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abr. 30, 2011, 5:17am

Hey everyone! I'm starting this thread so that people can show off their loveliest or most interesting volumes of Gothic fiction.

I'll get the ball rolling with my Folio Society Ann Radcliffe set I picked up this afternoon. Photos tomorrow!

maig 3, 2011, 7:00pm

I do still plan on doing this. Now, if I can just pick up that camera instead of a cookie...we might get somewhere...

Editat: ag. 15, 2017, 12:05pm

Okay, not up to Folio Society, perhaps, but I can't get over how cheap the Wordsworth Library Collection books are. This was only £6-90 ($11-39 at the time of posting) and I bought it purely on impulse while ordering a couple of other items on Amazon. I already have a paperback Poe anthology but I just couldn't resist.

maig 5, 2011, 1:10am

I love the painting or whatever on the front! I have the Library of America Poe volume, and I try not to double dip titles anymore, or I'd probably pick one up myself!

Still going to get around to that Radcliffe, tomorrow, I promise...and then perhaps I should share my Melmoth the Wanderer, since Ms. Lola has been asking to see it!

maig 5, 2011, 1:12am

Also, I think Wordworth did a Wilde volume in this treatment, I've been that I know the inset photo doesn't look 'cheap,' I might pick it up! (Although again, that would be double-dipping...sigh...the trouble with favorite authors/works/pretty-things...)

maig 5, 2011, 6:07am

#5 - I think Wordworth did a Wilde volume in this treatment

Yup - it's on its way.

Editat: maig 6, 2011, 1:36pm

Alright, finally: here we are! I apologize for the blurriness of some of the frontispieces. Check the link for the rest of the photographs. There is one for each frontispiece, as well as the two photos of the books proper.

maig 6, 2011, 5:54pm

very nice. I really like the color and overall design of the cover. Hmmm....Even though I already own all these in Oxford World Classics, I think I'll have to track down a copy of this FS edition! Thanks for posting.

maig 6, 2011, 6:58pm

Those look yummy, Isis! I've never read Radcliffe so not sure I'd want to commit to such a hefty set physically--my space is now measured in teaspoons--but, but... should I come across it... I don;t think I could resist. Such wonderfully gory illustrations too.

(And I still want that chair...)

By the way, looking for Horla I stumbled upon a book I didn't know I had, Susan Hill's The Woman in black--as soon as I finish it... Distractions. Temptations. I can't resist.

Editat: nov. 26, 2016, 2:49pm

Radcliffe is a great writer, in the sense of stringing together words. She’s an able storyteller, but she’s no Edgar Allan Poe. Her biggest flaw, to me, is that she insists on debunking her suggestions of the supernatural in all but one of her novels. Of course, this is now something of a staple in a certain sub-genre of Gothic fiction (namely, the detective story), but with her florid prose and Romantic disposition, you'd think Radcliffe would have left Udolpho with more mystery than denouement...

That said, I quite like her and her work—and not just as historical oddities or as texts of importance in the understanding of other texts (like most feel about, say, The Castle of Otranto). She certainly has her own magic about her, though apparently redundancy is a major issue with her novels. Of course, one has to remember that this was not exactly high literature at the time, but a means of entertainment not too disparate from the best-selling potboilers of our own day. Radcliffe, though, obviously rises above that classification when all is said and done, and is much more than just an 18th-Century Dean Koontz: her fiction is beautiful, if curious, and remains entertaining to an extent, if perhaps only to a certain kind of reader.

The novels I've started, got a few chapters into, and then put down are The Romance of the Forest, The Italian, and A Sicilian Romance. The first seems quite interesting, if, again, redundant in the context of what came before (and after) it; the second is apparently a bit of a reaction to Lewis’ The Monk and its revolutionizing of the Gothic genre, which Radcliffe was understandably quite possessive of, and seems like it will be wildly entertaining, like Lewis’ predecessor-in-spirit; the third, which I admit I only gave a passing gloss, seems like decadent stuff, indeed, and much more Otranto than Udolpho…

As for Folio’s set, I find the frontispieces…interesting; I’m not in love, but I don’t hate them. I am glad, though, that the texts aren’t actually illustrated beyond this (though they make fantastic use of ornamentation for delimiting chapters and such, which I always adore—at the end of the day, I’ll take the arabesque over almost anything else). The bindings are just beautiful: I can’t think of anything more appropriate. Lastly, Devendra Varma’s introductions are always illuminating, witty, evocative, and endlessly charming, and I love that he introduced every single novel, at length, and not just, say, Udolpho or The Italian. He is a fabulous writer in his own right, and his introductions to Folio’s editions of Uncle Silas, Melmoth the Wanderer, and The Monk are also fantastic.

So, in short, Ms. Lola—HA!— I recommend you ‘run, don’t walk,’ regardless of space concerns! This is probably one of my better purchases this year.

(Also: I might have to edit and then post this ‘review’ of sorts to my blog! I’ve been meaning to do a spotlight on a certain edition, and I seem to have rambled away here, which seems to be a trademark of mine!)

maig 7, 2011, 9:51am

After this month's batch of purchases, I've been getting round to considering thinking about deciding to make up my mind to entertain the idea of cutting down on the book-buying and using the local library more. Then you go and show me stuff like this, Isis! And I positively salivated over the Uncle Silas!

maig 7, 2011, 9:47pm

Ah, how well I know that desire to 'consider thinking about deciding to make up my mind to entertain the idea...'

Editat: maig 8, 2011, 12:35pm

In other news, this showed up in the mail yesterday. I ordered it sight unseen as it was priced very low (just a few dollars more than a Penguin or Oxford paperback), I've needed a copy for some time, and, from the description, it seemed in remarkably good condition for an eighty-five-year-old book (that wasn't exactly meant for posterity). That said, the book is...fascinating, and I don't mean the work itself (Caleb Williams). It's neon orange, with a bizarre, Scarlet Pimpernel esque character in the lower right hand corner of the cover (the Rogue, I presume) and also on the paper spine label. Incidentally, paper spine labels are always rather attractive to me on older books, and this one is ever-so slightly off-center, which usually would bug me, but for some reason I find it endearing here (just as I find the somewhat frayed spine, which is, again, bizarre according to my generally perfectionist tastes). As for 'The Rogues' Bookshelf,' all I can find on them is some copyright data from 1926 that includes Caleb Williams and a half-dozen or so others, of similarly 'political' and Romantic natures (they say on their publications page that other titles are in preperation, but it seems as though they never got that far). I consider Caleb Williams a Gothic text, in essence, and so I figured it met the 'interesting' requirement set out in this thread's title, which is why I'm sharing all this. Here are some photos:

Editat: maig 10, 2011, 9:39am

Has anyone got any of the Centipede Press gothic stuff?

I'm not sure if they're worth the money, I'd love to see one in person. Plus some of the art looks justa little too 'horror' for me sometimes. I do like a few of the sci fi/fantasy ones though. Their website is terrible and doesn't show you the books at all, just snippets of the art. They currently have Vathek and Jekyll & Hyde in production so probably score some points with veilofisis! Although since you're no longer double dipping I doubt there's much to interest you on there (it'll be interesting to see how their artwork for The Golem stacks up against the Folio one, which despite it's simplicity and lack of colour I love).

