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A Bad Bargain [Dec. 7th, 2018|08:56 am]
Tony Grist
Turns out our "Complete" set of Dickens isn't complete after all- and the volume it specifically lacks is the one containing the Christmas Books. I had hoped to be deep into The Chimes by now but there's going to be a delay until the copy I ordered through Amazon arrives.

Our complete Dickens was an impulse buy. We haggled the shopman down to £60 from something outrageous but even so he got the best of the deal. It's a cheap edition from the early 20th century, printed in small type on coarse paper (so no pleasure to read) with only a sparse scattering of illustrations. Finding there's a volume missing (and perhaps more than one) puts the tin hat on it. One of these days, perhaps, we'll invest in something better; a set of the Oxford Illustrated would be nice. The Rochester bookshops are full of complete Dickenses and next time we're there I may look and see what they're asking for them....
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-12-07 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you want a real book instead of a digital simulacrum, but I'm pretty sure you can download just about any piece of Dickens from the Internet Archive. I have a pdf reader on my iPad that emulates the Kindle experience -- truly wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-12-07 02:24 pm (UTC)
(P.S. -- My "complete" Kipling isn't complete, either -- but it's so gorgeous I'll overlook that little detail. Especially since the missing volume is in my complete-as-of-1917 set.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-12-07 04:18 pm (UTC)
I've got most of Kipling in one edition or another- some of them firsts (you used to be able to buy Kipling firsts for a song because he was so unfashionable) but I'd really love to own the complete Sussex edition.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-12-07 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, this is a book I want on my shelves. I do use a Kindle- for some things. Balzac, for instance, who is very hard to get hold of otherwise.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-12-07 03:59 pm (UTC)
That's a bit irritating but as you say, a real complete set shouldn't be hard to find one day.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-12-07 04:31 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'll treat myself when I turn 70.
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[User Picture]From: heliopausa
2018-12-08 02:35 am (UTC)
How irksome! I hope a better and really complete Dickens comes your way eventually.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-12-08 08:09 am (UTC)
I'd be very tempted by something like that as well... I have all Dickens' novels, but in a selection of battered second hand paperbacks (except Barnaby Rudge, who I had to buy new).

Though I'm more carefully to check the font size these days, after the lovely leatherbound volume of Byron that I bought online turned out to have print so tiny a microscope would be required to read it.
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