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LE Outline of History by H.G. Wells

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Oct 16, 2012, 11:25am Top

Does anyone has more information about this LE (apart from what is published on the EP-website or the Holiday brochure)? It looks like a nice buy to me, but I don't know much about this work.
Has someone already bought it? How is it like? Do you know of other editions? Any information welcome!

Edited: Oct 16, 2012, 12:54pm Top

I received mine about 3 weeks ago. It is a really nice set, and so far I haven't noticed any issues with it.
The color is slightly different from the pic on their website (for the better). Kind of between red and dark pink.. Actually I like it better this way.
I will try to post some pics and more comments tomorrow.

Edited: Oct 17, 2012, 10:20pm Top

Here are some photos I just took.


As you can see, the color is just gorgeous, and the books have many color prints in them also.
If you are considering ordering it, you might want to do fast because mine is numbered in the late 300's.

Oct 18, 2012, 4:32pm Top

3 > Thanks for the pics. I don't think the numbers on the LEs that are shipped out always reflect how many are bought though.

Nov 3, 2012, 10:02pm Top

I received my "Outline of History" on 11/01/2012, #152/400. It is nicely done, but the leather is not as good as other DLEs.

Here is how to decode what type of leather is used: If an Easton Press book says it is "Genuine Leather" that means it is plastic-coated pigskin that has been machine embossed to give it a texture that looks like real leather. It feels neither soft nor luxurious - it feels like plastic.

If the book says, "Premium Leather" then it is real cowhide and feels buttery soft. Many DLEs have used premium leather, but "Outline of History" is not among them.

Nov 4, 2012, 12:22am Top

> 5
Thanks for the feedback and warning. This one has been tempting me for a while, but I keep trying to convince myself to save the money to spend on other book-buying priorities. You may just have convinced me to finally do that.

Nov 4, 2012, 6:05pm Top

>5 gcohen:

e.g. "Cowhide leather imported from Italy" - nice stuff

Edited: Nov 5, 2012, 2:48pm Top

> 5

I think this edition does use premium leather. Certainly the leather on my copy looks good, feels good and, the crucial test, smells good. It is described as “Cowhide Leather” imported from Italy by Cortina Leathers. Not as good as the leather used on the benchmark Romance of King Arthur, but still very nice.

A great LE - no complaints here.

Nov 5, 2012, 3:26pm Top

Only four in print DLEs are mentioned specifically on the website as premium leather, it does make one wonder how many titles are bound with a higher than average quality leather binding..

Nov 6, 2012, 7:19am Top

Which four?

Nov 6, 2012, 10:06am Top

1. Hans Christian Anderson
2. The Holy Bible Gustave Dore
3. Rip Van Winkle
4. The Three Musketeers

Edited: Nov 6, 2012, 1:01pm Top

Calm down, everyone. Nearly all of the DLEs (all of the expensive ones, at any rate) are bound in Cowhide leather. I checked the colophon page in each DLE that I own and discovered that, of the 35 DLE volumes in my possession*, 31 are bound in "Cowhide leather imported from Italy by Cortina Leathers of New York, New York". Any perceived variations in quality are most likely the result of Easton Press's committment to producing books with a variety of looks and feels. The word "Premium" is not mentioned to describe the leather in any of them. I suspect that EP has used the word as a random marketing adjective (an alternative to "Deluxe"), not as a term distinguishing one DLE's leather from another.

The main exceptions to the rule are the three signed volumes: Fahrenheit 451, Slaughterhouse-Five and Night. The first two of these are bound in "Genuine Saderra leather by Cromwell Leather Group, Mamaroneck, New York" (according to the paper insert included with each book). Saderra, as many of you will no doubt recall, is the pigskin leather product used to bind many of EP's books. The binding information is not listed on an actual page of these three books, as it is for the other DLE's; instead of a colophon page, the "special" page lists the author's signature and the number. S-5 actually uses a page with the "Signed Modern Classics" emblem (and the widespread fury over the snip and paste autograph page in Night will be well remembered by many members of this group). If it were not for the fact that these books are explicitly described as Deluxe Limited Editions on the insert, I would have thought they were from a different "series" (say, Signed Limited Editions).

The fourth exception (for those of you who are counting), is the book commonly regarded as being the first DLE from EP--the Kelmscott Chaucer--which specifies on the colophon page that it is bound in "Specially-crafted leather imported from Italy by Cortina Leathers of New York, New York". Those of you have actually held one of these beauties in your hands were no doubt so overcome with awe that you couldn't care less what type of animal donated its hide to this beautifully bound edition.

*I am counting each individual volume, as opposed to each edition (so a two-volume edition is counted as two books). For those of you wondering which DLEs I actually own, it's for me easier to list the exceptions: I own all of them except for the Lincoln set, the Napoleon set, the Outline of History, , Atlas Shrugged (which hasn't arrived yet), and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (which hasn't shipped yet).

Nov 6, 2012, 1:08pm Top

It was likely random in their advertising, some leather seems different than others so it is a matter of opinion. Some volumes are shiny, others a rich soft feel to the leather.

Nov 6, 2012, 1:13pm Top

Are we saying Atlas Shrugged is a DLE? I thought the consensus was just a limited edition. I received mine today. Looks like a normal 100 greatest series EP edition with a limitation page glued in, and the additional slipcase.

Nov 6, 2012, 1:38pm Top

Atlas Shrugged is mentioned as a Limited Edition, not a DLE. It is unique, one of only a few books with a slipcase which does increase the price offering a bit. Regarding the difference between a 100 Greatest Series and the current Rand, I doubt the Atlas Shrugged design has no major changes comparing with the 100 Greatest Books Ever Written.

Edited: Nov 7, 2012, 1:08pm Top

>3 geiles: geiles

Please forgive me asking you, but could you post some pics about the contents of the book so I can have an idea about the number of text and illustration pages?

Nov 7, 2012, 2:02pm Top

15> Atlas Shrugged is mentioned as a Limited Edition, not a DLE.

Yeah, I know. I was giving the book the benefit of the doubt. Remember, EQ, I was one of the first to muse over this. I, for one, am interested in hearing if this book is bound in cowhide or pigskin, however. If it would make y'all happy, though, I can remove Atlas Shrugged from message #12's list of deluxe books not currently in my posession...

Also, as a P.S. to message 12: I forgot to count the David Copperfield DLE, which is quarter-bound in "Cowhide leather imported from Italy by Cortina Leathers of New York, New York".

Nov 7, 2012, 6:44pm Top

17> The Atlas Shrugged limitation page states: "Genuine leather by Cromwell leather, Mamaroneck, New York"
Not sure if that means cowhide or pigskin.

Nov 8, 2012, 8:43pm Top

18> Their website shows that they sell "Sadera" leather among other types of leather. Don't know what Easton used but they did have the book bound BrIdgeport which always does a great job.

Nov 8, 2012, 9:40pm Top

I know from prior postings the leather does not always come from the same industry producing it for Easton Press, leather will vary from time to time.

Nov 9, 2012, 9:09am Top

We have discussed Cromwell and their Saderra leather several time in this group. SilentInAWay wrote a good post about Saderra leather in the dormnt thread Leather or not? last year.

Nov 9, 2012, 9:31am Top

Yes, but not everyone here will check all threads and read each one. This is for anyone who missed facts posted earlier.

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