Neil Gaiman Titles Published by The Easton Press
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I sometimes think I'm the only one not finding this place easily navigable and searchable.
But it's still a lovely forum of information regardless.
So In all of those ... I did a quick "find" search for "pickwick" and nothing shows. Is there no thread information on the Dickens Pickwick papers
Trying to find information on this title ...
stuff like original release date ... original price ... how many were printed ... and if there are any other titles from EP that are similar to this ... multi parts in a case?
I have a copy of Pickwick, but I don’t keep a record of sale prices. It wasn’t a limited edition, so I doubt that the number printed is available. The ebay listing calls it a limited edition with a certificate, but mine didn’t come with one. I would ask the seller to look at his certificate and tell you what it says.
It is a strange publication. There are no EP markings (including the date) on any of the 19 parts, so as far as I can tell they could be mistaken for the originals. Later EP Dickens bound the parts together. The paper has a soft, flimsy feel, especially the covers, probably simulating the original.
I've made a few offers over the last few months and no one was budging from their $350 - $399 asks.
But the other day someone did finally come down to $225 so I grabbed it.
I'm not sure If I'm gonna like it (the format that is ... I'm sure I'm gonna enjoy the read cuz I'm a pretty big Dickens fan as of late). I think it being in parts might be fun to feel like it's being read as it was published back in the day.
I absolutely love my Copperfield DLE how it is made up of parts but bound in that beautiful half leather binding.
When you say "Later EP Dickens bout the parts together" ... does this mean EP offered a version of Pickwick that was similar to the David Copperfield Half Leather bound parts DLE?
What are your thoughts on the Pickwick version. Do you feel it's worth $225 or $600? ... I know that's very subjective.
I personally feel the Copperfield DLE is easily worth the $500 to $600 asking price on ebay (I grabbed a copy for half that price but it took me a while to get someone to go that low).
Any thoughts on any of the Dickens DLE's would be great if you don't mind sharing.
Also on a side note ... I love the Twain DLE's as well and have acquired most of them ... but i'm trying to grab Prince & Pauper ... but the only two on ebay have been on ebay for a while now and neither will budge on price ($599). Someone did grab one for $350 at the beginning of the year ... which is about the price i usually like to pay for these DLE's ($250 - $400) ...
... my question is (if you have any of the Twain DLE's) ... is the Prince & Pauper just like the other Twain versions ... and do you want to sell your copy. lol :)
Sorry for all the words ... but you are the only person who's offered info on this.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts!
I only started acquiring/enjoying/reading/collecting EP titles over the last year or two so I was late to all the wonderful Dickens and Twain EP offerings (and have had to pay a bit of a premium on ebay).
I wonder why there wasn't much interest in this when it came out.
I’m not aware that EP offered an edition of Pickwick with the parts bound together, but it’s possible. I’m pretty sure they didn’t produce any other titles in the “loose” format, though. Pickwick was offered several years before the DLE series began. I haven’t purchased any other EP Dickens, because once a long time ago Everyman’s Library offered a nearly complete set of them for $5.00/volume. I think they were rebinding them and wanted to get rid of their old stock. I do own the “Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” and the ”Pudd’nhead Wilson” DLEs and enjoyed reading them. No “Prince and Pauper,” though.
Pickwick is probably worth what you paid just for its uniqueness, but it isn’t my favorite Dickens work. Also, be prepared for an annoyingly small font. When you receive your copy, please let me know if there is a certificate and what it says.
It's probably because most of us who want more than just the 3-5 most popular DIckens titles have already bought or are looking to buy one of the complete sets, which will include Pickwick. Those who crave DLE treatment are only going to pay attention to a standalone Pickwick if it is indeed a DLE.
I was definitely hesitant on grabbing Pickwick (based mainly on the many mixed reviews ... but it intrigued me reading so many reviews saying how it was Dickens first release and though it starts a bit slow and loose ... you can see where he becomes "Dickens" after a few volumes. I thought it would be fun to see that transition ... and the format of this EP release piqued my interest. The possibility of small fonts are always worrisome. As Joe joe pesci said in my cousin vinnie ... it might be time for thicker glasses. :)
>14 treereader: Agreed completely. In fact ... my growing fascination with Dickens and my enjoyment of reading titles multiple times ... I decided to start collecting a complete set (along with keeping all my EP DLE's). I went with the FS set with all the fun cover artwork. I ended up picking up this collection and am hoping to add the rest at a later date.
