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DLE: David Copperfield

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Nov 11, 2011, 4:09pm Top

Looks like the Deluxe Limited Editions are going to be a weekly thing. Here's the latest:

David Copperfield

"An Exclusive Leather-bound Deluxe Limited Edition. Recreating the rare original parts from 1849 and 1850 in which the novel first appeared.

Of all his great works, Dickens loved David Copperfield the most. Here are the beautifully illustrated covers... the classic illustrations by "Phiz," Dickens' favorite illustrator... the vintage advertisements from Victorian England... and the complete text of one of the greatest novels ever written." -- Easton Press

Nov 11, 2011, 4:32pm Top

Looks pretty nice.

Nov 11, 2011, 4:45pm Top

Wow, that would be tempting Wail, if only I had faith in the quality of Easton Press DLEs. Sadly, I no longer do.

Nov 13, 2011, 7:08am Top

4: well, since I've yet to receive even one defective DLE, I still have faith :)

Yes, it's tempting, much more so than the DLE 3 Musketeers! I also like this:

A handsome volume, bound in an elegant seven-piece case of premium leather over printed marble board.

The leather over printed marble board looks interesting, although from the pic on the website the marble board and color of the leather seem to clash...

Edited: Nov 15, 2011, 5:42am Top

Well, as a lover of Dickens, Copperfield and Victoriana I have tentatively ordered this. I like the design and the marbled boards. I am worried about quality. If there are issues on this I will just return it for a refund rather than wait for a replacement.

The order confirmation I received from Lana said the book was not yet available. I wonder when shipping is slated for? It looks like a holiday season book (everyone loves Dickens at Christmas) so I hope it will ship shortly.

There is no mention of a limitation number.

Nov 16, 2011, 9:12am Top

Good to hear this David, do indeed post pictures and keep us updated :-)

Edited: Nov 17, 2011, 11:01am Top

I have decided to cancel my order. With all the quality issues I am not confident. I think I will wait until it has been released and see if anyone reports any quality issues with it and perhaps re-order then if I am still interested. Are there any guinea pigs who are going to give this a try?

Nov 17, 2011, 11:10am Top

I am going to get it. It is in my favorite style with quarter leather and marbled papered covers.

Nov 17, 2011, 11:19am Top

Thanks Wootle. Please post some pictures when you receive it.

Nov 17, 2011, 11:29am Top

I will, but I think it will be a while before they ship.

Edited: Nov 18, 2011, 9:25pm Top

The paper sides don't appear to be hand-marbled. For the price you're paying I would have expected something along the lines of Ann Muir marbling.

In any event, someone at EP is going to be fired once word gets out that there is an edition bound in something other than full-leather. I for one love the half-leather look, but I'm shocked EP has strayed into that territory.

Mar 2, 2012, 3:43pm Top

What's the difference between hand-marbled and... non hand-marbled??

Mar 2, 2012, 7:15pm Top

This question popped into my head today too. Great minds surely do think alike!

Mar 2, 2012, 7:17pm Top

One is a xeroxed copy, the other is dipped into the paints etc.. by hand, making each a one of a kind.

Mar 2, 2012, 7:18pm Top

Wow! How can you tell the difference?

Mar 2, 2012, 7:22pm Top

I'm sure there are several different ways. One way is to feel the surface, on a hand marbled page, you can usually feel the ridges and low areas made from the paint.

Mar 3, 2012, 2:49pm Top

The easiest way is to compare two copies side by side. If they are absolutely identical they cannot be hand marbled. I fell into this trap with the EP DLE end pages. I noticed that the endpapers in the front are identical to the endpapers in the back. Also due to quality issues I have needed up with more than one copy briefly of certain DLE titles. Both books "hand-marbled" design endpapers were absolutely identical. I was so disappointed I immediately ran to my computer to re-read the EP list of features for the book. I was saddened to discover that it was very carefully phrased as "marbled end sheets" which is not the same thing as hand marbled pages.

