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New Year Sale 2019

Folio Society devotees

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Dec 23, 2019, 7:57pm Top

So the sale page isn't up yet, but the prices are reduced on the website it seems... all the usual suspects, of course :-)

Looks like my haul will be:

The Foundation Trilogy
Martian Chronicles
Heart of Darkness (for how much?)
Behind the Wall
Mani and Roumeli (for how much again!!! Unmissable, surely!)

Merry Christmas to one and all, it's been a while...!

Dec 23, 2019, 8:29pm Top

Now, of course, a second look has prompted thoughts of "how can I live without" Twelfth Night letterpress or the Beevor or the Christopher Hill or Ackroyd's Thomas More or Burgess's Shakespeare all at 75% off...

This is massively offsetting my very mild disappointment at no Bayeux Tapestry (the non-contraption one), Mary Beard or Tom Holland in the sale.

Can I just say again: Paddy Leigh Fermor at 75% off...!!!!

Dec 23, 2019, 9:45pm Top

A Writer At War

Mani & Roumeli

The Voyage of HMS Beagle

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Dec 23, 2019, 9:50pm Top

Wow. Prices aren't reduced on the US site yet, but if we get the same discounts, there are several that I'll absolutely HAVE to buy. There certainly are a few volumes I REALLY wish would go on sale, but alas, not yet.

Dec 23, 2019, 10:42pm Top

Not updated on the Canadian site either. Ah.

Dec 23, 2019, 10:53pm Top

>4 Jason461: - I checked as well and didn't see any discounted prices. But yes - Mani and Roumeli at 75% off would be just about the easiest purchase I've ever made!
The same goes for In Patagonia and Candide at 55% off, Ordeal by Fire, The Age of Wonder, The Middle Parts of Fortune, and Behind the Wall at 80% off, and maybe just a few more.

Dec 23, 2019, 11:22pm Top

I've been waiting for a chance to make up the foursome with The Voyage of the Beagle.

Anything, absolutely anything by the hero Paddy Fermour is a buy.

I've heard so many good things about the Grossman book that at those prices, who can resist?

Dec 24, 2019, 1:06am Top

Mani and Roumeli is indeed 75% off on the Australian site - an absolute bargain.
Tommy is 66% off, also a bargain.
To search the site, choose search and enter just the single letter "e".
That will show every FS book with that letter in the title or author name, and that is every one of the 500 books currently in their catalogue (including some by other publishers).

Dec 24, 2019, 2:12am Top

>8 wcarter:

Also a link at the bottom of their page > complete collection

Dec 24, 2019, 2:36am Top

Picked up The Voyage of the HMS Beagle as it's on a low stock counter. Did a few passes but nothing else really struck me as worth upping the shipping cost. Bit disappointing sale, IMO.

Dec 24, 2019, 3:17am Top

>9 LesMiserables:
Well, that is something that escaped my attention until now. Very useful.

Dec 24, 2019, 3:32am Top

Been waiting for The Life of Thomas More to go on sale and now it's discounted to £9.95! Six sale titles added to my cart :)

Edited: Dec 24, 2019, 3:35am Top

Thanks very much for the heads-up guys. This is already an excellent sale for me, with five books on my wishlist available at a steep discount (In Patagonia, Mani/Roumeli, Heart of Darkness, The Martian Chronicles, Foundation Trilogy). Those alone makes it worthwhile and I'll now take my time to peruse the rest. As mentioned above, Mani/Roumeli and Heart of Darkness are two of the best bargins ever seen in a Folio sale.

Dec 24, 2019, 4:04am Top

Have to get Mani/Roumeli before they run out!

Dec 24, 2019, 4:55am Top

Looks like the sale has started in the US as well. I’ve got Tommy in my cart, and I’m looking through the other discounted titles.

Dec 24, 2019, 4:58am Top

Twelfth Night, In Parenthesis and Voyages to the Moon and Sun are all exceptionally well produced. I would buy all three if I didn't already have them. I'm a little sad to see that FS seem to have given up on the collectables, I appreciate it may be a minority opinion but those that are now available for the price of a pint seem a bargain.

Dec 24, 2019, 5:22am Top

Just bought Mani/Roumeli and In Patagonia.

I don't think I have ever seen FS editions going as cheap as this , some as low as £3.95, a big clear out obviously.

Dec 24, 2019, 5:40am Top

An exceptional sale. I purchased:

Mani & Roumeli
The Age of Wonder
The Great War and Modern Memory
Ordeal by Fire
Twelfth Night

I own and strongly recommend (especially at these prices):

The Radetzky March
Voyages to the Sun and Moon - gorgeous book.
The Complete Shorter Fiction (Herman Melville)
In Parenthesis - a no-brainer. One of FS's best in recent years.
Goodbye to Berlin
Empire of the Sun
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (Edgar Allen Poe)
African Folktales
A Writer at War
In Patagonia - one of the greatest travel books. A classic.
Behind the Wall - interesting 1st hand account of China's transition from Maoism to pseudo-capitalism.

Edited: Dec 24, 2019, 5:50am Top

Well, I guess one of the perils of being a new FS collector and seeing a sale of this magnitude is that you end up buying 24 books in the sale...

Foundation Trilogy, House of Borgia, Martian Chronicles, and King Leopold’s Ghost were high on my list to start with. I have you lot to thank for enabling me on In Patagonia, Voyages to the Moon and Sun, Mani/Roumeli, Thomas More and Beagle. And I guess I have a lack of impulse control, being a sucker for bargains, and trying to get the most out of the shipping costs for the rest :)

Dec 24, 2019, 5:47am Top

>18 dlphcoracl: I’ve had my eye on Voyages to the Sun and Moon since the last sale, but unsure about the works themselves. Google shows generally unenthusiastic reviews, but my tastes don’t often synch up with google...do you (or any other FSDs) have any feedback?

Dec 24, 2019, 6:16am Top

Does anybody know when the sale will end? I'll be away from home for a while so ideally I'd wait, but...

Dec 24, 2019, 6:27am Top

This is really in counterpoint to >19 jsg1976:

For the first time ever I'm seriously contemplating buying ... absolutely nothing in a Folio Sale. Let me explain why. First, it's a great sale, very likely one of the best, awash with absolute bargains. If you haven't already paid full price for them. Which leaves me looking at only one that I really, really want (thank you, Spice Girls) - The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England, which has a not-very-enticing discount of 20%. I have to wonder if it's not better taking a chance and waiting for the summer sale, where it will almost certainly re-appear, hopefully with a more attractive discount (I look for at least 50% in sales).

True, there are three other titles which I initially tagged as "possibles", based on their cheapness - Behind the Wall, The Prince in Splendour and Empire of the Sun. Frankly, I am attracted to none of them and dismissed all three rather contemptuously, including the "even in a sale" category - when they first appeared. They would simply occupy valuable and rapidly-diminishing shelf space. Every book I buy now means sacrificing another to the charity shop/eBay.

But it's nice that newbies can enjoy the delights of gorging on a Folio sale. Make the most of it.

Dec 24, 2019, 6:35am Top

I'm surprised that Atlas Shrugged is among the discounted books since it's so new.

Edited: Dec 24, 2019, 2:54pm Top

>20 RRCBS:

I am not certain what the Google reviews are telling you but here are my thoughts on this book, FWIW.

The work of literature itself is a classic and is often thought of as one of the earliest science fiction books and a precursor to books on fantastical voyages written many centuries later. However, it is much more than that - it uses the fantastical voyage/escapist genre as a platform to provide social, political and religious commentary in the 17th century, including his beliefs that 'God is Dead' (my crude, abbreviated summary of what de Bergerac actually wrote) and that man does not possess a soul. Think of this book in a similar vein as Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels'.

The FS book itself is in what I have euphemistically termed 'The Folio Society Sweet Spot' - deluxe (but not LE) editions that are produced to a higher standard (costing $100 to $250) than their usual fare. Though not always a fan of Quentin Blake's illustrations for FS, they are appropriate for this edition and his light, whimsical touch is well suited to this fantastical novel. The drawings are printed in white, black and gray and they are numerous, appearing on every 2nd or 3rd page. The Richard Aldington translation (originally published in 1923) remains modern and easily readable. The binding of orange cloth with gilt design of the sun by Blake on the front cover is attractive. The paper is Abbey Pure Rough, the type is an unfussy, non-obtrusive Fournier and the book was printed and bound in Slovakia.

Edited: Dec 24, 2019, 7:16am Top

I'm tempted by The Pre-Raphaelites from Abbeville Press. It's £13 cheaper on Amazon but without the "slipcase exclusively for Folio customers." Also contemplating getting Atlas Shrugged, We and The Elegant Universe.

Edit: Is Atlas Shrugged worth reading if you don't care for her "objectivism" ?

Dec 24, 2019, 7:34am Top

>25 Czernobog:

Definitely worth a read, IMO. The art deco (is this the correct term?) design by the Balbusso sisters is gorgeous as well.

Be wary of split signatures though.

Dec 24, 2019, 8:24am Top

As the sale hasn't been officially announced is there any danger of missing some sort of free shipping offer by jumping the gun and ordering now? Presume that nothing will actually get sent out for the next couple of days anyway, but I guess it still needs to be weighed against the chance of some of the best items going very fast.

The Oxford Shakespeare titles are all 10 pounds - really quite tempting. Anyone strongly recommend these?

Dec 24, 2019, 8:39am Top

>27 HarpsichordKnight:

You never know but I doubt they'd do a free shipping offer as they've only recently had one of those. Maybe a discount after a certain amount ordered though.

Orders before midday UK time today were supposedly dispatched according to the info box on the site. I received both a confirmation and dispatch email for what it's worth.

Dec 24, 2019, 8:52am Top

Wow, my order has shipped already (Mani/Roumeli, Around the World in 80 Trees, and Feasts). I will have a spare Diary, if anyone is interested.

Dec 24, 2019, 9:03am Top

>27 HarpsichordKnight: At those prices I’d pull the trigger right now 😄

That’s speaking as someone who’s been burnt in the past several times ...

You wait for all your ducks to line up only to find somebody else has brought their own pump-action to the party... 😉

Dec 24, 2019, 9:13am Top

>28 adriano77: Yes, looks like you got in just in time for that pre-Christmas order, and you are probably right that this is as good as its going to get. It's already a great sale.

>30 Plastikjock: Fair point. Now to ruminate on what to actually get...

Dec 24, 2019, 9:29am Top

I ordered this morning since the book I was most interested in was down to 18 copies, and my order has already been shipped.

Dec 24, 2019, 9:47am Top

>27 HarpsichordKnight:

I think they’re terrific, the footnotes, intros etc. of great value, but for me it’s a significant drawback that only a subset are now available in this (to my mind charming) binding. The only other thing I’d mention is in a few copies I’ve seen the print is a bit faint.

Dec 24, 2019, 9:52am Top

>25 Czernobog:

It may be worth reading if only to learn where the pervasive Cult of Selfishness sweeping the U.K. and the United States originated. Crowning irony of Ayn Rand is that after she developed terminal lung cancer from years of heavy cigarette smoking, she was not the least bit reticent about using Social Security and Medicare benefits to defray her medical costs. Rand was a first-class hypocrite.

Dec 24, 2019, 9:56am Top

I took the opportunity to plug in three from my Wishlist and one more at these very attractive prices.

Richard the Third
A Life in Letters and Diaries
A Room of One's Own

A Writer at War

Dec 24, 2019, 10:23am Top

Does this sale have fewer titles than recent past sales? It may be there aren't a whole lot of titles of interest to me this time around that I don't already own. Some fantastic deals, as others have noted. Usually I'm trying to keep my cart under 20 when discounts are steep, but this time my order was:

The Age of Wonder (2 copies, 1 to gift)
Tender Is the Night
King Leopold’s Ghost
Mani & Roumeli
The House of Borgia

The last was the only spontaneous purchase that was not on my wishlist. I did consider Foundation Trilogy but decided I'd wait to see if the discount is greater in a future sale, as I believe that set has been on sale before.

Dec 24, 2019, 10:25am Top

Another reminder that buying most Folio books at full prices is a daft thing to do (something I’ve learned to my cost over the last few years). I’ve refrained from buying all but a handful of their books this year, in the expectation of cleaning up in future sales.

Dec 24, 2019, 10:31am Top

Lots of borderline purchases for me, with nothing jumping out as essential. Ended up with 13 in the basket (after pruning) but then added Mani & Roumeli because of the comments earlier in the thread

Edited: Dec 24, 2019, 12:03pm Top

>34 dlphcoracl:

I would check this out before making blanket statements. The case is hardly air-tight, though it does look bad if you accept the testimony as presented.


Personally I see no contradiction in collecting benefits when you are forced, by law, to contribute to those programs. Especially if you are young, b/c you are going to be paying in far, far more than you are going to take out. Suggesting this is hypocritical is a bit too convenient to the State don't you think? It suggests that all the powers that be have to do is to take enough to turn everyone into a hypocrite b/c the other (unacceptable) option is suicide. Perhaps a purist would go ahead and insist that people light themselves on fire in protest. I don't know. I'd suggest that it's the State that is hypocritical for putting a gun to people's head and then lambasting them b/c they'd rather compromise than die.

