I’m not exactly proud of my biblioholism, it makes me do silly things in return for…well, I’m not sure exactly what it gives me besides pretty depressing Quicken graphs. One of biblioholism’s silly symptoms is buying multiple copies of books. Jim van Pelt recently blogged about books he’s bought twice, and I got to wondering about titles of which I own more than 1 copy.
I say “more than 1” because in some cases I own more than 2. Why would I own more than one copy? Various reasons, all of them illogical, so no need to try to convince me of what I already know. I’ve re-bought books because I found a better-looking copy; because I found one with an alternate cover; and because I was too lazy to go searching through my overwhelming pile of book boxes to find the title I wanted to read right away. (See aforementioned comment on biblioholism.) Most of my books were purchased at used bookstores, an economical method that allows my ridiculous level of book buying.
What are books of which I own multiple copies?
- Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison. I have a two hardback versions with different covers, two paperback version with different covers, and a few copies of the booksplit mass-market paperback floating around.
- Several classic titles that were reprinted as part of:
- The Science Fiction Book Club’s 50th Anniversary Collection.
- Science Fiction Book Club omnibus editions, seen here (click for a larger version):
- Gollancz’s Masterworks of SF and Masterworks of Fantasy series, seen here (click for a larger version):
- A few copies of older Philip K. Dick books
…and I think I better stop now because I’m depressing myself, even more than those Quicken graphs do.
How about you? Which books have you bought more than once?