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OT: "The Road"

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Edited: Mar 29, 1:36pm Top

The only book I have ever read that literally brought me to tears, shortly available for preorder in two new Suntup editions:


Mar 29, 1:39pm Top

Thanks for this. Will be my first Suntup!

Mar 29, 2:37pm Top

I'll consider this, though it's a shame it's not signed by McCarthy, nor printed letterpress. Anyone know if the slate binding for the lettered edition is a first?

Mar 29, 7:28pm Top

>3 Levin40: 'The Innocents Abroad' by Sherwin Beach press had a similar binding and hence not the first (if that is what you were asking) and it was letterpress too, for a lesser price:


Edited: Mar 30, 4:44am Top

>4 venkysuniverse: I think >3 Levin40: means the stone boards, not the coptic binding. I can't think of anything in stone, myself. Wood is more common

Mar 30, 10:11am Top

>5 gmacaree: Oh ok, thanks for clarifying.

Mar 30, 4:57pm Top

The trade publishers have vetoed sales to the “British Commonwealth” so if there are any UK buyers out there you will have to find another way. Bummer.

Mar 30, 5:36pm Top

First Suntup Press publication that I have absolutely no interest in. Very depressing for me ..... Have received the pre purchase link as I have preordered Rosemarys Baby.

Mar 31, 4:46am Top

>7 scratchpad:

It doesn't affect me, but out of curiosity: Did they mention a reason for that?

It can actually be a pretty good alternative to use a company that accepts your delivery in the US and then transports it to you. I tried that once with Colis Expat and it worked really well.

Mar 31, 9:57am Top

>9 SF-72: No reason given as far as I can recall.

Mar 31, 9:57am Top

>4 venkysuniverse: >5 gmacaree: Yes, I meant the slate boards. While they do look impressive in the photos I can't help thinking that this takes 'expensive gimmick' to new levels. Not practical in weight terms and not a book you'd want to drop, it seems a perfect example of a book to look at but never to read. I'm sure they'll sell out in the blink of an eye though.

>7 scratchpad: >9 SF-72: I've never heard of this restriction and I'm also interested if anyone knows the reason. When you say 'trade publishers' do you mean there are others implementing this besides Suntup?

Mar 31, 10:06am Top

>11 Levin40: I have never come across this restriction either so I am in the dark like yourself. Luckily, I am not that fussed about this book so my concern is not what it otherwise might have been.

Mar 31, 10:36am Top

>11 Levin40: I agree, I would have preferred if it would have letterpress and not just a unique board for that kind of money.

Mar 31, 11:23am Top

Whoever set up the restriction is geographically (and politically) underinformed. Canada, where sales are permitted, is part of the Commonwealth territories, a membership which is well-nigh meaningless for practical purposes.

Mar 31, 2:03pm Top

>14 Jayked: Exactly. It makes no sense on any level I can think of.

Apr 2, 4:18pm Top

Probable purchase, my first from Suntop - do they usually sell out the first day?

I still hold out hope that Suttree and Blood Meridian will someday receive their due...

Apr 3, 2:42pm Top

I believe Suntup's lettereds often don't make it to the general public (previous letterholders have first option), and the "limited/numbered" editions sometimes last a few days, but not too long (don't wait if you're serious about getting one).

Edited: Apr 3, 6:32pm Top

In an interview in the Wall Street Journal, Cormac McCarthy was asked: Why don't you sign copies of THE ROAD? His response was: "There are signed copies of the book, but they all belong to my son, John."

So that is why the Suntup Press edition is not signed by Cormac McCarthy, and why there (almost certainly) will never be such an edition.

Apr 3, 8:13pm Top

>17 St._Troy:

Thank you

Apr 4, 1:24pm Top

>11 Levin40:
>12 scratchpad:
I am intrigued by this slate boards thing.

I am no geologist, but how can anyone make stone thin enough to use as book-binding material, without it's being so thin and fragile that you wouldn't dare to handle it?

Is slate, cut really thin, surprisingly flexible? Or is it even more brittle?

How do they work it?

With what do they reinforce it?

And how heavy is it?

I wants to know :-)

Apr 4, 2:27pm Top

>20 Cat_of_Ulthar: I don't know the properties of Ardesia slate specifically but in general slate is characterized by parallel weak layers, which makes it easy to cut in the direction of the weakness, while it is reasonably strong in all other directions. That's why you can relatively easily create large thin layers out of slate. The board doesn't look too thin in the pictures (although I would have liked a scale) so my guess is that it is strong enough for the handling normal to a limited edition. However, it is a brittle material and I would expect it to break if e.g. dropped on the floor. I guess the binding type is selected to avoid the need to bend the boards while reading which you can't do with slate (and if you tried to force it it would break).

The density of slate is about 2.7 g/cm3 but you would have to make a guess on the volume of the slate boards yourself to get the mass...

Basically I guess that if you think of them as glass boards of the same thickness you will get a rather good idea of their properties.

Apr 4, 3:53pm Top

For those old enough to remember "blackboards" they were made of slate. Well, not sure all of them were, but certainly some of them. Now they're all replaced with whiteboards... sigh.
Yes, it's a serious issue ;)


Apr 6, 1:30pm Top

>21 alvaret:
Thenk you sic

My limited knowledge of slate was that it splits easily if you apply force in the correct direction but when it drops off my roof it tends to shatter. So thank you for expanding on that.

Glass boards is a nice idea, actually. I'll have to work that in to my imaginary Bond novel/wcarter memorial ;-)

>22 astropi:

I am old enough to remember those. And ours were not slate (some sort of rubber?) but thanks :-)

Apr 9, 1:10am Top

>1 DavidMF:

It frightened me, a little like A Clockwork Orange. I remember reading The Road and thinking that I needed to buy a rifle.

Apr 14, 7:01pm Top

Took the plunge.

Edited: Apr 25, 4:11pm Top

The Lettered Edition was still available yesterday so I went with it.

I came across an old interview with the late Harold Bloom raving about the greatness of Cormac McCarthy and that did it for me.

Apr 25, 4:15pm Top

>26 Forthwith: Don't you mean the numbered edition? The lettered edition sold out early on the first day.

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