Dec 24, 2019, 11:50am Top

Picked up seven books - only one of which was on my Wish List, but a couple were so cheap - $7.00??? - that I couldn't resist, seven books with express shipping to the US for $165.00 - it's really hard to beat that.

Dec 24, 2019, 12:07pm Top

Seven books here as well. There are a few titles I was hoping to see in the sale but were not - maybe in the next sale. I certainly don't lack books to read while waiting!

Dec 24, 2019, 12:27pm Top

>39 MobyRichard: I presume you ordered a second copy of Ayn at this marvelous discount? Hahaha!!!

Edited: Dec 24, 2019, 1:22pm Top

I woke up this morning to the fabulous news of the slow opening of the New Years’ Sale, which’ name has less and less bearing on the actual kickoff date. I checked the wishlist first and after the website set from Low to High. Ended up with thirteen titles in the basket, but I didn’t want to spend more than a £100 on the books excluding shipping. I weeded the Half Price I-don’t-need-you-right-now titles and a few Sale fodder I would not actually read and enjoy. I finally ordered seven books which came in at £95:

African Folktales (wishlist)
Age Of Wonder (previous miss-list)
Heart Of Darkness (too good to pass up)
Longitude (wishlist)
Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym (previous miss-list)
On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence (wishlist)
Oregon Trail (wishlist)

As usual I ended up with an eclectic mix of books from a Sale!

Dec 24, 2019, 1:01pm Top

What a fabulous sale! 5 directly off my wish list and 3 that I couldn't say no to.

The Martian Chronicles
Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
Mani & Roumeli
Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman
Agincourt - So pleased that this came up I the sale as I've been putting off buying it for over a year hoping it would drop into a sale at some point.
King Leopold's Ghost
The Elegant Universe
The Age of Wonder

Probably the best sale I've seen from FS so far. Really deep.

Dec 24, 2019, 1:28pm Top

Good sale: I was struggling to leave stuff out of the basket.

Edited: Dec 24, 2019, 2:13pm Top

I'm deleting my original post, although I think it's an interesting question.

But, sod it, it's Christmas.

There's time for discussion of Rand and property ownership later; let's just relax and enjoy ourselves for now.

And buy Folio books in this rather good sale :-)

Dec 24, 2019, 2:21pm Top

>46 Cat_of_Ulthar: Good call!

Dec 24, 2019, 2:33pm Top

Good prices for once.

Dec 24, 2019, 3:25pm Top

>42 NLNils:

Nah. Ayn Rand is a mediocre novelist :p. I only care about literature, not the "moral" of the story.

Dec 24, 2019, 3:25pm Top

To avoid missing out on a few great deals like I did during the last sale (Damn you Ulysses! *shakes fist*), I just got 3 books:

The Shining
All Quiet on the Western Front

Dec 24, 2019, 9:32pm Top

More books have been added.

Got 4 books:

In Parenthesis
Heart of Darkness
Three Men on the Bummel

Edited: Dec 24, 2019, 11:52pm Top

Placed an order for:

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
The World of Late Antiquity
Behind the Wall
Mani & Roumeli
Richard III
The Last White Rose
Gods, Graves and Scholars
The World of Herodotus
The Prince in Splendour
Love Lies Bleeding
Paris After the Liberation
The Age of Wonder

Some prices are outstanding, I don't think I've ever seen anything like that from FS before barring the Naughty Trolley. I probably should cancel my order and re-order adding a couple of copies of Heart of Darkness to be used as gifts (I already have it).

Dec 24, 2019, 11:54pm Top

I ordered:

Paris After the Liberation
Midsummer Night’s Dream

Dec 25, 2019, 1:00am Top

>25 Czernobog:
After reading your post
I am thinking of getting this as well, that is a more costly 'folio version'

After thinking of the Orwell letters and the Steinbeck, postage is not an issue

Does any one have it and could comment ?

Edited: Dec 25, 2019, 7:21am Top

>54 peto11: "I am thinking of getting this [the Pre-Raphaelites] as well"

It's a relatively new book so not many will have it. I decided to go through with the purchase out of interest and curiosity, but it would have been an easier decision with a little more information. The only review I could find is behind a paywall, and to access the digital 2019 catalog you need to subscribe to scribd, which according to Wikipedia is the "Netflix of books" (no, thank you). Both Amazon US and the Abbeville site itself only show a cover photo. Amazon UK has a few more photos of the interior pages. The presentation on the FS website is good but could also use more photos. I will be able to give you more information after I receive the book (it hasn't shipped yet).

Dec 25, 2019, 7:20am Top

After taking away the Margery Allingham's novels and Behind the Wall (much to my chagrin), I ordered the following books:

- We
- Radetzky March
- The Shining
- Martian Chronicles
- The Foundation Trilogy
- African Folktales

All in all, I think it's a good sale. The prices are really tempting.

Dec 25, 2019, 7:34am Top

Today I received an email from FS wishing me a merry Christmas and telling me that sometime soon they'll let me know about their great New Year's Sale. From which several books will be sold out by the time they get around to that. They're really not particularly good at marketing.

Dec 25, 2019, 7:49am Top

After spending a while considering travel books I’ll never read at fantastic discount I went for twelve (12!) copies of the Oxford Shakespeare Hamlet (for gifts), a couple of other plays for myself, Heart of Darkness and Over Sea, Under Stone.

I considered Atlas Shrugged, but £100 is still a fair bit of money, I can’t quite shake the fact it’s sold so cheaply at the pop-up thingie, irrational as that is, and at the end of the day it seems appropriate to own it in tattered paperback form. (I’m not a Randian, but I spend a fair bit of time working with Randians!)

Dec 25, 2019, 11:49am Top

>58 GusLogan: "They're really not particularly good at marketing."

I'm not so sure. They're going to generate a fair amount of excitement in groups like this who know about the early price drops and the potential for selling out of titles. That's good marketing, too. For those who don't know about the early price drops and show up after some official announcement, they'll be just as happy browsing the sale items that still remain.

Dec 25, 2019, 11:50am Top

Hey! New here but a FS fan for some years, from Portugal.
Will more titles be added when they make it official? Been trimming for hours and my cart right now still has:

- The King Must Die
- The Bull From the Sea
- Twelve Caesars
- The Ripley Novels
- The Foundation Trilogy
- The Shining
- The Martian Chronicles
- Heart of Darkness
- In Parenthesis
- The Natrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

Dec 25, 2019, 1:02pm Top

- In Parenthesis
- The Would Turned Upside Down
- The Life of Thomas More

Dec 25, 2019, 2:12pm Top

The Sale category has now appeared on the UK website, with 199 items. Not sure if I'll be buying at all: some of the best bargains are books I bought on release, and beyond that I can't help noticing now I've a library up and running that the Folio Society shelves contain a much larger than average proportion of books which I haven't read and don't expect to read any time soon.

Dec 25, 2019, 6:09pm Top

Just ordered:

Mapping Shakespeare
Richard III
Traitor’s Purse
In Parenthesis
Mani & Roumeli
The World of Late Antiquity
The House of Borgia

That’s knocked a few off the wish list at very reasonable cost.

Edited: Dec 25, 2019, 7:41pm Top

>55 Czernobog:
Re. The Pre-Raphaelites:

The Look-Inside on the UK site shows me about 70 pages of content apart from contents list, notes and index pages.


I am also seeing the Look-Inside feature on the USA Amazon site.

Dec 25, 2019, 8:46pm Top

Just ordered:

Jane Eyre
Black Mischief
The Last White Rose
Gods, Graves and Scholars
The First World War
Traitor's Purse
The Tiger in the Smoke

Dec 25, 2019, 8:56pm Top

Ok, couldn’t empty the cart a bit more and ended up ordering:

- The King Must Die
- The Bull From the Sea
- Twelve Caesars
- The Ripley Novels
- The Foundation Trilogy
- The Shining
- The Martian Chronicles
- Heart of Darkness
- In Parenthesis
- The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

Wish Dune would be on sale just one time... Possible or should I forget it?

Edited: Dec 25, 2019, 9:03pm Top

Certainly, the best sale from my perspective for a while. Have put 3 into the basket this time, which may be regarded as a mere bagatelle given the size of some of the orders above, but it's my biggest single purchase in terms of volumes in 2-3 years:

A Room of One's Own
Behind the Wall
The Middle Parts of Fortune

The last two of those are cheaper than the retail price for the standard paperback edition!

Dec 26, 2019, 1:47am Top

>66 Drumond: well everything is possible, especially when considering the deliciously consistent inconsistency of FS business decisions... however let’s not get too Panglossian about it... if you really want Dune I reckon offset it with a few bargains in the sale. I missed Lolita a while back due to an over-cautious purchasing policy 😉

Dec 26, 2019, 2:28am Top

The Age of Wonder
Empire of the Sun
Paris After the Liberation
A Writer at War
Night (not on sale)
African Folktales
Behind the Wall
Conrad's Congo
Black Mischief
Heart of Darkness
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!
In Patagonia
Mani & Roumeli
Rogue Male
The Tiger in the Smoke
Traitor's Purse
Vile Bodies
King Leopold's Ghost

Dec 26, 2019, 5:26am Top

>66 Drumond:

It was discounted by 10% relatively early on for a mother's day, which I found a bit peculiar. It's not the first book I'd think of in that context. But to my knowledge that was it, along with discount vouchers you can apply to anything, of course. I can't imagine that it will be in a genuine sale anytime soon.

Edited: Dec 26, 2019, 5:45am Top

>70 SF-72:

'It was discounted by 10% relatively early on for a mother's day, which I found a bit peculiar.'

Paul Atreides' mother is, if I recall correctly, predicted to be the Mother of the Messiah.

It doesn't turn out quite as predicted, of course. Such is life.

Children, huh ;-)

Edited: Dec 26, 2019, 6:36am Top

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Thanks. Yes, I might do that by the end of January or beggining of February. Instead of ordering 2 or 3 more books from the sale, I’ll probably just get a Dune copy.

Dec 26, 2019, 7:39am Top

>64 RogerBlake: "The Look-Inside on the UK site shows me about 70 pages of content apart from contents list, notes and index pages."

Thanks very much. I don't know how I missed that. I clicked on the small photos below the cover, and thought that was everything available. Anyway, after "looking inside" the book, I'm left left with the impression that it is well-researched and beautifully illustrated, and I'm glad I bought it.

Dec 26, 2019, 12:03pm Top

I’ve updated the sales spreadsheet to reflect the books included in this sale. I will provide Warwick with the updated Excel spreadsheet for uploading to the Wiki in case anyone wants to take a tour through the numbers.

For those interested, a look at some of the numbers.

• 21 books have made their first sale appearance in this offering (though 4 of the books are relatively old and may have been on sale before I started tracking the sales).
• As a comparison, 40 books made their first sale appearance in June 2019 and 17 in January 2019.
• 13 of the 21 books were published in 2017 (6) or 2018 (7).
• 46 of the sale books are priced lower than ever before (with discounts ranging between 55% and 80%).
• 22 books are discounted by at least 70%.
• While history is not necessarily a good predictor of the future, 48 sale books sold out in the January 2019 sale and 30 in the June 2019 sale.

A few observations.

There seems to be a general consensus that this is an excellent sale. The collective happiness seems to be largely driven by the deep discounts rather than new content.

Folio seems to be settling into a pattern, offering larger discounts in January and a consistent 50% discount in June. So if you want a book that is discounted more than 50%, buy it now as it may not survive until next January.

While many of the sale books have been discounted for years, you can’t count on any book sticking around. In each of the last few sales, a few of the “first timers” sold out, often without a ticker.

If patterns hold, we can expect a lot of books to sell out in this sale, clearing the way for new additions in June. And those additions are likely to come from books published in 2017 and 2018. Start your wish lists.

One final thought. If you really want something, buy it, sale or no sale. It is always fun to pick up bargains and a large percentage of books make it into a sale within 3-4 years of publication. But waiting for your favorites to hit a future sale is a risky proposition. That said, happy shopping to all.

Dec 26, 2019, 12:10pm Top

I have ordered:

In Patagonia
The Martian Chronicles
The King Must Die
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
The Life of Thomas More
Mani & Roumeli

Dec 26, 2019, 12:26pm Top

>75 Redshirt:

Very interesting and useful analysis, thanks.

Edited: Dec 26, 2019, 12:32pm Top

>75 Redshirt:

Nice breakdown.

I'm a little surprised the new sale items even reached 21. I gave the site a browse of two before rushing to get in my order ahead of the delivery cutoff and my overwhelming feeling was "been there, done that."

