Easton Press Deluxe Limited Editions Signed by the Illustrator Series
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Current tally: Yes 12, No 0
To the photo album, which is where they lead now.
To the LT discussion page.
To the Easton Press page. Some have been deleted from their catalog.
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I almost wish you were building more of a dedicated Wikipedia-like site for this stuff - one with a limited number of approved editors, which wouldn't include EP personnel. What you've done is great for LT, but LT's facilities are too limiting and/or cumbersome. I'll vote Yes but would rather see a bigger, more comprehensive, and more versatile datastore built.
>7 Wootle: I like the thumbnails linking to the photo album like they do now. Thanks for all the time you put into this!
>7 Wootle: Excellent work! The quick thumbs carry the user straight to the whole volume file. Hopefully, IMGUR stays around for a long time. Thank You Wootle for all the effort.
I almost voted "No", since I am an idealist who cares more about the written word, and the content of the book is more important than any superfluous ornamentation added by photos.
Oh, come on! We all love the photos! If we were all extremely practical we would all be buying Penguin Classic paperbacks and none of us would be on this forum. We like the pictures, the feel, the look of visual feast of these books. We want to see a beautiful book, feel the added luxury of the leather and heavy weight textured paper, enjoy the quality illustrations; it all adds to the reading experience. We buy these DLEs to make enjoyment of these books as much of an experience as we can possibly have. If I could read each one while sitting on a beach in Barbados, or sitting in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, I would.
So yes, we love the photos, Wootle. Thank you so much for adding the additional thumbnails of each. With a mere title, I could possibly confuse it with an older publication, but with the thumbnail I instantly recall each book.
This is a tremendous resource. So thank you for taking the time and effort to put all this together. If I could vote "Yes" more than once, I would. So yes, this is definitely a "YES" vote from me!
Now if you can simply subsidize my purchase of the books you list... :)
I must be missing something, >7 Wootle: When I click on the thumbnail, I get an enlarged version of that photo, but it doesn't lead me anywhere else. Is it supposed to?
Update: I figured it out. Clicking on a thumbnail at the top gets me the full library, but clicking on the thumbnail in the individual description doesn't. I need more chocolate.
I forgot LT had a Wiki feature when I wrote this but I've also never tried to use it to add or edit content. It may or may not be too cumbersome to use.
The thumbnails are awesome! You have created an invaluable resource for Easton Press collectors. Thank you!
>18 GOBOGIE: Do we want them on the main thread? Or just to busy having 140+ of them together?
What do you have in mind? Breaking them into 2 or 3 posts by date?
EP seems to be slowing down with the DLEs. A couple of months ago there were 72 for sale, but there are just 68 now with several on the limited quantities list. Maybe it’s seasonal.
Just put the 50 at the top of each post. Or, put all 140+ at the top of the first one.
I would think (gets me in trouble a lot) that breaking them up into 50 would be easier to navigate
I've added a few new links to the above listings, mainly illustrator websites. Hopefully you will find them useful. Please report any bad links so I can repair them.
>23 Wootle: The links to the illustrator websites are fantastic! I can't thank you enough!
Having now had an opportunity to personally view 7 of the 17 books in this series, I’d like to make a general comment. It is almost certain that it is the finest set EP has ever produced. The cover designs, the pictorial slipcases, the outstanding art, the quality of the paper and print, and the sometimes unique endpaper designs make them uniformly gorgeous, and the signatures will be an added bonus for many collectors.
The downside, of course, is that they are pricey. The first half-dozen were priced in the $200-$300 range, but later the ones have been around $100 more. While not an insignificant investment for most of us, EP’s practice of publishing only about 3 new ones each year makes collecting a full set feasible. Most are still available, while the older ones go for $400-$500 on eBay.
Kudos to Easton Press for doing it right.
>25 jroger1: So which is the nicest volume in your opinion, not factoring in price?
It’s really tough to pick a favorite. I’m a sucker for colorful art such as Tarzan and Doctor Moreau, but I really love the painting of the hound in Baskerville. The gray-toned paper in Baskerville seems to be controversial, but I think it adds to the mysterious atmosphere of the story.
>25 jroger1:, >27 Wootle:, I can't speak for jroger1, but my favorite is probably the Hound of the Baskervilles. For me, it had the best mix of artwork I really liked, nice paper, print, etc. I've written a couple of times about it so I won't repeat. I have 6 of the 17 (Christmas Carol, Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula, Poe, War of the Worlds, O'Henry), I agree that I quite like the series, not all of the artwork is my favorite. As these are larger format and aren't the longest stories, they have printed these on very nice paper, which for me is half the draw. I enjoy the tactile experience as I read the books. They are a bit pricey, which is why I don't have more, but I do have another 4 on my short list that I plan to pick up in between other acquisitions. We'll see if they hold out. I know Metamorphosis is already on the Limited Quantities list.
