Easton Press Deluxe Limited Editions (7)
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01 -- 2290 -- The Kelmscott Press’s The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer: /425, 6@$99.00 ($594.00)
Announced: 9/2009 Shipped: 10/2009 Sold Out: 12/2009, 2/2010
EP Site: Kelmscott
LT Discussion: Kelmscott
02 -- 2537 -- The King James Bible The Classic 1611 Edition: /400, 4@$149.00 ($596.00)
Announced: 3/2010 Shipped: 7/2010 Sold Out: 2/2011
EP Site: 1611 KJB
LT Discussion: 1611 KJB
03 -- 2289 -- William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: /250, 5@$99.00 ($495.00)
Announced: 3/2010 Shipped: 5/2010 Sold Out: 3/2012
EP Site: Midsummer
LT Discussion: Midsummer
04 -- 2563 -- Joseph-Francois Michaud’s History of the Crusades: /600, 4@$125.00, ($500.00)
Announced: 3/2010 Shipped: 8/2010 Sold Out: 10/2010
EP Site: Crusades
LT Discussion: Crusades
05 -- 2548 -- The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius: /500, 4@$49.95 ($199.80)
Announced: 7/2010 Shipped: 12/2010 Sold Out: 5/2011
EP Site: Meditations
LT Discussion: Meditations
06 -- 2550 -- Leonardo Da Vinci: The Notebooks: /600, 6@$75.00 ($450.00)
Announced: Shipped: 12/2010 Sold Out: 5/2011
EP Site: Da Vinci
LT Discussion: Da Vinci
07 -- 2597 -- History of the Indian Tribes of North America by McKenney and Hall: /400, 6@$99.50 ($597.00)
Announced: 10/2010 Shipped: 11/2010 Sold Out: 12/2010
EP Site: Indian Tribes
LT Discussion: Indian Tribes
08 -- 2564 -- The Holy Bible Cassell’s Illustrated Family Edition: /600, 4@$99.00 ($396.00)
Announced: 9/2010 Shipped: 1/2011 Sold Out: 9/2011
EP Site: Cassell's
LT Discussion: Cassell's
09 -- 2671 -- The Romance of King Arthur: /400 4@$89.00 ($356.00)
Announced: 10/2010 Shipped: 3/2011 Sold Out:
EP Site: King Arthur
LT Discussion: King Arthur
10 -- 2630 -- Dante Alighieri The Divine Comedy: /400, 4@$99.00 ($396.00)
Announced: 10/2010 Shipped: 2/2011 Sold Out: 6/2011
EP Site: Divine Comedy
LT Discussion: Divine Comedy, Divine Comedy
11 -- 2725 -- Lincoln A History by Nicolay and Hay: /400, 4@$249.75 ($999.00)
Announced: 1/2011 Shipped: 7/2011 Sold Out: 12/2012
EP Site: Lincoln
LT Discussion: Lincoln
12 -- 2708 -- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: /700, 3@$65.00 ($195.00)
Announced: 1/2011 Shipped: 1/2011 Sold Out: 3/2011
EP Site: 451
LT Discussion: 451
13 -- 2747 -- Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels: /500 4@$49.95 ($199.80)
Announced: 2/2011 Shipped: 8/2011 Sold Out: 4/2012
EP Site: Gulliver
LT Discussion: Gulliver
14 -- 2721 -- The Fables of Aesop: /300 4@$125.00 ($500.00)
Announced: 2/2011 Shipped: 8/2011 Sold Out: 12/2011
EP Site: Aesop
LT Discussion: Aesop
15 -- 2767 -- The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: /300 6@$125.00 ($750.00)
Announced: 3/2011 Shipped: 9/2011 Sold Out: 3/2013
EP Site: Canterbury
16 -- 2710 -- Ovid’s Metamorphoses: /400, 4@$125.00 ($500.00)
Announced: 5/2011 Shipped: 6/2011 Sold Out: 1/2012
EP Site: Metamorphoses
LT Discussion: Metamorphoses
17 -- 2784 -- The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain: /600, 3@$95.00 ($285.00)
Announced: 6/2011 Shipped: 11/2011 Sold Out: 6/2012
EP Site: Prince and Pauper
LT Discussion: Prince and Pauper
18 -- 2777 -- London by Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold: /400, 4@$124.00 ($496.00)
Announced: 6/2011 Shipped: 1/2012 Sold Out: Available
EP Site: London
LT Discussion: London
19 -- 2719 -- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr: /850, 3@$89.00 ($267.00)
Announced: 6/2011 Shipped: 7/2011 Sold Out: 6/2012
EP Site: Slaughterhouse-Five
LT Discussion: Slaughterhouse-Five
20 -- 1276 -- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas: /400, 4@$125.00 ($500.00)
Announced: 11/2011 Shipped: 12/2011 Sold Out: Available
EP Site: Three Musketeers
LT Discussion: Three Musketeers
21 -- 2801 -- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens: /400, 4@$85.00 ($340.00)