Dec 26, 2019, 1:50pm Top

I ordered these ones:
The Foundation Trilogy
Voyages to the Moon and the Sun
Vita nuova
The Age of Wonder
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

>75 Redshirt: I guess “get it or regret it” is the way to go... 😊

Edited: Dec 26, 2019, 7:08pm Top

Black Mischief (Love Waugh, hate Collectibles. The price plunge won out...!)
The Foundation Trilogy (Wishlist)
The Life of Thomas More (Love Hawksmoor and Dan Leno - this was a total impulse buy)
The World Turned Upside Down (to complete my Christopher Hill set)
Mani & Roumeli (Still can't believe how lucky I am :-) )
Heart of Darkness (Insane price)
Behind the Wall (In the words of the Swayzemeister: Ditto)
A Writer At War (Present for a friend - I already treasure a copy of my own. I love this book)
The Age of Wonder (Birthday present for my son)
Longitude (One of those great little discoveries in an independent bookshop in the mid-nineties. Nine months later, it's all over Waterstones and every man and his dog is reading it on the tube...)
The Martian Chronicles (Remember watching the Rock Hudson miniseries with my Dad when I was 7)
The World of Late Antiquity (Saw this in the sale 2 years ago - the low stock counter made me pull the trigger. I had no agency in this whatsoever.)
King Leopold’s Ghost (Wanted to read this since it was released. Back story for the Poisonwood Bible)
Dune (Majestic. The Folio treatment and the story)
Paris After the Liberation (The only Beevor I haven't read)
The World of Herodotus (Didn't have space in my basket in July. Was hoping it would return)

Phew! Massive conflict within as I hear my Mum's voice whispering in one ear "Look! You saved $1000" while my Dad is growling in the other: "But you SPENT $800!!!"

Edited: Dec 26, 2019, 8:32pm Top

plasticjock, epic haul. Enjoyed the thoughts on why you did get them.

Dec 26, 2019, 9:35pm Top

If anyone is in any way interested in science and curiosity and doesn’t already own “Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman?”, can I simply urge you to buy it now. Immediately. Tout de suite. This might be the last chance saloon for acquiring this before (maybe) going out of print.

I haven’t seen too much written about this on FSD, although it may have escaped my notice as I am only a sporadic lurker and a very occasional contributor here. I first read this in my final year at school and got my Folio copy 3 years or so ago. I love the design and feel of this edition and the content is in my top ten favourite books of all time.

It’s a paean to thinking for yourself and marching to the beat of your own drum. Preferably a bongo. Played in a complex samba rhythm...

Dec 26, 2019, 11:24pm Top

The Excel spreadsheet prepared by >75 Redshirt: has now been uploaded to the FSD wiki and can be downloaded from the link here.

Dec 27, 2019, 8:44am Top

'The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland' and 'The Discovery of Tahiti' now added to the sale.

'The Discovery of Tahiti' only 2 copies left.

Anybody who wanted 'The Voyage of HMS Beagle' has missed the boat and 'The Family of Hummingbirds' has flown off the shelves. Both now sold out.

Dec 27, 2019, 10:29am Top

Ordered Mani & Roumeli and King Leopold' Ghost

Dec 27, 2019, 11:09am Top

I think I'll get:

-Heart of Darkness (such a steal!)
-Cloudstreet (always on each sale, but as they say it may run out. Happened to me already with Oscar & Lucinda)
-The Tiger in the Smoke

The Martian Chronicles are the greatest temptation. That one and The Shining I already have in the B&N editions which are of course rubbish compared to Folios, but I've always said to myself that if I purchase The Martian Chronicles I need to get Foundation AND Dune to match, as I don't have any SF Folios...

Hopefully the Locked Room Mysteries will enter the next sale.

Dec 27, 2019, 11:29am Top


Mani & Roumeli
King Leopold's Ghost
The Prince In Splendour
Every Man For Himself
Heart of Darkness
Behind The Wall
The Life of Thomas More
Love Lies Bleeding

Edited: Dec 27, 2019, 7:21pm Top

Does the ‘Low Stock’ counter appear everytime or just on sale items? Thanks!

Dec 27, 2019, 7:27pm Top

>88 Drumond:
Totally unpredictable. Some books sell out without notice, others have a low stock marker for months. Sale books are no different to normally priced books. If you want it, buy it - now!

Dec 27, 2019, 8:04pm Top

Well, I keep swearing off book orders, knowing that the New Year's Sale is coming. Blasted, I have a weak resolve.

I ordered 20 titles, including:
Oxford Shakespeare several titles still in stock (a couple had already sold out since this morning)
Life of Thomas Moore
Mani and Roumeli (great price and I have skipped it in previous sales)
For my WWI collection:
- Middle Parts of Fortune
- Tommy
- Ordeal by Fire
Age of Gold
Ripley Novels, also with low stock (just for some reading fun)

I dropped Reformation. It was also in low stock, and I have been on the edge with this one, but given that I was already over budget, and since many reviews have indicated this is fairly heavy reading, I decided to drop it from my cart. I hope this was the proper decision.

Dec 27, 2019, 9:13pm Top

>33 GusLogan: Thanks for that - I don't mind about not being able to complete the set. You've helped decide that 2020 will be a year for the Bard:

The Oxford Shakespeare: Henry IV Part I
The Oxford Shakespeare: Henry IV Part 2
The Oxford Shakespeare: Anthony and Cleopatra
Twelfth Night (Balbusso version)

The Age of Wonder

I've tried to keep to three rules when buying: "don't buy anything on sale that you wouldn't buy at full price", "don't buy anything you aren't going to read in the next year" and "don't buy anything you aren't likely to reread."

With that said, maybe the Age of Wonder breaks that, as I hadn't heard of the book before. Looks lovely though.

Seems the Oxford Shakespeare has been going fast - Othello is gone, and both parts of Henry IV have under 10 copies left at time of writing.

>82 plasticjock: 100% agreed. Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman? is an all-time classic that I expect to be re-reading for the rest of my life. I would recommend it to anyone.

Dec 27, 2019, 9:22pm Top

>84 Hrodberht:

Well, The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland sold out pretty fast - so fast, in fact, that the poor old low stock counter couldn't keep up and has stuck at "66 left"! Mind you, I'm not surprised at that give-away price.

Dec 28, 2019, 12:26am Top

Neither Small Gods nor Mort is in the sale, but Small Gods is on the “last chance to buy” page (though there is no low stock counter). I’m debating picking up a couple sale titles I missed on the first go round based on the enabling posts above (Longitude, Feynman, and Tommy), and I was wondering whether it might be a good idea to get one or both of Small Gods and Mort. Any thoughts on whether Small Gods (or Mort) is likely to sell out any time soon?

I don’t like the idea of paying full price for a FS book (case in point, I bought Heart of Darkness two months ago for $45, and now it’s in the sale for $9), but I’ve not seen any copies of either Pratchett book for sale other than by people price gouging, and wouldn’t want to miss it, so I’m torn. (And buying would spread the shipping costs over more books)

Dec 28, 2019, 12:43am Top

>93 jsg1976:
As stated already, if you truly wish to buy a book, you shouldn't wait for it to be on sale. And if you choose to wait, you should accept you're taking a risk and things may not play in your favour.

Happened to me with Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time. Never went on sale, but already out of stock. Same with A Clockwork Orange before. Fortunately it was back after a few months.

Dec 28, 2019, 12:45am Top

^ I'd go for the Pratchett books now. Both are a joy to read and the FS treatment does them justice. Small Gods being one of my personal favourites. I wouldn't bet on these appearing cheap 2nd hand (and the cloth covers are on the sensitive side).

P.S. I've purchased Heart of Darkness at full price - not a fan of the paranoia (the movie reflects that better in my opinion) but it's worth the $9 :)

As for my own order the below is what I'm left with after a couple of painful hours:

1. The Martian Chronicles (wishlist; completes FS Bradbury collection)
2. African Folktales (wishlist)
3. The Age of Gold (wishlist)
4. Twelfth Night (enabled from this forum after hearing about the paper and production)
5. Saki (enabled from this forum)
6. In Parenthesis (enabled from this forum)

Still thinking about:
Traitor’s Purse
The Tiger in the Smoke

But I feel I'm going blind here.

Dec 28, 2019, 3:31am Top

>89 wcarter: Quite right. If you want it, buy it now and don't wait for the counter to appear. Since the sale was announced to the world yesterday, both Heart of Darkness and The Martian Chronicles have gone without warning. Probably others too.

Dec 28, 2019, 5:53am Top


Conrad’s Congo
Down and Out in Paris and London
The Discovery of Tahiti
Heart of Darkness
King of the Middle March
Meditations & Other Writings
The Martian Chronicles
The Oregon Trail
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Paris in the Middle Ages
Rogue Male
Stuart Little
Travels with a Donkey
The World of Late Antiquity
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Wind, Sand and Stars
The Voyage of HMS Beagle

Henry IV Part One - Oxford/Folio
Othello - Oxford/Folio

Anthology of Decorative Papers
The Royal Navy: A History Since 1910
A History of The Royal Navy: World War I
Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand
The Family of Hummingbirds
Murder of a Lady
Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Dec 28, 2019, 6:19am Top

>93 jsg1976: Small Gods is a much better novel than Mort, and I'm very happy to have the Folio Society edition in my collection. I like the strange velvety cover effect and the illustrations, and it feels well worth full price. I'd go for it if I were you.

I don't have Mort, but it's still Pratchett, so you can't go far wrong.

I guess both are in the category of being books that sell so well they never need to go on sale, though I still hope Mort does, or that the LE turns up in a charity shop (the dream).

>97 bookfair_e: Wow, quite the list of books to be sold out, especially as the sale was only officially announced yesterday.

Dec 28, 2019, 6:22am Top

so after purchasing The Wanderer just before it sold out pre Christmas, i had decided to myself not to buy anything from the sale.

however i soon broke that rule and ordered:
The Voyage of the Beagle
Black Mischief
Mani and Roumeli
Heart of Darkness
Love and War in the Apennines

Dec 28, 2019, 6:28am Top

Ordered yesterday,
"Behind the Wall"
"King Leopold's Ghost"

Dec 28, 2019, 8:17am Top

>21 SF-72: I was also somewhat surprised that I found so many books that were new to the sale when I did my review as, on first glance, that didn't seem to be the case. Perhaps it is because most of the new additions were on the latter pages of the sale list.

>93 jsg1976: For what it is worth, I picked up both Mort and Small Gods this time. It is not clear to me if you've read either. I discovered Pratchett through this site and read Good Omens, The Color of Magic, Mort and Small Gods during the past year. I thought Small Gods was the best of them so I'd vote for you to pick it up now.

My purchase this time were:

In Parenthesis
All Quiet's on the Western Front
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Small Gods

I won't be surprised to see Kavalier and Clay in a future sale (more doubtful for Mort and Small Gods). That said, I think there is value in voting with your wallet. If there are books I like but wait for them to show up in a sale, I not only risk missing out but I fear I'm sending the wrong message to the Folio bean counters. There has been an uptick in SciFi and Fantasy titles in recent Folio offerings and that is, no doubt, due to the fact that their fans snatch them up at full price. If you are a fan of a certain genre of book, I think there is value in supporting that genre by buying at full price.

Dec 28, 2019, 9:34am Top

Glad I grabbed both Heart of Darkness (was not on my wish but that price... let’s read something you weren’t planning on doing) and Martian Chronicles (wishlist) before the official announcement!

Now I might need to grab both Pratchett books before it’s too late. Damn!

Dec 28, 2019, 10:25am Top

I lost out on The Martian Chronicles, i repeat, i lost out on The Martian Chronicles .. mission failed, but i did get:

1: Cleopatra
2: Empire of the Sun
3: In Parenthesis
4: Tender Is the Night
5: Twelfth Night
6: The Foundation Trilogy
7: The Elegant Universe
8: King Leopold’s Ghost
9: A Life in Letters and Diaries (Orwell)
10: 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die
11: We
12: Homage to Catalonia
13: A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates
14: The Pre-Raphaelites (nice touch with the slipcased version)
15: The Age of Gold
16: Atonement
17: Behind the Wall

I removed Agincourt and Colditz to be had on a future order, probably

Dec 28, 2019, 10:40am Top

Is the quality of paper used for We really as bad as the site reviews make it out to be?

Edited: Dec 28, 2019, 10:44am Top

I purchased:

Mani and Roumeli
Churchill- Great Contemporaries
King Leopold’s Ghost
Paris after the Liberation
Behind the Wall
Love and War in the Apennines
The Foundation Trilogy

Had thought about The Martian Chronicles and even had it in my basket ready to checkout, but I have a lot of the individual tales in the Everyman’s Bradbury anthology already.

Still, great prices and happy with my haul:)

Edited: Dec 28, 2019, 11:42am Top

>104 SolerSystem:


The few FSD-ers who have complained about the paper being thin and poor quality are (imho) off the mark. The Abbey Lynx Rough paper will never be mistaken for the Batchelor hand-made papers William Morris used at the Kelmscott Press but it is also not ultra-thin India paper used in tomes of over 1000 pages. It is bright white, smooth and appropriate for a futuristic dystopian novel. The PT Serif type is clear and unobtrusive, the binding and matching slipcase are imaginative and futuristic, and the book is nicely crafted by one of my faves - the L.E.G.O. S.p.A. company in Vicenza, Italy.

