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CollectionsYour library (1,639), Currently reading (2), All collections (1,639)


TagsFolio Society (1,020), Shakespeare (236), Poetry (206), Limited Editions (27), Slightly Foxed Editions (19), Folio Press Fine Editions (18), Folio Society Limited Bindings (7), Slightly Foxed Cubs (6), Limited Editions Club (6), Persephone Books (6) — see all tags

MediaNot set (21), Book (1,618), Paper Book (958), Audiobook (2), Ebook (74)

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About meA baby boomer from the late 1960s, I am married with a young daughter.

About my libraryMy library can be divided into four categories.

Firstly, there is my Folio Society collection which fills the majority of the bookcases in the house. I have over 1000 FS volumes and have started the laborious task of cataloguing them on LT. My FS collection includes publications from 1947 through to the latest publications (I am a long standing FS member - as was my mother before me who joined in the early 1970s - although much of my collection has been purchased on the secondary market). These take up 12 bookcases throughout the house, including the "book wall" in my library, my personal retreat!

Secondly, there is my poetry collection. Poetry is my first love and my extensive poetry collection takes up 2 "floor to wall" bookcases in my "Poetry Room" (the study really).

Thirdly, we have my Shakespeare collection. Multiple versions of each play including the Arden Shakespeare, The Oxford Shakespeare, the New Cambridge Shakespeare, together with many fine editions, biographies, lexicographies and a wide range of Shakespearean literary criticism and analysis. At last count I had 14 different editions of Hamlet, and 20 of King Lear (including the very lovely Folio Society Letterpress Shakespeare editions of both).

And finally there is the loft! As I have run out of space elsewhere, I have countless books in boxes in the loft, with my more valued hardbacks in large plastic airtight containers.

20th June 2013 Update: Having now reached 800 titles, I am about 75% through cataloguing my FS books. I hope to have this completed by the end of July 2013 so that I can then move on to fully catalogue other elements of my library.

31st August Update: Deadline well and truly missed! I still have circa 400+ FS titles to catalogue, and just haven't had the time. My revised target is now the end of 2013.

12th April 2014 Update: Deadline missed again! Not much updated since August, so will now make a concerted effort. Still about 400 Folio Society titles to go.

GroupsAncient China, Ancient History, Fine Press Forum, Folio Society Devotees, George Macy devotees, Persephone Readers, Slightly Foxed - An appreciation, The Literary Lens, The Slipcase

Favorite authorsDante Alighieri, Jorge Luis Borges, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Geoffrey Chaucer, Joseph Conrad, Wendy Cope, Charles Dickens, John Donne, Henry Fielding, Nikolai Gogol, Seamus Heaney, James Joyce, John Keats, Charles Lamb, Gabriel García Márquez, Andrew Marvell, Molière, Ovid, Alexander Pushkin, Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Stendhal, Laurence Sterne, William Makepeace Thackeray, Edward Thomas, Anthony Trollope, Virginia Woolf, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)

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Real nameMichael

LocationYork, United Kingdom

Account typepublic

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Member sinceJun 27, 2012

Currently readingStrange Tales from a Chinese Studio (Penguin Classics) by Pu Songling
The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus by Justin Marozzi

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