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I refuse to pay 5 to 10 times the price on books on Ebay with the con-artists, i.e. Gilded Legacy Books, so it would be best to purchase directly from Easton Press.
Yes and no. It's perhaps possible to order Poe right now because it is part of the 100 Greatest Books series. Specific titles in a series are generally not listed individually/separately. If they are, it's probably because they ordered too much stock for series subscribers and need to purge a little faster.
The thing to keep in mind with any of these series collections, especially the larger ones, is that the entire collection is never available for purchase from EP at any given time. In the case of the Greatest Books series, they only order printings for a handful of titles from the printer at a time, maybe 12-18 per year. When those come in, they issue them to the subscribers at their chosen delivery frequency (e.g., one book per month) and also based on what titles each customer still needs. Non-subscribers can also purchase them as one-offs. With the inconsistent nature of us customers' ordering habits, there will be an uneven quantity of titles available for purchase. If the Poe, for example, was a recent printing, lots of copies would be available. If not, maybe only 5 are available. If it hadn't been printed in a long while, then none are available but because it's part and partial to the series, you can count on it being reprinted within the next few years. Non-series titles don't have that kind of luxury, bot unless they are obvious top sellers, like Austen, Tolkien, or Sherlock.
Complete works may be better to digest if published in pieces, in this case perhaps divided into Stories and Poems... For those considering other options, older Barnes & Noble's edition in black faux-leather can be purchased for less than $30...
The Haunting Of Hill House was part of a 13-volume collection of Horror Classics issued as a set with new front piece illustrations (including Dracula and Frankenstein) sometime in mid-2000s. Books were reasonably priced somewhere in the $50-65 range. There were several hundred sets published.
It is not exact science to gauge demand and if a publisher purchases copyrights they may not be allowed to print an indefinite number of copies; otherwise, what would stop Easton Press from re-printing some of the in-demand volumes. While speaking of demand, what you want does not necessarily guarantee to sell 500 copies.
Here is a copy for which you may try to submit an offer (perhaps around 2.5-3 times the original price, which may be reasonable to some considering book is out-of-print and hard to get):
Those who choose to buy large numbers of the same title from Easton Press are speculators and not con artists. A few years ago The Haunting Of Hill House was selling for less than $150. With time, there are less and less sealed copies around and the premium for getting one increases. In some cases, it may be in excess of 5 times the original price. If somebody believes $400 is a good price they have every right to ask it, but there is no sale until somebody pays that amount. No sale carries risks like tied-up capital, storage cost plus possible deterioration in quality of a shrinkwrapped volumes. If you ever purchased anything with the intent of re-selling it for profit down the road you may be familiar with all the related issues...
Tales of Soldiers and Civilians Bierce, Ambrose
The Haunting of Hill House Jackson, Shirley
The Monkey's Paw & Other Tales of Mystery and the Macabre Jacobs, W. W.
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary James, M. R.
In A Glass Darkly LeFanu, Sheridan
At The Mountains of Madness Lovecraft, H.P.
The Birds and Other Stories Maurier, Daphne du
Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Dracula Stoker, Bram
The Phantom of the Opera Leroux, Gaston
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Stevenson, Robert Louis
The Island of Dr. Moreau Wells, H. G.
1574-001 - Gaston Leroux: The Phantom of the Opera
1574-002 - Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Mystery & Imagination
1574-003 - M R James: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
1574-004 - Sheridan Le Fanu: In A Glass Darkly - Photos
1574-005 - Daphne du Maurier: The Birds and Other Stories
1574-006 - H P Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness
1574-007 - W W Jacobs: The Monkey's Paw & Other Tales of Mystery and the Macabre
1574-008 - Amrose Bierce: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians - Photos
1574-009 - H G Wells: The Island of Dr Moreau
1574-010 - Shirley Jackson: The Haunting of Hill House - Photos
1574-011 - Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
1574-012 - Bram Stoker: Dracula
1574-013 - Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
The Dead Zone
The Day of the Triffids
The Dunwich Horror
Invasion of the Boy Snatchers
The Silence of the Lambs
Island of Dr. Moreau
Lair of the White Worm
Victorian Ghost Stories
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