>28 jroger1:, apparently we were typing at the same time. But I'm glad to see we agree. Which also makes me amazed that this volume has not yet sold out. Great story, great book, and one of the better prices in the series.
I was thinking of trying to find the budget for Metamorphosis before it sells out. I like the illustrations in that one.
I ordered that one in the current promotion. Once we get them, we can compare notes.
My vote would probably go to Tarzan. This DLE was released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the book. More importantly, you don't see many "fine" editions of Tarzan despite the popularity. And by "many" -this is the only fine edition I know of. Also, Bob Eggleston is a well respected master illustrator.
There are a few anomalies in this series worth noting, though none is terribly serious. I’ve mentioned elsewhere that The Prince is the only nonfiction text. Tarzan is the only one with a limitation of 800, all the others being 1,200. And Dracula is the only one not 11 inches high; it is only 10 inches and would look out of place shelved with the others.
>33 astropi: Now you are making me wish I hadn't skipped this edition. Believe me, I don't need more excuses to spend more money on these books.
Dracula also looked out of place crawling along the stone walls of the outside of his castle.
>36 treereader:, And it is generally true that people where shorter on average several hundred years ago, so it could be said that Dracula might look out of place in a crowd of modern taller people. So from that perspective the book height may be reflective of possible height disparity, so I am fine with the difference.
37: dang! haha, I like that argument... so what do you do for a living? ;)
ps you should definitely acquire the Tarzan DLE!
>38 astropi: Late night logic. :)
I believe we had a profession thread some time back.
I work in IT, which means I am out of place with my English degrees and constant flow of books into the office. A fact if which many of my coworkers often remind me when a make some obscure comment at the office. However, I believe work should be fun, and some people are simply way too serious. :)
Last year 6 new illustrator-signed DLEs were announced. None have been announced this year so far, but it’s early.
>40 jroger1: I've been looking every week lately too see if something new has come up.....This year I'm hoping for Frankenstein, Romeo and Juliet!
>43 astropi: We all have different opinions, personally I think it would be extraordinary with commissioned artwork, one of a kind for sure just as all EPs commission illustrated DLEs! I'm keeping my fingers crossed ;)
They’ve already done one honoring that most esteemed of political scientists, Niccolo Machiavelli, so why not one celebrating our most beloved mass murderer, Charles Manson? I vote for Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. And Frankenstein.
45: Right on, I would have loved to have seen an author signed Helter Skelter! Not a DLE personally, but a normal signed edition would have been perfect.
Believe it or not, there was one. Abe.com lists a few for sale.
I’m sure a talented artist could create some really eye-catching illustrations depicting the murders!
I hope NOT!!!! These books are gorgeous in every way, beautiful illustrations, one of a kind for sure!
The whole DLE series may be in trouble. 72 available in December, 62 now, and 13 on the endangered list.
>54 jroger1: I don't think so. We've had 4 announced this year, which is about one a month, which used to be fairly typical or even a little faster than normal. Members used to complain about so many so fast, but now that there is such a variance of titles, nobody seems to want all of them but rather pick and choose, it's a decent rate of release.
I would like to see them drop it to six a year and be pickier about what gets produced and make better editions the way they used to, and occasionally still do.
With so many on the endangered list, perhaps they are shortening the limitation on some of the slower sellers.
So I took the plunge and bought my first volume in this series. Hopefully I will like it enough to want to collect all of them.
I’ve got the bug for these too. I now have 10 of them and would like to get 2 or 3 more. Several just don’t interest me, though. If anyone knows where I can pick up “A Christmas Carol,” the one signed by artist Caniglia, I’d love to know about it. I never see it advertised.
I’m sorry love2read is having trouble with Jekyll and Hyde. It’s the first issue I’ve heard of in this series.
>57 jroger1: Which ones do you not want?
Probably The Prince would be the only one I see right off that doesn't interest me. Perhaps Macbeth.
Christmas Carol is a tough one. Looks like one sold in Feb though, so it does come up.
The Prince is one that doesn’t interest me. Also, O Henry doesn’t fit the horror/fantasy/sci-fi theme of the series. Neither does Animal Farm really, as it is more like satire/philosophy. And I already have a very nice Beowulf from Folio Society.
Do you know how much Christmas Carol sold for in February?
Christmas Carol sold somewhere between $354-362. The best offer is hard to pin down unless it falls between many other sales. I do know of copies selling for much less in the last year however.
Edit: With a little more research it appears to have sold for $360.
Thanks. Sometime I need to learn to do that myself!
>52 Wootle: "Six titles announced in 2017, 0 in 2018. Is this series finished?"
