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New EP DLE - The Island of Dr Moreau

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Edited: Sep 28, 2017, 2:18pm Top

EP has added another DLE:


Due out in November and limited to 1200 copies.

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Sep 28, 2017, 2:59pm Top

>2 supercell: which is why I got the 7 novella version from B & N. and sold 3 Famous editions. And the font size is quite readable. If you have unlimited cash no problem. For $400 I can get a couple nice EP DLEs or lots of Folio Society.

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Sep 29, 2017, 4:36am Top

I’m not that fond of the illustrations.

Sep 29, 2017, 9:56am Top

Could almost live with the illustrations, though not personally to my taste, but I abhor the cover. My wallet is safe on this one!

Sep 29, 2017, 10:34am Top

I guess I’ll chime in. I agree that the illustrations are not my taste either. Not really a subject that is of interest to me either.

EP has change direction in that they don’t really produce sets related to history anymore, or should I say rarely. I first was interested mostly because of sets like they use to do on Churchill, Civil War, Jefferson, Washington etc. I then branched out to other sets like Thoreau, Dickens, Twain and so on.

They will occasionally still produce something that I
like, for instance The Baron or a Sign edition of this or that. I think the last set I bought was the Lincoln DLE.

I use to have a rather long list of books that was on my wish list. I can honestly say that my wish list has been empty for some time now.

Happy for those that enjoy these kinds of books though.

Sep 29, 2017, 10:56am Top

>7 GOBOGIE: notable exceptions are the beautiful Tristan und Iseult with color art on every page. Expensive, but I am pleased and love the Opera.

Sep 29, 2017, 11:10am Top

I feel like a broken record: I'm quite content with the standard edition from EP.

I think the standard EP version was part of their 13-volume Horror Classics series. The illustrations inside this one could possibly grow on me, had I a copy, but the cover still bothers me.

I did pick up a copy of the FS Door in the Wall LE, which is another Wells title. I picked it up not because it was FS title and not because it was an LE but rather, because it is the only decently constructed or fine version of the book available. The same went for EP's Hector Servadac DLE.

Sep 29, 2017, 11:13am Top

>2 supercell: I agree, quite frustrating to have this kind of restriction for out of copyright books.

Edited: Sep 29, 2017, 3:09pm Top

This was one of favorite (and the most terrifying) books of my childhood! I would not mind owing a beautiful edition of this novel, but I do not like the samples of the illustrations, and I do not like the price. I might have been more tempted if the price was similar to the first DLEs at about $280 or so, but, even then, I am not sure that I would have purchased it. $280 is still a very big price for a book, especially with illustrations that I would not enjoy.

That said, I am glad that Easton Press continues producing classics with new illustrations and signed by artists. Overall, I am sure that it is a gorgeous book to own.

Sep 29, 2017, 3:18pm Top

>9 treereader: did you get Hector Servadac DLE? I am so tempted by these profusely illustrated reproductions of older classics. Ivanhoe was spectacular as were the Granville illustrated Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver not to mention Dumas and Hugo classics. Your opinion on this Jules Verne classic would be appreciated.

Sep 29, 2017, 7:59pm Top

> 12

Yes, I did end up purchasing Hector Servadac, however, I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I'm not expecting it to be one of Verne's best stories but it still looks like it'll be a fun read. I considered buying an original copy but all I could find at the time were fairly worn copies, both first printing London and first printing USA, for prices just slightly more than EP's DLE price. I would have preferred a $50-$80 standard issue version but this seemed to be the only option for the foreseeable future.

It's a little smaller than I expected, at roughly 8" x 6", but in hindsight I should've known better and paid more attention to EP's website (partial dimensions are one of those few bits of information they actually provide!). It's not a big deal, I was just a little surprised when I unpackaged it.

The clamshell case is sturdy enough and lined with felt, mostly. The leather is real leather, so says my nose. The EP title page states that it's Italian cowhide. The marbled end papers are nice and elegant; I suspect they're printed and not unique for every copy but that's fine by me. I really like the green coloring they used.

