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    Bartender Lady Day's Avatar
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    I have a lot of books, most first editions, and over 200 childrens books, all hardback.

    Volumes like "grimms fairy tales" collections and large collections like that, where they will publish those every few years I have a 4 inch thick volume in paperback for $12. Books like Andrew Loomis, who is out of print I have first printings that are on the 'top shelf' section of my library

    Most 'readers', as I call em, are paperback and usually used. Also, I have 50+ refrence books from library sales/bargin book store bins just for the pictures. Those get all beat up and stuff.

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    I generally do not "collect" books -- mostly because I am vicious to books when I read them (don't let me borrow a book!). But I do horde hard to find books of favorite authors when I can, regardless of how bad a condition they are in.

    If you do go through with such a grand scheme, perhaps you can list some of the softcovers you plan to shed. I myself might be interested in a few purchases and others might be as well.

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    That software has got me drooling...if only I had money and iSight.

    I have such a hard time getting rid of books. Most of what I have, I haven't read...but they're on my list. The list is just so long and all the borrowed books are at the front and people keep lending me books...it's a mess! hehe

    BJB - how dare you post that link! Now I have to restrain myself from buying everything on there! Such beautiful books!

    I agree with you Ben...it would be good to buy them as I read them. I was thinking of doing it that way, anyway. Maybe keep an eye out for a copy at thrift stores or whatever and slowly convert it over to hardback.

    Jack- that's a fabulous idea! I will do that.
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    Don't forget about The Folio Society. They produce beautiful editions, although they're not cheap. Try ebay, etc. for second-hand copies.

    I always prefer hardcover, although there are times when I travel that I want a light weight paperback. I also often prefer an older second-hand hardcover to a modern version even from Folio or Easton. If you become serious about the actual value of books, real first editions will always outstrip a Folio Soc. or Easton volume. I buy most of my books at thrift stores these days. I used to be a regular haunter of dusty second-hand shops. Currently I have boxes and boxes of books in my basement that one day will be freed when I acquire sufficient shelf space.

    Make the decision to change over your library, but as suggested, don't do it overnight. Just start making the decision to pick up well priced hardcovers when you find them. They'll come quickly, not to worry!

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    Cool

    I have quite a few books, some of which I've had upwards of forty years. I brought many of them from back east in the mid-1970's. What I've discovered after three decades in Arizona is that the dry heat and the moisture robbing air-conditioning wreaks havoc on book bindings, both hardbound and paperback. The dry air leaches all the moisture from the glues and eventually they crack and split. Any number of my books now have single, individual pages that merely lie between two covers!

    I't sad, but perhaps someday I'll invest in having them all re-bound! Until then, it sure makes it easy to copy pages I need on the scanner!

    Has anyone tried binding their own books? I attempted it a few years ago with the endless collection of magazine page cut-outs I had. Not to shabby actually and much nicer than a box full of odd pages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJBAmerica
    I have a number of books from the Easton Press, which is a fantastic company, issuing both modern and classic books in fine leather bindings and archival paper with gold guilt ends.

    They offer a number of signed, limited editions also....Here's a link to their site:

    http://www.eastonpressbooks.com/leather/

    Nice products!

    This thread reminds me that I really want a nice, preferably vintage, copy of The Prisoner of Zenda. There was an early edition that had illustrations by Charles Dana Gibson that I've always lusted after particularly. Other books I should look into include Men of Iron with the Howard Pyle illustrations and Joan of Arc with the fabulous illustrations by Maurice Boutet de Monvel. I practically slept with the latter book under my pillow as a child, I loved it so much.

    Any tomes you folks especially want?
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    Quote Originally Posted by imoldfashioned

    Any tomes you folks especially want?
    that's a dangerous question IOF. seeing as i adore children's books, i'd love to own some older copies of "Peter Pan", "The Wizard of Oz" and The Grimms Fairtyales. any children's book published pre-WWII, actually, is desirable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaika
    that's a dangerous question IOF. seeing as i adore children's books, i'd love to own some older copies of "Peter Pan", "The Wizard of Oz" and The Grimms Fairtyales. any children's book published pre-WWII, actually, is desirable.
    I love children's books too. Have you ever been to Books of Wonder in NYC? So amazing--original art and lots and lots of Oz.

    Of course, ideally, I'd love the original Oz books but barring my lottery win I've always meant to buy a full set of the BOW Oz reprints. They reproduce the John R. O'Neill color plates so beautifully. As a child I wanted to be Ozma when I grew up--I completely idolized her with her Art Nouveau poppy headpiece (sigh!).

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    One Too Many zaika's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by imoldfashioned
    I love children's books too. Have you ever been to Books of Wonder in NYC? So amazing--original art and lots and lots of Oz.

    Of course, ideally, I'd love the original Oz books but barring my lottery win I've always meant to buy a full set of the BOW Oz reprints. They reproduce the John R. O'Neill color plates so beautifully. As a child I wanted to be Ozma when I grew up--I completely idolized her with her Art Nouveau poppy headpiece (sigh!).

    awwww...yes! i love Ozma and her poppies, too! so sweet. would love to recreate that on my own head. i have to say that i really love how they portrayed her in the movie 'return to oz.' i love the entire movie...but she was especially angelic!!
    i do have a reprint of the first book from BOW! but i've never been to the store!! i haven't been to NYC since 1987! boy...i'm REALLY going to have to make a point to visit NYC soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imoldfashioned
    Oh, I would love to have any of the Oz books too. In third grade I was Ozma for Halloween. We took one of my Mom's old belts and turned it into the headdress adding red flowers on the side. Dad made the OZ symbol out of colored tape for the front.

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