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OT: Ebenezer Le Page

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 29, 2022, 1:25 pm

I have just received an e-mail from Extraordinary Editions Ltd. (London) with news they have begun production of their illustrated edition of Ebenezer Le Page by Gerald Basil Edwards, published posthumously in 1981. In several circles this book has become a modern classic. They hope to have all copies of the three states (Island Edition, Leather Bound Edition and Exemplary Edition) shipped prior to Xmas and have requested payment and mailing information from current subscribers.

This is the first appearance of 'Ebenezer' in a fine/private press edition and the book design and illustrations are quite to my liking (see link below). If this interests you, new reservations with payment can now be made.


heinäkuu 29, 2022, 12:47 pm

I knew this sounded familiar: https://www.librarything.com/topic/336092

The webpage mentions..
Postage and packing will be between £10 and £12.50 in the UK and Channel Islands (we do not yet know the final weight of the book) all other territories tbc.

Any idea for shipping to the rest of the world?

heinäkuu 29, 2022, 1:16 pm

I pledged for the Island edition and received this via email:

Each copy of the Island Edition is £45 and postage and packing is as follows:
UK £!0.00: CI £15.00: EU £20.00: ROW £25.00

heinäkuu 29, 2022, 1:42 pm

My e-mail states "If everything goes according to plan everybody should receive their books by Christmas" and payment is required now.

heinäkuu 29, 2022, 2:01 pm

Anyone know the dimensions and number of pages?

heinäkuu 29, 2022, 2:37 pm

Is this edition printed letterpress?

heinäkuu 29, 2022, 2:43 pm

>6 ultrarightist: No, not letterpress (unfortunately, but not unexpectedly!).

heinäkuu 29, 2022, 2:45 pm

>7 EdmundRodriguez: Noted, thanks. How do you know that? Is that specified somewhere on the website? Or, have you asked the printer/publisher?

heinäkuu 29, 2022, 2:51 pm

heinäkuu 30, 2022, 9:26 am

>5 Dr.Fiddy:
Email from Martin Morgan at Extraordinary Editions:
page size approx 234 x 145mm
approx 544 pages
after which it is the bindings that are different
the Island Edition weighs just over 1kg
the leather bound over 1.5kg
the exemplary I don't yet know

trust that helps

heinäkuu 30, 2022, 10:26 am

>10 mr.philistine: Thanks a lot!

heinäkuu 30, 2022, 11:32 am

Just paid for my Island edition this morning, very excited!

heinäkuu 30, 2022, 3:28 pm

>12 RRCBS: did you call?

heinäkuu 30, 2022, 3:48 pm

>13 Atheistic: Yes, had to call because the other options weren’t up my alley and they don’t do PayPal. I emailed first to ask about a good time to pay via phone. It was a quick pleasant call.

heinäkuu 30, 2022, 6:29 pm

>1 dlphcoracl: Thanks for the reminder. Just ordered the leather edition 😊

heinäkuu 30, 2022, 9:26 pm

>14 RRCBS: Yeah I am feeling the same way. I am eager to receive the book!

elokuu 1, 2022, 8:54 am

I just completed my order. Martin (I assume it was him) said that he expects me to be the only person in South Dakota to own a copy of the book, to which I had to agree. I'm really looking forward to it.

elokuu 1, 2022, 10:01 am

>1 dlphcoracl: Thanks for the notification. I didn’t notice their email until I saw your post. I made payment for the Island Edition this morning.

elokuu 1, 2022, 10:15 am

Is anyone getting the The Exemplary Edition? I'm a bit torn between that and the leather but it looks wonderful and the book, in my opinion, is one of the best books written in the UK in the 20th century.

elokuu 1, 2022, 11:02 am

Paid for my Island Edition subscription as well. This is one of the books I have been most excited for this year.

elokuu 1, 2022, 11:24 am

>19 Joshbooks1: Yes. One of my favourite books, and I don't expect a better edition to come along any time soon!

elokuu 2, 2022, 8:18 am

Just to mention in my last email to Martin on this I asked had the three edition been fully subscribed to yet. His reply was as follows:

"Not yet!
so do please tell people about the book
shortly we will put the price up
as our costs are soaring
and the subscription period is ending"

So anyone on the fence should probably decide soon.

elokuu 2, 2022, 8:50 am

I paid for my leather edition yesterday.

This seems like the sweet spot to me ; paying £250 for leather, marbling, and a gold-blocked slipcase in a tiny edition of 150 feels like quite a bargain compared to say the Folio Shirley Jackson LE, whereas the standard un- slipcased un-leathered edition seems comparatively expensive at £55.

It helps that the book itself is magnificent, of course.

elokuu 2, 2022, 9:51 am

>23 red_guy: I would agree on the leather edition being the best value and would of went for it if I currently had the funds, but the standard edition at £45 with a limitation of 350 still seems very reasonable to me.

elokuu 2, 2022, 10:33 am

>24 assemblyman: Oh, I agree. A shame that there isn't a slipcase, though.

Muokkaaja: elokuu 2, 2022, 11:08 am

>25 red_guy: Yes, I would have liked the option to add a slipcase. I do feel that the whole run is going to be a special book across all the editions.

elokuu 3, 2022, 5:26 am

I have just placed a telephone order for the leather edition, and Martin confirmed that he expects the prices for all three editions to go up 'considerably' once the subscriber orders have been fulfilled. This is understandable, given that the prices were set a year ago. He thinks that the likely date for the price rise will be 1 September. I join others here in urging anyone who is tempted by one of the editions to place an order sooner rather than later.

elokuu 5, 2022, 10:26 am

I just wanted to pop in the thread to say that it was very easy to call from the States and pay by credit card over the phone for this book (having previously subscribed to the Leatherbound edition by email). Martin is a very pleasant fellow, and if you get the answering machine, do leave your callback information, and he will call you back pretty promptly. This was both my experience and that of a friend who is also in the States.

elokuu 5, 2022, 10:36 am

>14 RRCBS: ... they don't do Paypal.

