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Folio Press Fine Editions Collecting

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Aug 11, 2015, 8:27pm Top

I thought I'd set up this thread to go in tandem with Michael (Conte's) wonderful resource on this series.

All I can say is that I am absolutely snookered. I received my copy of the Anglo-Saxon Elegies and I am honestly stunned that I only paid about $130 CAD for this book - admittedly one of the more expensive to obtain in this series! Even then, wow. Just...wow.

And down yet another rabbit hole I go...!

Incidentally, Michael and cronshaw, my bank account has declared you two to be personae non gratae for an indefinite period of time as a result of this purchase and all the ones that will likely follow in time as I start on this series.

Aug 11, 2015, 8:34pm Top

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Aug 11, 2015, 9:02pm Top

I'm not listening I'm not listening etc etc etc

Aug 11, 2015, 9:10pm Top

>2 EclecticIndulgence:

Nope! A couple of books in this series - the Elegies being one - command much higher prices than the rest of the series. Well worth it as far as this medievalist's concerned! I know what I'm reading this weekend now.

>3 gmacaree:

Then your bank account may be best served by blocking this thread, unless it wants to be subjected to what surely must be a beatific vision of these books sitting in maiestam upon your bookshelves? ;) (Profuse apologies to the Doctors of the Church, particularly Aquinas!)

Aug 12, 2015, 8:19am Top

I'm not completely sure, but I think a copy of the Anglo-Saxon Elegies was in Fossgate Books of York when I was there on Saturday, about Fine but minus glassine for £30. Certainly a few titles in the series were there and £30 was the price of each.

Aug 12, 2015, 10:59am Top

>6 terebinth: That would be a bargain if it were indeed in fine condition.

Aug 12, 2015, 12:07pm Top

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>8 EclecticIndulgence:

I'd agree that the Dickinson seems to be the most expensive of these volumes. I gave up waiting for a bargain and paid £95.00 for my copy last month. This seemed to be about the going rate on Ebay or AbeBooks.

Aug 12, 2015, 12:41pm Top

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>8 EclecticIndulgence: Congratulations, that was a great find. The Folio Press Woman In White is typically £100 or more on the secondary market, the most expensive of the series!

Aug 13, 2015, 3:58pm Top

It appears that all of the copies of the Anglo Saxon Elegies on Abebooks have been purchased!

Aug 13, 2015, 7:17pm Top

>5 busywine:

Ahh, get thee away from me! Truth be told, I saw these reviews some time ago, so you're preaching to the choir as far as I'm concerned!

>10 EclecticIndulgence:

I think you hit the sweet spot, most likely.

>12 ultrarightist:

Now why doesn't that surprise me? ;)

Mar 1, 2016, 12:05pm Top

Any Amount of Books in Charing Cross Road has a copy of The Life of John Donne for £10. I didn't examine it with a microscope but the condition seemed nice.

Mar 2, 2016, 4:54pm Top

That's a little annoying, I've just returned from a trip to the smoke, during which I picked up a folio fine press edition of War Poems by Owen. Although I already own the Donne, I would have happily paid a tenner for another copy, especially as mine has evidence of an ex libris sticker.

Mar 12, 2016, 9:47pm Top

If anyone in the USA has a spare copy of "The Aspern Papers" by James, I'd trade for a copy of "The Tower" by Yeats....

Jun 7, 2016, 9:20am Top

Received by post today, all the way from Black Rock, Victoria, a copy of Love Poems by Robert Graves. And that, ladies and gentlemen (tara tara!) completes my set of the Folio Press Fine Editions. It has taken me over twenty years. And now I'm going to sit down, have a rest, and gaze lovingly upon them. Photos (of a meh!/average sort) will appear eventually but for now I'm basking.

Jun 7, 2016, 11:25am Top

>17 folio_books: - And bask you should! I eagerly await the photos.

Jun 7, 2016, 11:30am Top

Congrats on the completion! Must be satisfying!

Jun 7, 2016, 1:59pm Top

>18 coynedj: I eagerly await the photos.

Photos this week, pending arrival of new battery for my lawnmower. It's complicated ;)

>19 NYCFaddict: Congrats on the completion! Must be satisfying!

Thank you! I'm ashamed to be as happy as I am about it. They're only books, after all. YESS!!

Jun 8, 2016, 3:37am Top

>17 folio_books: Congratulations, you seem to have picked the pace up in the last couple of months.

Jun 8, 2016, 5:01am Top

>21 xrayman: Congratulations, you seem to have picked the pace up in the last couple of months.