Announced: 11/2011 Shipped: 12/2011 Sold Out: 6/2012
EP Site: David Copperfield
LT Discussion: David Copperfield, David Copperfield
22 -- 2819 -- The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte: /400, email@example.com ($596.00)
Announced: 12/2011 Shipped: 4/2012 Sold Out: Available
EP Site: Napoleon
LT Discussion: Napoleon
23 -- 2815 -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne: /400, 3@$89.00 ($267.00)
Announced: 1/2012 Shipped: 2/2012 Sold Out: 5/2012
EP Site: Leagues
LT Discussion: Leagues
24 -- 2853 -- Hans Christian Andersen: /400, 4@$115.00 ($460.00)
Announced: 2/2012 Shipped: 3/2012 Sold Out: 1/2013
EP Site: Andersen
LT Discussion: Andersen
25 -- 2800 -- Night by Elie Wiesel: /850, 3@$89.00 ($267.00)
Announced: 2/2012 Shipped: 3/2012 Sold Out: Sold Out
EP Site: Night
LT Discussion: Night
26 -- 2848 -- The Holy Bible with Dore Illustrations: /800, 4@$249.00 ($996.00)
Announced: 4/2012 Shipped: 8/2012 Sold Out: Available
EP Site: Holy Bible
27 -- 2849 -- Picturesque America: /400, 4@$145.00 ($580.00)
Announced: 5/2012 Shipped: 6/2012 Sold Out: Available
EP Site: America
LT Discussion: America
28 -- 1303 -- The Outline of History by H G Wells: /400, 4@$119.00 ($476.00)
Announced: 6/2012 Shipped: 7/2012 Sold Out: Available
EP Site: Outline of History
LT Discussion: Outline of History
29 -- 2419 -- Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving: /400, 4@$99.00 ($396.00)
Announced: 8/2012 Shipped: 10/2012 Sold Out: Available
EP Site: Rip Van Winkle
LT Discussion: Rip Van Winkle
30 -- 2335 -- Tarzan of the Apes by Burroughs /800, 3@$89.00 ($267.00)
Announced: 10/2012 Shipped: 12/2012 Sold Out: Available
EP Site: Tarzan
LT Discussion: Tarzan
31 -- 2609 -- A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthurs Court /300, 3@$99.00 ($297.00)
Announced: 10/2012 Shipped: 12/2012 Sold Out: 4/2013
EP Site: Yankee
LT Discussion: Yankee
32 -- 2579 -- A History of the Civil War /1865, 3@$75.00 ($225.00)
Announced: 11/2012 Shipped: 12/2012 Sold Out: 3/2013
EP Site: Civil War
33 -- 2526 -- The North American Indians /400, 4@$135.00 ($540.00)
Announced: 12/2012 Shipped: Sold Out: 4/2013
EP Site: NA Indians
34 -- 2403 -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings /800, 3@$79.00 ($237.00)
Anounced: 1/2013 Shipped: 3/2013 Sold Out: Available
EP Site: Caged Bird
35 -- 1644 -- The Iliad & The Odyssey /400, 4@$89.00 ($356.00)
Announced: 2/2013 Shipped: 5/2013 Sold Out: Available
EP Site: Iliad Odyssey
36 -- 2863 -- The Tempest /400, 4@$99.00 ($396.00)
Announced: 3/2013 Shipped: 5/2013 Sold Out: Available
EP Site: Tempest
37 -- 1846 -- Flowers for Algernon /600, 3@$75.00 ($225.00)
Announced: 4/2013 Shipped: Sold Out: Available
EP Site: Algernon
38 -- 2752 -- A Journey to the Centre of the Earth /300, 3@$89.00 ($267.00)
Announced: 5/2013 Shipped: Sold Out: Available
EP Site: Journey
I'll keep this updated until Astropi decides to rejoin us. As you can see I am missing a few dates, so if anyone can accurately suggest appropriate times, I'll add those in, and any other info I may have incorrect that needs to be adjusted.
The Kelmscott was actually announced several months before it shipped (I even received the infamous due-to-circumstances-beyond-our-control-shipping-has-been-delayed letter for this book). Unfortunately, I can't tell you exactly when I received the brochure. I'm pretty sure it was after the one for A Midsummer Night's Dream, but at least three months before October...
Thanks. I went through a lot of threads here on LT, and looked at all of my own information to get the dates as close as I could. Anyone that bought them at first announcement and can enlighten me on those earlier titles, would be appreciated. I pretty much pre-ordered the middle 20 or so, but the earlier ones I did not. I like being able to see the dates and how long it takes between announcement and shipping and being sold out.
