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Collecting Classics

I don’t really know how it started. My sister bought some really lovely copies of classics from a charity shop, I learnt about the existence of the Penguin Clothbound Classics which started a conversation with a fellow booklover in work. Internet, twitter. I don’t know.

I did start to buy some signed copies (I blame Waterstones) of modern fiction and I have a gorgeous hardback boxset of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar children but I think the need to have lovely classics came first.

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It must’ve started before all that. I started off buying the classics in paperback, just because that’s what I found first. But I’ve been wanting a hardback copy of Jane Eyre for a while, you can see my first paperback and the later cheap hardback I bought.

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The rest of my classic paperbacks amongst my other books…

I’ve already got a few hardback classics but I don’t think they’re considered collectable and I started looking at the more collectable editions recently. Technically my collection started with this book:

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I can thank a former colleague for this my first clothbound classic, it was a secret santa gift. The plan was to buy more clothbound classics but when I was shopping in Waterstones last they didn’t have Jane Eyre which being my favourite classic I wanted to start with. But then I discovered how many different collectable classics there are. And probably thanks to the Ninjas I heard about the Folio Society classics. The difference between the Folios and the other books I have (except Heidi) is that they have illustrations. I was recently struggling to pick which edition of Jane Eyre I preferred and ended up buying this book:

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The Ninja Book Box had this copy of Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, available in their shop, they shared it on social media and I just had to buy it, in prefect condition. 

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I have read it before and have it in paperback, I think, but collecting classics is about finding beautiful copies of the books you love. Even if you already have them. After all I already had two copies of Jane Eyre (not counting the ebook) and I bought another one recently but I’m tempted to do what a fellow bookblogger is doing (Esmé from Esmoggle Reads) and collect more.

People collect other things why not collect books?

When I was looking for a copy of Jane Eyre on ebay I found this:

 

I hadn’t planned to buy this but the illustrations inside are so dark, it’s probably not the most lighthearted of copies of this book but it is beautifully gothic. The illustrations inside are what sold it for me:

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So I’ve got the bug, but I can’t buy anymore just yet. (The good thing about buying these books is I’ve had to stop buying more books). I’m not sure what books I’m going to buy next and how often I’m going to add to my collection but this is a start.

What do you think about these books? Do you like collecting specific books? Share links to your posts.

 

11 thoughts on “Collecting Classics”

  1. Classics aren’t really my reading go-to although I’ve read a few. Jane Eyre is my favourite too. Those Penguin Clothbound Clasics and beautiful though, I can see why you’d want to collect them.

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  2. I totally get it.

    I love collecting different editions of my favourite books too (not necessarily collectible editions). I just have to love the particular cover.

    This is a very expensive hobby for me though. But, slow and steady… 😉

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  3. Those cloth bound classics are lovely, and I like all the illustrated ones you’ve found – very unusual. I think this is a great thing to collect.
    I have hardback versions of children’s classics, mostly the penguin ones too.

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