More importantly, this is a great read and a book well ahead of its time. Scoop up a copy at a nice 35% discount before it goes O.O.P. and you will be quite pleased.

Dec 28, 2019, 11:44am Top

It’s been over a year since a made a Folio purchase. I think this is the best FS sale I’ve seen since “joining” FS back around 2012.

My purchases:

Behind the Wall
Mani & Roumeli
1066 and All That
Twelfth Night
The Middle Parts of Fortune
The Age of Wonder
The Gastronomical Me
In Patagonia

Dec 28, 2019, 12:30pm Top

I must say this is perhaps the best sale I can remember Folio Society ever introducing in my 20+ years of membership. But that lengthy membership has also resulted in extensive purchasing such that NOT ONE SINGLE book in the sale was on my wishlist, so no transactions for me. There were many many books that I paid much greater prices for as recently as this fall. I am happy for the newer members being afforded this opportunity to greatly expand their collections at quite affordable prices. It is a little surprising that none of the 28 books on my official FS website wishlist made it into the sale.

Dec 28, 2019, 12:40pm Top

Those odds... It’s a conspiracy! Eheh

Dec 28, 2019, 1:38pm Top

Went back for a second-helping after Christmas with some Christmas money - wish I would have thought ahead and saved on shipping charges, but still a great deal - here's what I got between both orders:

The Age of Gold
Black Mischief
The Diary of a Nobody
Heart of Darkness
The Oregon Trail
Once There Was a War
Period Piece
The Age of Wonder
The Meaning of Hitler
The Last White Rose
Richard III
1066 And All That
The World of Herodotus
A Writer at War
British Library Crime Classics

I could resist paying full price for any of them, but at the sale prices I couldn't resist.

Dec 28, 2019, 3:23pm Top

It's a pretty good sale. I agree with others about the bargain that Mani & Roumeli is. I bought it and loved it when it came out—annoyed that they now have it at such a steep discount, but that's how sales go. It teaches me to be more cautious about paying full price for things.

I ended up picking up:

The Age of Wonder
Seeds of Change
Twelfth Night
Behind the Wall
Orwell's A Life in Letters and Diaries
Homage to Catalonia

I wish the Orwell ones had a bigger discount, but I'm content.

Edited: Dec 28, 2019, 5:04pm Top

Thanks to scanning by Glenn (folio_books) the brochure for the current FS Sale has now been posted on the FSD wiki here.

Dec 28, 2019, 5:40pm Top

Might buy a couple more next week, splitting shipping with a friend.

What are your opinions on the Moby Dick quality (not the writing, the object)? I’ve heard mixed feelings about it...

Dec 28, 2019, 5:48pm Top

>113 Drumond: I do not like the paper at all. But the book apart from the paper is well done. Tough call and depends how much tactile things bother you. It's something you'll have to hold in hand to really judge.

Dec 28, 2019, 6:21pm Top

>114 Sorion:
What's wrong with it? Is it the Chinese Yu Long Pure paper (which is too smooth, almost glossy, and too generically blah for my taste)?

Dec 28, 2019, 6:35pm Top

>93 jsg1976:
Being on the Last Chance to Buy page is a pretty good indicator it will sell out soon. Could it last till the Summer Sale and get discounted to move the last remaining copies to clear storage space? Sure, it could. Or it could go OOP between the sales without ever hitting one. That's a typical Folio gamble. If you really want it, just bite the bullet.

Personally, I buy full price in several scenarios:
1) A book I don't want to miss out on is low on stock (your case)
2) They publish a book from my list of suggestions (then I feel obligated)
3) There is an offer I want to take that requires buying full price (e.g. once I got hooked on their Seasons anthologies offered as freebies with a purchase, I had to get the rest of them). In that case I order books that I think are unlikely to hit sales and/or that I really don't want to miss out on (books that sell well for them at full price, or more expensive Fine editions that have low print runs and are hard to get once OOP).

Dec 28, 2019, 6:43pm Top

Combined sale with my birthday voucher and ordered Longitude and In Patagonia.

Dec 28, 2019, 9:17pm Top

>116 elladan0891:
How do I find the Last Chance to Buy page, please?

Dec 28, 2019, 9:33pm Top

Google “Folio Society last chance”. That’s how I got there, couldn’t find anything otherwise.

Dec 28, 2019, 9:34pm Top

>119 Drumond:
Thank you!

Dec 28, 2019, 9:51pm Top

>118 emgcat:
UK site:

US site:

For other regions replace /usa/ in the above URL accordingly.

Although there is no link to it from the main page, it is being updated regurlarly.

Dec 28, 2019, 9:53pm Top

>121 elladan0891:
Thank you very much.

Dec 28, 2019, 11:09pm Top

>115 elladan0891: Yes it is that paper and that is the problem. It feels artificial under my fingers which is unacceptable to me.

Dec 29, 2019, 2:34am Top

Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I bit the bullet and picked up both Pratchetts at full price, along with Longitude, Feynman, Tommy, and Age of Wonder from the sale.

Dec 29, 2019, 9:46am Top

Successful enabling, you all! Well done!

Edited: Dec 29, 2019, 11:40am Top

I have both on my wishlist but can only get one:
Twelfth Night or The Complete Shorter Fiction of Herman Melville?

Will Folio Society continue this new Shakespeare line that began with Twelfth Night? It’s been 3 years or so...

Edited: Dec 29, 2019, 11:50am Top

>126 Drumond:
In terms of production values, quality of materials and value for $$$ - Twelfth Night.

Dec 29, 2019, 12:42pm Top

>126 Drumond:

Nothing suggests they will, least of all the current price...

Dec 29, 2019, 12:45pm Top

Second Sale Order
Even with the standard shipping charge, I ordered Mani & Roumeli partly in fear of missing out.

Dec 29, 2019, 1:52pm Top

I double dipped to add How the Mind Works (numbers sinking fast), Jane Eyre (one that I'd not got around to buying but now in the last chance saloon) and Maigret II.

That's me done until the Summer Sale.

Dec 29, 2019, 1:54pm Top

Summer sale can’t come fast enough! Ahahah

Dec 29, 2019, 3:52pm Top

>121 elladan0891: Thanks for the reminder on that now i regret leaving out Colditz on my order (and hope i don`t miss out on the Saxons - which is not in this sale, so not relevant).

Warning : If any of you buy those books, leave one for me !

Dec 29, 2019, 3:54pm Top

>130 HuxleyTheCat:

I noticed Jane Eyre was in the last chance section as well... but no counter? Wondering if I should grab it now.

Dec 29, 2019, 4:33pm Top

>133 adriano77: Well one never knows - the Letterpress Shakespeares have been labelled 'last chance to buy' for years - but I didn't want to miss out on this edition so was happy to pay the price and spread the postage costs with the other books.

Dec 29, 2019, 4:39pm Top

Jane Eyre has to my knowledge never been in a sale, so, might as well buy it sooner rather than later

Edited: Dec 29, 2019, 8:28pm Top

Just placed a second order, splitting shipping with a friend.
- Candide (wishlist)
- We (wishlist)
- Twelfth Night (never read Shakespeare, might as well start with this one. That price...)

- Small Gods (low stock, FOMO, this thread. I think I never paid full price for a Folio. Edit: Lies, I paid full price on eBay for the Russian Novels Box Set.)

Dec 30, 2019, 8:13pm Top

Foundation Trilogy sold out? Wasn’t expecting that. Glad I got in before the lock.

Dec 30, 2019, 9:46pm Top

I always get a bit stressed when a book I ordered has sold out (Martian Chronicles and Foundation Trilogy in this case & soon Radetzky March, I guess). What if one of them comes bruised or damaged?

Crossing fingers that everything reaches me fine.

Edited: Dec 30, 2019, 10:11pm Top

Kainzow I was thinking about that just now. Ordered both The Martian Chronicles and The Foundation Trilogy...
Guess they would offer you a refund or at least a partial. But it would suck, anyways.

Dec 31, 2019, 3:27am Top

Also sold out:
Foundation Trilogy
All Quiet on the Western Front

Dec 31, 2019, 10:32am Top

Placed an order for

The Prince in Splendour
The Life of Thomas More
A Memoir of Jane Austen
Vile Bodies
Mani & Roumeli
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
The Diary of a Nobody
The House of Borgia

Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman! was sold out just an hour or 2 before I placed the order, darn it! It was the one I wanted the most really.

Dec 31, 2019, 5:53pm Top

Sold Out:
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

Edited: Dec 31, 2019, 6:07pm Top

Also sold out:
The Reason Why
A Book of Mediterranean Food and Other Writings

Dec 31, 2019, 6:39pm Top

Time to reset the sale, Folio! Get 100 new books! Eheh

Happy new year!

Dec 31, 2019, 8:59pm Top

‘The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland’ is back in stock. 48 left!

Jan 1, 10:59am Top

Edited: Jan 1, 4:04pm Top

>145 Drumond: Drumond

Many thanks for the alert - just ordered a copy of Oxford Family Names

Jan 1, 5:13pm Top

Late to the party and most of what I wanted was sold out, though probably for the best.

Picked up
African Folktales
King Leopold’s Ghost
The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates

Jan 1, 7:24pm Top

I only bought three books from the sale and was patting myself on the back for it at first...then I realized that instead I’ve started on a Slightly Foxed obsession (plus only reason I got so little is that I have already bought all the FS books in the sale that I wanted)!

Jan 1, 7:45pm Top

>149 RRCBS:

You've got me foxed. You mean you only have FAD slightly?

Jan 2, 2:23pm Top

Sold out:
Cloudstreet, Conrad’s Congo, How the mind works, Descartes’ Meditations, Mani und Roumuli, Paris in the Middle Ages, Restoration London, Goodbye to Berlin, Rogue Male, Good Things, Tender is the Night, Stuart Little, Discovery of Tahiti, the Reason Why, Voyage of the Beagle, Wind Sand and Stars, the Oregon Trail...

Jan 2, 4:06pm Top

Feel a bit silly for letting Mani and Roumuli slip out of my grasp, but so it goes.

Jan 2, 7:03pm Top

>25 Czernobog: “Is Atlas Shrugged worth reading if you don't care for her "objectivism" ?”

It can be; it says interesting things about power, politics, and corruption, which apply to all parts of the belief spectrum (left/right etc.).

Edited: Jan 2, 7:48pm Top

>25 Czernobog:

If ever a book begged to be re-issued in a heavily abridged edition it is this one. When you begin wading into one of Ayn Rand's many convoluted, incoherent 20-30 page rants on Objectivism and the Cult of Selfishness you will pray for death.

Jan 2, 8:15pm Top

With Atlas Shrugged, as with any written work, if you long for an abridgment, simply skip it altogether.

Jan 2, 8:19pm Top

>155 St._Troy:

"Simply skip it altogether."

A far better idea than an abridged edition.

Jan 2, 8:39pm Top

>155 St._Troy: >156 dlphcoracl:
Yes, generally I avoid them altogether. Seems fraudulent in some way to say you have read a work when you have read something other than the author's intent.

Jan 3, 1:24am Top

I also missed out on the Martian Chronicles - the one I wanted most from the sale - as well as Heart of Darkness and Amerika. I have a lot to learn from the more experienced among us!

Jan 3, 7:24am Top

The FS website records only 8 copies of Winston Churchill's 'Great Contemporaries' are left.

Jan 3, 7:40am Top

Don’t wait for their email! By that time a third of the books will be sold out.

Edited: Jan 3, 4:33pm Top

>153 St._Troy:
>154 dlphcoracl:

“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” — John Rogers (who?)

Fortunately I did read The Lord of the Rings and not Atlas Shrugged when I was fourteen or thereabouts -:) I also did buy Atlas Shrugged in the sale, so I can experience first-hand what the fuss is all about, and maybe come to understand better why it's so controversial.

Jan 3, 10:41am Top

Does anyone have any feedback on The Fall of Gondolin, both quality and content?

Edited: Jan 3, 4:33pm Top

>162 RRCBS:

  • Printed by L.E.G.O. in Italy on good quality acid free paper (imho.)
  • Illustrated by Alan Lee (8 colour plates and 12 smaller but delightful black and white drawings.)
  • Blocked slipcase.
  • Blocked paper boards.
  • Ribbon marker.
  • Printed in series with previous deluxe editions.
Note: I have the first printing of the deluxe edition. HarperCollins occasionally switches to a Chinese printer for later printings, which may result in minor changes.


It contains different versions of The Fall of Gondolin. Only the first and earliest version (1917) is finished (about 80 pages). The final version (1951) is superior but incomplete. Don't expect a single, coherent story like The Children of Húrin.

Edited for clarity

Jan 3, 11:16am Top

Vita Nuova is going to be gone very soon! 5 copies left! Gorgeous book!

Jan 3, 12:06pm Top

2nd helping:

1. Vita Nuova
2. The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
3. Love and War in the Appenines.

Jan 3, 12:27pm Top

>164 Drumond: Vita Nuova is going to be gone very soon! 5 copies left! Gorgeous book!


