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Enablement: Good Deals on FS books (3)

This is a continuation of the topic Enablement: Good Deals on FS books (2).

Folio Society devotees

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Sep 29, 2018, 6:03am Top

NLNils: The first thread is over 500 messages now and slow to load, so continue here.

And now, so is the second.

Sep 29, 2018, 8:06am Top

When I want some minutes' distraction from work, I sometimes do a search of ABE BOOKS UK for the Folio books they have on sale.

The first search just has the words Folio Society and that shows circa 49,000 books for sale.

I then make a further selection, for example and, say, search for New books. That produces a collection of some 1600 books.

That 1600 New books includes many pages of New condition Folio Society books under £10 (this figure excludes postage).

Many of them are books I may not ever want but there can be some real bargains undercutting the Folio Society's prices for current books on sale.

How can booksellers make any profit from selling any New Folio Society books for under £10, or generally undercutting the Folio Society current price?

I clearly do not understand the economics of the book trade!

Sep 29, 2018, 8:21am Top

>2 Chawton:

Logically these booksellers haven't bought from FS but from other people. I suspect that some people get rid of unwanted gifts this way. What I don't understand are people who buy such books (or other things too), never even remove the shrinkwrap and then sell them later on.

Oct 1, 2018, 9:30am Top

>2 Chawton: If you further refine your search by date range, you will find that (for example) there are 151 Folio Society books on ABE dated 1980 and earlier that are still being described as "new".

The reality is that some booksellers will use the phrase "new" to describe anything they get that they can't find fault with. Most professional booksellers, however, prefer the terms "as-new", "fine" or even "very good".

Oct 7, 2018, 4:58pm Top

Seems a great bargain for anyone interested:
The Gormenghast Trilogy on e-bay , current price £31.00 , usual caveat , no connection to seller.

Oct 8, 2018, 6:36am Top


Ah! I was too slow. Anyone here get it?

Oct 12, 2018, 6:11am Top

Sealed copy of Monte Cristo LE at ebay UK ending Saturday, currently at one bid of £199.99 - somewhat below the usual 2nd hand price of this LE.


I have no connection with the seller.

Nov 30, 2018, 5:28am Top

Just spotted a "Myths and Legends of Russia" currently at £39.99 which seems like a bargain. Regretting parting with almost twice as much for mine last year now!

Dec 22, 2018, 4:00pm Top

No bids yet for a "mint unread" Apocrypha starting at £10 and ending tomorrow:


Edited: Jan 8, 12:30pm Top

This is one of mine, it has a bid and is going to sell on eBay regardless, so if anyone wants a copy of Cooks Journals I put it on at £50 start and there’s just over a day left for some lucky buyer.


Jan 13, 5:02pm Top

I recently became a father and cant justify the buying (i mean, i'm tempted, just i dont want to be murdered by my wife) but here is a rare bird :


"Rendered into English from the literal and complete French translation of Dr J C Mardrus by Powys Mathers. Illustrations by Eric Fraser. This is the 1973 third impression of the 1958 first edition, published in four volumes. The set was published as a standard set, and also in an unnumbered limited edition set of 500. This is the limited edition set, bound in full Chieftain goatskin, blocked in gold with a special design, gilt tops and set caps. The set is missing its cloth-covered slipcase. The leather boards have very minor blemishes and shelfwear (Vol. 1 has a small white mark in the upper right hand corner of the front cover). There is some minor creasing to the upper part of the spine of Vol. 2. All volumes have gilt upper page edges (Vols. 1 and 3 have very slight indentation marks to the upper edges). There is some very light foxing to the fore edges of each volume, and the lower page edges of Vols. 1, 2 and 4 are a little dusty. Internally, the books are clean and tight, and appear never to have been read. This is a scarce set of a collectible work."


More on special bindings : https://www.librarything.com/topic/151317 (great thread !)

Jan 13, 8:18pm Top

>11 Goblin_Investor:
The brochure for this book can be downloaded from the FSD wiki.

Jan 13, 8:34pm Top

>12 wcarter:

Thanks, I looked at it to check the original 1973 price (actually pretty close of £450 in today £ ). Should have linked it. The main point was to put some context for the £450 pricetag regarding the Fine/VG condition.

Jan 15, 1:03pm Top

Anybody near Colchester are in for a good January deal with this "collection only" listing at £30 for 10 books including a pristine looking Icelandic Sagas and sealed History of Western Philosophy


no connection with the seller.

Jan 18, 10:36am Top

This might have been posted already:


Fitzwilliam Book of Hours, no traycase or commentary.

Jan 18, 11:24am Top

>15 MobyRichard:

This seller seems to have an endless supply of this book having sold at least seven copies over the past three or four months; all different numbers in the limitation and all without solander box or commentary volume. They have sold between £70 and £170 in ebay auction.

Jan 18, 12:10pm Top

>16 bookfair_e:

Interesting...probably too good to be true then.

Edited: Jan 18, 12:30pm Top

>17 MobyRichard:

Not necessarily. The books did sell, which can be seen in the sellers ebay completed listings, and they were different copies i.e. uniquely numbered – no blank or missing limitation page.

ETA - The seller's ebay feedback shows satisfied buyers of this book.