Subterranean Press also do some more contemporary stuff that very occasionally verges on the gothic (usually more sci fi and fantasy again though, if sometimes the darker end of it). I'm really tempted to go for their limited edition of The Deathbird Stories as it helped get me into readint hat sort of work quite a few years ago and the book holds a special place in my personal reading history - I already have a signed leather Easton Press version though... but this one is expanded! And look at the fancy art!

I have a Wordsworth copy of Grimm's fairy tales going spare if anyone wants it. I have also the Folio Society one and they both have the same tales and the same Rackham illustrations so I don't need both (wordsworth version just doesn't have the colour plates). In general those books are great value though.

I have a nice Barnes & Noble Poe collection from quite a few years ago (not sure how I got it since B&N don't exist over here int he UK) which is hardback and a large size with some great contemporary woodcuts (I forget the artist).

Also I quite like the simplicity of the newish Four Corner books. I have a copy of their Vanity Fair signed by the artist but I'm considering picking up this Dracula too:
Not as fancy as Folio/Easton but quite different and a nice sorta mash up of old school and modern. I look forward to them tackling more classics in the future. I can imagine they're probably books you'll either like or hate.

maig 10, 2011, 9:40am

>13 veilofisis:

As an aside, every time you post pics I get flashbacks to my time in Morocco.

maig 10, 2011, 1:36pm

>14 LipstickAndAviators:

I am oh-so meaning to save up for Centipede's Algernon Blackwood anthology. He's my favorite writer, and I have no fine-press version of his work. A near-complete compendium in as gorgeous an edition as Centipede's seems fitting then, but I fear I wouldn't read it after paying the $250 price tag, if only for fear of damaging it... On principal I generally won't buy a book I don't see myself reading--and I mean 'reading' as in, handling; I've bought many books I'll never 'read' just because they're intimidating or dry or whatever the case. Most of those also seem to be 'from the Russian...' ;)

Back to Centipede: I think their other Gothic stuff looks banal at best, and, at worst, tacky. Those photographic covers are just...ick! I mean, this is, essentially, two-hundred-year-old work...why 'glam it up' if that means attatching some crappy, late-Nineties, public domain photograph of a witchy lesbian vampiress with black lipstick on the cover? Maybe I'm exaggerating, and I certainly have nothing personal against witchy lesbian vampiresses, but I don't need the like gracing an edition of Stoker. It's out of context and limiting...

What's really fascinating me right now is Tartarus Press, which a certain Folio Devotee has a nice roster of. They have a collected supernatural stories of F. Marion Crawford, for God's sake! That's awesome! Their Arthur Machen short fiction collection looks promising, as well, and their aesthetics seem pleasantly old-fashioned, bordering on the esoteric, and lovely...

>15 LipstickAndAviators:

HA. I think, of all my friends with Middle-Eastern heritage, I'm the one most fitting a stereotype. :D

I do love taking photographs on that table. It lends some opulence to the affair...

maig 11, 2011, 4:10am

>16 veilofisis:

On the Centipede volumes, I think it's only their cheap trade paperbacks that have those awful covers. I believe the covers for the $250 ones are plain or stamped silk normally, and the art is usually something fairly old or stylish too (victorian photographs, Lynd Ward lithographs etc). But the website makes it look like they have awful artwork covers. Like I said I really feel I'd have to see one in person before I ever bought one.

I'm pretty sure I'd 'read' itby your definition of reading lol. I have the Folio LE of Alice's Adventures Underground that I handle in such a way. I don't think I could ever buy anything and not have a fiddle or poke around in or with it, however much it cost. The only questions really are is it worth the money and can I even afford it? Unfortunately regarding Centipede those answers currently stand at 'I don't know' and 'certainly not'.

maig 17, 2011, 11:09am

Strange and Fantastic Stories - fifty tales of terror, horror and fantasy
Joseph A. Margolies

One of my favorite gothic collections. Some classic stories and some lesser known.

maig 18, 2011, 6:45am

That looks great, tros!

The only two 'multi-author anthologies' I've ever really given much adoration to (thus far) are Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural and The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, which are both quite intelligent and not just a 'greatest-hits' compilation, which is refreshing...

What does yours contain??

Editat: maig 18, 2011, 1:29pm

I was afraid you'd ask! ;-) Too bad we don't have table of contents for short story collections. I suggested this a while ago.
For instance, "In a Mirror" by V. Brussof (Bryusov). The selections from
well-know writers tend toward their less-known tales:
E.T.A. Hoffman "The Story of Serapion".

Editat: maig 19, 2011, 5:14pm

The only special edition I have is the Borzoi Poe collection of his tales, poems, and some critical work. I got mine cheap because it's a bit beat up so it's no collector's item. You can see some of the illustrations at this (not my) flickr page.

Other than that my editions are pretty run of the mill - mostly Penguin or Oxford classics or the Wordsworth Tales of Mystery and the Supernatural set (which are a nice inexpensive way of getting some of these authors in paper book form). I've actually been purging some of my bare-bones editions of public domain stuff since I've gotten an e-reader.

ETA: Removed touchstone for the Poe book - it's combined in with other complete works so isn't helpful for showing this particular edition.

maig 19, 2011, 5:13pm

>19 veilofisis:, 20 often has the contents of anthologies. They do have it for Strange and Fantastic Stories.

maig 19, 2011, 7:19pm

>22 lucien:

Wow, thanks!

I'm glad to see that that anthology contains one of the most bizarre, unsettling things I've ever read: 'Caterpillars,' by E. F. Benson...ick, I just got a shiver!

Those Poe illustrations are something else! Thanks for sharing!

maig 21, 2011, 12:28pm

Myriades has some interesting illustrations from her edition of The Old English Baron here:

maig 24, 2011, 5:11pm

Thanks, Lucien.
Strange google din't find worldcat. Maybe LT should import table of contents for story collections? ;-)

A couple of interesting collections:
The Book of Fantasy
by Jorge Luis Borges
A Treasury of the Fantastic : Romanticism to early twentieth century…
by David Sandner

Editat: maig 26, 2011, 12:06pm

Does anyone own any hardbacks of the Leonaur Publishing 'Supernatural Fiction Series'?

The vast majority of the series have that cover design that's in the link, with just variations in colour, and I was wondering if they'd make an attractive collection, seeing as they have a lot* of authors I'd like to have. But you don't really get a good look at them - do they have dustcovers, what do the spines look like? It's a very subjective thing, of course, but are they attractive editions when you meet them in the flesh?

*Well - three or four, anyway.

maig 26, 2011, 12:20pm

I'd really like to know about those, too...I always appreciate relatively inexpensive hardcover books. I never keep the dustcovers on (and I don't understand why one LTer once called me a 'blasphemer!' for it) because I don't like the images--just a nice, solid book. So, I'd like to know if they have dustcovers, because if they have that ugly image pasted on, I'd probably pass...

maig 26, 2011, 6:31pm

Blasphemer! Haha! I suppose if you keep the dustcovers safely tucked away in the dark somewhere, at some point in the remote future you'll find you've added to the books' values. As it happens, I've been haviing similar thoughts over the last day or two regarding slipcases - which I quite dislike. I was half thinking of wrapping them in plastic and sticking them up in the attic.

I have to admit that my ideal is the leather binding with gold lettering; but, failing that, I prefer books with dustwrappers to those without and where the actual covers have the glossy coloured artwork.

maig 26, 2011, 7:05pm

I love a slipcase!