Jan 3, 1:09pm Top

It’s an incredible edition. Beautifully produced!

Edited: Jan 3, 1:38pm Top

>164 Drumond:

Thank you for the heads up on Vita Nuova. It is indeed a beautiful book and this will become my reading copy.

I have an unusual copy printed and published by George G. Harrap & Co., circa 1915, with beautiful illumination and illustrations by Evelyn Paul, reproduced using chromolithography. This is the deluxe edition of 150 copies with stiff vellum binding and printing on Japon vellum paper. However, this book comes in a wide variety of different editions with widely varying price points. If you are interested in something a bit off of the beaten path, look for an edition of La Vita Nuova published by Harrap & Co. with Evelyn Paul illustrations. Photos below.

Jan 3, 4:28pm Top

Well, the brochure, sent priority, reached me here in Sweden today, so if I were to send an order by post I suppose it might reach the FS at the end of next week if lucky...

I don’t like getting hundreds of emails, so I’ve set my preferences accordingly, but I am deeply grateful to this forum or rather its contributors for keeping me informed! I’m sure there’s some reason the brochure can’t be sent out well ahead of time... The funny thing is, it makes a couple of things look attractive enough that I might have included them in the order I placed a week ago.

Jan 4, 4:34am Top

When does the sale end does anyone know?

Jan 4, 4:40am Top

30 of January they said

Jan 4, 11:45am Top

But most important... When does the Summer Sale start?

Jan 4, 11:53am Top

At some point in June.

Jan 4, 12:00pm Top

Damn! I wish they had a Spring sale. Eheh

Jan 6, 11:42am Top

When is the next announcement of new books published?

Jan 6, 1:07pm Top

>175 davelin: I believe it's usually around the first week of March.

Jan 6, 3:26pm Top

Jumping into the fray with:

• The Twelve Caesars
• Saki
• Voyages to the Moon and the Sun
• Atlas Shrugged
• A Kestrel for a Knave
• The House of Borgia
• We

Missed out on Martian Chronicles, Poe, Amerika, and Foundation Trilogy.

Thankful for the secondary market!

Jan 6, 5:16pm Top

I just received a refund for Stuart Little today from my order. A bit disappointed as I placed my order on Dec 25 and the counter was still showing copies available for quite a few days after this. I have emailed customer service and I'm awaiting a response. I think that I will be checking the secondary market too.

Jan 6, 6:04pm Top

Happened to me last year with Analects by Confucius. It sucked but I didn’t bother. But it was much faster than that, it was after 3 or 4 days.

Edited: Jan 7, 1:32am Top

Twelfth Night
In Parenthesis (for myself this time)
Age of Wonder
Black mischief
Diary of a Nobody
The Ten Most beautiful Experiments
The Last White Rose
Wannsee conference
Princess Bride (not on sale)
World turned upside Down

Lots of good stuff, now just have to find time to read them!

By the way, if you haven't read King Leopold's Ghost i highly recommend it. It was my Book of 2018

Jan 7, 3:05am Top


Jan 7, 4:08am Top

Samuel Pepys believed that the library of an educated gentleman should consist of no more than 3,000 books, and if he bought a book beyond that number he disposed of one to make room.

Jan 7, 4:40am Top

Unfortunately we live in the Age Of Kondo, but keep moving forward undeterred.

Edited: Jan 7, 6:46am Top

Not on sale but there are only 14 copies of Moby Dick left, right now. Time to get it or regret it.

Just ordered one copy of the white whale and one copy of Homage to Catalonia (sale).

Jan 7, 7:10am Top

I have been advised to watch the sale pages over the next few days. More titles are being added to "top up the pot". It would be nice to buy at least one from the sale and I'd be in seventh heaven if it turned out to be one from my wanted list.

Jan 7, 7:41am Top

Thank you! Hope that’s true and I get some more off of my wishlist. Best!

Jan 7, 7:49am Top

>185 folio_books: I was planning on ordering tomorrow but sounds like I'd be better off waiting until Friday or so ...

Jan 7, 9:26am Top

>185 folio_books:

Good to know. I'm unhappy with myself for not having bought the Pre-Raphaelites, but if there was something else to add to it...

Jan 7, 1:15pm Top

>181 NLNils: I have read her book, afterwards i got rid of many .. ahum mainly clothes. Held the items in my hand, and waited for them to pass that magic energy over some did, others did not, others i regret donating (oh, the irony). I have not yet used it on premium books, but someday i will (because i have too - if i keep up this buying spree) .. but not the Kondo way, my way. Always ! .. and I did it myyyy way ! ..

>185 folio_books: Cool ! Now i have been advised too .. now i will hold the thoughts on that second order and decide later !

Jan 7, 1:22pm Top

I don’t know if I should cancel the order I put on this morning and wait for those new sale books... but Moby Dick is down to 12 copies left, not sure if it would wise.

Jan 7, 1:26pm Top

>190 Drumond: .. cut it down to two orders, you save it up in the long run. But don`t wait - if you want it that much. As the saying is: `He who waits, shall regret .. plenty`..

Jan 7, 1:36pm Top

Yeah, I might leave this order be and maybe put a new one if those new books pop up on the sale. The downside is that I have two pay shipping twice...

Jan 7, 2:03pm Top

>192 Drumond: .. but at least you then control the situation rather than letting the secondhand market control you .. , perhaps you don`t want Moby Dick as much ;)

Jan 7, 2:18pm Top

I want it and it just shipped! Decision made easy! Ahah
Now to pay shipping again in a few days (IF that sale gets attractive again).

Jan 7, 5:55pm Top

There were books I wanted and thought were prime candidates for being in the sale, but didn't make the list. If they get added now,a second order is a certainty.

Jan 7, 6:10pm Top

Pulled the trigger on Moby-Dick, Ripley, Cleopatra and the Middle Parts of Fortune.

Couldn’t wait another few days, may have to triple dip if Beard or Holland appear in the sale 😀😀

Edited: Jan 7, 6:57pm Top

Any more concrete info about when the new books will come up in the sale?

Did it ever happened with other sales, items added mid-sale?

Jan 7, 7:02pm Top

coynedj which ones you think would appear?

Jan 7, 10:50pm Top

>198 Drumond: - It may just be a case of wishful thinking, but I was watching for The Princess Bride, Chinese Fairy Tales & Fantasies, Defeat Into Victory, and possibly Stasiland.

Jan 8, 1:17am Top

>199 coynedj: I’d pick up Defeat Into Victory if they add it to the sale.

Jan 8, 3:00am Top

Defeat into Victory is so overpriced, it can’t be a good seller. It is the one book which left me scratching my head in regards to the thinking by FS. A sure fire Sale title, but maybe not just yet.

Jan 8, 3:43am Top

>189 Pellias:

I don’t know pelias. I haven’t read Kondo’s book but understand the de-clutter mentality. It’s good to advocate the less is more and I try to live like a Scandinavian with open white spaces, but when it comes to one’s education and improvement I follow Samuel Pepys idea. Space is a premium and you can’t collect everything so being particular and setting a limit on the number of books makes it not only a challenge but an exciting endeavour as well. The popular titles I am either borrowing from the library or buying on the a kindle.

Jan 8, 6:00am Top

>202 ironjaw: Hi Faisel ! I now have a library, been working at it for quite a while. Space tend to limit itself, .. my problem - I like everything, but i am glad i also like something more than the other, but at some point something has to give, and i am happy that i am not at that point yet .. still in control of the ship !

Jan 8, 1:30pm Top

The Ripley Novels set has 15 copies left. It went kinda fast in this sale but at that price, for a box set, it’s no surprise.

Jan 8, 1:54pm Top

I am getting a signal that Atlas Shrugged is (deeply?) unpopular amongst us Foliolites?

This would be my first time reading it, and was nervous that it might have sold out quick.

Also, side note: EP has published a rather nice version of it as well. Illustrations look charming.

Jan 8, 2:28pm Top

>205 RATBAG.:

More a divisive book than a particularly unpopular one: it's not without its advocates here, and a further body of members who find it worth reading because of the influence it has had whatever they may think of that influence. I lasted about six pages before deciding that I was choking in a world of barren doctrine with no sufficient reason for me to stick around there any longer, so I'm glad I had only forked out for a Penguin paperback. With a copy on the way you may as well start reading and see how you fare.

Jan 8, 5:33pm Top

>205 RATBAG.: It is a lightning rod. I would be considered a supporter of the work but even then I don't subscribe to all that she is trying to say. It is a sociological/political manifesto when you boil it right down. She has an agenda and it comes through the work quite boldly. You should read it cover to cover in order to have an educated opinion about it good or ill. I've found many who have the worst things to say about it have never even read it(not necessarily in this group who usually take the time to read before forming opinions).

So to summarize: Read it and make up your own mind good or ill. At least come to the conclusion honestly however by taking the time to do the work yourself.

Jan 8, 5:49pm Top

>207 Sorion: Does one really need to read it, though? I mean, Randian philosophy is well known to the extent that it's hard to imagine not knowing what she's getting at before reading the book. So then it becomes a matter of whether or not you find her writing to be compelling enough to wade through that many pages of it. I don't, so I haven't.

Jan 8, 6:26pm Top

>208 Jason461:

Yes, it's still worth reading, on account that people can get different things out of the same text. I thought that the over-complained-about overarching philosophy was not aligned with my own beliefs but I also saw a nugget of truth in the context of work. Companies/corporations don't often see people as much more than a commodity in their asset mix, so it's up to you to stick up for your own value.

Jan 8, 6:31pm Top

>209 treereader:

I guess? Again, I don't find her to be much of a writer, and there are so many books to choose from.

Jan 8, 6:33pm Top

>206 terebinth:

>207 Sorion:

I think a book with such a divisive nature is definitely worth a shot.

100% with Sorion on needing to read something from cover to cover to fully reach a justifiable verdict.

Jan 8, 6:51pm Top

>211 RATBAG.: ...needing to read something from cover to cover to fully reach a justifiable verdict.

To attempt a comprehensive analysis, yes: but to reach a justifiable verdict? I'd only agree there were I granted infinite time in which to read the productions of a civilisation that only existed for a while: because I would need to be able to catch up with the work of many hands. Any book that rapidly impresses me as banal in its prose and demeaning in its vision gets put aside quite quickly, as it's hard enough to find the time to persevere with texts that are borderline agreeable and interesting. Those sometimes do turn out to be very worthwhile in the end. But, one man's meat and all that...

Jan 8, 7:19pm Top

Why is it so important to read an entire book to come to a conclusion about it? Almost every other decision in life is made with incomplete information, why must books be different? In the case of Atlas Shrugged, you can get a feel for the style of writing and the type of world being described pretty quickly. If you care to know how and why it ends the way it does you probably have to read the whole thing.

Jan 8, 8:04pm Top

>207 Sorion:

Agreed that the harshest critics quite often haven't even read the book. They seem to base their opinion on what others, typically of the same political stripe, say and write about it. At least that's what I've discovered when discussing the thing in person.

Jan 9, 12:13am Top

>212 terebinth:
I read many books with which I disagree, Machiavelli for instance. I have found that I don’t grow intellectually, or even emotionally, if I read only what I expect to agree with.

Jan 9, 1:29am Top

Did anyone of us outside the UK receive their Sale order? Mine shipped on the 24th of December and nowadays it should take two weeks, instead of one (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). As of today, still nothing. In my experience a longer transit has a direct correlation with damaged books. As a few of those I ordered are sold out already I sure hope that the packaging will hold up.

Jan 9, 1:37am Top

>> NLNils I ordered express shipping. Usually they send by DHL, this time it is through Parcel force. Mine shipped on the 27th Dec. It was in UK till 7th Jan and now the status shows that it has not yet reached the destination country. Many of the books I ordered also were sold out. I precisely ordered express to get the books in good condition and now Folio used a shoddy service and I'm expecting nothing but bumped and damaged books. :-( Also DHL express used to deliver in 2-3 days. This is really frustrating. At this rate the books will arrive after a month. And this is supposed to be express shipping!!!

Jan 9, 3:49am Top

>216 NLNils: Still waiting. Though I did get an email today that the order had just cleared customs. It is not clear for what country but...

Edited: Jan 9, 5:24am Top

>215 jroger1: I read many books with which I disagree...

So do I, from Marx to Mein Kampf, and for an atheist I've a fair quota of shelves of theology. If, though, the quality of an author's prose isn't rewarding or such as to hold my attention and I'm wearied and repelled by their version of what human existence is or could be for, the possibilities for spending fruitful hours reading their message-driven fiction seem very limited: and life is short.

Edited: Jan 9, 4:13am Top

NLNils still nothing for me, I ordered on the 25th. I’m in Portugal and the Sale Catalog just got here yesterday Ahahah it’s like I live in Australia and I know it’s not our fault.
I hope that at least the first box arrives until tomorrow but other years was the same thing, with standard shipping.
What frustrates me is that shipping is very expensive and it takes a loooot. In 2020, a package taking 3 to 4 weeks within Europe it’s ridiculous.