I'll add some HTML when I have more time.
By the way, we still need a LT thread for Canterbury Tales with pics, anyone that has it and would like to contribute.
Thanks for picking up the torch Wootle. I like this thread, even if I have really slowed purchase on these LE's. Although, I may have to pick up the Hans Christian Anderson. UK's review makes it a bit more appealing, and my resistance may be crumbling...
I think we have more dates on here. Maybe this weekend I'll do some more combing and see if we can't complete some of these timeframes.
The 1611 King James Bible was announced in March 2010 (it shipped in July 2010).
I posted the brochure and offered my first impressions in messages 6, 11 and 18 in this thread.
9-Very good. Keep them coming and we'll have them all up to date. Should each one have a thumbnail? Or is the link good enough to their own thread with the pics? Might as well make it look good.
Cassell's was announced in September 2010 (it shipped in January 2011).
Well that would be 80% sold and 20% returned based on my experience.
So it is actually limited to 400 instead of the published 500. I do wonder how many were returned in total. Hopefully it got their attention and they took steps to improve the leather dye and binding problems they had.
Has anyone pre-ordered Napoleon and received word on shipping time frames? It is a set I want, but I have to wait a couple more months before ordering to get some others paid off.
>13, then that makes Gulliver's even MORE of an exclusive limited edition!
We will start the bidding on my copy at $10,000.
Upon opening my copy of Gullivers, a crease was found on a corner of the title page, otherwise was fine. I decided it was too small to return for a replacement.
You could buy an ancient Dore bible from centuries ago for less than that... I've seen one for $600 CAD.
A MASSIVE tomb though, which would be difficult to read without a stand.
Looks wonderful but ... $1000!!! I'm not going down that path.
"The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty."
Wow!! No slipcase?...and not a numbered edition? $1000 seems a little steep...
It will be numbered, 400 at most, maybe only 250-300. But $1k does seem a little excessive. I wish they had done this one first, then I could have skipped the other two.
On the other hand Luxury Bibles are something that seem to sell well - there are way too many of them all over the place :) Not interested in the least though... which should help my bank account to recover a bit.
I'm kind of tempted, but I think this one will do me. It's apparently missing the Apocrypha and the illustrations he did for those books, but I'm not too bothered by that.
Skipping this Bible edition for sure, way to expensive for me to consider it, even if I had any interest in it initially as well, which I do not.
>27 According the the ad:
•The complete text of the Holy Bible, including the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha.
Really? I didn't really look at it thoroughly; I was going by a comment I remember reading in the thread for these Barnes And Noble leatherbound collection. Of course, I could be misremembering that as well.
Or are you talking about the EP one? because I realise that one has it; I was saying that it's missing from the B&N one.
>21: You mean a massive "tome", of course...though King Solomon's (-or David's) tomb could theoretically have been massive (I'm no archaeologist).
23- Limited to 800 per the new catalog. I bet it gets chopped down before publication.
Thanks for the pictures and the first impressions. They definitively look better in your pics than on the Easton press web site. What are your thoughts about the page ends (marbled rather than gilt edged?) Honestly I don't like them from the pics. I am wondering If maybe this is a design effect better viewed in person. They just make me think that the book has been damaged somehow when viewed quickly.
Yes, my thoughts are exactly the same in regards to the marbled page ends.
After opening up the box and first looking at it, my first impression was that the book has some water-damage/mold or something... actually it looks just like that.
I also prefer the usual gold-coating of the edges.
But in my opinion, despite this issue, the rest of the books are really well done, especially with the color pull-out pages.
In my opinion, for the price they are being sold, it is definitely worth buying it.
"In my opinion, for the price they are being sold, it is definitely worth buying it"
You may be one of the very few who consider $596 for 4 books ($149 per volume) a bargain!
But as one who has frequently succumbed to the siren song of fine leather books, I do understand that one cannot think about it in those terms. It is more an emotional rather than a rational decision.
Yes, I completely agree with you HistoryFan, when I was referring to the price being a "good deal" I was speaking within the context of other DLE books.
Very true, purchasing these books is mostly an emotional decision for most of us.
Still, my upper limit that I willing to spend on these DLEs is about $600, no matter how much I would like something, my rational thinking usually takes over.
Speaking of which, the new Doré/Bible DLE, has been very tempting, but luckily every time I was actually considering to place an order, my rational sense kicked in just in time, and I managed to put away my credit card and the phone. :-)
I struggled a little initially with the Dore Bible. I generally collect anything EP publishes with his illustrations, though I did miss out on the DLE Crusades. To demonstrate just how much of a completist I am, despite all the negative reviews (mostly accurate I would say), I even bought the much maligned Raven. But $1,000 for a Bible I will not read (being an atheist) combined with illustrations that are actually not among my favorites of his work, did not provide enough emotional appeal to overcome my rational side.
