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Today I added the 1700th Folio Society book to my collection. Even better, the book in question has been at the top of my "must get" LE list for months - the Letterpress Sonnets and Poems. What a beauty it is :)
I am aware there are at least three Devotees who've been looking out for a copy for me, hampered enormously by the fact I would not consider going beyond my target price. We can all relax now and, yes, I got it for "my" price. As always, patience. Anyway, thanks for keeping looking.
So the King is dead, and the new King is Night Thoughts. Not before Christmas, please!
>1 folio_books: Congratulations, Glenn! 1700 Folios is an incredible milestone to have reached, and to have done so in such a stylish fashion too.
Thanks, Fiona. I've had it in my mind for a while that no. 1700 should be something special.
1700 Glenn? How many haven't you got? And don't pretend you don't know:¬)
Congratulations on the Sonnets & Poems too.
>4 rampkr: don't pretend you don't know
Actually, Kevin, I don't :/
Wow. That's impressive. I'll never reach such a total unless I live to the ripe old age of, oh, about 165!
Didn't even know there were 1700 FS books in existence...
Wow - that’s amazing! I’m interested in how you manage your collection with the new publishing model of so many new books per year (how many are there now? 50? 80?) - do you have/are you trying for a complete collection up to/from a certain date? Or are you focused only on certain volumes/genres? Do you get the duplicates when they release books with new illustrations? Good luck with Night Thoughts!
>6 coynedj: I'll never reach such a total unless I live to the ripe old age of, oh, about 165!
How did you guess my age?
>7 MobyRichard: Didn't even know there were 1700 FS books in existence...
Given there's different ways of counting them, we have certainly passed 2000.
>8 skullduggery: I’m interested in how you manage your collection with the new publishing model of so many new books per year
When I started collecting there were twelve new books a year. Problem was I was young and married with a mortgage so I never managed more than the minimum annual purchase of four. Now the output is around 80 a year, I'm retired and I have no chance. Even if I could afford them all, where would I keep them? I long ago passed the point where every new Folio coming in means a non-Folio heading to the charity shop, and the problem doesn't go away. So, up to Folio 60 I am only a handful short of being complete. Since then I have been more selective. Folio came to my assistance by publishing some titles I'd never want. Lately they've repeated a lot of earlier titles which also helps. Very occasionally I'll choose the new version over the old ("Rebecca" is the most recent example) and the old one makes way, either to eBay or the charity shop (that charity shop makes a lot of money out of me!) I have maybe a handful of duplicates, in the sense of different editions (eg I have the first Folio edition of the Rubaiyat. I couldn't part with it when I bought the recent fine edition - both are so lovely).
>11 folio_books: "Even if I could afford them all, where would I keep them?"
Going from 1700 to 2000? How about stacking the extra 300 sideways on top of bookshelves?
>4 rampkr: >7 MobyRichard:
There are 2309 FS books on the COMPLETE LIST OF BOOKS PUBLISHED BY THE FOLIO SOCIETY at -
so it seems that Glenn (folio_books) has 609 to go.
Some are new editions of previously published books.
I have no doubt he'll get them all one day!
>13 wcarter: Some are new editions of previously published books.
That's the thing. Apart from a very few exceptions, I only count/collect one edition of each book. If I broke that rule I could have an entire bookcase of Austen and Dickens, to name but two. Good as they are, I only need one of each :)
>12 cpg: How about stacking the extra 300 sideways on top of bookshelves?
I have no room on top of my bookshelves. The space has been taken up with books (Folio mostly) :)
Congratulations on the milestone, Glenn, I'm sure it will be 1750 very soon! You'll need an extra shelf for Night Thoughts or whatever makes room for it...
Thanks, Adam. For those who don't know, Adam is the one collector I know who has more Folios than I do. Not just a few more, either:)
>15 Edal: I'm sure it will be 1750 very soon! You'll need an extra shelf for Night Thoughts or whatever makes room for it...
Whether it will be very soon depends to a large extent on how good the New Year sale is :) I know exactly where Night
Thoughts is going - right beside Sam Johnson's Dictionary. But you're right, a certain amount of shelf-juggling will be required. Bring it on!
>16 folio_books: Thanks Glenn, but I think you've nearly caught up if you discount duplicate editions :)
I have made few Folio additions since we last spoke, but several other (regular) book collections seem to have expanded and have been doubling up on some Folio shelves. Like you I started to get a lot more selective a few years back, though I do have some duplicate editions where they are different.
I'm a bit nervous that the New Year sale list may this year more closely resemble my 'not got' list, as it now includes quite a few new titles that I want.
Your Sonnets & Poems is going to need a bit of space too!
>17 Edal: Your Sonnets & Poems is going to need a bit of space too!
I spent part of this morning clearing a space for it. Now all I have to do is find room for the three large-ish books displaced as a result. And so on ...
Story of our lives: I need more shelves! More shelves!
Congratulations on 1700 and good luck with Night Thoughts :-)
>19 Cat_of_Ulthar: I need more shelves! More shelves!
I don't suppose you have any spare shelves, he asked, more in desperation than hope.
Congratulations on 1700 and good luck with Night Thoughts :-)
Well, I landed the Sonnets faster than anticipated, so who knows? (You don't happen to have a spare copy to go with those shelves, I suppose ... ?)
'I don't suppose you have any spare shelves, he asked, more in desperation than hope.'
They've gone on strike until the government recognises their ability to feel pain :(
A spare Night Thoughts? Only in my dreams, I'm afraid.
You might want to invest in a forklift in advance of getting one, mind. Or a Heath Robinson-style winch and pulley system. It weighs a metaphorical ton.
>21 Cat_of_Ulthar: It weighs a metaphorical ton.
This has been much on my mind over the last few days, since Night Thoughts made it to the top of the list. I' thought I'd been clever reserving a space on a reinforced shelf but then it occurred to me that the shelf will be fine but how the hell do I lift the book out of there? I haven't come up with a satisfactory answer yet. The Heath Robinson winch is the best suggestion so far.
>1 folio_books: Congratulations on #1700! Have you read them all?
I moved into my new home this year with a dedicated library/study, and thought I would have ample room, but it is an old house with small rooms, and while there is more room for my books, there is still not enough room. I am a poor cataloger and don't know how many books (or Folio books) are in my collection, but they are next on the list to organize/catalog now that my yarn and fiber stash has been sorted :)
>23 wdripp: Congratulations on #1700! Have you read them all?
Thank you! Of course not.
If you're serious about cataloguing I would heartily recommend LibraryThing specifically for that purpose. Once you get started it's easy to use. Before that I used an Excel database. Still do, as a backup.
>24 folio_books: Yes LibraryThing is what I am using, but I find adding books without an ISBN to be a slow process (mostly Folios and old books).
I've just been going through my catalogue. I started it at the beginning of October 2015, finishing mid-November (of course that's been added to since), So, around 6-7 weeks to catalogue 1500-1600 books, all Folios. Of course it depends to some extent on how much detail you want to include. If I can't find a Folio book listed elsewhere I choose one from LT's list, preferably with many followers, add that to the collection and then edit it, changing the relevant details. Google Images is efficient at finding a good photo. Not fast, but fast enough for my purposes.
>1 folio_books: Congratulations and here's hoping you find a reasonably priced Night Thoughts in the new year!
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