Jan 9, 7:15am Top

Firstly, many thanks to >1 plasticjock: for the early warning, I ordered 22 titles within the first three hours (due to a combination of good prices, FAD and sleep deprivation).

>220 Drumond:
I received a "shipping confirmation" email from FS on 24th December 2019 but it seems that the order didn't actually leave until January. My order arrived here (UK via DX) on Monday so I imagine that non-UK orders will be turning up soon. It's a bit nerve-racking watching sale titles sell out while you're still awaiting delivery but I'm pleased to say that I got all the titles that I'd ordered.

The World of Late Antiquity
The World Turned Upside Down
Nicholas and Alexandra
The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England
Voyages to the Moon and the Sun
The Foundation Trilogy
The Martian Chronicles
On the Psychology of Military Incompetence
The Age of Wonder
Twelfth Night
The Prince in Splendour
Mani & Roumeli
An Omelette and a Glass of Wine
Ordeal by Fire
Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!
Love and War in the Apennines
The House of Borgia
The Age of Gold
The Middle Parts of Fortune

Well done FS for actually delivering Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night.

Edited: Jan 9, 7:41am Top

I think everything I ordered on the 25th is sold out now. Hope it shows up soon!

Jan 9, 8:37am Top

Has anyone spotted any new additions to the sale?

Jan 9, 8:59am Top

My order

The Grasmere Journal
The Pre-Raphaelites
A Room of One's Own
The Life of Thomas More
The Dispossessed (full price)

Jan 9, 9:22am Top

Number three in the Reader's Bill of Rights grants "The right to not finish". Familiarity with an author/polemecist's actual point of view rather than only what is said about him or her is in my opinion an important thing, but I doubt that completing such a large book is completely necessary in building such familiarity. I have a relative who studied for a Ph.D. in philosophy and did a thorough review of Rand's objectivism - I've offered to send it to anyone interested in the past (some have taken up this offer) and I'll offer it again. Just send me a note with your email address and I'll get it to you. It's a philosophical analysis, though, not a literary analysis.

And regarding sale orders, I got an email this morning showing that my order has cleared customs. No estimated delivery date, but it shouldn't be long now!

Jan 9, 9:46am Top

I ordered on Dec. 26th and I received my email yesterday. The books appear to have come into the US via JFK airport in NY and are in a FedEx facility in Queens as of last night. Hoping for the books today or tomorrow. Others in the US who ordered before Dec. 30 are hopefully looking at the same time frame.

Edited: Jan 9, 9:54am Top

Can some of you please show pics of your hauls?

Edited: Jan 9, 10:47am Top

FS just posted that something special is coming tomorrow. New collection? New Limited Edition? New sale items? Any guesses?

Edited: Jan 9, 11:28am Top

>215 jroger1: >219 terebinth:

This reminds me that there was once when I used to use Goodreads, some woman (who was annoyed by how I found the tone of the soon-to-be missionary in Jane Eyre rather disturbing) angrily questioned if I had a copy of Mein Kampf on my shelf, as if I'd committed a heinous crime if it was the case. I was rather ashamed to acknowledge that I had no such copy on my shelf (or at least, that I had not read it yet).

>228 Drumond:

Almost definitely the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The picture matches the one shown as a sneak pic in a magazine somewhere (Bronte Society or something of the sort? I don't think it was FS. No idea where exactly because I had seen in as an instastory from someone who purchases FS books as well). I think many had thought it would be released on Anne's birthday, 17th of Jan instead, though.

Jan 9, 11:31am Top

>228 Drumond:

>229 Lim_See_Min:

Strange considering they confirmed it on the 17th for her birthday via Twitter.

Jan 9, 12:20pm Top

>229 Lim_See_Min: Almost definitely the Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

>230 RATBAG.: Strange considering they confirmed it on the 17th for her birthday via Twitter.

When I enquired last week I was told it would be out for her birthday (as opposed to on her birthday). Knowing Folio I concluded that probably meant "whenever we receive the damn books".

Jan 9, 12:22pm Top

>220 Drumond:

Absolutely. Non-express shipping times have become horrific for me. Recent orders dispatched on Dec. 2 and 3 arrived 28 days and 32 days later respectively. Holiday season notwithstanding, that sort of time is absurd for air mail. My suspicion is they've quietly downgraded to boat. Royal Mail Air was consistently 8 days for me previously for perspective. I don't expect to see my sale order, which went out on the 24th, until nearly February.

Jan 9, 12:38pm Top

>229 Lim_See_Min:

Yes, I posted this on FSDs some time ago. I can’t now recall where or why. It is taken from the September 2019 Folio magazine.

Jan 9, 1:47pm Top

Very interesting, looks like FS is getting crafty with their deliveries. Yesterday I got an email from TrakPak, a hybrid courier/shipping consolidator. I ordered on the 24th. According to TrakPak's tracking, it departed FS warehouse only on the 30th. Then it was hanging around for a week, probably waiting for TrakPak to consolidate shipments to the US, until it was scanned at the next tracking point - TrakPak's processing center in Basildon, UK, on Jan 6. Then things started kicking. Cleared customs in NY on the 8th and passed on to FedEx SmartPost. FedEx estimates delivery on the 14th. SmartPost, of course, means that FedEx will deliver the package to Atlanta and then pass it to USPS for the actual delivery.

I'm sure this allows FS to save some money compared to the old way through Royal Mail->USPS/other national postal services. Interested to see in what condition the box shows up.

Jan 9, 1:57pm Top

>47 Sorion: (and anyone else who wants to contribute)

Thank you.

But it came up again, of course.

I (as a former geeky law student) am still interested in how she grounds property rights.

What is her legal or philosophical basis for property ownership?

Ta :-)

Jan 9, 2:12pm Top

>234 elladan0891:

In the old days in the UK, we had one delivery company. We had no choice but we knew what we were dealing with.

Now we have a proliferation of new delivery companies, who might be cheaper but, do they know what they are doing?

My latest order is in the hands of DX.

I know next to nothing about them because they are pretty much new to me. They tried to deliver my order twice but I wasn't home so they took it back to the depot (did they try my neighbours? all the previous delivery companies would have found a neighbour or a shed or something). I requested a redelivery to my workplace but apparently there was an IT problem and it's still sitting in a warehouse somewhere. Because DX don't even deliver the parcels themselves but use a third-party delivery company.

So I'm still waiting.

Capitalism might be cheaper but the service sucks.

Edited: Jan 9, 3:40pm Top

As for Atlas Shrugged... If whatever you know of Rand's ideas appeals to you - by all means go ahead. If it doesn't, but you want to see what Rand is all about, I think it would make sense to start with some of her essays or other shorter novels, not with the 1000+ page behemoth.

I haven't met a single person not into Rand's ideas who values Atlas Shrugged as a piece of literature. At the same time, even many of her fans admit that some of her shorter works like Fountainhead are better written.

As >207 Sorion:, a Rand supporter, says: "It is a sociological/political manifesto when you boil it right down. She has an agenda and it comes through the work quite boldly." I will add that it's a political manifesto of over a thousand pages, which in my view is about a thousand pages too long for a manifesto.

Personally, my experience is similar to terebenth'. Started reading, did not think Rand's writing was any good, decided life's too short to continue.

>211 RATBAG.: " needing to read something from cover to cover to fully reach a justifiable verdict"

That's what I've always been saying - hold your judgment on Mein Kampf and its author till you read it cover to cover! :P

>219 terebinth: >225 coynedj:

Jan 9, 3:28pm Top

For those outside the UK who are waiting on sales orders, I submitted my order within the UK on the 26th, and it only arrived earlier this week, so I'm not surprised you guys are still waiting. Hope that gives a tiny a bit of comfort (and they were very well packed, but that's usual for me).

>235 Cat_of_Ulthar:
Mine came via DX as well: I received a text message at 0600 saying the parcel would be delivered before 1000, and it arrived at 0715.

Jan 9, 4:13pm Top

>232 adriano77: Exactly why I never bother with standard shipping.

Jan 9, 4:14pm Top

My December 24th sales order arrived 6th January, by DX.

My second sales order of 27th December arrived first, on 3rd January. DX delivered this one also. I failed to answer the driver’s knock on my door quickly enough to prevent him from throwing the box into my garden over a more than six feet high gate causing five of the six books to be damaged on impact with the paved path. All of the damaged books are sold out so obviously Folio can’t replace them. I decided to keep them when usually I wouldn’t (Hobson’s choice). I could have cried when I saw the damage. So thoughtless, avoidable and unnecessary; no respect for the product, the recipient or the sender. Possibly a temp/agency driver covering over the Christmas and New Year peak period.

Other than leaving the LE South Polar Times in my garden in the rain about four years ago, DX have been OK!

Jan 9, 4:44pm Top

>239 RATBAG.:

Express to Canada for a single title is $66 compared to $16 for standard. Hard for me to justify paying that. For two or more books, express is $79 compared to $29 for standard. So, IMO, express only becomes tolerable (barely) on larger orders of several hundred dollars in value. Haven't put in one like that since last summer's sale.

Either way, what irks me is the massive downgrade in quality of service. While maintaining the same price. Big turn-off when it comes to FS in general.

Jan 9, 7:42pm Top

Re Delivery: I had ordered the signed Stephen King FS book for a gift and it was confirmed by the FS. After six weeks, e-mailed the FS and Sally of the FS called me back on Nov. 18 and Sally confirmed that my order was received by the FS and shipped but FEDEX was sending it back to the FS. No reason was given by FEDEX, she said. I had not moved and often receive various deliveries. I was refunded but I emphasized that I still wanted the book and was ready to pay. Sally said that she would call me when it was received back. I have heard nothing and just gave up.

I am sure that the delivery part of their business is a headache for them also.

Jan 9, 9:11pm Top

Well, now that everything is nice and sold out and I placed my orders two weeks ago, I got my sale catalog in the mail today...

Jan 9, 9:38pm Top

jsg1976 I got mine two days ago. Ahah

Jan 10, 12:11am Top

>243 jsg1976: Hah I got mine in the mail today as well. FS always on the ball.

Jan 10, 12:12am Top

I placed my order on the 26th of December.

When I was new to Folio Society, I used to count the days before my order arrived, but now I don't even bother. Orders can sometimes take up to two months before reaching me. Sometimes I forget what I ordered.

Jan 10, 1:29am Top

Mine shipped on the 27th, and I haven’t received it here in California. Haven’t received the customs e-mail that they sent out after my last few shipments, either. I’ll be patient though—orders with multiple books have taken up to a month to arrive in the past.

Jan 10, 3:06am Top

>>Mr.Fox Is it standard or express shipping? Mine is express shipping and was shipped on 27th Dec and is still en route from UK. Really frustrating. Why cannot they use a good courier service like DHL Express? And also why call standard shipping as express and con people? :-(

Jan 10, 4:02am Top

For those living outside the UK, you have to understand that much of this country closes down for about a week at Christmas. It is our main prolonged holiday observed by almost every family, business and other organisations.

You can still order goods from websites in this period, but you generally have to wait for the end of the holiday for much if anything to happen with your order.

Jan 10, 4:16am Top

Hey everyone, happy new year!

I also couldn't resist and ordered some items from the sale. Especially the good prices for the Oxford Shakespeares intrigued me. I ordered 6 Shakespeares.

Unfortunately I now found out, that they will be discontinued after the sale :( So I probably won't get all of the series together.

Edited: Jan 10, 5:54am Top

>250 woodstock8786:
The Oxford Shakespeare volumes have been available from the FS for some years, and are now appearing on the secondary market.
They are also available directly from Oxford University Press, and are identical except for the FS name on the colophon page. See here.
Available more cheaply from other resellers.

Jan 10, 5:02am Top

Yes, they started selling it in 2017 and I always wanted to buy, but always bought something else instead. Well with just 10 GBP I couldn't resist.
Thank you for the link, I think I have looked at those one time already. I thing I wouldn't want to mix the editions.

Maybe I will get some from the secondary market. At least I will have something to hunt down, that is half the fun ;)

Jan 10, 6:16am Top

>227 Drumond: As requested, here's a picture of the pleasing haul I took delivery of on Monday. Finn Family Moomintroll arrived from an eBay seller and DX also delivered my FS sale purchases that same day, replenishing my TBR pile and leaving me a very happy boy.

Jan 10, 6:28am Top

CLWggg Thank you! Great selection!
Now you made me want to see all those Folio above Eheheh

Jan 10, 6:43am Top

>240 bookfair_e:

That must be so frustrating, especially since the damage literally happened on the last few metres and would have been easy to avoid.

Jan 10, 6:50am Top

>185 folio_books: "I have been advised to watch the sale pages over the next few days. More titles are being added to "top up the pot"."

Wouldn't it be grand if the pot was topped up today alongside the new Bronte, spreading postage costs being quite the enabler.

Jan 10, 7:02am Top

Not sale related but Moby-Dick has only 5 copies left.

Jan 10, 9:33am Top

>251 wcarter: They are also available directly from Oxford University Press, and are identical except for the FS name on the colophon page. See...