Unfortunately I am also a member of the "Easton Press Completist" species. :-)
In fact, my latest quest is to have a complete (as much as possible) collection of the EP Signed First Edition Science Fiction series.
I only buy books that I will (or would eventually) read, and being a huge S/F fan(natic), this series really is a great interest to me.
The complete list is about 300 books, and I already manged to get together about 100 of them.
Unfortunately it is a hugely expensive quest, so because of this I had to slow down with my other EP book purchases with the exception of some DLE ones.
(The ones I just can't resist to buy....)..
Judging strictly from catalog pics, I find the Rembrandt Bible the more attractive (at least on the outside), and at a quarter the price, I would be going for that one, (if I were in the market for either, which presently, I'm not.)
For myself, I haven't been enamored with any of the DLE's, and haven't purchased any. (I understand many folks seem to love them, though.) For me, they just seem very large books done up a little more than usual, and at the prices charged, I'm just not interested in spending $400 or more on a single big book that I find a degree more fancy than your average EP offering. Sorry if I've rained on anyone's parade, (If you love 'em, more power to you.)
I don't need to get right with Jesus badly enough to spend 1K on the good word.
Being adamantly resistant to the persuasions of any organized religion, I can understand and empathize with all the posters above who have indicated that The Bible wouldn't interest them, no matter who illustrated it or how it was bound. I can only say that my favorite edition is the Limited Editions Club 5 volume KJV, designed for reading in a clear paragraph layout and without all the diacritical marks that hamper one's enjoyment of the stories--and many of them are damned good stories, and, in the KJV, expressed in some of the most beautiful English prose ever written. The LEC edition was designed for readers who wanted to enjoy the work "without benefit of clergy," and I highly recommend this approach--I doubt, however, that either of these Easton Press Bibles follow that lead.
There is a good chance the Bible set may be canceled, actual purchases will not be confirmed until August. $500 per volume is narrowly limited to the public who believe it is a must have, and can afford it.
I agree about the Bible being a good read no matter your creed. I think some who've never picked up the thing might be surprised at some of the lasciviousness and passion incorporated into the Old Testament. I also adore Revelation and its powerfully dark imagery. I found a good way to absorb the Bible as literature is through the publisher Zondervan, who've issued a 4 different translation edition, side-by-side.
That sounds great and I would be very interested in getting an edition like that. Which translations are included?
This edition has the KJV, NIV, New Living, and the New American. I purchased mine about 10 years ago new on eBay -don't know about current availability. It's wrapped in a soft leather binding and entitled "Today's Parallel Bible" c.2000
Thanks. I might have to see if I can find one. I find it very interesting comparing the different translations (although from memory, the New Living seems to be beginning to get more into the realm of a paraphrase rather than direct translation)
>52 You can get a facsimile of the Geneva Bible from here:
They also have facsimiles of the 1611 KJV, 1536 Tyndale, 1535 Coverdale etc.
However I am not so sure about the quality of the facsimiles since they use a commercial grade flatbed scanner to produce the reproductions, whereas specialized facsimile publishers usually use more advanced methods.
I've seen that. And there's this:
This one would be great as well, but I don't want to go spending $249 without knowing what the quality is like. Maybe EP should do a facsimile of it.
The Hendrickson people have something similar, but that one is pretty cat's pajamas, the one you linked to, except for the size maybe, which seems a tad smallish.
For the New Testament, I like the Oxford University Press The Precise Parallel New Testament with 8 parallel translations.
There is a translation called The Unvarnished New Testament by Andy Gaus I love.
I found Robert Crumbs The Book Of Genesis the best for any Bible you can have which would be great if Easton Press made a Deluxe edition out of that. The illustrations are perfect for those who want to point out the blind ignorance those story's carry with it. It might make believers cringe but it will also make them think.
Here's the page with the 1611:
Impressive, but the "400th Anniversary Edition" plastered across the spine kinda ruins it for me.
Here's a new DLE: No. 2849
William Cullen Bryant's Picturesque America in two volumes, four payments of $145.
Regarding the DLE Dore illustrated Bible, interestingly, Easton Press previously published a single volume Dore Illustrated Bible. Granted, it wasn't marketed as limited to 800 copies, but the price was a reasonable $156.00, which, I recall, at the time seemed like steep price escalation relative to the books I was used to buying. Doubling the price to account for two volumes only brings things to $312.00 ... so throw in a bit for inflation and say $400. So where does this $996.00 come from?
Personally, I think E/P is simply capitalizing on the collector mentality, the threat of limited supply, and most importantly in this case, the popularity of Dore illustrations to escalate the price of this offering even more drastically than they have for their other DLEs.