The book is profusely illustrated with what look like woodcuts to me. I'm not sure if the illustration ratio (illustration count per text page count) is as high as the 5-volume Count of Monte Cristo is said to be but in terms of quantity, I don't think anyone could be disappointed. There appear to be illustrations every 3-5 pages. Since it is a very targeted reproduction of a late 1800's novel, there are no color illustrations. Interestingly, there is a short catalog of other books published by the original publisher at the end, so EP really did duplicate everything. My sincerest apologies to your wallet if this just enabled you.


A second thought on the Island of Dr Moreau DLE: The cover of the book itself doesn't bother me quite so much; it could grow on me. It's the slip case that disturbs me. I think book covers and their slipcases should contrast a little - if one is busy the other should be subdued. The book cover already has a lot going on, so the slipcover should've omitted the illustrations.

Sep 30, 2017, 8:38pm Top

Illustrations remind me of Bernie Wrightston. Disturbing and macabre... I am not "bothered" by the illustrations, although this book is not high on my to-buy list. Still, I have to admit I have yet to read this classic and this looks like a good way to do so.

Edited: May 22, 2018, 11:04pm Top

I don't mind the art of this DLE, but the price is steep. I haven't been excited for a DLE in a long time it seems. I given up hope that Easton Press will ever do a DLE of Moby Dick.

Oct 1, 2017, 11:46pm Top

15: Hmmm, they might. Maybe they'll reprint the Lakeside Press edition with the amazing Rockwell Kent illustrations! That said, my personal favorite edition is the Arion Press. Mind you, I don't own it, it's too expensive for most of us, but ah, is it truly fabulous!

Oct 2, 2017, 1:25am Top

>15 NotDownInAnyMap: >16 astropi:
Franklin Library did a nice 2-volume edition of Moby Dick with the Rockwell Kent illustrations as part of its Great Books of the Western World set. It is usually available on eBay and/or abe.com.

Oct 2, 2017, 11:54am Top

>9 treereader: And it (The Door in the Wall) is a very fine facsimile. The Coburn photographs are splendid. I believe the photo of the Bay of Capri was taken from a balloon. And I thought reasonably priced-I did it on installments.
The lesson I learned from the purchase, though, is to look at the size of a prospective volume> If FS had it in inches, I might have thought twice because it is difficult to shelve.

Oct 3, 2017, 3:28am Top

>17 jroger1: Yes, the 2-Volume Franklin Library edition is very nice. However that edition only includes the chapter headpiece illustrations by Rockwell Kent, none of the illustrations within the chapters. I remember counting over 100 of Kent's illustrations that were omitted. If all the illustrations were included, that would have been the perfect edition for me.

Oct 3, 2017, 9:07am Top

>19 NotDownInAnyMap:
I appreciate that information. I didn't know that.

Oct 3, 2017, 12:01pm Top

Unfortunately, this DLE is overpriced for my book budget! I would be happy to own the EP Famous Editions copy for this title. I was watching the Famous Edition copy for this title on eBay a couple of weeks ago, but it got away since I did not bid high enough.

Oct 5, 2017, 12:00am Top

>16 astropi: Spectacular Moby Dick. Previously I was hoping to get that gorgeous Franklin Library Oxford edition with the 3 dimensional whale cover. People listing it on eBay are out of their minds on what they are asking Even for damaged books. One mint copy with owner seal just sold for $188 from Singapore. But now I want that FS edition. Thanks for driving me crazy. The others of course are simply unobtainable.

