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Jun 30, 2009, 6:11pm Top

My current out-of-print "Wanted" Folio list is pretty short, but presents some difficult challenges. It includes:

The Complete Father Brown Stories
Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey Horrid Novels
The Adventures of the Five Children by E. Nesbit
The Complete Anthony Trollope
The Novels of E. M. Forster

Finding affordable copies of these books has been a challenge.

What's on your list?

Jun 30, 2009, 6:44pm Top

>1 maisonvivante:
Mmmmm! I wouldn't mind the 'Horrid' novels, either. No illustrations, though. How useful - and dangerous - Folio 60 is. Luckily, I've got all the others on your list (but they're NOT for sale!)

Vincent van Gogh, portrait of Provence
Roderick Random
Dove Cottage, the Wordsworths at Grasmere

These would all be on my list. There would no doubt be others, but I'm too scared to look, as I have difficulty keeping up with all the new ones I want.

Jun 30, 2009, 7:02pm Top

Some of these are unbelievably difficult to track down so a reprint by folio would be great!
Mine (so far) includes:

A Memoir of Jane Austen by J.E. Austen
W.B. Yeats Selected Poems and Paintings by J.B. Yeats
A Shropshire Lad
Citizens by Simon Schama
The Complete Roald Dahl
Waiting for Godot
East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Jun 30, 2009, 7:10pm Top

I could add the Roald Dahl set to my list, too!

Jun 30, 2009, 7:13pm Top

I think I'll wait for Folio 60 before making a list. It will be incredibly huge, though...

Jun 30, 2009, 7:25pm Top

Roald Dahl is currently for sale as far as I know.

Mine are
1. East of the Sun and West of the Moon
2. EM Forester set
3. Thesiger of Arabia

Jun 30, 2009, 9:05pm Top

I'd love the Roald Dahl set, too, though it is by no means complete. It's more of a 'greatest hits', if you will. But still, it would be lovely to have those childhood favorites!

Jun 30, 2009, 10:22pm Top

My wants are simple:

Between the Woods and the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor

I have A Time of Gifts but the second in the series was out of the catalog before I could by it.


Jul 1, 2009, 3:34am Top

I would like three of the books I gave to my father long ago; they are somewhere in the house he left to his second wife, with whom I have no contact:
My Life by Thomas Bewick
The Sun King and his Loves by Lucy Norton
and there was a book of letters by Vincent van Gogh and his brother, I can't remember the exact title and don't have my Folio 60 at hand.
But there's no hurry and I've seen them on the lists of second-hand booksellers.

And I would absolutely love the Gormenghast trilogy; it was beyond my means when it came out.

Jul 1, 2009, 3:54am Top

Tolkien's Silmarillon is missing in my collection. The copies I found on ebay are way over what I'm willing to pay. I hope they reprint it soon!

Jul 1, 2009, 8:24am Top

#10 - There is a Silmarillon listed on ebay - regular auction bid style. 290328023927, 2003 edition, bid is at $20. Not sure if that's what you're looking for.

Jul 1, 2009, 9:26am Top

This is exactly what I was looking for, but the gentleman/woman sends only to "paypal registered addresses in the US". As I reside in China at the moment this is a slight problem for me.

Jul 1, 2009, 10:25am Top

For OUP Folios try Brian Codling, the dealer who is listed in the back of the Folio magazine. I've gotten a lot of books from him over the years and he is quite reasonable. If you don't have the Folio magazine handy I think I've got his address, telephone number etc. and could give it to you.

Jul 1, 2009, 10:36am Top

There are so many books!!
My first picks would be:
Japanese Short Stories
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Myths and Legends of India
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
The Dahl books
and others, but I don't want to sound to greedy ;)

Jul 1, 2009, 10:54am Top

I am a strong advocate of Ebay and http://used.addall.com for out-of-print or hard to find FS titles - and a little patience will ensure you get whatever you want at a reasonable price. I guess I have bought 400-500 titles from Ebay and not once did a seller default nor was a book misdescribed - YMMV but that was my experience. I acquired the entire Trollope set within 10 months - a few titles were difficult to get at the right price but eventually I paid no more than £15 for any volume and most came in a £6-7 each. The only really difficult titles to get at reasonable prices were The Way We Live Now and The Vicar of Bullhampton. The latter title is notoriously difficult to get - I have seen copies go at close to £100 on Ebay but I eventually got mine for £15. I did the same for Conrad and Dickens.