Picturesque America looks tempting too, but I'm having as hard a time justifying $580.00 for two books as I am $996.00.
I hereby move that the 'Deluxe Limited Editions' collection be renamed 'The Millionaires Library' collection.
Easton Press has every right to offer extensive, large books or sets at high prices. Publishing companies cannot survive without capitalism, EP has evolved over the past decade looking more into printings most have not ventured into. The larger or more unusual a book is, the more expensive it will be. For considering 'Deluxe Limited Editions' as your term 'The Millionaires Library', you can simply look the other way and find other series you haven't completed in your den.
Thank you EastonQuality for your always predictable, trite, drivel that, when comprehensible is never more than regurgitation of the obvious and generalizations that add nothing of value or relevance to my posts.
>67: OUCH!!! (but thanks, Tom41, for notifying us of new DLEs)
66> Publishing companies cannot survive without capitalism
You tell him, EQ. Shame, shame on you wailo!! You...you...you anti-capitalist, you.
Anyone else think EP should dial back on the frequency of DLE releases (or at least give more thought to the titles chosen)?
Think it's ridiculous for wail to complain so much now about the publisher itself. If you can't afford it, DON'T BUY IT! Plain and simple.
I see Michael as a small capitalist, the amount of item he bids on yearly with private fb seems obvious there is something he is hiding. To alert the public at first notice multiple times he missed a set...
It's more of an opinion of the ratio for DLEs, perhaps so.
'The Millionaires Library' collection. Really? Who are we to say what some books are worth to some people? Some are fans of the author, the artist, both or any number of other things related to the book and would be willing to pay even more than the publisher is asking.
I don't see anything wrong with EP or any other publisher charging what some might consider exorbitant prices for books. When I don't agree with a price I just move on. I don't cry because I don't think it's worth that to me.
Decided on The Prince and the Pauper as my keeper for high quality DLE which since I like Mark twain and the story is great in that Mark twain gives his wit and sarcasm of those superstitious times. And it also has all of the 192 illustrations in the book and the design is high quality leather.
Noone makes you buy them. If you do not like something or cannot afford it, skip it.
EP is a business. As much as I wish they were more collector-oriented (our type of collectors and not the ones that would buy anything new and shiny), this model cannot exist and be profitable. So if they want to cater to another clientele and that allows them to publish some books that the actual readers will like, well.. more power to them.
I don't feel that I should own any DLE they produce - I buy the ones I like - if I had never thought of owning a book, chances of buying it as a DLE are slim to none.
Don't get me wrong - I won't refuse almost any of those if someone gifts them to me. But everyone has their limit and as I collect books because of the books themselves and not because they are DLEs/can be sold later on, I really don't care what EP will produce as long as they produce a few books that I like now and again.
... And on a related note.. just when I thought that my finances could recover somewhat, the new PICTURESQUE AMERICA DLE has just been announced. :-)
Impossible to resist the HG Wells set. I love Wells - he is one of my favourite writers, and I have always had a soft spot for his massive synthesis of world history - it is not accurate and Wells displays his usual bias, but it is a great read. I quite like the book design as well - and it's in red leather. Looks like I will be getting this.
In fact - I have now ordered it. I have not been as excited by an EP LE for some time.
I know these are harder to find than some of the others, but still: $27.5k
How much would you be willing to pay for this set (since the only sets available seem to be priced exorbitantly, I seriously doubt that your answers would adversely affect prices)?
As for me, I intentionally let this one go -- so I should say that I'd only pick up the set if it were offerred for less than the original selling price. I am, however, intrigued my the relative scarcity of this set...which would result in maybe a 10% or 20% premium (if I had the cash). Needless to say, I don't anticipate ever finding a set at that price...
Is anyone going to post any pictures of Picturesque America? I've been looking at Google Earth, but it simply doesn't have that classic etched look that I need.
>83-92: I see Engineer-69 declined ONE (and only one) bid @ his BIN price; I wonder if it's still on offer? -s/he might want to consider shaving off about 90% of the asking price!!
I'm starting to fall in love with Rackham and this will not ever be good for the pocketbook.
Some of Rackham's work is unsurpassed: I'm particularly enamored of his two LEC commissions, A Midsummer's Night Dream and The Wind in the Willows. His Peter Pan illustrations are justly regarded as classics. Should I win the lottery (I keep saying that more often these days!), I would buy the finest edition of his Rip van Winkle I could get. I've only seen a few of his illustrations for Grimm, and they are indeed wonderful.