Oct 5, 2017, 12:16am Top

>16 astropi: found another interesting edition DLE. Published by: The Artist’s Limited Edition
• Printed in Colish, Mt. Vernon, NY 1975
• Registration #903 of ONLY 1500 limited edition copies.
• Original seriograph front piece HAND SIGNED by LEROY NEIMAN.
• Preface by Jacques Cousteau. Also HAND SIGNED by JACQUES COUSTEAU.
• Book is bound in full leather; measures 12” x 14 ¾” x 2 ½” in original brand NEW slipcase; weights 10lbs.
• Front cover is decorated with a gilt line illustration of a lookout with a telescope in a ship's crowsnest. Gilt lettering on spine. A white ribbon bookmark is bound-in.

Oct 5, 2017, 12:59pm Top

23: Forgot about that one. Quite nice as well! Is it letterpress?

Edited: Oct 6, 2017, 9:40am Top

>24 astropi: does not state. A mint Folio Edition is going for $1,075 on eBay while original issue price was $360! Abe prices better with near mint at $850. And here is YouTube of the FS edition. https://youtu.be/vEA8IRd_zlk

Oct 6, 2017, 4:15pm Top

25: The FS edition is a very nice reprint of the Lakeside Press, but hardly worth $800 in my opinion. If you go to the FS forum, rumor is that the FS is going to release a non-limited edition of Moby Dick. Perhaps with the Kent illustrations.

Edited: Oct 11, 2017, 9:43am Top

>26 astropi: >22 HugoDumas: >19 NotDownInAnyMap:
The new FS edition of Moby Dick was just announced. It contains 280 Rockwell Kent illustrations from the 1930 edition and sells for $112.00.


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Oct 11, 2017, 11:43am Top

>27 jroger1: The best book news I've heard all year!!!! Thank you so much for the link. I've never ordered from Folio Society directly before. I wonder if it really takes a month until I receive my order? I wish I could wait for Easton Press to offer a DLE but from my last email to them a few months ago they said they had no plans for it at that time. I have a lot of respect for Folio Society. They seem to respond the best way they can to what their customers want. Can't wait to get my hands on this!

Edited: Oct 11, 2017, 12:10pm Top

>29 NotDownInAnyMap:
Three weeks is typical unless you pay for expedited shipping, but the same is true of EP. Easton seems to have an aversion to paying royalties, and the Rockwell Kent illustrations were published in 1930 - still under copyright.

Oct 11, 2017, 7:35pm Top

>30 jroger1: Thanks for input on the shipping time frame. If my order arrives without any issues, I will definitely buy more from Folio Society. Good point about the royalties. I didn't think of that. That makes sense.

Oct 11, 2017, 10:12pm Top

>27 jroger1: nice. It is the same as the leather bound Folio without the commentary. Worth considering: here are the specs from the leather bound edition.
PUBLISHED BY Folio Society, London
Bound in wright's smooth grain leather, blocked in white and silver with a design based on one of Rockwell Kent's illustrations. Silver top edge
This limited edition contains the classic illustrations of Rockwell Kent.
Typeset in Fournier. Printed on Abbey wove paper by Memminger Mediencentrum, Memmingen, Germany
768 pages with approximately 280 black & white illustrations. Book Size: 9¼" x 6¾"
Commentary volume by Harold Beaver is bound in buckram, 312 pages, 9¼" x 6¾"
Both volumes presented in cloth-bound solander with silver lettering.

Oct 12, 2017, 1:04am Top

My folio shipments usually arrive in less than 2 weeks to the states. I love getting my big Santa sacks. ☺

Oct 12, 2017, 10:19am Top

>27 jroger1: Folio Society has confirmed that the cloth edition is identical to the leather limited edition less the commentary.

Oct 12, 2017, 11:01am Top

>34 HugoDumas: The commentary and the clamshell box of the Folio LE never intrigued me. I would rather have the cloth slipcase of the standard edition so I can see the spine on the bookshelf.

Oct 12, 2017, 11:11am Top

>16 astropi: the Arion Press Edition has been reprinted and is available hardcover new on Amazon for as low as $56. Having hard time deciding between that version and the new FS reprint. I have the Franklin Library leather edition. But for full enjoyment would prefer profusely illustrated version and will get the commentary mentioned above.