Thank you! You are absolutely right. I made a conscious decision to pursue the remaining four, while remaining (broadly!) within my price criteria. What spurred me on was the increasing interest being shown in the series on this forum at the time. It occurred to me that it would likely lead to an increase in demand and make completion harder unless I put some effort into it. I hope you heard the sigh of relief ...

Jun 8, 2016, 7:07am Top

>22 folio_books: I suspect you're correct, everytime I make a comment on one of the threads relating to this series, I worry that I'm making my search harder, or at least more expensive.

Recently I've only managed to acquire one of my outstanding three,. The remaining two are available but relatively expensive. Not being blessed with your patience I'd be tempted to splash out, if not for the fact that I've already spent my annual book budget in the last month!

Jun 8, 2016, 9:40am Top

>23 xrayman: The remaining two are available but relatively expensive. Not being blessed with your patience

Well, I did say "broadly" within my criteria ;) I will confess that the second last volume required me to double the height of the ceiling, nearly. Patience saved me a bit of money over the years but had I still been collecting I would have to re-think the limit if I seriously intended to complete the set. I won't instigate a curse by asking you to reveal your obstinate two :)

Jun 10, 2016, 10:24am Top

Is there actually a List of Fine Editions available anywhere?

Jun 10, 2016, 12:04pm Top

Given that I only have one of the Fine Edition volumes, I am quite envious of anyone who has managed to acquire all of them. Beautiful books.

Jun 10, 2016, 12:16pm Top

Thanks all

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Jun 12, 2016, 5:43pm Top

>25 frostymaxim: There are several threads which list them all, with photographs. You'll find them if you search the site using 'folio fine press series' or similar. Take care, they can cause severe FAD.

Jun 17, 2016, 4:50am Top

>31 xrayman: Take care, they can cause severe FAD.

Tell me about it. There I was a couple of days ago, successfully ignoring them, and now I've somehow got six of the things.

Jun 17, 2016, 5:20pm Top

>33 Rodomontade: It's a slippery slope.

Jun 20, 2016, 3:42pm Top

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Jun 20, 2016, 4:34pm Top

>35 EclecticIndulgence:

I try not to think about it, but I believe I paid over £100 for the Emily Dickinson volume. That was the most expensive. The others (of the volumes I've bought recently) ranged between £30 - £80.

Kipling was under £10, but I bought it a long time ago!

Jun 20, 2016, 5:08pm Top

>35 EclecticIndulgence:

I paid 12-35 pounds each for the following:

Anglo-Saxon Elegies
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
The Rape of the Lock
The Life of Dr John Donne
A Memoir of Sir Walter Scott
Poems from the Greek Anthology

Hint: search "Folio Press" and not "Folio Society", as the colophon states the former.

Jun 20, 2016, 6:03pm Top

>37 Rodomontade: Well done on finding The Anglo Saxon Elegies, it's one of the two I've repeatedly searched for in recent years, in order to complete the series (the other being These Things Also Are Springs).

The most I've paid is £50, the least £5. Prices seem to be on the rise recently, but they're still considerably cheaper in real terms than they were originally.

Jun 20, 2016, 6:17pm Top

>38 xrayman:

These Things Also Are Spring's - there are four copies on AbeBooks at the moment.

Jun 20, 2016, 6:36pm Top

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Jun 20, 2016, 6:37pm Top

>39 housefulofpaper: Thanks, but I should have said that £50 was the most I was ever willing to pay, and that was for the Emily Dickinson.

Jun 20, 2016, 6:40pm Top

>40 EclecticIndulgence:

So I did! I feel like I've saved £5.00!

Jun 20, 2016, 6:43pm Top

If anyone has spares of the two I'm chasing, I have spares of some titles in the series, I'd be happy to trade.

Jun 20, 2016, 6:46pm Top

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Jun 23, 2016, 5:32pm Top

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Jun 23, 2016, 5:48pm Top

>46 EclecticIndulgence: All the unread ones, apparently. A few of mine were towards the end, and the Anglo-Saxon Elegies is completely uncut (insert your own jokes about Old English ribaldry here).

I'm not ecstatic about undertaking this, or indeed any other task requiring manual dexterity - producing as it does flashbacks to middling attempts at the same with the LEC Volpone.

Jun 23, 2016, 7:05pm Top

>46 EclecticIndulgence:
Excusing my ignorance but was following this thread. By uncut do you mean pages are literally stuck together at edge

Jun 23, 2016, 7:10pm Top

>48 frostymaxim:
I think the typical terminology for this is "unopened", whereas "uncut" refers to the page edges/deckle being untrimmed.

Jun 23, 2016, 7:19pm Top

>48 frostymaxim:
Ah right cheers

Jun 24, 2016, 11:51am Top

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Jun 24, 2016, 3:28pm Top

>51 EclecticIndulgence: At least this indicates your copy is unread. If you wish to read it, you'll need a blade and a steady hand. If you're a little unsteady, the pages will have an uncut appearance; the terminology is confusing!