Jan 22, 5:34pm Top

Lyra’s Books has on offer a full set of Tolkien in mottled brown Wassa goatskin with FS internals. It’s priced at £1450 and I mention it here because there has been interest before and actual deals done by Devotees.


Edited: Jan 22, 5:42pm Top

>19 NLNils:

Lovely work...I'm not a LOTR fan, but a real treat for someone else.

I notice, perusing the binder's facebook page, that they recently did a rebind of one my favorites from the Golden Age of Illustration, Dulac's 'Sinbad the Sailor:'


Jan 22, 5:39pm Top

They certainly do love their Tolkien, this feels like the 4th or so rebind of LOTR that they've done in addition to all their Hobbit ones too.

Jan 23, 4:24am Top

>21 wongie: I’ve only seen the Hobbit stand alone or in combination with LOTR from Lyra. This is the first time a uniform set with the Silmarillion has come up as far as I can tell. Fun fact: In the description it is stated that he is the personal re-binder for Christopher Tolkien.

Jan 23, 5:22am Top

>21 wongie: I don't know if they love Tolkien, but Tolkien lovers seem to love their rebound books (as do I, but it's a bit outside my current budget). I'm looking for the FS first edition of the book, but the leather doesn't seem to age well and fine editions are hard to find at a price I would pay.

Jan 23, 8:52am Top

That is gorgeous and tempting but I have to resist after some large FS purchases in the NY sale. Thanks for sharing.

Feb 1, 3:58pm Top

A copy of Shakespeare's First Folio (Norton Facsimile) was just posted on ebay for $28 buy it now (or $20 starting bid). This is not the limited edition and seems to have some flaws, but still seems a very low price for this book.

Listing title is "Folio Society Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies"

I have no connection with the Seller.

Edited: Feb 6, 3:39am Top

Somebody mentioned in another thread the few exceptions where LEs have appraised their value compared to the original RSP.

I am flabbergasted about the chance that the Bayeux contraption might be one of this select club (we will see if it sells though!):


No association with the seller.

Feb 6, 5:33am Top

>26 F.Trier:
Original price was £1920.

Feb 6, 6:41am Top

Oh, I see according to OP in the Bayeux LE thread the initial advertised price in 2016 was £1250, which upon release was adjusted to £1920, hence my confusion.


Feb 7, 9:56am Top

Anyone in Hertford area who wants the Kelmscott Chaucer, i swear i just saw one in the Oxfam bookshop for £100 (admittedly slipcase a bit tatty, but worth it).
Inexplicably they also had dracula for £90.

Feb 7, 9:30pm Top

This might not be the right place to ask, but if anyone finds the Folio Pevear/Volokhonsky version of War & Peace for a nice price i would be grateful! It’s the #1 OOP FS I am looking for.

Feb 8, 1:28am Top

The complete 20 volume Aubrey-Maturin Series at Oxfam for a mere £550. Only UK shipping though! I am currently holding it my basket to delay it being sold to an outsider :)


No association with the seller

Feb 8, 3:33am Top

31> Thanks!! I took it

Feb 8, 3:34am Top

...and another striking deal at $10 for the LE(ish) version of 'Leaves from the journal of our life in the Highlands from 1848 to 1861'


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Edited: Feb 8, 3:40am Top

>32 DMulvee:
Great, I am happy that someone could gain from this instead of fuelling the vendor-mania that have led to the grotesquely inflated prices of the series.

Feb 8, 4:07am Top

>31 F.Trier: >32 DMulvee: Well spotted and well bought!

Feb 8, 6:29am Top

>34 F.Trier: I am happy that someone could gain from this instead of fuelling the vendor-mania that have led to the grotesquely inflated prices of the series

Absolutely agree. And my congratulations to the successful buyer.

A friend from FSD emailed me about this last night. He'd kindly put it in his basket in case (!) I wanted it. My helpful mailer put it in the spam and I didn't see it until this morning :(

Feb 11, 9:06am Top

>31 F.Trier:

I suspect that someone at Oxfam didn't realise that the different volumes fetch vastly different prices, and just looked up how much the first volume was selling for, then multiplied that figure by 20.

Feb 12, 4:19am Top

Limited Edition South Polar Times for £365 - no association with the seller, but this seems decent value:


Feb 12, 4:46am Top

>38 DMulvee:

Very good price. I was tempted but you have to log in to respond to adverts and to log in you have to become a member and I'm wary about a site I've never previously heard of, so I'll not enquire further. Decent bargain for someone, though.

Feb 12, 11:10am Top

Lovely set of Dickens here: https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=30232534496&searchurl=n%...

If I didn't already have these, I'd be buying.

No links to seller. Good luck if someone here decides to go for them.

All the best, Graham

Feb 12, 12:13pm Top

A full set is quite tempting. Is this a good price for the lot?

Feb 12, 1:27pm Top

Individually these seem to go for upwards of £20 on eBay and a full set sold for £720 on Jan 15. I bought my set for £500 and felt that was good value back in November. I can't remember how much Folio were selling these for originally.

Feb 12, 1:33pm Top

It's a decent price, compared to some. I'm pretty sure he's has these listed on eBay, where they didn't sell. Either that or this is the second set "10 vols still sealed" I've seen in the last month.

Feb 20, 9:42am Top

Gormenghast trilogy for £50 on Gumtree, if one lives close to Nottingham:


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