Oct 12, 2017, 11:13am Top

>35 NotDownInAnyMap: you have a point. I was never intrigued by the clamshell. Which is why I never was tempted to get an EP clamshell DLE Edition. I

Oct 12, 2017, 12:15pm Top

The clamshell is really ugly but to me the commentary and beautiful binding are worth the extra $300. I'm glad more affordable editions of this classic have become available.

Oct 12, 2017, 12:18pm Top

>38 kdweber: yes I want it but not for $900-$1,000. So it is not an extra $300. If I could get this for an extra $300 I would buy it today and remove the clamshell.

Oct 12, 2017, 12:24pm Top

>39 HugoDumas: I wouldn't pay the current premium on the used market either. Maybe the new edition will bring down the cost of the LE. The Moser illustrations of Moby Dick are worth getting as well. I own a copy of the trade hardback which will have to suffice until I win the the lottery and pick up my AP edition.

Oct 12, 2017, 12:55pm Top

>40 kdweber: considering the Arion Press reprint trade HB now which has the Moser illustrations. I have 3 choices now, but unfortunately the leather FS DLE Edition is not one of them. The original Arion was pretty big for comfortable reading. So this trade HB is intriguing.

Edited: Oct 12, 2017, 1:17pm Top

>41 HugoDumas:
For reading I will still probably prefer the 2-volume Franklin even though it doesn't have all the illustrations. But the volumes are a comfortable size and have the soft feel of leather.

Oct 12, 2017, 2:36pm Top

>42 jroger1: one seller estimated 100 illustrations on GBWW Edition. Do you have a more precise estimate?

Oct 12, 2017, 2:55pm Top

I have the beautiful, plush, properly sized volumes on my lap as we speak. There appear to be one illustration in each of the 135 chapters and a few more at the beginning and end of each volume. Total in the 140-145 range. I have ordered the new FS edition so I will have all of Kent's illustrations, but I will probably do my reading in the Franklins.

Oct 12, 2017, 3:18pm Top

>44 jroger1: I solved the problem. I just purchased the leatherbound facsimile of the 1930 edition COMPLETE with Moire, ribbon and gilt by Sweetwater Press for $35 new from a collector and will negotiate for the Franklin 2 Volume GBWW set and sell my normal Franklin with the crummy illustrations of Robert Shore. The Sweetwater volume is available on Amazon at slightly higher price; thus I will bypass the Folio Society Cloth Edition.

Oct 12, 2017, 3:41pm Top

>45 HugoDumas: Why two editions with the same illustrator? I own multiple editions of many titles but in each case either the illustrator, translator, language or text differs. If I were to limit myself to only two editions of Moby Dick I'd pick one illustrated by Kent and the other by Moser; although, the Boardman Robinson illustrations for the $5 EP edition aren't too bad.

Oct 12, 2017, 3:49pm Top

>45 HugoDumas: What?? A leatherbound facsimile of the 1930 edition? With all the Kent illustrations? Real leather?

Oct 12, 2017, 3:56pm Top

>46 kdweber: I will read the Franklin 2 volume set which has only a little more than 100 of the 280 illustrations and have a record of the complete 1930 Edition in decent format to refer to..... kind of an inexpensive DLE facsimile. So not really the same. I really wanted the leather Folio Society edition but not at the prices they were asking. I basically view what I have as a complete 3 volume Kent Rockwell Moby Dick. If I fall in love with this book will add the Arion re-issue in hardback with the illustrations of Moser.

I read for instance the modern Penguin Mysteries of Paris by Eugene Sue while referring to an original censored 1845 Chapman and Hall edition with its 500+ illustrations.

Similarly I read the big EP Don Quixote while referring to the illustrations of Dore in a separate Dover art book.

