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Shelving arrangement: LEC + Heritage, or all Macy (LEC/Heritage interspersed)?

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Sep 19, 2017, 10:23pm Top

I'm about to undertake a major reshelving operation, moving my LECs out of any direct sunlight -- partly so I can get rid of some ugly glassine.

I wonder, do you shelve LECs in a row/series of rows followed by Heritages in a row/series of rows -- or do you intersperse them? What is the thinking behind your approach?

In a few cases I have both the LEC and Heritage(s), and like the idea of the same title nestled together. But I also like the idea of one imprint followed by the other -- realistically, the Heritages on lower shelves, close to the dust on the floor.

When I do this reshelving I only want to do it once, so I want my decision to be one I don't regret. So please share your opinions with me so I can take them all into consideration.

Thank you all in advance!

Sep 20, 2017, 12:54am Top

I mix LEC and Heritage editions on the same shelves... When I placed the books on open shelves, I was very strict about organizing books by size, to minimize possible effects of sunning. Now that I closed the shelves, I am not worried about sunning, and organize books by author, regardless of the publisher.

Sep 21, 2017, 9:58pm Top

At the moment I have the LECs and Heritage books separate on my shelves. Although sometimes I like to mix it up a little and group them by author or illustrator instead.

Sep 21, 2017, 10:14pm Top

I would broaden this to include other fine press books and leatherbound books. I moved recently and still have not shelved all of my books so I am in a similar situation. I'm thinking in most instances I will keep them separate. My leatherbound sets, with good bindings, are impressive grouped in their own cabinet. I have two decent sets of Prescott's histories, e.g., and I don't think I would want to mix them with my HP versions. I have about two thirds of the WestVaco series of American writers and they are all the same size, so they look good together,
But I am not as sure with LECs and HPs. One problem is to ID the LECs, but if they are in their slipcases with the outside title showing (spines turned toward the wall), then it is fairly easy to separate them from the HPs. But then do I keep Folio Society separate? They DO have "FOLIO" on the spine, so not hard to sort them from the HPs and LECs. And then there are the odd fine press editions—I'm thinking mingle them all together, alphabetical by author.
Then do you separate fiction and non-fiction and poetry? Put all of the Greek and Latin classics together? Put the history stuff in chronological order? Where do the science books go? Graphic arts? I have a feeling all of us change our minds a lot, which is an excuse to rummage through our collection to pull out something we have not seen in a while, which is what gives me a lot of joy most of the time.
Oh yeah, I love oversize books, but boy they mess up any shelving scheme.

Sep 22, 2017, 11:41am Top

I mix all my nice books together. Folios, Grabhorn, LEC, Chester River Press etc, all in one glorious muddle.

Sep 22, 2017, 1:01pm Top

I have all my LEC's shelved together, and mostly have those with horizontal lettering on the spines laying horizontally... creates some sort of aesthetic and is easier to read the titles.

I've started to do something a little bit interesting with my FS fiction titles. They're now all shelved in chronological order by year of original publication. It's quite interesting to see the fictional literary canon displayed as a timeline, but it's a hassle to maintain and for now, I have excluded poetry and short story compilations. I'm curious if anyone has done this with non-fiction titles, chronologically by subject.

Edited: Sep 22, 2017, 2:16pm Top

As space allows I like to group my LEC, HP, LOA, Modern Library and all others in their own area by author alphabetically . I can more easily go to a particular book with this method. Hope I soon have enough shelf space to fully implement this setup.

Sep 22, 2017, 2:01pm Top

Thanks everyone! Please keep the responses coming -- I'm considering all points. Really, I want to get the set up right the first time; my wife would say book collecting takes up more than my spare time, so I don't want to spend hours/days on a major reorganization only to regret the approach.

Right now I'm leaning toward interspersing LECs and Heritage, which will give me three Gulliver's in a row (two of them nearly identical)!

Oct 5, 2017, 4:39pm Top

I'm going to intersperse LECs and Heritage. Has anyone done this and then come to regret that arrangement?

Oct 5, 2017, 5:01pm Top

>9 NYCFaddict:

I intersperse all my books, trying to keep in order by chronology of author, but since my shelves are of different heights, this means Jane Austen ends up on 3 different shelves. I don't regret interspersing publishers because the LEC accounts for about a fourth of my total number of books.

Oct 5, 2017, 8:00pm Top

9) No, I've done it before. It really depends on my whimsy, though. Sometimes I like the difference of the LECs and Heritage titles apart from one another and sometimes I like them interspersed.

Oct 5, 2017, 9:51pm Top

And then there is the question of whether to somehow organize by illustrator. I buy many of the LECs and HPs based on the illustrator but then I forget who did what and can't tell by the spine. And I also grab any other books by favorite illustrators -- the Random House stuff Eichenberg did and Covarrubias illustrations for books on Mexico and Rockwell Kent's own books, etc. For now, I sort of have them stuck at the end of my HP and LECS as "other books with interesting illustrations." Has anyone added labels to the spines of their HP slipcases that include illustrator and publisher? (so you can tell the HPs from the LECs, which have the title on the slipcase spine).
That should be a group project! Labelling all of the slipcase spines and then turning all of our HPs spine-inward away from the sun and dirt would probably be the best thing we could possibly do to protect them long-term.

Oct 5, 2017, 10:37pm Top

>12 SteveJohnson: I've definitely thought about doing this for HPs and folios!

Oct 6, 2017, 9:04am Top

>12 SteveJohnson:
I have actually done it with a couple of my Heritage Press books.

Oct 6, 2017, 11:31am Top

>12 SteveJohnson: " Labelling all of the slipcase spines and then turning all of our HPs spine-inward away from the sun and dirt would probably be the best thing we could possibly do to protect them long-term"

Great idea! But it's about 2 years ahead on my Projects I Need To Do list.

Edited: Oct 6, 2017, 11:14pm Top

I have taken a more "random" approach to shelving. Size of book is a consideration. So taller books go on certain shelves. Then, I've tended to concentrate books about books in a particular section (these often tend to be larger volumes because of the illustrations and examples.
I keep the sets like Gibbon and Plutarch and most visually appealing or valuable books together, taking up several shelves in the most prominent part of the bookcase.
Due to a particular interest of mine, all my Sherlockian books and commentaries are together (the spines of L. Klinger's The Annotated Sherlock Holmes form a profile of the master with curved pipe) right in the middle of bookcase.
And I tend to keep poetry books together.
Some alphabetical arrangement by author is otherwise attempted.
And yet I can find everything.

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