I do keep the dustcovers in a box. And there are a scant few books I prefer them on (mostly architecture stuff).

I feel like, at the end of the day, a slipcase feels less like a part of the book, because it does more to protect it than a finnicky, prone-to-damage dustcover, which is why I prefer slipcases. I feel like I can focus on the book, and not have to worry too much about foxing and sunfade and all that crap. Being in the dustcover-hater league seems to have won me some good bargains on used books, too, which is always hard to argue with...

I should really take some photos of a few more of my books for this thread.

juny 8, 2011, 12:13pm

This site - - has some illustrations, title pages and front covers of a lot of Gothic works' first editions.

Editat: ag. 15, 2017, 1:01pm

My (replacement) Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft just arrived. I'm really pleased with how attractive an edition it is ...

(the smear on the back is the result of my removing one of those horrid sticky labels and then trying to rub off the stickiness left behind - it's coming, just needs more elbow work) ... I really like the way it's illustrated ...

... and it has this on the insides of the covers ...

ag. 17, 2011, 11:20am

I love The Night Gaunts verse at the start.

ag. 17, 2011, 1:20pm

#31 - Actually, now that the first rush of excitement has worn off, I realise that those first two pictures don't really give much of an idea of the cover. I'll try to get better ones to replace them in daylight/sunlight tomorrow.

Editat: set. 17, 2011, 11:06pm

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set. 17, 2011, 11:08pm

veil was interested in the FS edition for Frankenstein, so I'm happy to oblige. enjoy.

set. 17, 2011, 11:19pm

Also I received yesterday FS new edition of In a Glass Darkly by Le Fanu.

set. 18, 2011, 5:25am

#35 I love the needle-work.

Thank you for posting the pictures.

set. 18, 2011, 6:24am

Frankenstein isn't quiiiite doing it for me, but the illustrations for In a Glass Darkly have me absolutely salivating! I need to renew STAT so I can get my copy!

set. 18, 2011, 7:36am

#35, #36, #37, #38

v. beat me to it while I was managing to freeze my PC solid on the last attempt at this post and lose the lot. This PC is heading for a good kicking.

It's all a matter of personal taste of course, and if the good brother likes them that's all that counts, but I didn't care for the Frankenstein illustrations either. Imagine me saying this with a chuckle and a good-humoured if rueful expression ('cos I still refuse to use 'lol'), but one of the reasons I disliked them was that 'patchwork quilt' stitching (sorry pg) - but generally, they were a bit too modern-looking for me.

Likewise, I absolutely loved the Le Fanu - illustrations and exterior. The word I used was drooling. I'm feeling quite covetous - especially as I've yet to spot an attractive 'collected' or 'complete' short stories.

On the latter subject, a query:

Wikipedia has a reference to a three-volume, Ash-Tree Press, 2002 collection called Schalken the Painter and Others. All I can find online, including in LibraryThing, is a one-volume, limited edition from the same publisher and same year with a rather unimpressive (personal taste again) dustjacket.

Anybody know anything about this? Or has Wikipedia simply got it wrong?

set. 30, 2011, 11:41am

I have a good paperback Poe collection here, and I have the Wordsworth Poe I pictured up in #3 - so I do not need another Poe collection.

I do not need another Poe collection.

I do not need another Poe collection.

And then AbeBooks sends me one of those unsolicited emails ...

... there are editions of Tales of Mystery and Imagination with Arthur Rackham illustrations!!!

Oh ye gods! I love Rackham (been thinking of getting some Rackham prints for the walls); I love Poe. I'm trying to restrain myself from buying more books for a month or two for my bank account's sake - I think I've been overdoing it lately - and, even if I wasn't -


I think I'm going to curl up, whimpering, on the floor in the foetal position, sucking my thumb.

Anyway, here's a site with those Rackham-Poe illustrations:

set. 30, 2011, 12:10pm

Those are great images.

Have you ordered it yet? Have you ordered it yet? Have you ordered it yet?

You may not need another Poe Collection, but it appears your health may suffer it you do not get a Poe collection with Arthur Rackham illustrations.

You see, people on LT understand what you're going through.

Thanks for posting the link.

Editat: set. 30, 2011, 6:27pm

>40 alaudacorax:

I hate to fuel the habit (oh, who am I kidding?), but whenever I buy another copy of the same works by the same author...I merely tell myself I'm not buying another POE collection, I'm simply picking up my first ARTHUR RACKHAM collection...

You can rationalize anything, my friend. So, like pgmcc said...have you ordered it?

Also: I like these illustrations, but I think I'm still giving the award to Harry Clarke's...

set. 30, 2011, 9:41pm

I'm supressing my desire by focusing, not on the cheap copies at one end of the AbeBooks list, but on the £24,740 one at the other.

set. 30, 2011, 10:03pm

#42 - I've just been looking up Tales of Mystery and Imagination with Harry Clarke illustrations -

I do not need more Poe collections...

I do not need more Poe collections...

I do not need more Poe collections ...

oct. 1, 2011, 4:07am

I do not need more Poe collections...

They're a bit like potato chips, in that you can't stop at just one... HA. GET IT? POE-TATO CHIPS!! HAHAHAHA!!

(Oh God, somebody shoot me!)

oct. 3, 2011, 10:19am


"The Great God Pun!"

oct. 3, 2011, 10:35am



oct. 3, 2011, 5:14pm

#45, #46 - Now I'm torn between whimpering and hysterical laughter.

oct. 4, 2011, 6:20am

... and at this moment of existential angst, a dealer in angling books, from whom I haven't heard in, perhaps, a year, has chosen to send me a catalogue - containing at least half-a-dozen books that have been on my hit-list for years - and there's one in 'fine' condition for about two-thirds of the price the online dealers are asking ...

oct. 4, 2011, 6:23am

#49 Excellent. Do you have any kidneys left?

Editat: oct. 4, 2011, 8:21am

I rather miss the old days when I had to rely on second-hand bookshops and dealers' stalls at shows and printed catalogues where I phoned for a book and found someone else had bagged it while I was making up my mind, and where I might find four or five prizes in a year - if I was lucky - and I'd remember clearly where I found each one - 'the thrill of the chase' and all that. The 'hunter gene' was a relatively benign and rather fulfilling little chap. Now it seems to be being made redundant and the 'collector gene' taking over, and the latter is reminding me strongly of one of these malevolent entities from Gothic tales - like 'The Horla' or 'The Listener', for instance.

oct. 4, 2011, 8:57am

I try to avoid buying books to own them (as opposed to to read them). My most recent failure was a facsimile edition of Donelly's Atlantis the Antediluvian World, whose seller snuck around my mental defenses by mentioning that it came from the collection of a late physicist and author with whom I was slightly acquainted.

oct. 4, 2011, 9:24am

I posted this youtube video in the Hell Fire Club Group's discussion on "Praise for real books". I think it is also appropriate to this thread as it addresses the topic of sourcing books to collect or to read.

oct. 4, 2011, 4:36pm

By a strange synchronicity, I was in London yesterday and looked in at the Atlantis Bookshop, and DIDN'T buy the Tartarus Press edition of The House of The Hidden Light - because I can't afford £120 for an impulse buy - and then there it is near the start of Ray's video today.

Also, I lost my copy of that Tomorrow People novelisation many years ago.

