James Bond - Carte Blanche - Bentley Edition
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I'm a collector of Easton Press books, but I really wish there were more publishers out there producing the same quality.
A recent browse and this interesting edition popped up
Clearly the price is outrageous, but luckily I found another edition that is a tenth of the price, still in bentley leather etc. with the numbered out of 500 on a real bullet die cut into the book.
What do you guys reckon? Worth it?
For an arm and a leg, I'd rather have the Queen Anne Press edition:
Django, I love all the fine presses you introduce! but then I'm irked because I want all of these and just can't afford them :)
Ah well, they are lovely nonetheless...
and 18,000 pounds!! yowza!
Oh well, they're sold out of the sets labeled A-Z, and though they still have some of the series labeled with the Cyrillac alphabet, I wouldn't want any Rusky stuff in MY library.
(How's that for sour grapes?)
Wow, those QAP bindings are simply stunning!
Sadly not fine press, but I have the Penguin 007 series with covers designed by Michael Gilette. They are really fantastic covers - they were released in 2008 to celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth. They look very cool on the shelf (the spines have coloured silhouettes to match the covers) and are a really nice size to hold and read so I can definitely recommend them if anyone is looking for a set.
They don't seem to be easily available in the US anymore, but they are on amazon.uk (e.g. http://amzn.to/A0ySLV) and book depository (e.g. http://bit.ly/ygATNx). This is what the covers look like all together:
and spines on the shelf:
I am a sucker for cool booky things, and think the OP's comment about this Carte Blanche edition being numbered on a bullet is pretty awesome (seriously, a bullet stuck into the book, how cool is that??). The link he gave was sold out, as were most shops I checked, but there do seem to be a couple left in stock at BD if anyone else was looking (e.g. here: http://bit.ly/wG5oB6).
about to embark on the EP bond collection myself. neither my wallet or my wife are happy
Here's another fine edition that will cost you an arm, leg, and perhaps another part of your person (+12.5 thousand). Half-calf, Jonathon Cape.
I have the previous Penguin paperback Ian Fleming edition. Not as Mod, but still pretty kool.
9: those are very pretty, but if I was looking for a first edition, I would want the original cover and not a rebound copy, no matter how pretty it is.
>3 - QAP's ....wow they look amazing!
I am actually going to go dig up $20,000....the leather detail is incredible!
Any other titles/publishing houses like this? like >7 I'm also a sucker for cool booky things
Despite being an engineer and being well versed with computers, I despise the advent of the ebook - you just can't beat a book.
By the way, I've started a book blog - if you get a chance take a look. I'll put up some photos of the Carte Blanche when it arrives + I might start documenting EP's etc. It's only a day old, but hopefully you get an idea of where it's headed. I got heaps of time to kill!
Website is here, click around and if you like it, hit some ads to help me out.
12: are you really going to pay $20,000 for the set?! Wow... well, yes please post LOTS of pics when it arrives. I'd like to see multiple pics for each volume please :)
>12, 13 wow - if you really are getting this set I also put in my pleading for more photos - it looks so amazing...
I wonder if is just me lucky to live in Italy where there are good book binders which for a fraction of the price can custom made me any leatherbound book I can not find or I could not possibly justify the asked price, like those James Bond's, or if person willing to pay those prices like better the idea of having the very true edition them felt in love with.
>15, That sounds like a good deal. I once had a book re-bound for just over $110. I can't justify that for every book I obtain.
Those are some beautiful books and have piqued my interest in acquiring the EP Bond. I notice our old nemesis gilded has a set of all 14 for $1600. I know the 007 books have been out of print from EP for a while, but that price seems steep to me. What did EP sell the books for new so I might have a frame of reference.
>17: Easton Press originally introduced them at $54/ea. or $756 for the complete fourteen volume set. Some time later they increased the price to $54.70/ea. or $765.80.
I have seen sets go on Ebay for as low as $435. With patience and diligence you should be able to compile a collection piecemeal for just around $945, average cost of all fourteen volumes.
While I hate to plug re-sellers, mwz has just listed a set with a starting bid price of $995 auction style; $1400 'Buy It Now'.
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