I was glued to a tea-drinking scene in a 19th-century novel.
I didn’t hear the mail arrive.
I went to get tea and saw a box on the stoop.
I opened the door.
I picked it up.
The sticker said “Royal Mail” (much more awe-inspiring than USPS), and the return address sticker said The Folio Society.
Yes, my gorgeous copy of the Folio Society’s complete edition of Trollope’s The Duke’s Children arrived.
It is bound in Indian goatskin leather, with hand-marbled endpapers.
And it comes with an adorable “Line counter” bookmark. Most of the pages have exactly 39 lines. When I blog about it, I will be able to cite the line number. Fun, fun.
The copy number is written in by hand. It is 7__ of 1980. And it says that:
The first complete edition of The Duke’s Children has been typeset in Miller by The Folio Society, printed on Caxton Cream Wove… It is limited to 1980 numbered copies, and 20 lettered copies hors de commerce.
It has an introduction by Joanna Trollope.
And there is a second volume, a commentary on the book.
My misgivings: I have never had a leather book before.
I am a paperback person.
My cousin the librarian is laughing at me. “You’re not a f—ing collector and what about tea stains?”
Trollope write The Duke’s Children as a four-volume novel and it was cut to three volumes. The complete edition is only available from the Folio Society.
I retort, “It’s not a collectible. It’s mine now.”
I am a bit worried. I read my books HARD. I throw my paperbacks down on the couch. I write in them.
Wish me luck! It is no longer a collectible… It is a reading copy!