Never mind, it's a nice video and Ray says some interesting things. I agree about having the books around you being a reminder of the stories inside them.

oct. 4, 2011, 6:43pm

I have been hooked on the Tartarus issues of Robert Aickman and Sarban. Ok, so I also have an Oliver Onions, a H.G.Wells, a Guy de Maupassant, a...

I haven't quite been cured of the collecting bug, and Ray knows it. Just when I've get some money saved he sends me notification of another Aickman collection he's published.

Editat: oct. 14, 2011, 2:29pm

Has anyone got the new, hardback, OUP, M. R. James Collected Ghost Stories yet? It was published this month. I'm dying to know what it looks like physically, and why it's so cheap.

In spite of the fact that some person has combined all the different publicatons of James' short stories into one work (it's a total mess), I just couldn't get the Touchstone to work. Sorry.

ETA - Ah - I've just realised it was only published yesterday.

Also, if anyone from the OUP site is reading - your search engine is crap.

oct. 18, 2011, 6:16pm

Here's a photo from my MacBook's webcam. (I don't know how to get it to show as a photo in this post, but I have at least learned how to "flip" photos so they are not mirror-images.)

I held the book open in case the text could be discerned - it can't, and my hand looks unintentionally menacing! However, you can "look inside" this book on Amazon.UK. It's clear to me that the paperback edition will be in the "Oxford World's Classics" edition, presumably replacing Michael Cox's selection.

It adds "The Experiment", "The Malice of Inanimate Objects", and "A Vignette" to the contents of the 1931 (and the 2007 Folio Society) collected edition, plus collects various prefaces, etc. alongside "Stories I have tried to Write". The two-volume Penguin edition collects a bit more material (i.e. "A Night in King's College Chapel", "The Fenstanton Witch", "Twelve Medieval Ghost Stories").

Neither edition prints the unfinished "A Game of Bear".

The book has a ribbon marker and is quite heavy. On the minus side, the margins are quite ungenerous (the ends of lines on the left-hand page almost disappearing into the gutter) and there is some show-through on the paper. However it is surprisingly cheap (and half-price from Amazon at the week-end!)

I hope this has been useful.

oct. 18, 2011, 6:22pm

Your bookshelves look very neat. How did you do that?

oct. 18, 2011, 6:38pm

> 58
Thank you! Actually it's deceptive. There are built-in MFD shelves along two walls of the front ground-floor of my little Victorian terrace. The height of the shelves differs, with smaller books along the top, bigger ones along the bottom, middling in the middle. So the books run in 3 parallel lines, vaguely following the Dewey decimal system as I understand it (or choose to interpret it, or misunderstand it). That's why, if you can discern any titles, they're all non-fiction. You're looking near the start of the shelving. All very neat and methodical.

Problem is, I quickly run out of room. There's a cheap (i.e. not a Billy) Ikea bookcase in the back room holding Folio Box sets only, because they won't fall off the open ends of the shelves. Upstairs, there are books in the built-in wardrobes I inherited from the previous owner and haven't tackled (i.e rippped out, replastered, painted) yet. There are boxes full of books stacked on the floor.

There is a boarded-out loft where my poor paperbacks suffer extremes of temperature in summer and winter.

There are books under the stairs, there's a "currently reading" pile on the floor... you get the idea.

I do - more or less - know where everything is though.

oct. 18, 2011, 9:23pm


Your hand DOES look rather menacing...


Editat: oct. 19, 2011, 11:14am


At last count I had10 of the wide IKEA Billys in place. Eight full of books (mostly double stacked - shame on me), one with DVDs and vinyl LPs, and the tenth containing a mixture of items including my wife's books, VHS tapes, etc... There are several other assorted bookcases around the house, e.g. on the landing, containing books.

And yes, boxes. Plastic boxes so I can see what's in them.

I have one more Billy to find space for and that should eliminate the need for about eight boxes.

Of course, once I empty the boxes they will only have to be filled again.

Unfortunately, the attic timbers do not suit conversion and we have not basement. :-(

Like yourself, I do - more or less - know where everything is though.

Yea! Right! ;-)

oct. 20, 2011, 3:18pm

I wish I could fit ten Billys... I have five.

oct. 20, 2011, 7:46pm

#57 - Thanks for the reply, paper - I've been away from home for a few days so I've only just seen it. In your link, are we looking at the dustwrapper on the right-hand side and the book itself on the left?

oct. 21, 2011, 2:17pm

> 57

Yes, that's right - the book is covered in textured paper rather than cloth (like most modern hardbacks), and it's the usual Oxford University Press blue.

Another thing to mention is that the gilded lettering on the spine looks defective, but it's actually "distressed" to match the dust jacket. An unnecessary touch, to my mind.

oct. 21, 2011, 2:24pm

Off topic exclamation: so you're a Doctor Who fan, houseful! (took a gander at your profile) I discovered Whoverse only this year.

oct. 21, 2011, 2:47pm

> 65

I am! I was on the fringes of Doctor Who fandom for a while in the mid-80's, but was never very active in it. However, I do have memories of the programme that go back to 1972 if not further.

When pirate copies of old stories began circulating (on VHS) within fandom, and I saw "The Claws of Axos" I actually jumped when an image I had in my head (the 'golden-children' Axons freaking out in their psychedelic spaceship and turning into tendrilly monsters) was on the screen, and I realised it was a memory from watching the original transmission.

There was a lot of strange and fantastical stuff on British Children's TV back then, plus the Apollo missions and an apparently widespread acceptance of ESP in the adult world. Strange times.

oct. 21, 2011, 2:59pm

I think it was wonderful. (Old Who over NuWho for me, btw.) I always considered myself lucky for having grown up pretty much TV-less (we lived in the Near East), but I would have ADORED it then--Tom Baker's era would've covered just the right period for me, five-sixish onward. As it is, I fell super-hard for another British product, Space:1999 at about six, shown on Turkish TV, which we sometimes could get.

Feels right silly to go hankering after that scarf NOW...

Editat: oct. 21, 2011, 6:05pm

> It's an "iconic" image that deserves the name!

Incidentally, Space: 1999 was scheduled against Doctor Who, so a choice had to be made. Back then there was no guarantee that a programme would ever be repeated.

You hear the story that the BBC wiped and reused videotapes because they were relatively expensive (true), but the other reason that few programmes were re-broadcast was (as I heard it) because the actors union had negotiated that, if anything was re-broadcast more than 2 years after original transmission, they would get paid in full all over again.

Edited to add - in saying the above, I in no way intended to engage in union-bashing and, in fact, recognise that if more repeats had been permissible/economic back in the 1970s, fewer brand-new programming would have been made. It's just that with my collecting mentality, I regret the loss of those programmes not saved.

oct. 22, 2011, 6:19am

#64 - Thanks, houseful.

oct. 22, 2011, 7:37am

#56 It appears that the "Look Inside" feature for the OUP Collected Ghost Stories of M. R. James contains the entire book.

oct. 22, 2011, 2:21pm


With you on the regretting! Maybe something will yet resurface.

Editat: oct. 22, 2011, 5:51pm

Anyone remember Blake's 7? English sci-fi tv series. 80's. Probably the best sci-fi on tv EVER! (in spite of pitiful budgets) Definitely some of the best sci-fi writing for tv.
Most of the characters were surly, not the usual cheerful tv characters.

oct. 22, 2011, 6:14pm

I remember it, although I had to catch up with the second series (not "season", this being Britain and 1978/79) ten years later on VHS. Something to do with being enrolled in a judo class. You're not your own master at age 11, let me tell you.