That said, a lot of his work bears the stamp of a wildly successful illustrator doing projects which were not suited to his genius: for all their charm, his illustrations for the Wagner Nibelungen plays just seem wildly inappropriate to the material (which I feel would have been better suited to someone like Frank Frazetta). And his Vicar of Wakefield illustrations are too coy for the good-hearted simplicity of Goldsmith's tale. They come off second-best to John Austen's for the Heritage Press edition, or Thomas Rowlandson's for Chiswick, and a distant third to V.A. Poirson's illustrations, which perfectly evoke the Georgian setting. Yet, Rackham's illustrations are the Gold Standard for this novel in most people's opinion, and signed copies fetch thousands of dollars--in fact anything signed by Rackham is stratospherically priced.
2537 -- The King James Bible The Classic 1611 Edition has been re offered today, a few extra have been found in their inventory.
I grabbed a copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream. I kicked myself for letting it get away the first time so was very happy to see a few more copies come available. It's a beautiful book.
>101, glad you were able to pick up a copy. It is indeed a beautiful book. One of my favorites of the DLEs.
>104, 105: Kudos to Samuel L. Clemens, with two DLEs to his credit (and counting). Any guesses on which of his works will be next?
History of the Civil War
Not going to put this up on the list until they say for sure it is a DLE. For now it is on the DLE list on the EP site, but so was Atlas Shrugged when it first went up.
For you browsing pleasure:
118> Hmmmm? Just what I need.
110> Any clarity yet on whether A History of the Civil War is a 'Deluxe Limited Edition' or a 'Deluxe Edition'? The link on the Homepage refers to it as a 'Deluxe Limited Edition' but it is no longer included in the 'Deluxe Limited Edition' category on E/P's website nor does the actual item description refer to it as limited ... just that it comes w/ a slipcase.
The paper catalog gives the limitation number of 1865 copies but doesn't classify it as a DLE. So I don't know, what do you think? I believe they originally had it on the DLE list, but it got removed. This happened to the Atlas Shrugged edition as well and we decided it wasn't a DLE. Maybe wait and see what the colophon says once someone receives it.
Another set for January, this time named as a 'Commemorative' Edition for Victor Hugo - Les Miserables
Not to mention it is deliberately cryptic with info and pictures. Who is the translator? What do the other 4 volumes look like? Are there any special features beyond a standard EP book?
Based on the date they specify I believe the translator would be Wilbour.
Oh so that is one of the translators you recommended in an earlier thread?
It was the first I read, it is an overall good translation. I find it slightly dated.
The Civil War History DLE is beautiful. Received in mail today. Highly recommend to any history buffs. Very dense. Full of Brady photos. The red slip case is a nice contrast to the dark red/maroon leather book.
I completely agree, this is one of their best work in a while. And for the $220 price, it is very reasonable compared to some of the other overpriced books lately.
From the period when the quality of the Easton Press offerings was much higher, they did an excellent job reproducing the 39 volumes of the LEC Complete Shakespeare. I bought that set and within a week of it arriving, a bookseller in Chicago responded to a year-old search query I had put out for the LEC original set. I bought that set, and put the Easton set in storage as I didn't have shelf space for both.
Although I hate to use LibraryThing for this purpose (and if any members here request me to I will delete this post), I am planning to put the Easton set up on e-Bay, but I felt it would be unfair to the members here who have been so generous in sharing their knowledge to not give notice here first in case any EP Collectors have been looking for a set in As New condition. If you are interested or if you object to this sales pitch, please PM me.
>132: That's nice - but when you click to enlarge the image, it shows "Redemption: The Baltimore Ravens' 2012 Championship Season". Uh-oh, EP, "there you go again!!" :-/
So far, from the small picture available (I too get the wrong book when I click on it), it doesn't look that impressive. Nothing nearly as nice as the proposed and mysteriously dropped Gibbon DLE.
I'm guessing this is your man:
No online version that I can yet find...
*Ah, it's the Pope translation (from a zoom on the ebay pictures):
The link worked for me. I don't think I've been so tempted to get a deluxe edition since the Chaucer.
I think they just fixed it.
I don't have the Pope translation. The notes look interesting. And the orthogrpahy. I too am tempted...
(Re the website): EP might want to consider getting their HTML bits and pieces together before they "go public" with new releases (-or else fire their webmaster). They DO know they're running an online business, don't they?!!
That's just it, they are not "running an online business." They are running a mail order business for knock-off collectibles that only has a web presence out of some sense of 21st century obligation.
135 > 137 > The Pope translation? Really? I believe that the two editions of Homer in the 100 Greatest series feature the Pope translation. For those who buy books to actually read, would it be worth this investment just to immerse yourself in 18th-century English orthography?
The whole thing strikes me as underwhelming but I'll reserve final judgement until I see better pics in a catalogue or brochure. The web sit is certainly worthless.
The DLE program seems to have settled on too frequent a publication schedule at too high a price for too little quality distinction over their standard book offering. I have been diaappointed with the last several purchases on that basis, but kept them because I desired the content. In this case I truly don't need yet another (fifth or sixth) copy of the two books attributed to Homer and the production and translation don't make this a must have. Though unlike many people, I actually admire the Pope interpretation (one can hardly call it a translation), but I would never want it to be my only version.