Oh dear, those prices - typical I suppose of academic publishing today, but I've paid less for my Folio Letterpress volumes with the Oxford editions thrown in - and it appears they're printed on demand, so I wonder if production quality really does equal the Folio offerings. Have you been able to inspect any? Just curiosity on my part, and a wish to spare others' possible disappointment, I'm not in the market for these.

Jan 10, 9:50am Top

The Radetzky March got a counter, 90 copies left...

Jan 10, 10:30am Top

Any opinions on the Orwell Life in Letters and Diaries? It wasn’t something I found in my first pass of sale books but afterwards somewhat regretted not ordering it and now thinking of getting it along with the Brontes.

Jan 10, 11:55am Top

>248 bookish_elf: I’ve never used anything other than standard shipping.

Jan 10, 12:02pm Top

>258 terebinth:

The price is definitely eye-watering.

Jan 10, 12:22pm Top

>260 RRCBS: I enjoyed it more than most of his books

Jan 10, 12:31pm Top

Atonement counter records 85 copies left.

Jan 10, 12:40pm Top

How is Atonement?

Jan 10, 12:49pm Top

Has anyone read Seeds of Change? If so, thoughts? It's been one of those on sale numerous times previous and I've thought it looked interesting but never enough to purchase. Now there's a counter though...

Jan 10, 1:02pm Top

>265 Drumond: I loved the book itself, can’t speak to the FS edition. If I didn’t already have the Everyman’s Library edition I would definitely have already bought the FS by now

Jan 10, 1:06pm Top

RRCBS Thanks! I love the watercolor art on it. Guess it’s a buy if I’m interested in any of the other books that are supposed to be added to the sale very soon.

Jan 10, 1:41pm Top

I’ve been very happy with those little FS Oxford Shakespeare commentaries. I bought all of them a couple of years ago directly when Folio were selling them individually at £17.95

Jan 10, 2:57pm Top

Placed my order on December 26th. First box arrived in Pennsylvania today.

Edited: Jan 10, 3:14pm Top

Was not expecting Voyages to be this admirably big. Lovely colour palette, though.

Edit: Nor Kestrel to be so different from the rest. Sans slipcase, and all.

Jan 10, 3:29pm Top

Still no books added as far as I can tell! Bah!

Jan 10, 3:42pm Top

>271 RATBAG.: Nor Kestrel to be so different from the rest. Sans slipcase, and all.

From the webpage: "Please note: this edition has a translucent dust jacket in place of a slipcase)." As does The Grasmere Journal, if you're a fan of Dorothy Wordsworth.

Edited: Jan 10, 4:13pm Top

>271 RATBAG.:

Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems - same format - and with the translucent dust jacket.

ETA - but not in the sale

Edited: Jan 10, 5:50pm Top

>205 RATBAG.:
Read it. It is an epic. You don't have to believe in her philosophy.

>207 Sorion:

>208 Jason461:
Why not read it? It's a novel.

Edited: Jan 10, 6:07pm Top

Stock counters spurred me to make another order. Would have preferred waiting to see what, if anything, gets added but...

Seeds of Change
Shakespeare (Burgess)
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
Vile Bodies

Jan 10, 9:21pm Top

>270 Powderfinger69: Received in Pennsylvania? Was that express shipping or standard?

I selected standard shipping to Texas, as it is never that quick (unless one of the Limited Editions). So I'm still hoping for them within a couple of weeks.

Edited: Jan 11, 1:48am Top

I couldn't hold of on ordering WE with the counter emerging (Thanks for the heads up >276 adriano77:). I was hoping for a deeper discount in the Summer, but this will have to do. To spread out shipping I trawled the Sale page again and added four other interesting books which I omitted from my first order. The counters did me in, please don't add more titles to the Sale Folio Society! I would be embarrassed to return for a third order...

My second order:

Empire of the Sun
Life of Thomas More
Radetzky March


My first order:

African Folktales
Age Of Wonder
Heart Of Darkness
Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym
On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence
Oregon Trail

Jan 11, 2:27am Top

For those who haven't yet noticed FS silently slipped "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" into the site


Jan 11, 4:37am Top

>> clymbouris not too silently, they already announced on social media :-)

Jan 11, 5:12am Top

>279 clymbouris: Like prominently in the banner on the homepage?

Edited: Jan 11, 5:55am Top

^ Target audience: "those who haven't yet noticed" :)

Jan 11, 5:41pm Top

>275 LesMiserables: Agreed! Actually looking forward to it.

Jan 11, 7:47pm Top

>283 RATBAG.: I enjoyed it as a novel, same as I have enjoyed others novels despite not sharing the authors’ political view

Jan 11, 9:53pm Top

>284 RRCBS: Certainly. One does not have to share any particular views to enjoy a work of fiction, non-fiction, and so forth. No matter how radical, divisive, or unfamiliar they may be.

Jan 11, 10:03pm Top

>185 folio_books: Any more word as to whether more books may be added to the sale? I keep looking but nothing so far.

Jan 12, 12:57am Top

Received second of two boxes today. Pleased with my acquisitions. Behind the Wall is my first exposure to the thin slip cases. Not crazy about the feel, but the book isn't suffering from it.

Jan 12, 4:05am Top

>286 vmb443: Any more word as to whether more books may be added to the sale?

I keep looking, too. I shall seek clarification but I have no reason to doubt what I was originally told. It is taking longer than I imagined, though.

Edited: Jan 12, 8:55am Top

I took possession of my original Sale order yesterday after 18 days in transit. The paper wrapping was again not applied evenly, but luckily no outward damage (not even to the slipcases)! I put my second order in yesterday and with the holidays behind us, I’m banking on 14 days this time.

Jan 12, 6:54am Top

I'm confident I've glimpsed the answer to the following question before but my mind didn't register - is there a difference between "Out of Stock" and "Sold out"? Or to put it bluntly is there any chance of titles marked as so to re-appear on the website?

Jan 12, 7:04am Top

>290 clymbouris:

I think the implication was that 'out of stock' would perhaps receive another printing down the road? Sold out might mean a definitive end? Maybe I've mixed those up!

Jan 12, 8:05am Top

>288 folio_books: Thanks for checking! I'm interested in placing another order, because I don't want to miss out on a few books, at the same time, I'd hate to place another order and find more items added the next day!

Jan 12, 8:22am Top

>292 vmb443:

Waiting for a response, but it won't be before tomorrow.

Jan 12, 1:47pm Top

So sad to miss out on The Martian Chronicles, but I'll be picking up The Warden.

Jan 12, 3:12pm Top

>292 vmb443: I'm waiting for the same thing before possibly dipping my toes in again. Not paying shipping twice!

Jan 12, 7:27pm Top

I find that these sales always make me question my standards on what constitutes a well curated collection as I have the urge to buy various books partly because they’re on sale!

Jan 12, 7:59pm Top

RRCBS right! Eheheh

Jan 12, 11:42pm Top

For the Rand curious I'd recommend Anthem and We the Living, which outline the same philosophy and have the advantage of being much better novels than the doorstops that made her (in)famous.

Jan 12, 11:49pm Top

>298 kcshankd:
Anthem is a good read, but I would classify as a novella at most.

Jan 12, 11:56pm Top

>299 LesMiserables:

Perhaps, all the better reason to try a taste of it before committing to a seven-course meal.

Jan 13, 1:55am Top

>300 kcshankd:

Yes, but I have on a couple of occasions, frequented restaurants which were known for their culinary challenges. The first was in Aberdeen where I tucked away an enormous cod. The second was in Glasgow where I annihilated a gigantic haddock. Both were of course delicious to the taste, but more so, the challenge in itself was something worth taking on. I got a certificate for both.

There's a plaice for everything I suppose.

Jan 13, 5:12am Top

Books arrived! in good condition despite box being ripped open all down one corner. Off to inspect my small haul.

Jan 13, 5:42am Top

Received my Christmas order Saturday. Haven’t opened the box as of yet. Will do so this coming weekend. I’m still recovering from my trip to Ikea (returns) this weekend.

Jan 13, 6:07am Top

FS added a couple of limited editions to the sale. Nothing more for today, I think.

Jan 13, 6:52am Top

>304 Drumond: Thanks Drumond. Seems that they've added 6 LEs: Riddley Walker, Plants of the Americas and some Letterpress Shakespeares. I hope that isn't it. I wanted to place an order for 'We' and was waiting to see what I could add to it. 'We' really is in the last chance saloon now: 6 left. Seems like I'm going to miss out and I can't really justify that alone, plus £20 postage.

Jan 13, 7:56am Top

>305 Levin40: "I hope that isn't it." Likewise. I could have been very tempted to have bought The Tenant of Wildfell Hall today if there had been something appealing added to the sale, but if this is it then I'll wait and add the Bronte to Hornblower III and A Clash of Kings later in the year (or perhaps to a Summer Sale order if that appears first).

Jan 13, 9:10am Top

Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories has also been added to the sale. But yes, I'd also have been more interested in more regular editions being added, especially since limited editions have separate shipping costs anyway.

Jan 13, 9:30am Top

SF-72 Hansel and Gretel is also a limited edition, part of the 6 that were added earlier today.

I don’t understand why they didn’t add the regular editions to the sale today. Are they going to add them when everything else is sold out and people don’t care to order just one book or so?

Jan 13, 9:34am Top

My belief is they are trying to loosen the grip on those overly large Letterpress Shakespeare. It’s good so they can focus on other beautiful LE such as the Decline and Fall by Gibbon with the full footnotes.

Jan 13, 10:17am Top

>301 LesMiserables: You have tried cod and haddock before, though. But why have someone pay for taking on the gigantic cod challenge just to see what cod tastes like? Especially when cod is covered in marmite - which the person in question haven't tried before either? I'd start with a small marmite cod appetizer.

Jan 13, 10:59am Top

>308 Drumond: This is a good point - I decided to not wait any longer and to put my order in - I hope there's not something I really want if any regular editions are added later, but, at this point I suspect they won't be and that the hinted additions are, in fact, those Limited Editions.

Jan 13, 1:06pm Top

Seeing that Riddley Walker is now on sale, I find it dutiful to just push you all to go and buy this beautiful, beautiful edition. I specifically like the cloth they've bound it in.

Extremely fitting.

Edited: Jan 13, 1:40pm Top

>311 vmb443: the hinted additions are, in fact, those Limited Editions.

That's the conclusion I've come to, though I was told today that "a few" more titles "may" be added later. I'm extremely disappointed and have told them so. This is the first time I've bought absolutely nothing in a Folio sale.

Jan 13, 1:40pm Top

Glad I ordered when the counters first appeared. We and Vile Bodies are both sold out now.

Jan 13, 1:57pm Top

Thank you folio_books !
Well, I hope your discontentment makes them rethink. Eheh

Jan 13, 2:19pm Top

>315 Drumond: I hope your discontentment makes them rethink.

I doubt it. Maybe when they see I've stopped buying books at full price. It seems to be the only way to buy books in the sale.

Jan 13, 2:50pm Top

>316 folio_books:
I've learned also to buy nothing Folio until it's discounted. No purchases this past year since Hornblower 2. I'll likely buy Hornblower 3 in March, then call it a day until a sale a few years down the road, if they're still afloat. There are plenty of small publishers offering truly limited editions at honest prices.

Jan 13, 4:15pm Top

>317 Jayked:

TBH I'm not interested in any publisher other than Folio. But this sale has taught me at last about limiting - severely limiting - my purchases of full-price Folios. I don't want to do it but I see no other way around the issue.

Jan 13, 4:26pm Top

>313 folio_books: Thanks for your looking into it! I am disappointed there are not more regular editions being added but I’m quite pleased with my haul of books overall! Thank you!

Jan 13, 5:16pm Top

>312 RATBAG.: Riddley Walker

Does anyone know how many Riddley Walkers are still in stock? I wouldn't be surprised if it was upwards of 300 copies. It might be prudent to hold out for the buy two FS books get one Riddley Walker for free promotion.

Jan 13, 5:26pm Top

My books arrived today, in a box with no bag. No major damage to the box and not even a dented slipcase corner among the books. Quite pleased with my haul. Now I just have to find room for them...

Jan 13, 6:43pm Top

Jayked which small publishers are publishing great limited editions? Asking for a friend.

wdripp any pics of your haul? ;) Cheers!

Edited: Jan 13, 7:43pm Top

>322 Drumond: ETA2: Apparently it won't work through my iphone, but got it to work on my laptop. Here you go:

The 2nd copy of Age of Wonder was going to be a gift, but having flipped through it I don't think the intended recipient will want it, so I'll have to find it another home.

Edited: Jan 13, 7:11pm Top

^ not loading for me!

Jan 13, 9:00pm Top

>324 lechacal: I see the pic just fine.

Edited: Jan 13, 9:34pm Top

Who used ‘standard shipping’ and got the package already, within the EU?

Edited: Jan 13, 9:21pm Top

>325 elladan0891: I think it was fixed, because now working for me too

Jan 13, 10:31pm Top

>320 Czernobog: it is SUCH a beautiful book. I would say a third of the stock has sold so far.