From a British TV perspective, I don't think the Liberator crew were particularly surly - have you ever seen The Sweeney, for instance, or Steptoe and Son?

oct. 22, 2011, 6:18pm

#72 & 73

I loved Blake's 7.

I recently saw some of the episodes and was amazed at the low budget scenery. It wasn't the same. I stopped watching lest I destroy my wonderful memories.

Editat: oct. 22, 2011, 7:05pm

I thought I'd better get back "on topic". These are images (again, only from my webcam) of booklets published by Brian J. Showers' Swan River Press.

So far, the series consists of the publication of a bibliography, an anonymous story identified as by Le Fanu by M.R. James, his complete Ballads and Poems and his complete Ghost Stories of Chapelizod, otherwise split between the novel The House by the Churchyard and the collection Madam Crowl's Ghost.

oct. 22, 2011, 7:14pm

I have to take and post photographs of Curfew by Lucy M. Boston. It was published by Swan River Press and is a beautiful hardback book with not just a nice dust jacket, but a beautiful image on the book covers themselves.

Editat: oct. 22, 2011, 9:40pm

#72 - Servalan!!! Um ... excuse me ... cold shower ...

#73 - I caught an episode of Steptoe and Son in the early hours a couple of days ago. I was a little surprised at how dark it was - much more so than I'd remembered.

oct. 22, 2011, 9:42pm

Servalan was a hot babe. There was constant conflict, friction, mistrust and violence between the crew. Hard to tell who was the "enemy".

oct. 24, 2011, 2:31pm

I've just been sent this link

oct. 24, 2011, 2:48pm

Folio's baby! Yeah, that cover's a total win.

oct. 30, 2011, 5:36pm

This is the dust jacket for a 60-page hardback collecting two stories by J. Sheridan Le Fanu: Spalatro: Two Italian Tales. It was published in 2001 by the Sarob Press, which (I learned recently) ceased publishing in 2007 but has started up again. Presumably this copy is second-hand (it's from Cold Tonnage Books) but it looks unread and "as new". Confession: I haven't read it yet.

p.s. re. the off-topic discussions earlier, Tanith Lee wrote an episode of Blake's 7, I thought possibly that fact could legitimise the discussion?

Editat: feb. 1, 2012, 9:48pm

I've recently 'discovered' and been quite blown away by the now defunct Franklin Library. Here are some relevant editions I found -

Anyone know of - or preferably own and be will be willing to upload pictures of - any more?

ETA - A fraction off-topic but I've ordered one of their editions of Paradise Lost (how the hell can one touchstone Paradise Lost and not have John Milton come up top of the list?!). Yet again I'm planning to pay for it and lose weight by giving up takeaways for February (who said 'fat chance'?).

Editat: feb. 2, 2012, 5:01am


I have a sole Franklin Library: a Tales of Mystery and Imagination Poe volume with the Harry Clarke illustrations... I linked to the plate for 'The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar' in our reading group thread. The cover scan is in my library somewhere, but I can't seem to get touchstones to refer to it... (And I experience the same WTF touchstones moment when I link to The Island of Dr. Moreau (which I left as is so you can see the problem yourself...Joseph Silva's script from a remake of a FILM?!)).

Anyway... :D

Edit: oh wow, the touchstone for the FL seems to have worked!

feb. 2, 2012, 5:03am

Utterly off-topic: scrolling through the photos on here...those are some sexxxxxy shots I took of the Ann Radcliffe set on that rococo chair!!

feb. 2, 2012, 7:01am

I wonder if one can call those Franklins 'rococo books'?

feb. 2, 2012, 2:32pm

I've got three Franklin Library books. I don't recall that they were ever marketed in the UK, but about twenty years ago I picked up copies of The Odyssey and Candide in a discount bookshop. Most of the shop's interesting stock consisted of US hardbacks.

This summer I took a chance and ordered a copy of Murther & Walking Spirits via ABE books. This is in their "Signed First Edition" series.

I've also got one Easton Press book, also from ABE: The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

feb. 2, 2012, 8:15pm


I have a few Easton Press volumes. They've mostly gone to s**t the past few years (I used to subscribe, but the quality dipped a LOT), so when I find the earlier editions they're pretty gorgeous! My favorites are the Poems of John Keats, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (GORGEOUS!!), Heart of Darkness (really nice!), and The Arabian Nights.

feb. 3, 2012, 7:37pm

I have the Cambridge University Press Christmas Book for 1955, privately printed, limited to 500 copies. The title is "The Town of Cambridge as it ought to be reformed: The Plan of Nicholas Hawksmoor interpreted in an essay by David Roberts and a set of eight drawings by Gordon Cullen".

I don't know much about it (putting "Cambridge University Press" or "Cambridge printer" into a search engine doesn't lead anywhere helpful) but it's a handsome book, having marbled front and back covers, the front with a clear red spot in the middle of the marbling (I'm sure I read somewhere that it was made by a drop of ox blood, but I don't know where I saw that). Inside the spot is an embossed image of what I presume is a college building.

The eight "vistas" compare, in double spreads, Cambridge's medieval streets with Hawksmoor's baroque or neo-classical proposed re-modelling.

If it belongs here, it's by virtue of Hawksmoor's sinister reputation (thanks mainly to Iain Sinclair and Peter Ackroyd, I believe).

març 10, 2012, 7:33am

Can I ask for a little help?

I've been looking online at the Library of America Nathaniel Hawthorne: Tales and Sketches and it's given in several places as 8.1 x 5.2 x 1.8 inches (20.6 x 13.2 x 4.6 cm) and 1,493 pages.

Now, this doesn't seem quite credible to me - 1,493 pages and only 1.8 inches thick? It seems to me that the paper would be so thin as to be transparent.

Can anyone shed any light on this? Is it a good, sound edition - worth having?

I've had my impressions of Hawthorne revised upward a bit by our reading of Rappaccini's Daughter - I was rather put off him when we did The Black Veil - so I've been considering a 'complete' edition and this is the only one I've turned up, so far.

març 10, 2012, 1:06pm

> 89

Hello. The LOA Poe: Essays and Reviews runs to 1544 numbered pages and measures 2 inches thick (including the covers).

The paper is thin and there is some show-through but it is sturdy. I'd say it's similar to the paper used in a compact Bible. Also, it "meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences - Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48 - 1984".

The LOA volumes are in a standardised format, hardcovers (cloth cover rather than textured paper), sewn bindings. The texts are all freshly edited and typeset.

març 10, 2012, 5:06pm

Many thanks, houseful.

març 10, 2012, 6:29pm


I've got both LOA Hawthorne volumes: the novels and the tales. They are only about 2 inches thick. The paper is what my grandmother calls 'bible paper:' thin, but of very good quality. I suppose houseful already covered this, but figured I'd give my two cents as a big LOA fan. ;)

Editat: març 11, 2012, 8:34am

Many thanks, veil.

Editat: nov. 28, 2013, 7:40am

The Folio Society box set mentioned up the top, The Complete Novels of Mrs Ann Radcliffe, arrived here an hour or two back.

