A Book A Day #7 – I Own More Than One Copy

Due to the frequency of my trips to the Free Book Project, this does actually apply to more than one book.  Deep down I think I may have an ambition to out-do the Bodleian in owning a complete catalogue of the printed word.  This is possibly something that I could do with therapy about.  In my defence, I do try and take books back if I realise that in my zeal I have actually gathered up the same one twice so ultimately decided not to pick any of those.  So really, it had to be Pride and Prejudice

Deep breath … I have the Everyman edition from when I was nine, the PulptheClassics edition from last year because it amused me and my Mum got me the Flipback edition meaning that I can now carry a copy anywhere no matter how small my bag is, I have a Kindle copy and last Christmas I got my Mum the Spineless Classic version.  Basically, you don’t want to be any further than six paces away from a copy of Pride and Prejudice and with this many copies, I never need to be.

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7 thoughts on “A Book A Day #7 – I Own More Than One Copy

  1. Guilty as well…I have an old Penguin paperback, a Norton Critical Edition from college, a Modern Library edition (together with Sense and Sensibility) I inherited from my grandfather, and my gorgeous new Folio Society edition. I have a number of books that I have bought in hardback but am reluctant to give up my old paperback…Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones is an example, the first book I ever bought by her.

  2. Multiple copies! Of some books yes, of course. My childhood favourite Arthur Ransome (which is how I ended up here sometime ago) I have complete sets in hardback and paperback, along with various editions including a couple of firsts in hardback. There are others I have multiples of but not as many as I did, when I divorced nearly twenty years ago I lost about 2,000 books (it was acrimonious and restricting my access to collecting them was one of the tactics, so it goes – as Vonnegut puts it.)
    The thing with a lot of the duplicates, particularly paperbacks, is that publishers change the format and cover and there are times when I can't resist!

  3. Just re-reading my comment, losing my book collection through divorce was exactly what happened to Arthur Ransome (his ex-wife kept them and made many unfilled promises to give them to him, she then sold them at a poor price when he was in no position to buy them!) I'd never thought of this before.

  4. It's funny how different copies can have different meanings – like you I have the old paperback and I have Norton Critical Editions from uni, then my Flipback and Pulp versions which are more playful. A very dear family friend died recently and has left me her copy of Wuthering Heights so I know exactly what you mean about getting them from family members. It's strange how although the focus is the words, the object itself can come to mean so much. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  5. I never knew that about Arthur Ransome … losing books is always really difficult. I read The Love-charm of Bombs recently where one of the authors featured, Rose Macauley, lost all of her books during an air raid. I am slowly trying to replace my books from childhood which my parents' builder destroyed … as you say, so it goes. Kurt Vonnegut was a wise, wise man.

  6. …that pulp version of Pride and Prejudice makes me crack up every time I see it! That smoldering Colin Firth-ey-looking guy with his cigarette is just too much!

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