I own the Franklin Library / Oxford University Press editions of the Iliad & Odyssey, which are top of the line productions. Looking at the picture on the website and reading the description, I am underwhelmed. I'll make a final decision when I see a sample of the 40 illustrations. If they are not eye catching (meaning more than merely pleasing), I'll pass.
I have been quite happy with my Franklin Library I&O, but was disappointed in the translation they chose for the Aenied (James Rhoades); so much so that I put it in my 'to sell' stack and bought a trade pb of the Robert Fitzgerald translation to read. When I see an EP, FS, or other quality edition that I like of the Fitzgerald translation, I'll probably buy it to replace the trade pb.
There is a i&o translation of Fitzgerald in Franklin library - it's in the 100 books that changed the world, iirc.
> 142. "too frequent a publication schedule at too high a price for too little quality distinction over their standard book offering"
I agree. The standard Easton book blows *any book* you find in a Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-a-Million, etc out of the water. Now, i don't own any of the DLE's yet, I haven't seen or held any in person, and have no plans to obtain any. Compared to their standard product, the DLEs strike me as an underwhelming improvement for an extraordinary cost increase. I might be impressed if they found some sort of invisible "scratch and scuff-proof" technology to coat the leather, or waterproof paper. Something that really says "holy crap this is different and impressive". FS's letterplate Shakespeares are along that line of thought, minus the advanced technology part.
I also tend to read my books, so adding a bit of "normal wear" to a $400-$1000 DLE just doesn't make any sense to me, either. Does anyone here actually finger through and read their DLE's or are they just for collecting?
I have not, as of yet, actually sat down and read one of mine cover to cover yet, but I have certainly looked at all the illustrations in a few of them. This may change, however, time permitting, as I would like to read Dore's London prior to my next trip there in May should I finish my other trip-themed readng list titles before then. They are all on my TBR list, but unlike say a Folio, Franklin, or standard edition Easton, I will not take one out of the house and most of my reading time is during my two hour round trip daily commute and one hour on the elliptical, neither of which would work for one of these DLE titles, so that limits me to weekends, the odd weekday evening at home, or retirement!
To be fair I should probably add that, compared to other fine press and high-end books like LE's and such, DLEs do seem to be a bargain.
I think they're a bargain because of the questionable quality in some cases.
I've read my DLE David Copperfield cover to cover and was very happy with how it held up and the experience.
The only other DLE that I own is their Midsummer Night's Dream which I don't have any intention of reading as I have it in other formats and I'm going to sell at some point in the near future.
>146, 147: I've read about half the DLE's I own, so far. The others are either too heavy and unwieldy for reading comfort, or have typography/style/language that would bog me down, or both.
Why would you buy a book that you won't read? I have a few DLEs and they are just like my other books - if the fancy strikes me, I read them...
Very tempted by the new LE Homer. Yes, its the Pope translation and therefore a challenging read. This translation is as much Pope (if not more Pope) than Homer. If you love Pope and/or 18th century Britain then this is a must have.
There is another book, not mentioned as a DLE but it is slipcased and Limited; Wonderful Wizard of Oz
>155, Anyone know if the Oz book is just a slipcased and recovered edition of EPs other offering for the Wizard of Oz?
>154, and thanks for further depleting my bank account, Wootle. The DLE Midsummer Night's dream is one of my favorite DLEs, so I will have to order this one as well, although I'm not expecting it to be as good. Should be a nice addition, however.
This appears to be a reprint at about six times the cost of a Collector's Library of Famous Editions version of the The Tempest. Though I don't think the non-limited version has as many as 40 illustrations. I will have to check when I get home.
Again, without seeing more illustrations or pictures, it is difficult to know for sure, but it certainly looks like the old "Wizard of Oz" dressed up in multi-colored leather cover, slipcased and heavily price inflated.
Is this their new DLE trend? Simply repackage the old catalogue at multiples of the former price point? If so that would be both unsurprising and hugely disappointing and lose whatever cachet and appeal the DLE program once had, which was mostly gone anyway by the frequency of nearly monthly new releases.
The Wizard of Oz is taller, change of color, and more decorated on the cover, it should be very similar to the Atlas Shrugged edition.
Can anyone tell us how many are to be printed?
>160,161, I would agree this appears to be like their Atlas Shrugged offering. EP is not claiming that the Wizard of Oz is a DLE. It looks as though they are just trying to benefit from the new movie, as they do with other books (I.e. Les Miserables). After looking at my previous copy this does appear to be a recovered printing.