As for the EP Neil Gaiman titles ... I'm super excited to see more and hopefully watch this post grow.
I picked up graveyard a while back (have yet to read it) and of course I just grabbed Coraline now. But my introduction to Gaiman recently(yes, I'm late to the reading party with almost everything ... just started the reading hobby recently) ... was diving into American Gods and Anansi Boys (I grabbed the FS versions) ... and I am halfway thru American Gods and absolutely love it.
I'm dying to finish reading AG so I can start watching the show with Ian McShane ... one of my all time favorite actors!
Anyone know if there are illustrations similar to graveyard? or is stardust just a leather bound signed book.
Alright ... I'm chatty today.
Other than some beginning of chapter motif style illustrations, 'Stardust' does not have illustrations.
A current listing on abe.com states that the publication date of Pickwick was 1990, and that it came with a certificate. This particular certificate has a “serial number” of 891.
>23 jroger1: Thanks for that link ... I did not see that. Had I ... I would have probably picked it up from there instead of wasting weeks trying to haggle with ebay sellers.
>19 sdawson: Interesting ... based on an image i had seen which showed one or two illustrations and the fact that someone in the other post mentioned "I like the illustrator as well" ... It almost pushed me into pulling out the wallet again today for stardust. So thank you for that "save".
Like I said ... I'm starting to dial back my purchases and i was on the fence with stardust and fight club. Very interested in reading both ... but not so interested in paying a premium for a signature. Although I do love holding a good leather bound book with some clean and easy in the eyes print.
Edit: I don't read my EP editions of the books, so much better off with someone who will read it. Of course I can send pics.
Easton Press is located in Norwalk, CT. We are a group of book collectors who specialize in Easton Press editions.
Thanks for the heads up.
So...I guess that's one way to make some money during a pandemic...sign stuff. I wonder how many other authors found opportunities like this and how many signed versions of other books both EP and other interesting publishers are going to be releasing in 2021.
I'd save a search on Abebooks and Ebay, that way you get notified when a copy is listed and can react quickly.
Etsy and biblio.com sometimes get titles like these, Ardis Books have a small Easton Press department - those are the others I can think of, but chances there are probably smaller than on Ebay and Abebooks. Sometimes there's also a listing on amazon, though those are usually very expensive and they unfortunately removed the function that let you save a search.
SIGNED MODERN CLASSICS
Upcoming titles: (no availability dates currently)
(450-221) The Nightingale Kristin Hannah
(450-222) Fragile Things Neil Gaiman
(450-223) Life After Life Kate Atkinson
(450-224) Dark Matter Blake Crouch
(450-227) Silverthorn Raymond Feist
(450-229) A Darkness At Sethanon Raymond Feist
(450-230) Remarkable Mother Jimmy Carter
(450-231) The Complete Persepolis Marjane Satrapi
(450-232) The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman
(450-233) Project Hail Mary Andy Weir
(450-234) The Probable Future Alice Hoffman
(450-235) The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
(450-236) The Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris
SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS
(116-410) Aquanaut Rick Stanton
(116-411) Saving The Union Joe Scarborough
(116-412) Horizons: Black Holes, Wormholes & Key to the Universe Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw
(116-413) When A Killer Calls John Douglas/Mark Olshaker
(116-416) Traitor King Andrew Lownie
(116-418) From Saturday Night to Sunday Night Dick Ebersol
(116-419) To Risk It All: 9 Conflicts & The Crucible of Decision James Stavridis
(116-420) Leadership Henry Kissinger
(116-421) Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea And the Shipwreck of the Titanic Daniel Stone
(116-422) Game: An Autobiography Grant Hill
I wonder how EP can call its edition of Henry Kissinger’s “Leadership” a first edition when Penguin Press published theirs last Tuesday. I have a copy. Must be some convolution of the English language.
It is now #7 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list, but there is still no sign that EP has published the “first edition.” How can that be?
*** Note: As of 5/19/2023 - Previously on 5/10 I stated they were sold out. However, now EP has updated their website and they are making the book publicly available to all. Not sure why they said they were sold out when my buddy called, but if anyone wants a copy you can go to their Facebook, or website and order a copy: https://www.eastonpress.com/signed-editions/neil-gaiman-trigger-warning-3907.htm...
#3444 Fragile Things $147
#3896 Annotated Sandman $276
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