Edited: Mar 4, 2012, 11:54am Top

Hand marbled is certainly better. But even if not individually hand marbled it should still be beautiful. I have a number of recent and old books bound in print marble which are still beautiful. For me the real issue is how well this book is constructed - are there any production defects and can it be read without the spine cracking and bits of paper falling out from the spine. I am still on the fence about this book. I know it’s not the most expensive EP LE but for the price it should still be exceptional.

Edited: Mar 4, 2012, 12:30pm Top

I've slogged about two-thirds of the way through D. C. and though I'm liking it better than when I was "bastinado'd" into reading Dickens in high school, I'm reminded of why he isn't one of my favored authors (Let's just say I'm having no problem putting the book down).

As for the DLE itself, no problems. It does the job it's supposed to do, being a replication of the original printing, although I wonder if the dimensions are the same, and whether the original also included those little tipped-in half or quarter page advertising slips? The PRINTED marbling is alright, and the leather holds together with the boards pretty closely. A minor quibble would be the reproductions of the "Phiz" illustrations at the beginning of each part. They're not very impressively printed but I suppose EP had to put them out there as a selling point since they were original to the first printings.

Overall, a good solid DLE. Nothing exceptional or flashy and the "price point" could be lower for what you get.

Edited: Mar 4, 2012, 12:37pm Top

Thanks iluvbeckett. Pleased that its well constructed.

Can anyone post any photos to help push me over the edge on this one. Someone tempt me, please !!!

I wish the EP site had better photos. It could only increase their sales.

Mar 4, 2012, 12:43pm Top

I wish I had this to post -- if someone has a bunch of pictures I would be glad to put on Books and Vines...

Edited: Mar 4, 2012, 1:00pm Top

I have a copy of this waiting for me in Toronto when I visit next month so I'll get some photos then, but that's still a long month away. In the meanwhile this is what my brother sent when it arrived, not much to go on :( as it's taken with his iPhone:

Mar 4, 2012, 2:15pm Top

> 22

Thanks. I’m getting tempted.

Mar 4, 2012, 2:34pm Top

I'll see if I can convince him to snap a few with his camera, but he's quite busy and he already does that a lot with all the books I get sent to him, so no promises :)

Mar 4, 2012, 3:12pm Top

> 24

Thank you tag.

Mar 4, 2012, 9:59pm Top

>19 iluvbeckett:

The multicolor half page thingies are the same as the ones that the original had - expect that the original ones were usually not attached. Not sure on the size - my old notes are back home so cannot check.

> 21 and the rest

OK - I need to get my camera and snap a few I guess... As soon as I manage to be home before dark so I do not snap them with the lights on. :)

Mar 5, 2012, 5:15pm Top

20 > 23>

I don't know if you've read my description of the Copperfield DLE in message #28 of this thread.

(I can't resist a chance to contribute to one's temptation)

Mar 5, 2012, 6:37pm Top

27> ...um, dumb comment on my part. You responded to my posting over in that thread -- mea culpa.

Edited: Mar 12, 2012, 2:01pm Top

DLE Sold. Thanks!

Apr 6, 3:23pm Top

I know this is usually frowned up, but as a long-time member and not someone who signed up to hawk their wares, I'm hoping no one minds too much. Some (good) life changes mean I need to make space and I have to part with some books, including the David Copperfield DLE. If anyone's interested, let me know.

Apr 6, 3:41pm Top

>30 tag83: you might do better with a wider market, listing on eBay. One just sold for $635 and two others are $600+

Apr 6, 3:49pm Top

That was my next stop, but I thought I'd offer it here for less than I'd sell it for on EBay (accounting for fees).

Apr 6, 4:43pm Top

>32 tag83: pictures would help. Not sure what this serialized reprint looks like nor quality of illustrations since listing only shows one illustration. Most people are just showing a box!

Apr 6, 8:27pm Top

I'm very interested in your David Copperfield DLE.

Apr 10, 12:31am Top

>32 tag83: thanks for sharing. My that is an impressive DLE. This is the way to collect Dickens!

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