I received an email from Martin a few days back stating that they have setup a PayPal account and can now issue an invoice. Their 'Order' page still does not reflect this update, so interested buyers will have to send them an email requesting a PayPal invoice.

elokuu 5, 2022, 11:26 am

Exceedingly effortless calling from New Zealand, though would certainly have plumped for PayPal had I known it was now an available option.

>25 red_guy: >26 Shadekeep: A slipcase for the Island Edition would indeed have been the perfect combination for me, though the Leather Bound would be superb were my means limitless.

elokuu 5, 2022, 11:56 am

>30 FitzJames: I suppose there are people who make custom slipcases - I'm sure there have been threads about it here (Etsy, perhaps?) - but probably by the time you've bought one it would double the cost of the book.

elokuu 5, 2022, 12:44 pm

>31 red_guy: Quite true, and somehow it wouldn't quite be 'correct' knowing that the slipcase to the leather bound copy mentions "gold blocking" to the cloth.

elokuu 6, 2022, 9:53 am

>28 whytewolf1: I was able to pay for the book through Wise, which I've used for other overseas small presses. Their fee is quite reasonable, and they are a good option when other choices aren't available or don't suit.

elokuu 6, 2022, 6:26 pm

>33 Shadekeep: That's good to know. I've used Wise in the past, so I considered using it to do a money transfer this time, but I ultimately felt it was easier to just call with a card. But as you say, that is a good method to have handy for the future. However, as someone mentioned above, EE can now apparently send PayPal invoices, and that will probably be the easiest option for most.

tammikuu 4, 5:52 pm

Received number 3 today, very happy with it!

helmikuu 3, 8:43 am

My copy (no 5 of 350) of the leatherbound edition arrived today, and I have to say it is magnificent. Sumptuous leather spine, a really substantial slipcase with the title matching the spine of the book on its reverse to avoid the possibility of sunning. The signature page is bound in, there is restrained two-colour printing in the text to mark out the passage used for an illustration, lovely hand marbling - and all for £250.

I know comparisons are odious, but they are there for the making, and Folio's loss was our gain. I can't wait for Mr Pye!

helmikuu 3, 9:48 am

>36 red_guy:

Nice! Out of curiosity, did you get a shipping notification/tracking information in advance?

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 3, 10:43 am

>36 red_guy: Congratulations, I'm slightly envious as it did look fantastic on the website and was a bargain at that price, although I'm quite happy with my standard Island Edition (no. 43) which is a lovely production. I may get a slipcase done for it as I think it needs one.

helmikuu 3, 11:45 am

>37 EdmundRodriguez: No, it came as a 'first class small parcel' and didn't appear to have any tracking. I wondered if I had ordered something from eBay and had enjoyed a senior moment, until I opened it ...

>38 assemblyman: Yes, it was a bargain as LEs go (especially Folio LEs!), but then the Island edition is also a bargain for a numbered edition of 350!

helmikuu 3, 12:25 pm

>39 red_guy:

Congratulations, sounds like you got a real bargain there. I'm sure it'll get a lot of love.

helmikuu 3, 1:10 pm

>40 folio_books: Thank you, it will!

It is the most wonderful book, and I shall always be grateful to its FSD champions for introducing it to me.


helmikuu 8, 2:50 pm

I received my quarter leather-bound edition today and it looks and feels far superior to a FS LE edition for this price range. Loved it!

helmikuu 8, 3:20 pm

>42 venkysuniverse: Damn! I really wanted to buy one but went for the basic edition (which is absolutely fine btw) in the interests of saving money. Enjoy it for me!

helmikuu 13, 5:35 pm

>43 stopsurfing: It is always a tricky decision and I am sure the basic would have been fabulous too.

helmikuu 20, 10:26 pm

Any US customers receive the numbered version yet?

helmikuu 22, 8:58 am

I haven't received mine yet. I ordered the Exemplary Edition so maybe that's different? Hopefully the book comes soon. It is such an underrated novel and for those of you who have not read it yet, you're in for a treat. It always amuses me that books of genius such as Ebenezer get such little recognition when there is so much garbage out there that gets acclamation. One of my favorite quotes:

"I always say whatever you do in this life, keep away from doctors and lawyers, or you will end up dead and have nothing left."

helmikuu 22, 9:20 am

>46 Joshbooks1: Exemplary editions have not yet been sent. Expected to ship "soon".

helmikuu 22, 9:39 am

>46 Joshbooks1: One thing that surprised me with the numbered edition is the suede on the inside of the slipcase, I think it is great but hadn’t read about this when ordering

helmikuu 22, 11:55 am

>46 Joshbooks1: I’m about 100 pages in and really enjoying it. The story takes you right in to the lives in the town. Beautifully written.

maaliskuu 9, 4:41 pm

I am glad to report that my copy has arrived ("A"). It is so rare that one of my absolute favourite books is produced with such care and attention to detail (and quality) - I was therefore very happy to fully support it and go all out with an exemplary edition. I expect this to sit on my top tier bookshelf for the rest of my days (and be read/enjoyed many times!).

maaliskuu 9, 5:38 pm

>50 EdmundRodriguez: Wow, it’s gorgeous. Congratulations.