So, I was sitting here, drooling over it, entering it into my library and so on, and generally happy as a sandbag, when, suddenly, my nit-picker gene exploded into life like somebody stuck a pin in me. 'Mrs Ann Radcliffe'? 'Mrs Ann Radcliffe'! 'Mrs Ann Radcliffe'!!!

Now, in my younger days, a woman could only have been called 'Mrs Ann Radcliffe' if she had been a widow, and I assume this would have been so in her day, too. And she never was a widow. She should have been known as 'Ann Radcliffe', 'Mrs William Radcliffe' or - and I'm fairly sure this is how I remember her being referred to prior to the last few decades - 'Mrs Radcliffe'.

Thank goodness it's only on the slipcase and I won't be able to see it once it's nicely tucked into a shelf of books, otherwise it would be nagging at me for the rest of my days.

ETA - And I'm sure she'd have been affronted at such a breach of etiquette.

Editat: nov. 28, 2013, 8:15am

It gets worse.

Trying to find out more about this online, I was surprised to find it asserted that the form 'Mrs Ann Radcliffe would only have been correct form for a divorced woman. While I might possibly have got the wrong end of the stick about widows, I have doubts about the historicity of this as I can't imagine there would have been a conventionally-accepted correct form for a divorcee before the twentieth century. Not in the UK, anyway.

Have we any experts here?

nov. 29, 2013, 2:25pm

> 94, 95

Now you've pointed it out, I'm annoyed I didn't spot it on my copy.

I imagine it's the result of an editorial decision rather than ignorance: they'd want the author's full name, but know that she's at least as well known as "Mrs"...and end up with a compromise that erroneously suggests (to those who know about correct forms of address) she was a divorcee.

nov. 29, 2013, 2:31pm

As I said, my nit-picker gene was playing me up - you should ignore me, really.

feb. 19, 2014, 4:16pm

Apologies for the poor quality - I still haven't got anything better than my MacBook to take pictures with - but that above is The Northanger Set of Jane Austen Horrid Novels, published by the Folio Society in 1968.

Unusually for FS, they are not illustrated (in fact they came out under the 'Folio Press' imprint, which was used at various times for books not quite in the mainstream of the Society's output).

This particular set is admittedly a little bit tatty (and smelly, the books have been airing for the past two weeks), and was hardly a bargain. Still, if had I passed up this opportunity I don't know when or if another one would have come along.

Editat: nov. 26, 2016, 2:30pm

Aquest missatge ha estat suprimit pel seu autor.

Editat: nov. 26, 2016, 2:31pm

Aquest missatge ha estat suprimit pel seu autor.

Editat: nov. 26, 2016, 2:40pm

Okay, let's try this again (can't get the pics to work...).

Earlier, while dusting, I stumbled upon an interesting volume, so thought it fitting to resurrect this thread from the dead (how apropos...).

This is the oldest Folio Society volume I own (1956), a copy of Radcliffe's The Italian; or, The Confessional of the Black Penitents (using the latter title exclusively, though I've noticed that 'The Italian' is preferred in every other example I've seen). Some really clever use of Gothic tracery ('Gothick' as the introduction has it!) on the spine and in the text ornaments; the woodcuts remind me very much of Folio's edition of The Golem. I also have a set of Folio's Complete Novels of Mrs. Ann Radcliffe (which includes this same book with typical 'The Italian' title, incidentally), but they aren't illustrated beyond frontispieces, so this is really a pretty neat edition!

Apologies for the blurry pics (I've got shaky hands). Let's hope this works this time!

(Edit: alright, couldn't get the damned thing to work, so just including a link to Imgur.)

nov. 26, 2016, 5:14pm

>101 veilofisis:

That's a nice edition. I've seen it on offer from Ardis Books but their website rarely provides photos of the interior pages of the books they offer. With its marbles sides it looks like in series with the Folio Society edition of The Monk. It would be an informal series though, since the two editions were published 28 years apart!

I can see what you mean about the woodcuts, although at the same time, Vladimir Zimakov's illustrations for The Golem are surely evoking early 20th Century Expressionism; whilst one of the interesting things about the illustrations in Folio Society books generally, is that you can trace fashions (and available technologies) in British commercial illustration through them.

In the '50s, a publication like Radio Times might well have commissioned something like the work in The Italian to illustrate a TV or radio drama. Up until very recently, in fact, they would still be commissioning tiny pictures from the likes of Mick Brownfield or Clifford Harper (illustrators of recent FS editions of The Martian Chronicles and The Camberwell Beauty, respectively) for the "Today's {radio} Choices" column - actually, no, they still commission them. This evening's performance of Billy Budd on Radio 3 was illustrated with a picture by Julian de Narvaez (The Green Fairy Book!)

juny 19, 2017, 6:31pm

A book from Centipede Press, and bit of an extravagance.

Here's my usual blurry photography, showing the dust jacket and title page. The illustrator, Harry Brockway, is someone whose work for the Folio Society I'm familiar with (he illustrated their Frankenstein, for example). His distinctive "seen-through-a-snowstorm stippling technique - if that's the correct technical term when it's wood engraving - isn't very clear; it's produced some moiré interference on the title page image.

Anyway, this is "Writing Madness" and is a collection of fiction and non-fiction by Patrick McGrath who was something to do with the New Gothic in the '80s. I don't really know what the New Gothic is, although I read his collection Blood and Water when Penguin brought it out as a paperback original (which I still own - making this purchase even more of an extravagance). On the basis of what I remember of those stories, there was an engagement with sexuality and gender identity that I don't think got much play in traditional Gothic, plus a provocatively tongue in cheek, camp tone to some of the stories..or maybe it was rather more ironic (using certain tropes but not playing it straight). It's a long time since I read the book and glancing through this new collection has refreshed my memory somewhat but it's not the same as rereading properly. And I couldn't say if that one collection is a fair representation of the whole New Gothic movement.

The non-fiction includes a memoir of his childhood next door to Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum (is it was then called). His father was the "medical superintendent". I guess more like a prison governor than a doctor, although McGrath records he "set about dragging this unwieldy, overburdened institution into the 20th century".

jul. 9, 2017, 4:34pm

Advance warning: I noticed that Amazon UK is offering pre-publication orders for an expanded second edition of Jonathan Rigby's American Gothic. The original version covers 60 years of horror cinema, from the sllents up to the late 40's. There's no indication what the expanded material will cover, e.g. is it more recent films, have more films from the original 60-year period come to light?

jul. 10, 2017, 6:37am

>104 housefulofpaper:

Thanks for that. I wanted that but when we last discussed it copies were only available at silly prices.

I've pre-ordered it. It will probably turn out to be far cheaper within a few weeks of publication, but if I hadn't pre-ordered it would almost certainly sell out quickly and only be available at silly prices again (sigh).

ag. 1, 2017, 6:19am

Does anybody own the Knickerbocker Classics edition The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft (I'm not sure touchstones links the correct edition so I didn't use them)?

From what I've seen - Amazon, etc - it looks very tempting, but it's very cheap, which gives me pause.

ag. 2, 2017, 7:00pm

>106 alaudacorax:

I've seen it in Waterstones, but wrapped in cellophane so I wasn't able to assess it properly. The reviews on Amazon look encouraging, but on inspection they refer to at least on other collected edition (Barnes and Noble).

I think I read that there was a possibility that Leslie S. Klinger would produce a second Annotated H. P. Lovecraft, so that all the stories would be collected in two large volumes.

