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Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 1 Aug 2015 20:13:34 -0700
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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

     Robert Newsom <[log in to unmask]> confirms the praise Dominic
Rainsford gives Durrant's facsimile edition of the original numbers of 
Copperfield* and puts in a modern context the price being asked for:  (pjm)
> I can affirm that Durrant's facsimile really does put in your hands
> something that has the feel and look of the real thing. I was particularly
> impressed by the sewn binding and the color of the wrappers. And the pages
> are uncut!
> The discounted price works out to a little over $8 (US) a part, which still
> feels a bit steep, but then my baseline was drawn in 1971 when I bought a
> set of original parts of Bleak House at auction in NY for $160. :)
> On Sat, Aug 1, 2015 at 11:24 AM, Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]
>> wrote:
>> Friends of the Dickens Forum,
>>      We have read and listened to Dominic Rainsford's fine essays over the
>> years and now are happy to
>> pass on his post about an interesting offer from John
>> Durrant:                                         (pjm)
>> -------
>> Dear all,
>> Some of you may recall that about 10 years ago a publisher called Durrant
>> Editions issued a facsimile of *Copperfield* in the monthly parts.
>> Subscribers received one number per month, like the original readers. The
>> facsimile was based on thorough research into types of paper, inks, etc.,
>> and was of very high quality. If you know other facsimiles such as the 1973
>> Scolar Press *Nickleby* or the 1980 U of Kent *Drood*, well, they’re
>> pleasant and useful, but there’s absolutely no comparison. The Durrant
>> *Copperfield* is pretty much like the real thing, except that one isn’t
>> afraid to touch it. I use mine regularly in teaching.
>> Durrant Editions were planning to go on to issue similar facsimiles of all
>> of the other works published in parts. Alas, they had to be cancel for lack
>> of subscribers. Perhaps if they had waited until the bicentenary year,
>> things might have gone better. But I have mentioned the project to various
>> eminent Dickensians in recent years, and have the impression that quite a
>> few knew nothing about it - despite what seemed, at the time, lavish
>> advertising.
>> I got in touch with John Durrant by chance a few days ago, and asked him
>> whether there was any chance of reviving the project. (Surely I’m not the
>> only one who would gradually have collected the whole lot?) No, he said, he
>> can’t afford it. However … he has about 20 full sets of *Copperfield*
>> still lying around, and would be happy for them to go to “good homes”. So,
>> I thought of the Society. He is willing to take £100 per set, including
>> shipping. This is about half of the original subscription price, and is a
>> fantastic bargain (especially if you compare with the Clarendons, for
>> example). No sets seem to be listed on Bookfinder.com
>> <http://www.bookfinder.com/>, so this is a rare opportunity. John can be
>> contacted at [log in to unmask] I’m not taking any commission!
>> All the best,
>> Dominic
>> =============================================================
>> Dominic Rainsford
>> =============================================================
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