I love books. I have many, many thousands of books. I was a bookseller and a library worker. I write books. I am typing these words in my backyard hammock as the sun rises, and scattered around me on the ground are ELEVEN books that I'm in the midst of reading.

I love books as objects for delivering type to my eyeballs; long-form reading is SO much easier with print, despite my worsening visual disability. Reading on a screen is haunted by the omnipresent fact that one tap away is a Tiktok video of a guy shoving a lemon up his nose.

But I also love books as artifacts: old pulps redolent of the moisture they've absorbed, bus transfers and pawn tickets hidden in their pages; beautiful first editions, unwieldy art-books with heavy, clay-coated stock. I just LOVE books.

I have an especial soft spot for really FANCY books, limited-edition hardcovers. @beehivebks has done astounding work producing super-deluxe slipcased, hardcover editions of public domain classics:


But long before Beehive arrived on the scene, The @FolioSociety was turning out these stupendous, mouth-watering editions of new and old literary classics. They're pricey, but if I ever spot one at a used story (@IliadBookshop is a frequent source), I snap it up.

The latest from The Folio Society is a $745 (!), four volume (!) slipcased edition of the complete short fiction (!) of Philip K Dick (!), introduced by Jonathan Lethem (!), limited to 750 hand-numbered copies (!).


The books include 24 original illustrations by 24 artists, including Dave McKean, Georgia Hill, Hilary Clarcq and many, many others.

This set is too rich for my blood, to be honest, but just watching the videos describing the production was profoundly satisfying to me.

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