Edited: Oct 12, 2017, 4:09pm Top

>47 NotDownInAnyMap: yes as far as I can tell talking to the owner and reading Amazon. It resembles a Gryphon Library Edition in my opinion. Not ornate but quite adequate. I would grab it. I simply cannot rationalize paying big bucks for the leather Folio. Yet I do not want a cloth edition even with nice cover and slipcase.

Here is the description:
Moby-Dick, Or The Whale by Herman Melville
Leather bound facsimile of the 1930 Random House Edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent

Copyright page states:
"This Edition published by Sweetwater Press by arrangement with Modern Library, a division of Random House, Inc."
1998 New Millennium Libarary
Published in the United States by Sweetwater Press
Printed on acid-free paper

This edition was originally advertised as being bound in "Genuine Leather"
The binding is Smyth sewn
Silk moire endpages
Gilded page edges
Sewn-in silk ribbon bookmark

9.25" x 6.25", 822 pages

Oct 12, 2017, 4:12pm Top

>49 HugoDumas: Thank you! I found confirmation that it's real leather. This copy is still sealed, and the sticker on the shrinkwrap says, "Real Embossed Leather." eBay item #132353866365. That copy even though sealed looks like it was stored improperly. I will definitely pick this up if I can find it under $40 from a reliable seller.

Oct 12, 2017, 4:15pm Top

>49 HugoDumas: Okay, I think the acid-free paper won me over. Sounds like Easton Press treatments.

Oct 12, 2017, 4:26pm Top

While at my alma mater some years ago I checked out (only in library) the Arion Press Moby Dick, the Lakeside Press edition, and the *original* first printing of Moby Dick (which if I recall correctly was three volumes). Of all those, I was most impressed with the Arion Press. It was simply magnificent!! I'm not sure a reprinting could capture it, or at any rate a smaller reprinting certainly could not. The Lakeside Press edition was also three volumes. It too was beautiful, but given the size, I think a quality reprinting would be adequate, so long as the dimensions were not changed. The original first edition was just exciting to hold, but not particularly exciting in any other way -no illustrations, although a nice marbled cover.

Oct 12, 2017, 4:55pm Top

>50 NotDownInAnyMap: actually it looks mint with dusty plastic cover. Used like new on Amazon is $54 plus shipping, some selling it as high as $180. I would make this guy an offer at $40 and ask for media shipping which is about $4. Solves the need without bankruptcy.

Jan 12, 2018, 5:48pm Top

New photos of this one on the EP site. Assuming they received it in hand and took new pics. The book looks much darker now than when announced.


Jan 12, 2018, 6:17pm Top

>54 Wootle: Yes, it looks like a much darker brown. I've been wondering if the covers and spine are brown and yellow like is looks in the photos, or brown and the 22kt gold. It must be gold. Wootle, teach them how to take proper real-life photos please. I do like their new photos of the interior.

Jan 12, 2018, 7:04pm Top

>55 Anna1851:
I never trust photos online whether on EP's site, ebay, or anywhere else. So much depends on the kind of light, the intensity of the light, the camera settings, the skill of the photographer, and the receiving monitor. The colors look slightly different on my iPhone than on my Mac.

Jan 12, 2018, 7:27pm Top

Of course light and a multitude of other factors will determine how a photo looks, even what monitor you are using and how it is programmed. However, in this case, and a few others lately, the photos are different because they changed from their pre-production photo shopped pictures to the real life photos taken after production. We are seeing some pretty large differences between the two. I don't know if they can really do anything different other than wait until they get a sample to photo before advertising the book for sale. And of course they wouldn't want to do that. They probably decide on the size of the production run based on pre-orders.

Hopefully others find this interesting enough to keep looking at the differences when I post them. I enjoy pointing out the changes, it makes me feel as I've caught them trying to sneak something in. Sometimes they can be important changes, such as the omission of a signature.

Jan 12, 2018, 7:31pm Top

>55 Anna1851:

If all of that yellow is actually gilt, that cover is going to be extremely busy with that amount. But I think you are probably correct.

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