I have bought many early titles via Ebay - some at stupidly low prices. In its early days the Society had a small membership base and the print runs were probably only a couple of thousand copies. As the number of people collecting FS titles seriously has mushroomed, there is real pressure on early titles with d/w or s/c in good condition. I guess the great bulk will be located in the UK. That is not the case for modern titles - according to FS's latest filed accounts at Companies House, overseas sales are greater than home sales now.

BTW - I think dreams of acquiring the complete FS catalog are almost hopeless. At one time I thought I might make it - my aim was to have every title by the year 2000. I got fairly close but the rate of publication has stepped up to such an extent in recent years that FS is publishing faster than I can buy. Of course, my dream was also before the Society started publishing the cripplingly expensive facsimiles too. The good news is that in bulk (I have well over 1000 titles) they look very good indeed - my wife says it is the most expensive wallpaper in England. :-)

Jul 1, 2009, 11:17am Top

15 - Such a collection is well beyond my means, but I am awed by it. Your library surely looks much like my view of heaven.

Jul 1, 2009, 12:26pm Top

#15 - I agree that Ebay is a godsend when it comes to folios. Only yesterday did I win a bid for Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and the current leather bound Great Expectations all for £28.49 and, if that wasn't enough, FREE postage! Now you can't say fairer than that, can you? ;-)
However, even though you can buy many OOP folios second-hand, for some (such as a few included below) I would prefer a redesign as the early folios don't usually appeal to me aesthetically.

So in addition I would like:

The Trial - Kafka
Four Quartets - T.S. Eliot
The Idiot - Dostoyevsky
Poems - Thomas Hardy
The Mapp and Lucia novels
Crime and Punishment
The Anatomy of Melancholy - Robert Burton
Civilization - Kenneth Clark

Jul 1, 2009, 12:33pm Top

8: The Fermor s the one I really want too

Jul 1, 2009, 9:19pm Top

I used to agree that Ebay was great for Folio. In former days I bought a lot there. But for us in the US i don't think there is the number of offers of Folio as there are in the UK. Lately the dealers have moved in on the web for Ebay and offer fantastic prices for the books. Many times they pay more than what we can get them for at full price from the Society. I haven't been able to get something on Ebay that I want for at least 1/2 year or more and I look every day. If something does appear, which is increasingly rare for something I want, I am always outbid or give up when the price goes into the stratosphere. You can always tell a dealer by the high number behind a web name. Names with numbers like 996, 890 etc. makes one believe that this is not the usual ordinary collector.
My best source, as I mentioned in another threat is Brian Codling, advertised in the Folio magazine. If anyone wants his address,etc. look in the back of the magazine or I can give it to you.

Jul 2, 2009, 12:52am Top

East of the Sun, West of the Moon is included as a fairy tale in Lang's Blue Book. What exactly does the OOP FS edition include? I'm curious :)

Jul 2, 2009, 11:11am Top

I missed ordering Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle and have the other three. I also want Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, The Mirror of the Sea and The Shadow-Line to complete the Conrad set.

Edited: Jul 2, 2009, 1:18pm Top

>20 astropi:
The FS 'East of the Sun and West of the Moon' (2000) is based on the 1914 Hodder & Stoughton edition, illustrated by Kay Nielson. The contents are:

East of the Sun and West of the Moon
The Blue Belt
Prince Lindworm
The Lassie and Her Godmother
The Husband Who Was to Mind the House
The Lad Who Went to the North Wind
The Three Princesses of Whiteland
Soria Moria Castle
The Giant Who Had No Heart in His Body
The Princess on the Glass Hill
The Widow's Son
The Three Billy-Goats Gruff
The Three Princesses in the Blue Mountain
The Cat on the Dovrefell
One's Own Children Are Always Prettiest

The stories come originally from Peter Christian Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe’s 'Norske Folkeeventyr' (Norwegian Folk-tales).