Editat: ag. 3, 2017, 6:45am

>107 housefulofpaper:

That happens a lot with Amazon - irritating.

A quick look on Klinger's website didn't find any info, but I might be interested if a second volume creates a 'complete', as opposed to a 'selected'. I hadn't paid much attention to the current volume, seeing it as a 'selected'.

I've been dithering for ages - years, perhaps - about buying the Eldritch Tales hardback to go with my Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales ... - checked the other day and the only copies available were hundreds of pounds. Should have bought one when it was new, shouldn't I?

Having said that, cheap hardbacks are cheap for a reason and the spine of my Necronomicon clearly shows that the book has been dipped into a lot - it doesn't look too bad but it wouldn't pass as 'mint'. With the Knickerbocker Classics, I was wondering if the physical quality of the books is any better - and suspecting not.

Since I posted >106 alaudacorax:, though, I've ordered the three Joshi Penguins, but it would be nice to have a complete, decent-quality, hardback collection. Perhaps I'll start collecting the Arkham House editions ...

ag. 3, 2017, 7:46am

>108 alaudacorax: - Perhaps I'll start collecting the Arkham House editions ...

I wrote that bit assuming that the Arkham House editions currently in print are good quality productions - anyone know any different?

... because I've just had a brilliant idea. I've started August back up to thirteen stone again (182lbs for friends across the pond). If I was to treat myself to an Arkham House edition every time I managed to go a calendar month without eating a takeaway I'd lose weight and end each month with an nice new hardback and more money in the bank! Why is pizza so enjoyable, though?

ag. 3, 2017, 3:11pm

>109 alaudacorax:

Personally, I'd be cautious about obtaining the Arkham House editions - the press is apparently more or less moribund, although the website is up. I've looked from time to time but never dared to order from it. It would be good if someone with first-hand knowledge could let us know the actual situation with them.

That said, I can let you know what the Lovecraft editions are like, because there was a period when some Arkham House books appeared in the London branch of Forbidden Planet.

So, they are good quality hardbacks, but not fine press editions. They're a little smaller than the usual commercial hardback. Keeping the dimensions, I imagine, of their first editions from the 1940s, about 14x21 cm. The binding cloth under the dust jacket IS cloth, and not the usual textured paper. The paper is off-white with no show-through to speak of (it's only noticeable if the other side of the leaf is blank). The typeface is very legible.

You want to make sure that the edition you get hold contains the corrected texts edited by S. T. Joshi; the older editions are apparently marred by carrying over errors from the stories original magazine printings or, where original typescripts were available, misreadings of Lovecraft's handwritten amendments. To be honest, the older editions are probably going for crazy prices.

The current jacket illustrations are probably not the best these books have ever had, being a little stiff; but for all that they give the whole package an air of a book produced in the 60s or 70s and aimed at public libraries rather than private owners.

The stories in the Penguin editions are all in three Arkham House volumes (in a different order; and the Penguins include some later editorial revisions). There is a fourth volume, The Horror in the Museum which includes the "revisions" and collaborations - the Lovecraft entered into both for friends and paying clients - and which often touch on (and sometimes extend) the Mythos.

ag. 3, 2017, 5:45pm

>111 housefulofpaper:

The Arkham House Facebook page offers more information. Apparently they have recently reprinted some popular volumes, and the Lovecrafts are certainly listed on the website. I couldn't find any suggestion online that orders aren't being fulfilled.

ag. 3, 2017, 6:17pm

Eldritch Tales sweeps up the stories omitted from Necronomicon, mostly early/minor ones, but including some that are arguably important vis-a-vis the development of the Mythos - "Nyarlathotep", "The Festival"; some of the collaborations/revisions; a short piece of cod-scholarship, "History of the Necronomicon"; Lovecraft's long essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature"; the sonnet-sequence "Fungi from Yuggoth" and a long afterword by editor Stephen Jones, "Lovecraft in Britain".

Neither the Penguin or Arkham House collections include the poems or "History of the Necronomicon" (although no doubt Arkham have published Lovecraft's poetry as some point). Klinger includes "History of the Necronomicon", and also reproduces a copy of Lovecraft's annotated typescript.

Production-wise it's in series with Necronomicon, but the type is a larger size (definitely easier to read) and thankfully almost free of typos.

ag. 4, 2017, 5:01am

>110 housefulofpaper:

For what it's worth, I filled in an order on the Arkham House website - not to buy but just to work out how much the postage would be (one of the three volumes you mention currently asks 'profiteering' prices on Amazon and Abebooks) ... and I couldn't get the system to work - kept telling me I'd filled in a field incorrectly when I clearly hadn't. Which suggests to me they're having trouble keeping on top of things.

>112 housefulofpaper:

Useful round-up - thanks for that.

ag. 4, 2017, 7:30am

I'm probably riding an old hobby-horse here, but it's something that really baffles and annoys me. How can someone on AbeBooks ask £45,000-plus for a first edition of Uncle Silas ... and not include some photographs?

Okay - fair enough - anyone thinking of spending that amount of money is probably going to go to look at the thing, but when you come right down the price range to three figures, have they really not got a camera, a laptop with a webcam, a mobile phone, even?

ag. 4, 2017, 7:07pm

>113 alaudacorax:
Glad it was useful. I wish my typing hadn't been so wayward, though.

>114 alaudacorax:
I was intrigued by what you wrote, and searched Abe Books "highest price first" - and the prices being asked for paperbacks, or for the Folio society edition, are what shocked me. Sellers with a 4-star rating, too.

ag. 5, 2017, 6:23am

>115 housefulofpaper:

That idea I had about abstinence from takeaways occasioning nice hardbacks had me window-shopping ('drooling' would be more honest) on AbeBooks for ages. There are all sorts of really nice-looking editions about, but, in particular, both Franklin Library and Easton Press did really tempting leather-bound editions of Tales of Mystery and Imagination and Easton Press did Frankenstein and Dracula and Ghost Stories of an Antiquary.

Oh well ... I have to try to survive till September 1st on a healthy diet, first ...

ag. 5, 2017, 9:34am

>116 alaudacorax:

Um ... I had no idea that Easton Press was still in business (or did I know and had simply forgotten?) I've just discovered that they are putting out a four-volume The Complete Fiction of H P Lovecraft. Problem is, their website doesn't say anything about the editing.

ag. 5, 2017, 10:04am

>117 alaudacorax:

You must have missed the "healthy rivalry" between the Easton Press Collectors and the Folio Society Devotees groups on here, then!

I'd hazard a guess that the book(s) will be freshly edited. There isn't a venerable old edition for them to scan-and-reprint as an expensive facsimile, and they're in direct competition with Knickerbocker Classics, Barnes and Noble, etc. in the U.S. This is another site where I personally would be cautious about ordering directly; a number of posts to the Easton Press Collectors group cite production/quality control issues, and as business they're reportedly not really geared up to taking foreign orders. But that said, the book (or set) might be worth the hassle.

By the way I've got an Easton Press Tales of Mystery and Imagination (second hand from Ardis Books in the UK). I'll take some pictures on my trusty fuzzy webcam and post them to my gallery. I've also got the Easton Press complete poems, which has a very nice cover - black with a repeating raven design in gold - but it turns out the insides are a photographically reduced reproduction of an LEC (Limited Editions Club) edition. Now that might be worth investigating, if you win the lottery (some LEC prices are reasonable if you ignore postage from the US, but not Poe titles).

ag. 5, 2017, 10:31am

>118 housefulofpaper:

Done. Four photos added to my member gallery.

