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Bargains for Bibliophiles

While these days may be dark for the book publishing industry, damned if it isn’t a great time to be a consumer. Last night I picked up a copy of Jeremy Lewis’s Penguin Special, The Story of Allen Lane  for $4.70 something, at Chapters. Just look at these lovely endpapers: 

A year of two ago I bought a copy of Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish for about the same amount. One of the most beautifully designed

and produced ‘recent’ books I’ve ever seen. Each chapter has different coloured type

for crying out loud.

Last week I got a copy of How to Read a Novel by John Sutherland for under $5. I just saw Alberto Manguel’s The Library at Night for $6.99. These may be tough times, but never have they been so filled with bargains for the bibliophile. 

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2 Responses to “Bargains for Bibliophiles”

  1. patricia Says:

    Oh those Penguin endpapers are lovely!

    Also keep your eyes open for library book sales, especially if you’re in Toronto. My husband works for TPL, and you wouldn’t believe the gems that the libraries discard. Everything is based on circulation statistics these days. Eventually the only books that will circulate at libraries will be Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code and Twilight.

  2. Arthur Durkee Says:

    Hear, hear to all of that.

    I just picked up a slew of books on Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and George Mackay Brown, all very nicely cheap and all very lovely.

    I’m glad you focus on book design at times. It’s something that needs to be mentioned. (Of course, I’m an occasional book designer, so I’m biased that way.) Beauty of presentation is a wonderful thing, in books.

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