'East of the Sun and West of the Moon' and most of the other stories in this volume are translated by Sir George Dasent, first published in 'Popular Tales from the Norse' in 1859.

This story as published in 'The Blue Fairy Book' is given in a different translation, I think by Mrs Alfred Hunt.

I hope this is helpful.

Jul 3, 2009, 4:45pm Top

My Folio 60 arrived the other day and I've been busy moving house so I haven't been able to look at it much yet (although of course I couldn't resist unwrapping it and having a flick through as soon as I got it home) but at the moment my want list stands at:

East of the Sun and West of the Moon
The Mabinogion
Thesiger in Arabia
A Secret Pilgrimmage to Mecca and Medina
The Highland Clearances

I've been lost out on Ebay three or four times now for John Prebble's Highland Trilogy, and although I've gotten hold of Culloden and Glencoe the third book still eludes me. I was surprised to find that it's so scarce.

Jul 3, 2009, 5:01pm Top

Don't be surprised - Culloden and Glencoe were originally just published as a two volume FS set - The Highland Clearances was added later as a 3-volume set. They did the same with The King's Peace and The King's War adding The Trial of Charles I later.

Jul 13, 2009, 3:28am Top

I have just come across some Folio Society Books on Ebay Australia, Citizens by Simon Schama was one of them. Not sure what the prices are like but I put a watch on Lord Macartney - An Embassy to China for A$45 not sure what it will go for but will keep watching.

Jul 13, 2009, 5:06am Top

John Prebble. Bl##dy hell. I never even new these works existed about by beloved country. That's torn it. Another few potential kilos of books to be added to my library. Furthermore, I do wish the FS would add Nigel Tranter to their to be printed list. I have asked them already. Would some of you kind people also pop off a quick email. Your so kind. :-)

Apr 20, 2012, 10:53am Top

I have a copy of Shropshire Lad

Apr 20, 2012, 1:20pm Top

Who joins LT, immediately digs up a three-year-old thread and posts their private email address?

Apr 20, 2012, 1:48pm Top

> 17 Folio have done a version of the Four Quartets? When? I thought Valerie Eliot had always refused to allow Folio to do any of his work (she must have a series grudge against FS)

I really wish I had bought Legends of the Ring when it came out... I know you can find it for around £35 but am never completely sure what the quality will be...

Apr 20, 2012, 2:07pm Top

>29 lgreen666:

The Four Quartets were published by the FS in 1968: second impression '69, third '73, fifth and so far as I know the most recent 1978. Seems any feud there may have been between Valerie Eliot and the Society is at least not current: scroll to the bottom of http://www.foliosociety.com/archive/2009-10 to see her at the opening reception for the exhibition at the BL's Folio Society Gallery celebrating Eliot's work as a publisher.

Edited: Apr 20, 2012, 2:12pm Top

> 29

Published in 1968; second impression 1969; third impression 1973. I don't have the book, however.

ETA: terebinth is much faster...

Apr 20, 2012, 2:37pm Top

>30 terebinth: & 31 thanks for the info... well I guess I will have to add Four Quartets to my wanted list... thanks for the link also - maybe I can go back to hoping for an Eliot LE!

Apr 22, 2012, 5:24am Top

Eliot - Four Quartets
Dostoyevsky - The Idiot
Hamsun - Hunger
Fante - Ask The Dust
Augustine - Confessions
Augustine - City of God

Jul 5, 2012, 3:44pm Top

His Dark Materials. The set was available when I joined, but disappeared without going on sale.

Jul 5, 2012, 6:12pm Top

>35 Bond_Girl: HDM did disappear rather suddenly, but it was available as one of the free sets in the Spring sale just over two years ago - perhaps it was so popular then that stocks ran low. Mine was the English set, thank goodness, but I have some recollection that there were some Americanised sets around rather longer.

Jul 24, 2012, 11:05am Top

I have quite a large collection of early Folio Society books for sale, including some of these, if anyone's interested. I am not a dealer, though.

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