My worry exactly. I will be shocked if they don't at least produce Frankenstein for the 200th anniversary. I think this is the best series they have ever done. I recently obtained Tarzan, and WOW! I think it's the best in the series by far. When I ordered it I didn't realize every chapter had a header illustration, plus the illustrated endpapers are stunning. The book also has the best quality, soft leather IMO. I wish Easton used the same leather on all the books in this series. Everything about this edition just seems like the quality is better than the others I have seen in person or own. Great story too. This is my first time reading it. I'm half way through it, and I can't wait to get home to see how it ends. It's a real page turner for me. I pick it up for only $295 from Abebooks and it was completely worth it.
I agree it’s their best series, but not all of them have headpieces or designer end pages.
>63 jroger1: Right. I was just referring to Tarzan. I wish they all had unique chapter headpieces and designer end pages, but I believe Tarzan is the only edition with both features.
P.S. by "unique chapter headpieces" I mean each chapter has a different illustration, not one that is duplicated like in Phantom of the Opera for example.
>62 NotDownInAnyMap: I'm waiting for Frankenstein as well.....I can't imagine EP missing the 200th anniversary!
>66 Love2Read.: I had a feeling it was nearly sold out. I'm glad I got a copy! One of the best, and finest quality in this series.
I was able to track down the flyer for Dracula today and have uploaded it to the album. If anyone has flyers for:
Tarzan of the Apes
A Christmas Carol
The War of the Worlds
I would be very happy if they could make them available. You can email them to me or post them in their respective threads if possible.
BTW, since the new catalog has Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde listed as "Last Chance" I called and ordered my copy. They had about 60 copies left.
>73 hamletscamaro: Good to know. Guess I'll have to do the same next week. Don't want to miss that one.
Inferno is out of stock but will apparently get another print run. Availability is shown for November.
So EP has already put Dr. Moreau on sale at 10% and Macbeth on sale at 20%, do we think we might get any more DLE's included in the Black Friday sale? These had both been on my list and been bumped up when on sale.
I had been on the fence about Dr. Moreau, but had been warming on the illustrations. When it went on sale I thought I would bite.
Macbeth on sale was a no brainer for me. However, I think with the higher price had not been moving for them. Since EP never changes the price on a book (except sales) I wonder if this was simply priced too high for their customers.
If you missed these, they will be back on sale Friday.
Also, thanks again to Wootle, for keeping these lists up to date on the various collections.
EDIT: Corrected my "King Lear" to "Macbeth".
>77 supercell:, yes, I should have listed Macbeth, and corrected my original posting. I have King Lear on the brain since I just finished re-reading the play before watching the new Anthony Hopkins movie.
As you say, I don't think they will list Metamorphosis since that is down to 57 copies on the limited quantities page. I wouldn't be surprised to see The Prince, as I haven't even heard anyone here say that they have purchased it. Maybe I am forgetting a thread.
So yes, possible one more in this year's sale, possibly O-Henry (which I do have and with which I am very pleased), and the Prince would be the other option. But since thy already have 2, possibly not.
I would like to take advantage of the sale, but I have to pick up Baskervilles before it sales out, which will be coming up in the next couple of months. And then Jekyll and Hyde shortly after that, even though that is probably only the first half printing.
Phantom of the Opera sold out without ever having gone on to the Limited Quantities page. Other books have done this, so this may not be an indication of anything, but we were talking and wondering if it was only the first half of the print run that sold out. Does anyone here have any edition from 601 to 1200? We're thinking this may yet come back.
>81 Wootle:, you beat me to it. I hadn't caught up with the new messages. Lets see what people say.
I did want to pick up this volume and was surprised it sold out so quickly. I'm hoping this was simply the first half of the run.
Thanks for posting the pole.
>82 hamletscamaro: I really have a hard time believing an eleven month sell-out for 1200 copies. I suppose it is possible. The poll looks like some over 600 votes. So we may be late to the party.
>82 hamletscamaro: has been kind enough to take a group photo for us. It's at the top in case you shot past it.
>84 Wootle:, thanks! If anyone is a professional photographer and wants to swing by my house for a better photo, let me know. :)
I'll take a new photo once I have recovered from Black Friday and can order a couple more books.
I placed the volumes (for those I have ordered) in the order of their release for ease of reference. If anyone has a more complete collection and is willing to take a photo, I'm more than willing to have my photo replaced.
Many of you probably received this email from EP. For those who didn’t:
“Easton Press is proud to announce that artwork from three of our recent books was selected for inclusion in
Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art!
“Spectrum is the premier showcase for the most extraordinary fantastic art being produced today.
“This year Spectrum included art from The Phantom of the Opera illustrated by Annie Stegg Gerard, Beowulf illustrated by Yoann Lossel and A Journey to the Center of the Earth illustrated by Sam Araya.
“Easton’s deluxe illustrated leather-bound editions – signed by the artists – are some of the most prestigious editions currently being produced. We are proud to see our artists achieve the recognition they so richly deserve.
“Congratulations to all of them!”
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