I can also confirm that I just checked my Collector's Library of Famous Editions copy of The Tempest and 40 illustrations are listed in the table of contents. So this new DLE appears to be a duplicate in terms of content. It remains to be seen if the illustration reproduction is of any better quality in the $400 book because they are abysmally muddy in the $65 CLFE edition. But I may have to keep the CLFE edition since the illustrations would need to be pretty stunning to justify a $350 "upgrade" charge.
Actually I might benefit if this recycling of old editions in a DLE upcharge format is their new business model as it will be easier to resist the new releases!
>160, 163: I'm with you on the loss of prestige/specialness thing, UK. I've thought since they started pounding these DLEs out with increasing frequency in the past year to year-and-a-half or so that they'd be better served by limiting the releases to, say, no more than two per year and concentrating on quality, workmanship and picking more esoteric titles and subjects, in terms of keeping customers like us happy. But that would go against their business model of making as much $$$ as they can (and who can blame them for wanting that?).
One thing I find comical is their use of the qualifying "only" in the title ads (e.g. "4 payments of ONLY $99"); I guess it's supposed to make it look like customers are getting a good deal. Maybe a deal compared to The Folio Society? :-O
>164, because saying "Four payments of only $150!" is a lot easier than stating "You really don't have the $600 that this DLE will cost you!"
As long as the majority of DLEs continue to sell out (eventually, if not immediately), I don't see EP deviating from this (no doubt) profitable business plan.
I imagine that it would be hard to convince EP that people don't like these books, since someone is clearly buying them. If the buyers are collectors, then it would be particularly difficult to dissuade EP from publishing these high-priced knock-offs (I never thought that I would ever write that!!). If the majority of the DLEs are being gobbled up by resellers, then I suppose the after-market for DLEs would have to crash (enough, at least, so that the resellers stop buying these books in bulk), before EP begins to realize losses...
I really don't know who's buying what, though....
I confess that I (for one) keep chasing the dragon, hoping that if I keep buying these DLEs, eventually I will receive a book that impresses me as much as the Kelmscott...(sigh)...It's hopeless.
What made the Kelmscott so impressive for me was everything, so good I bet the quality tops the original. Paper seemed to be a high quality with cotton line impressions (different than other titles published) Designs inside perfect. As for the leather it seems to be very durable, to top it off with a cherry, the impressions on the leather are fantastic, not seen often with other DLEs. Most others are stamped with gild, no additional craftsmanship to make each volume a masterpiece. As for recent printings I do hope special publications are perfected. It is a matter of opinion for anyone to grade the book by its value, whether one buys a paperback or the most expensive on the web.
>167: Dammit, Quality!! -I cringe at every mention of the Kelmscott on these threads, since I was too late to the party to get one. What I do note (I don't know whether this is significant or not) is that only the very first two DLEs (the Kelmscott and Midsummer Night's Dream), came in "solander" boxes, whereas EP has chosen to use either slipcases or nothing at all for the ones that followed. As a box can't add a tremendous amount to the production costs for any DLE, should we derive any conclusions therefrom?
>168 As a box can't add a tremendous amount to the production costs
Actually Solander boxes tend to add quite a bit to production costs.
>168 I was not the first one to bring the book up... If you do want a copy I am certain you can find one for less than $1k, not too much over the original cost considering it was offered in 09'. As for Midsummer Night's Dream it was too expensive for me personally. One third of the DLEs appear to be very popular and sell out within months.
>169 A box does add a lot of cost, I can only guess what EP charges. There is a professional case I have seen with a leather side for more expensive books offered on the secondary market by a different producer. It was $275, very expensive but worth it considering the books value and the appearance. As for a normal green slipcase box, it will be much cheaper. A smaller case I can imagine adds $50 to the price on their site. I am curious on what type of cardboard is used and what type of cotton production quality. Can anyone refer to an example on the web with the same appearance for what EP offers at a low buy it now?
And The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer looks to be sold out as well -- 2767 --
The Easton website now shows The North American Indians (2526) as no longer in stock.
Thank god, something I can pass on without any twinge of regret or guilt.
Good thing they chose the novel and not the novella... or I would have probably been unable to resist...
Yes, get ready for most of them to appear on Ebay for a hefty profit margin.
In fact I just did a search, there is one for $975 already.. well I guess human greed is the major driving force for this economy of ours..
- 2609 - Mark Twain's A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT looks to be sold out.
I didn't think Mark Twain's A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT would last to long with only 300 copies available glad I was able to get a copy.
Looking at the product page, the book's dimensions are listed as 5 1/4" x 7 3/4".
I am wondering if the height is a misprint, since it seems way to small compared to the others.
Most of the similar DLE's have the height of 9 1/2".
Or could just be that EP is moving into the miniature book market :-)
183: EP DLE reprints have the same dimensions as the originals. Hence some are very large (such as Ovid) while others are much smaller.
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