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May 12, 12:24pm Top

Just placed my latest order with the Malay Archipelago and Tutankhamun! Can't wait for them to arrive, they look stunning, argh!

May 12, 12:41pm Top

Tut is one of my favourite Folios; I'm sure you will be delighted with it.

May 12, 2:37pm Top

Edited: May 12, 3:26pm Top

The British Museum shop had the Malay Archipelago on Monday for £75 - £67.50 after member's discount. I say had, as I bought the one remaining sealed copy in stock unless they found more somewhere. Their prices on a selection of other FS titles are the same as direct from the FS. Both are fantastic editions; you will be pleased.

May 12, 3:59pm Top

>4 cwl: sounds like a bargain! I'm sure I will be delighted!

May 12, 5:30pm Top

Let me know how the Malay Achipelago is. I meant to get it this month but was ambushed by the LE Lovecraft

May 12, 10:41pm Top

Will probably give in and order Cthulhu next week.

Edited: May 19, 6:52pm Top

>4 cwl: Many thanks for the tip! I was in the British Museum today to visit the 'American Dream' exhibition (very good by the way) and thought I'd check to see if the bookshop did have more stock of The Malay Archipelago, since I'd been coveting it earnestly from the second I first saw the Folio website images. And they did! One remaining shrink-wrapped copy, adjacent to a display set, still priced at £75 (or as you indicate, £67.50 with the BM members' discount, so overall a third off the advertised Folio RRP). I snaffled it prontissimo.

I was impressed by the two adjacent Folio Society stands in the museum's Granville Room bookshop, with a selection of well over a dozen current FS titles, including a few elaborate displays of volumes inside oversized specimen jars. Most titles have an obvious link with the museum, eg. The Tomb of Tutankhamun; Gods, Graves and Scholars; Schliemann's Troy and its Remains; Into the Unknown: Tales from the Great Explorers; The Origin of Species; Sun-Tsu's The Art of War; Shakespeare's Sonnets (a couple of years ago there was that excellent 'Shakespeare: Staging the World' exhibition) and the Limited Edition Ovid: Metamorphoses; but oddly no The Classical World, no From Dawn to Decadence or Dynasties of China which I would have thought quite museum-apt, while other titles on display could be seen as having less obvious association with the museum, such as the Alice in Wonderland & Alice Through the Looking-Glass set, The Secret Garden, Nursery Rhymes, The Jungle Book and Wind in the Willows. Perhaps the selection of titles is determined by particular inter-publisher sales licensing agreements. In any case, just as you had noted on your visit, all the price tags I saw on these other titles showed the regular Folio RRP price, though of course BM members still get their 10% discount. So goodness knows how The Malay Archipelago, the most recently issued title at that, has managed to find itself at a discount. However, ours not to reason why, ours but to grab and buy.

May 20, 5:55am Top

>8 cronshaw: I was in the British Museum today

Not quite the dMR but it might suffice as a poor man's substitute. It even comes close to replicating the naughty trolley.

Thanks for an entertaining report, as always.

May 20, 5:57am Top

'It even comes close to replicating the naughty trolley.'

If only!

May 20, 10:53am Top

I wonder if they still have Folio presence at Harrods. 2-3 years ago they used to have a Folio section consisting of a couple of large bookcases in their bookshop department. If they still have it, it might be another option for all the dMR-deprived Londoners.

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