Jun 25, 2016, 11:50pm Top

>51 EclecticIndulgence:
I bought a paper knife from Talas (bookbinding supply house), which i plan to use on my unopened copy of the LEC Iliad & Odyssey, once I've gotten it suitably rebound. Others have suggested using a stiff playing card or similar -- seems like it could work....

Jun 26, 2016, 6:16am Top

Why not leave it as it is. I have an uncut copy of The Tower by WB Yeats and I have decided to leave it as it is. It will not diminish it's value, while damaging it by careless cutting will certainly do so.

Jun 26, 2016, 6:19am Top

I assume that should one receive a book in such a state then fs woukd replace? Just wondering

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>55 frostymaxim:

I suppose they would replace in the unlikely event of someone receiving an accidentally unopened volume, and as far as I know none of their currently available books is being sold unopened by design. For myself I've never quailed at opening previously unopened books or been disappointed by the results of opening pages with the blunt side of an ornate old bone-handled EPNS bread knife I keep for the purpose. Many a book from around the beginning of the 20th century has come to me with pages still unopened, as have the 37 volumes of the Limited Editions Club Shakespeare which I'm opening one by one as I read them.

>54 N11284:

The Tower is the only volume of the series I have, and if I'd been asked "Why not leave it as it is?" my answer would have had to be that most of the worth to me of owning any book comes from the experience of reading it.

Jun 26, 2016, 9:29am Top

Many of this series that I acquired have had unopened pages. Some volumes have a variety of unopened, cut and uncut page edges. I presume FS supplied them with unopened pages. It seems that the years in which mould made paper was used seem to have uncut (rough e,dged pages) others have cut pages. For example all the copies I have had of Dorset Poems have cut edges, Lays of Ancient Rome have uncut.

Unless I already have a reading copy of a volume with unopened pages, I open them in order to read the book , otherwise what is the point of owning them? This is not an issue which seems to affect value.

Jun 26, 2016, 11:06am Top

> 56 Ah but the poems contained in the Tower are also published in the Yeats Folio Poets edition and I also have them in other editions. The beauty of the Fine Press editions (for me) is in the workmanship and design.

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Apr 18, 12:25am Top

Oh god, wasnt aware of that serie .... must .... resist ....

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>60 Goblin_Investor:
Resistance is futile, and 1603 is a lovely book.
Go to-
and scroll down to Folio Press Fine Editions to see the full list of books in this series.
Go to -
to see a review of 1603.

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>60 Goblin_Investor:

as Warick said, Resistance is futile, as I had to get the full series, a picture of which is in my member gallery:


The columns are the years they were published. The rows are the order in which they came out each year.

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>60 Goblin_Investor:
Good grief Fabien, have you bought all these in the last week?
Must have cost you a fortune, but a beautiful set.

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>63 wcarter:
No Warwick, and forgive me for misspelling your name, it wasn't Fabien who bought the whole series, but me, a long time ago. I did get a large bunch of them at one time, as a bookseller that I bought two from sent me a list of the others that he had, and I took advantage. And not a fortune, but a lot of money. I am glad to have the whole set.

Apr 22, 12:44am Top

>64 garyjbp:
Sorry Gary. Mea culpa.

May 2, 6:10pm Top

I now have a second copy of the Folio Press (Fine/Letterpress edition) of The Tower by Yeats. Willing to trade it for something else. Please note it does have an affixed bookplate. If you're interested, please PM me.

May 17, 8:45am Top

Picked up Love Poems by Robert Graves today. And that fellow devotees, completes my set of the Folio Press Fine Editions. Took about 7 years searching to get them all but it was well worth it.

May 17, 9:27am Top

>67 N11284: Congratulations! It's perhaps the most exquisite set the Folio Society has ever produced and which you'll enjoy all the more for your seven years' dedication. How are you celebrating? :)

May 17, 10:06am Top

>67 N11284: Picked up Love Poems by Robert Graves today.

Congratulations! Now just bask in the knowledge awhile. It was my last one, too (see >17 folio_books:).

May 17, 2:15pm Top

>67 N11284:
Tonight with a glass of 15 year old Redbreast and a re-read of De Profundis and of to France tomorrow with my bike for a weeks cycling in the Dordogne.

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>70 N11284: an impeccable, deserved tipple indeed. Cheers! May your breast glow appropriately. Oscar would heartily approve.

Enjoy your trip to the Dordogne and best of luck finding your Simenon Omnibus Centenaire edition :)

May 17, 3:27pm Top

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