:45am Top

These look beautiful and I am tempted. But are they good copies for reading. Obviously, their beauty and historical/bibliographical importance is evident. But taking into account size, antiquated print and spelling, I wonder if this is an Ovid that can be read and enjoyed rather than simply admired as a beautiful book in its own right. I like to combine beauty with readability if possible.

Please convince me as I am itching to pull the trigger !!

P.S. - Love your LE library, Wootle.

Edited: Jul 23, 2011, 10:56am Top

>30 Quicksilver66: The English and the spelling are more modern than Shakespeare. The only problem I can see is with the letter "s". The upper case "S" and the lower case "s" at the end of a word are like ours. When "s" occurrs inside a word, it looks like our lower case "f". This printing convention is true of both the Latin and English texts.

The biggest problem in reading it is where to put the book. It is too large and heavy to hold. The best option for me is to lay it flat open on a table or desk, pull up a comfy chair, and begin reading.

Jul 23, 2011, 11:00am Top

Thanks Tom41. I noticed the "s" issue on the photographs above and this can take quite a bit of getting used to.

Still tempted though.

Jul 23, 2011, 11:44am Top

>29 wailofatail:, thanks for the tip, wail. I may have to try that.

>30 Quicksilver66:, 32, I find these quite easily read and haven't found the "ff" to slow me more than the first few minutes as my brain a climates to the change. At least this is easier than an original Chaucer or Beowulf.

Jul 23, 2011, 12:21pm Top

I am just wondering if anyone has the LE FS Ovid and this DLE EP one.
How do they compare?

Edited: Jul 23, 2011, 1:33pm Top

I have both, and each is a superb production in its own right. Each is a totally different presentation of the same work. I am very pleased to have them both.

Jul 23, 2011, 6:10pm Top

>35 Tom41: But if you had to choose only 1, which would it be and why?

Jul 23, 2011, 6:58pm Top

>36 Svartalf: If I didn't have either one, I would buy the EP edition because
1. It has the Latin text (This is important to me.);
2. It is less expensive: $500 delivered vs $645 for the FS delivered. ( I purchased the FS from a bookseller for less then $645 delivered last fall.).

Jul 23, 2011, 6:59pm Top

36: that depends on you, of course. Myself, I would choose the DLE EP version, because it has MANY more illustrations, is less expensive (after shipping I think this is true, someone correct me if I'm mistaken), and also includes the Latin prose, not that I can understand much Latin, but still it's nice that it's there! Overall though, I'm sure you can't go wrong with either, but I love classic illustrations :)

Jan 17, 2012, 11:48pm Top


(not a big surprise)

Jan 17, 2012, 11:55pm Top

I am actually surprised it took as long as it did to sell out. I was shocked to see in one of the Xmas catalogues that it was still available along with just about every other DLE released in the previous six months or so.

Jan 18, 2012, 1:03pm Top

I had no interest in this one, the two DLEs last year I did buy slowly crawled up the list on the most popular over a few months. It takes years before they go up for collectors, on the bright side better than the CD interest rates in a bank. Books seem to be a better investment since 2007.

Thank you Astropi for the update.

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