Editat: ag. 6, 2017, 3:58am

>118 housefulofpaper:

Following on your post ('healthy rivalry') I looked at some threads in the 'Folio Society devotees' and 'Easton Press Collectors' groups. Hmmm.

I have to say I'm not really a fan of Folio Society books. I find the cover designs of so many of them 'cheap-looking' - garish, even - and much prefer what I think of as the more traditional look of Easton Press or Franklin Library. Perhaps it's my age ...

However, I'm nonplussed that Easton Press don't give any info in their advertising on the text they use in the Lovecraft - it seems unprofessional and darkens my impression of them.

Having said all that, some of those threads are pointing me to other imprints to look into - one's finances are at serious risk browsing this website!

set. 27, 2017, 7:13pm

I pre-ordered a book in the summer and it arrived from the States today. Dawnward Spire, Lonely Hill is an edited collection of letters between H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. It's massive, 800 pages long and fairly small print. At first glance you could easily mistake the book for The Oxford Companion to the English Language or the like. I haven't had a chance to do more than peek into it so far. Lovecraft seems to be the more voluble of the two correspondents (no surprise there). The index suggests the subjects of their letters concentrated on weird fiction, the magazine business of the time, and their circle of professional acquaintances.

set. 28, 2017, 5:42am

>121 housefulofpaper:

It's funny how long it takes you to see something correctly once you've seen it wrongly - I've been puzzling for a couple of minutes on the significance of 'Downward Spire' - and I am wearing my reading glasses!

I'm sort of curious, but not enough to shell out for it. Anyway, I've spent rather a lot on books lately (not Gothic, though). I'd be interested to know how highly-crafted their private letters were, though. One would suspect that either man could be a great letter-writer, in slightly different ways.

set. 28, 2017, 7:34pm

>122 alaudacorax:

Yes, it autocorrected to "Downward" when I first wrote the title despite - as you noted - it not making any sense.

I haven't got, or read, any of the collections of Lovecraft's letters that Arkham House published, but I do have the collection of letters published by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society in 2015. These are the letters he wrote to one of his "revision" clients (revision covering a sliding scale from editing/tuition in writing for publication, to outright ghostwriting).

I'm always a little in awe of anyone who can write and write with the ease and fluency of speech, and the sheer length and number of his letters shows Lovecraft was one of these people; that said, there is still a stiffness and a pedantic tendency to over-explanation are on show from time to time (and they're in his literary works, too). He can be chatty, in his way, though, and reveals quite a lot about himself (perhaps more than he intended). Most importantly, they are readable, even as you notice their flaws, or wince a little at a gauche moment, you want to read on.

Of course the tone between Lovecraft and Smith is likely to be quite different, and the correspondence was carried on over a longer period. I'll let you know how I get on with it.

feb. 16, 2018, 6:28am

A few minutes ago I - momentarily - thought I'd bought a real bargain.

I found a The Leisure Circle Library edition of Guy de Maupassant, Selected Short Stories, for £2 in an used book shop (can't, for the life of me, find a touchstone for that edition even though it is present on LT). I was just looking online for a cover image, and I found all the used copies on Amazon are asking over £100. I was quite pleased with myself.

Then I checked AbeBooks - lots of the exact same edtion going for under a fiver. There are some right chancers on Amazon ...

abr. 12, 2018, 6:16pm

Here's a book I learned about on the Fine Press Forum, here on Librarything. It's a small press edition of "Rappaccini's Daughter", printed letterpress by the Allen Press in 1991 (as an aside, does anyone else's computer insist on autocorrecting the first word of the title to "Rapacity"? Grr!)

Anyway, I was intrigued enough to keep an eye out for the book on AbeBooks from time to time, and two copies were listed a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps foolishly, because it wasn't cheap, I bought a copy and here it is, coincidentally just as the story's come up as a topic of conversation.

Apologies for the wonky angles and "artistic" framing - I didn't want to crack the book's spine by opening it flat (I don't think this copy's ever been read, actually). I think I've captured enough to give an idea of the book's distinctive features.

There's the striking printed cloth cover of course, which was the first thing to catch my eye.

The book runs to about 100 pages and the first half consists of three "reflections on Hawthorne" reprinted from essays by - as the title-page states - Poe, Trollope, and Henry James. There are wood engravings by John DePol - one full page and a couple of smaller ones. Titles and running heads are printed in a second colour - as you can see.

I was warned by the Fine Press Forum discussion that there are some faults in the printing: typos, faulty leading (the running head almost touches the main text on a couple of pages). The introduction by, presumably, the Allens themselves (husband and wife, I gather), is curiously disjointed and unfocused. The discussion raised the point that the Allens were well into their eighties when this book was made. It's among, I think, the last three or so titles they produced after more than 50 years of book production.

Some dissatisfaction with the book was expressed in the forum because of these technical shortcomings. I prefer, perhaps romantically, to view the book as a testament to the Allen's choosing to continue to work at their craft despite the challenges of age.

Editat: abr. 13, 2018, 7:00pm

>125 housefulofpaper: So beautiful. Tender testament indeed. On the reading list it goes. Getting through Melville made me want to read more of his earlier works, and investigate Hawthorne. I've read two, and this wasn't one of them.

Was going to request a picture of your 'FS' Flannery O'Connor keepsake but this an endearing substitute. I see two on that Goodreads 'unreliable' top gothic list; The Violent Bear it Away, Wise Blood. Are they included in your book?

Maybe a new bookshelf is in order, a special one for new worthy acquisitions. Having not collected books before, some family relics still found their way to me (default, as the youngest), packed in cedar trunks. One of these days the sleuth in me will lift those latches, afraid to crack open and damage spines. Shakespeare, etc. Monstrous things!

abr. 13, 2018, 6:38am

>125 housefulofpaper:

Well, I'm envious - flaws and all ...

>126 frahealee: - Maybe a new bookshelf is in order ...

Ah - the well-known refrain of the Librarythinger ...

Editat: abr. 30, 2018, 2:55pm

>127 alaudacorax: =) Interesting dichotomy (paradox? irony?) ... the more ebooks read and audiobooks heard, the more I crave the paper. In trying to help trees by using electronic options, I could end up with more hardcovers!

abr. 26, 2018, 5:19pm

>126 frahealee:

I'm sorry, I somehow missed your Flannery O'Connor question. No, neither of those works are in the FS collection. I think they're both novels, aren't they? I keep meaning to see the film adaptation of Wise Blood.

Editat: abr. 30, 2018, 12:06pm

>129 housefulofpaper:

Both Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away are novels, although really short ones. I thought Huston's adaptation of Wise Blood showed a lot of love for the novel but lacked its power. An obvious problem is that, in the book, Sabbath Lily is 12 while the actress (surely to avoid a mess of issues) looks about 18. One thing that's nice about the film is that it has lots of character actors in it that are always great to watch and Huston himself makes an appearance.

Editat: abr. 30, 2018, 3:00pm

>129 housefulofpaper:
>130 robertajl:

Looking forward to ingesting the lot; short stories, novellas, novels, non-fiction. O'Connor's work is entirely new to me. Such a short life, so much said. I plan to save some for the shade of a monstrous maple in the heat of summer.