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Jane Austen Horrid Novels

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març 22, 2018, 11:56am

As many of you know, the most popular complete set of the Jane Austen Horrid Novels collection, (7 books), was the set published by the Folio Society back in 1968. However, it seems this box set is the only version ever published in hardcover. There is a paperback version today, but does any one know of any other hardcover box set or collection of the Jane Austen Horrid Novels published aside from the Folio Society? Perhaps a Fine Press version, Limited Editions version, anything at all?

març 24, 2018, 10:00pm

>1 Matthew1956:

You probably already know this, but I don't think there's any point in looking for editions prior to the Folio set. The set was intended as an academic resource as much as anything, the result of long years of research (by more than one researcher) to establish that the list of horrid novels in Northanger Abbey named actual books, to find copies of them, and to edit and publish them.

Editat: abr. 13, 2018, 2:01am


Do you have a picture of your Horrid Novels box set on the bookshelf with other books, so as to see how large it is? Also, do you store it beside other Gothic books like the Bronte 7-vol. collection from the Folio Society?

I'm trying to find a copy of it on Abebooks or Ebay but they charge 6-700 dollars including shipping for books that are 50 yrs old. If you don't mind, how much did your set cost?

Also, if you do have the 7-vol Bronte collection, which set do you have? The green, blue, or black edition?

abr. 15, 2018, 7:28pm

>3 Matthew1956:

Here are a couple of pictures of the set, with a couple of paperbacks to give an idea of its size. Folio 60 gives dimensions for each volume:
252 x 150 x 18 mm
252 x 157 x 33 mm
252 x 155 x 34 mm
252 x 154 x 19 mm
252 x 156 x 20 mm
252 x 156 x 34 mm
252 x 155 x 33 mm
(the measurements look a bit out, because my books aren't all different depths).

Sadly, I haven't got the space for a dedicated Gothic bookshelf!

Apparently I didn't keep a record of what I paid for my copy of the set back in 2014, but the prices you're seeing now work out at about £70 per book. I think that's about what I paid.

No, I haven't got any of the Brontë sets. I've got Wuthering Heights from the blue edition, which was also released as a standalone volume. And I've got the most recent edition of Jane Eyre with illustrations by Santiago Caruso.

Editat: abr. 26, 2018, 10:12am

housefulofpaper Thanks so much for these pictures! I recently got the Horrid Novels set, but the slip case box set is damaged (panel is split open) and looks so out of place compared to my other FS books. I'm debating whether or not to either throw it out and have a custom made slipcase to protect the books that looks like the original. OR, buying another set, although I think it's stupid to do so just for a slipcase. The books themselves are the best condition I've ever seen of them, but the slip case bothers me so much!

What would you recommend, given that you too own this set?

abr. 26, 2018, 4:47pm

>5 Matthew1956:

Please bear in mind that I'm not an expert on Folio books and their resale value, or on secondhand/antiquarian books in general. But for what it's worth, here's what I think.

I would be conflicted between the sight of the damaged case continually niggling at me, on the one hand, and the thought of disposing of it on the other. I cringe when I read comments in the FSD group about throwing out the letterpress Shakespeare solander boxes, or buying a copy of The Exeter Riddles Book merely to use its slipcase on one of the recent season-based anthologies.

Is a compromise possible? Do you have somewhere to store the original slipcase, so it and the books could potentially be reunited at some point in the future, while you can display them in a bespoke case?

abr. 26, 2018, 6:18pm

If the slipcase panel is detached at the hinge, I would repair it using archival tape from the inside. I've done this, although not for a set as large as that (a single book in one instance, two book slipcase in another). I'm thinking it might be even easier for a large slipcase, as you could get your hands freely inside.

abr. 26, 2018, 7:03pm

>5 Matthew1956: I agree with houseful that you should store the original slipcase if you decide to go for a new one. If you decide to sell the set on at some later stage, not having the original slipcase is very likely to affect the price (I got the Radcliffe Folio set for £24, excellent copies, but I think it went so cheap because the slipcase was missing).

Editat: abr. 27, 2018, 11:27am

Thank you so much for this info; I don't want to re-sell the set ever, but the physical books themselves are in very good condition. I plan to throw out the glassine covers as they are tattered and foxed. The case itself, though, has a gash to one side, and the right panel is detached from the bottom and top of the slipcase and swings open like a door. That, plus the top and bottom are scuffed heavily. As such, I thought of having a custom-made box set to house the books, as they would sit next to my other gothic novels, all of which are in fine condition. Something like this:

BTW, your set of the Horrid Novels is the cleanest, most perfect box set I've seen out there; it's great you don't have to go through the hassle!

I don't know if I should just tape this box set up and have a slip case built around it, so the original is there, but it would be silly to have a case within a case, no? If I go this route, any advice for an "archival tape?"

Do you have any regrets about not having the original slipcase for your Radcliffe collection? Ah! I just wish the slipcase wasn't so damaged when it was shipped to me.

abr. 27, 2018, 12:56pm

This is what I used (not from that site, but the shop doesn't have a website):


You can probably find similar products in many places, the idea is to get something acid-free, durable, non-reactive (for a good long while anyway).

Double slipcasing sounds too fussy to me--I'd either repair the old case or make a new one--but you know best what will suit you.

maig 2, 2018, 6:15pm

>9 Matthew1956: Apologies for the delay in replying. I like Folio editions because they are (usually) beautiful, and well made with acid-free paper. I find the typeset and spacing make their books so easy to read. The vast majority of my Folio collection (around 98%) has the original slipcase, but I don't let the lack of a slipcase put me off, especially if the price is right, and the edition relatively rare.

I have no regrets whatsoever about not having the slipcase for the Radcliffe set, gorgeous as it is, as my main pleasure is derived from reading a good copy of the work. Also, I take a wider view that I am exceptionally lucky for what I have in life, flawed or not, given so many have precious little - not even a roof over their head or food to eat, let alone a book.