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Anyone else member of The Folio Society?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by drake, May 17, 2006.

  1. drake

    drake Senior member

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    http://www.foliosoc.co.uk

    Is anyone else a member of The Folio Society or other similar club?

    I don't like reading books unless the book is hardcover (so it will look nice on my bookshelf) and printed on nice paper (supposedly Folio uses some of the best paper mills in Europe).

    Folio seems the best for this, I think their is another called Easton Press but I haven't heard anything good about their quality and readability.

    So where do you guys get nice books for your library?
     


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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    green apple on clement street (SF) has a good cabinet full of vintage collectible books. i bought a decent copy of Le Morte D'Arthur at that shop (i don't think it was from their collectible shelves though).
     


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    I read that the paper used these days for books only lasts about 30 years or so. Compare that to the books still extant today from about 600+ years ago, which used rag paper.
     


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    I generally tend to avoid things I am not the first owner of but I'll have to look into this.

    I have always wanted some Cold War era Math and Science textbooks.

    green apple on clement street (SF) has a good cabinet full of vintage collectible books. i bought a decent copy of Le Morte D'Arthur at that shop (i don't think it was from their collectible shelves though).
     


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    You mean the type of paper money is printed on? You would think with all the technological advances in the past 50 years regular paper would last longer than 30 years. Are you sure about that? That seems really short.
    I read that the paper used these days for books only lasts about 30 years or so. Compare that to the books still extant today from about 600+ years ago, which used rag paper.
     


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    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    I was a member of Folio for a few years, but currently am not, and have over 50 Folio volumes. The books are very nice; they're hard not to dote on. I do plan to rejoin.

    Folio is much nicer than Easton. Easton does some nice work, but Folio is more creative.
     


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    You mean the type of paper money is printed on?

    You would think with all the technological advances in the past 50 years regular paper would last longer than 30 years. Are you sure about that? That seems really short.

    I don't know what type of paper money is printed on but the old rag papers are certainly much thicker and all "organic" as compared to what currency is made of today.

    Technologically progressive things all tend to be superior in efficency, and concept but shoddy in construction.
     


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