Jan 13, 11:10pm Top

>322 Drumond:
There's a forum, the Fine Press forum, that can give you more information than I could provide here. W.Carter has made an exhaustive inventory of publishers.
There is, of course, a wide price range.
At the more reasonable end of the scale, I've pre-ordered from the Fleece Press a book on the art of Tirzah Garwood, wife of Eric Ravilious, due out in April. Prepublication price was £242 plus £10 postage within the UK. Limited to 400 copies, about 280 pages. Because there's a good deal of coloured artwork, the book won't be printed letterpress, although Fleece does have its own letterpress facility. Art books aren't everybody's cup of tea, but this gives you some idea of what might be out there in the same price range as FS.

Jan 13, 11:12pm Top

>322 Drumond:
There are a large number of small publishers publishing great limited editions.
See here.

Jan 14, 12:34am Top

>312 RATBAG.:

How does Ridley Walker fare in terms of reading? It looks beautiful but is it a page turner?

Jan 14, 1:18am Top

>326 Drumond: I did after eighteen days. Located in the Netherlands. See >289 NLNils: for a picture of my first order.

Jan 14, 2:36am Top

>240 bookfair_e:

'I failed to answer the driver’s knock on my door quickly enough to prevent him from throwing the box into my garden over a more than six feet high gate causing five of the six books to be damaged on impact with the paved path.'

My sympathies, that is appalling.

To complete my own tale: I spoke to a nice woman at DX who was suitably apologetic about the IT glitch and who made a couple of phone calls to sort things out. So I have now got my books and they are beautiful, but I think four attempts to deliver them is a poor show. Hopefully it's not typical.

Jan 14, 2:43am Top

>237 elladan0891:

'... to see what Rand is all about, I think it would make sense to start with some of her essays or other shorter novels ...'

I did a bit of noodling and read some essays and reviews about Rand's thinking and I was led towards The Virtues of Selfishness. I don't know if that's the volume you had in mind but it sounds interesting enough, albeit flawed, to consider picking up a cheap second-hand copy. I might end up throwing it across the room in disgust but it won't break the bank ;-)

Jan 14, 4:36am Top

>326 Drumond:

Mine were sent on the 24th, received today in Germany in perfect shape, no bag, from Spain. Which was a surprise and might be really helpful if they keep this up after Brexit.

Jan 14, 9:39am Top

>312 RATBAG.: I am surprised that Riddley Walker appears to be such a slow seller, I'm not sure I consider it beautiful but it is a very high quality production. The binding has ben cleverly chosen to fit the theme of the story, the paper used is excellent. I purchased it at full price and have no regrets.

>331 treereader: I found it to be a page turner once I became attuned to the language used (Riddleyspeak). I'm not always a fan of Quentin Blake illustrations but they are well suited here. It's worth reading the many reviews, but in my opinion it has elements that compare well to 'The Book of the New Sun'; 'A Canticle for Leibowitz'; 'The Road' and 'A Clockwork Orange'.

Jan 14, 12:57pm Top

>331 treereader: The lingo certainly needs time to adapt too, but I'd say that for me, after a couple of chapters, it really starts to steer itself and is a quite fun read, actually.

A unique break from all of the tart and tried post-apocalyptic fiction out there. It has its warm moments!

Ah, and Quentin Blake's illustrations are so fitting.

Jan 14, 12:58pm Top

>336 xrayman: Agreed! It certainly is one of my Folio favourites.

Jan 14, 1:13pm Top

>326 Drumond:

Here in Stockholm I received an express delivery yesterday, that was an order placed on 7 January. Today I picked up (at a service point or whatever it’s called) a standard delivery of an order placed on Christmas Day. The std delivery came in the Bag of Doom but the contents were in perfect condition. I’ll open the two non-doom-bagged express delivered boxes tonight, toddler willing.

Jan 14, 5:28pm Top

My order arrived in California today. Shipped on December 27th. Everything was in perfect condition. No shipping bag, just a box that wasn’t smashed at all.

Edited: Jan 14, 9:12pm Top

>331 treereader: I had to read each chapter at least twice to properly absorb the content - so personally I wouldn't call it a page-turner.

Having said that deciphering the words and the often double meaning of the text is probably the most interesting aspect of the book. The decadent grammar and vocabulary is what makes the narrative so genuine and fitting in the post-post-apocalyptic world Russel Hoban portrays. I doubt there's anything similar out there - I find both the book and the FS treatment ingenious.

Don't miss it, you'll regret it, as far as I know there's never been a proper edition before and considering this is not as revered or approachable as say "I am Legend" I doubt there will ever be.

I got it on previous LE sale but wouldn't feel regretful even If purchased full price.

Jan 15, 12:10am Top

>336 xrayman:, >337 RATBAG.:, >341 clymbouris:

Thanks all. I am quite tempted.

Jan 15, 12:17am Top

>342 treereader: Now,

Plunge! :)

Jan 15, 12:19am Top

You guys are the greatest self-help group ever.

Jan 15, 12:24am Top

Did a last pass on the sale, just in case I missed something of interest, and took note of counters.

Atonement - 49
Brighton Rock - 67
Colditz - 51
Loving - 60
Paris After the Liberation - 41
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - 8
The Folio Book of Humorous Anecdotes - 71
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis - 25
The Letterpress King Lear - 44
The Meaning of Hitler - 16
The Radetzky March - 57
Saki - 8
Seeds of Change - 15

Jan 15, 3:30am Top

I still haven't received my standard postal order placed on the 24th coming to Australia. Honestly, I am extremely thankful for that as it allows me the time to knock off another couple off the TBR pile before the cavalry arrives. However, I do think, even allowing for the holiday period, postage is taking longer now and, secondly, as an Oz only question, am I right in thinking that the $48 postage charge is then further enhanced at checkout by another 10% making it up to an eye-watering $52? I might be wrong and stand to be corrected.

Jan 15, 3:40am Top

>346 Bibliogasm:
Its called GST (equivalent of VAT in UK). It has to be added everything imported these days.
Buying from small independent booksellers who do not attract the attention of the Aussie tax authorities sometimes works to avoid the tax.

Jan 15, 3:49am Top

Yes, yes I totally get that but hitherto I posit that FS vascillated between including AND excluding it from prices quoted. My question IS, is the actual REAL charge for Australian postage $52 inc GST rather than $48? In which case it's getting superlatively pricey for small orders.
I can't work out until checkout (and even beyond) what I am actually paying. Incidentally, I am in the fortunate position where I can reclaim the GST. I think they need to headline what is the full cost upfront.

Jan 15, 3:51am Top

>346 Bibliogasm:

I ordered by standard post on December 23rd: yet to arrive.

Jan 15, 8:51am Top

Well, I missed out on 'We' (entirely my own fault as I wan't expecting it to sell out this sale) but wrt regular editions being added it seems that there is still hope. Someone asked the question of whether more would be added on an IG post yesterday, to which Folio's reply was 'yes - keep an eye out'.

Jan 15, 9:28am Top

My order from December 26 arrived yesterday in the U.S. All books appear to be in perfect condition, though I haven't taken off the shrink wrap yet to inspect the insides. That will be my treat this evening when I get home from work.

Jan 15, 9:42am Top

>350 Levin40:

Good to know, thanks.

Jan 15, 2:04pm Top

Ordered with Standard Post on December, 26. Order arrived in Stockholm last week.

Edited: Jan 15, 4:38pm Top

Ordered Dec. 24, arrived today in eastern Canada from Spain.

A single volume in one of these...

Luckily, no damage.

Jan 15, 2:28pm Top

adriano77 wait... no box?!

It’s so weird. I live in Portugal, I placed my first order on the 25th, I see they are shipping from Spain (our neighbors) and still nothing for me. :/

Jan 15, 2:38pm Top

>355 Drumond:

Haha, no, there was a box. I should have been clearer. Just meant it was odd to receive a such a small box inside such a large sack!

Jan 15, 4:35pm Top

Received my first sale order:

Voyages to the Sun and Moon - beautiful and very happy I bought it. Not a fan of the big books but still very nice.

Down and Out in Paris and London - very nice. It’s the only collectible I wanted to buy and I find it comparable to an Everyman (big fan). I would definitely buy more if they published more books not otherwise available in a slipcase version and if they were around $30 CAD.

Mani and Roumeli - very nice, looking forward to reading.

Jan 15, 5:25pm Top

Received my order yesterday. I was not prepared for the size of The Narrative of Pym by Poe. At first I thought someone had sent me a miniature book as a joke on the part of the FS. Then I realized they don't have a sense of humor as they're British(just kidding!) and it must really be this size!

Edited: Jan 16, 9:13am Top

My order arrived today! Just a small one, but lovely nonetheless. Placed order on January 10th, used express mail, arrived in perfect condition today. No bag, box in excellent condition, as well. Expensive, but worth it!

2 copies of Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Diary of a Nobody
Wizard of Oz

I'm pleased and looking forward to reading all three in the next month, along with other stuff!

Jan 16, 8:45am Top

Oh, it must mean mine will come in two or three weeks!

Jan 16, 9:39am Top

I just received my order, or at least part of my order, yesterday. Ordered on Dec 27th and shipping to Texas. No bag, just a big box with a puncture the side that didn't damage the contents. It does look like the box, which is quite heavy, was dropped a short distance. My slip case on the Ripley collection was torn, and the slip case on the "Life of Thomas More" took a couple of dents, the most significant being one of those unfortunate corner bashes. Ripley couldn't be replaced if I wanted to, and Thomas More was such a steal, I would feel guilty if I asked for a replacement, and the book looks unharmed anyway.

It looks like all of my Oxford Shakespeare books were sent in a second shipment, so I get to have a second unboxing! :)

Jan 16, 10:08am Top

I opened my books and found them all, as far as I can tell from a quick look, to be in perfect condition. I'm very happy with them, despite the flimsy slipcase used for Behind the Wall and the nonexistent slip case for Black Mischief. I knew about those before I placed my order, so I really can't complain too much about them now.

Edited: Jan 16, 5:55pm Top

Finally got my first order (Portugal/Standard), placed on the 25th.
Since it was 10 items, including two box sets, they splitted it in two boxes that shipped simultaneously.

All got to me in perfect condition, but the Ripley set was unwrapped, maybe a previous return from somebody (?) Still in great condition, though.

I missed the little paper with the name of the packing person, they stopped doing that?

Jan 16, 1:40pm Top

>363 Drumond: my Ripley was also unwrapped. I wondered the same. Possibly they didn't wrap it?

I also missed the little packing person card. I don't know why, but I really like those. Seems to add more of a personal touch to the business, rather than the automated operations that others like Amazon and Walmart conduct. I thought it may be in the second box I haven't received. I couldn't tell if you had received both boxes.

Edited: Jan 16, 2:42pm Top

>363 Drumond: ….the Ripley set was unwrapped…

This has been mentioned previously on this forum. It seems likely that the Ripley set, or the most recent printing, wasn’t shrink-wrapped.

Jan 16, 2:46pm Top

I have now received each of my three sale orders in the US in perfect condition. I worked down my Wish List.

Now, onto the reading chair for me as wintery weather sets in this weekend.

Jan 16, 3:45pm Top

So after only wanting to place one order, when i saw the ticker for We get down to the last copy i succumbed to temptation and ordered a second batch of books from the sale
The Prince in Splendour
Richard III
The Last White Rose

i dont know when im going to read them, but just couldnt hold off

i am also interested in the Hansel and Gretel but will need to wait to purchase that.

Jan 16, 4:00pm Top

I received my order a few days ago. No sling bag so no damage.

Jan 16, 4:19pm Top

Side note...my husband uses the bags as a garbage bag for cat litter! Apparently they’re really good and sturdy for it!

Jan 16, 5:33pm Top

>369 RRCBS: - those bags were large - you wouldn't be able to fill them very far, or they'd weigh too much!

Jan 16, 5:51pm Top

>370 coynedj: we have four cats so go through a lot of cat litter! He doesn’t fill them completely though

Edited: Jan 16, 7:57pm Top

All 28 titles from my various orders came today (plus 3 more folio diaries, bringing my grand total to 7, of which I wanted only one). All in boxes, and all undamaged (except for the bump to the corner of the slipcase of Feynman I caused when I dropped it taking it out of the box).

Jan 16, 9:40pm Top

>372 jsg1976: An impressive haul!

Jan 16, 10:13pm Top

>363 Drumond:, >364 hamletscamaro:

I just imagine that Emma is still packing my shipments.

Jan 16, 10:57pm Top

>372 jsg1976: Congrats! Beautiful haul indeed.

Jan 16, 11:26pm Top

>372 jsg1976: I salute you!

Jan 17, 7:12am Top

Received today my order despatched on December 30th. One box with seven books in perfect condition, no packing slip. Box was enclosed in the customary blue plastic bag from the Spanish Mail Service. Transit time was much longer than usual, but I'm happy the books are here. I was beginning to worry. Now to enjoy reading!

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