My bibliophilia is a curious thing.
One of the objects of this insatiable desire for books is the UK Masterworks series published by Orion/Gollancz. I first discovered them when I ran across a copy of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend in a used bookstore. (An excellent book, btw. “Come out, Neville!”) I saw that it was #2 in the SF Masterworks series and, in an appropriately-English dialect, I thought “Hmmmm. Now what’s all this then?” Nothing triggers my biblio-lust more than a beautifully illustrated SF series featuring classic reprints.
I started picking them up whenever I saw them. Over the years, I’ve managed to obtain 18 of the 63 titles. (What’s sadder? Keeping track or collecting them in the first place? Sigh.) Many of the titles I already own, mind you…such is the sad state of bibliophilia. The most readily available copies here in the US are the trade paperback versions, but I’ve also run across hardback version as well. (I picked up Ringworld in HB for $1. I also scooped up a clearance HB of The Day of the Triffids, too. Yay me!) One of the appealing things about them is the fantastic cover illustrations, many done by Chris Moore. In fact, I liked the artwork so much that when I stumbled upon a book featuring Moore’s work, Journeyman, I picked that up too.
Alas, my biblioholic ways didn’t stop there. When I found out there was a Fantasy Masterworks line as well, I had a whole new series to seek out. I’ve got 18 of the 48 Fantasy Masterworks titles. On the one hand, collecting the fantasy line is questionable considering my love/hate track record with fantasy. On the other hand, when I satisfy my biblioholism through the Fantasy Masterworks series, I’m less likely to be title a already own.
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