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Old Jul 8 2007, 10:38 AM   #1
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Well, I said I'd put this up a few days ago, but I ended up forgetting.

Here's my latest buy...(It cost me £5)



It's a 1st edition Del Ray 'Renegades of Pern'. The pages are still really crisp and white, and it has a full number line inside.

Something I found odd though, was the pages on the side.



As you can see here, they all seem to be of varying lengths and whatnot, giving the book a slight corregatetd effect almst. I've never seen anything like that before.


NOTE: I also got myself a copy of the 1st ed paperback of 'Crystal Singer' for £1.50, which I'm going to end up using as a reading copy...^^;
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Old Jul 8 2007, 11:14 AM   #2
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Nice books!! See, charity work has it's benefits sometimes. Not to say that you should not just do the charity work, but it helps.
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Old Jul 8 2007, 11:18 AM   #3
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I have a lot of books that have that mismatched page length.

However, at the moment I'm not sure why they are like that. The edition lf "The Coelura" I just sold on eBay is one of them, though.

Maybe some of the true collectors know.
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Old Jul 8 2007, 11:55 AM   #4
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It almost looks as if its come off the production one session too early. -Chuckles-

((And yes, as you can see it's in a sealed-bag. -Chuckles-))
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Hm. Looks like it's missed the guillotine. I wonder whether somebody at the printers stole it off the line. It does happen.
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Old Jul 8 2007, 02:03 PM   #6
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This isn't highly uncommon, sometimes the publisher decides to leave books this way -- I've always taken it as a stylistic choice.
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Old Jul 8 2007, 02:56 PM   #7
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Actually, I've felt that it's done as a way to save money! One less cut needed.
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I have a few books with pages like that too. Often wondered why they were like that.
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I have several books that are finished this way...I have always thought that it was a design decission instead of something by accident.

P.S. Congratulations again Sarah...its a "Fine" looking book!!!
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I've a lot of books that way too. I like them left that way, it makes turning the pages easier.
I don't think it's a mistake, like Cheryl said, possibly a stylistic choice.
I think that the rough edge is just the raw edge of the paper and they cut the top and bottom edges smooth because that's where the perforations for tearing the pages apart are located.
And too, it probably does save money to leave that edge and not cut it. It's tuff enough to pay what a first edition costs right off the shelf and if this saves a bit then I'm for it!
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Old Jul 9 2007, 06:43 AM   #11
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my copy's like that too I think- same edition I think- is yours a true first?
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my copy's like that too I think- same edition I think- is yours a true first?
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On the inside near the bottom it says;

First Edition: November 1989
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same as mine then. I wonder if its a del-rey thing?
does it occur on other 1sts?
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Maybe a Del Rey thing, or maybe a just a US thing. I'm not at all un-used to seeing books with rough edges, whereas it seems that you non-US folks are more surprised by this.
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Maybe a Del Rey thing, or maybe a just a US thing. I'm not at all un-used to seeing books with rough edges, whereas it seems that you non-US folks are more surprised by this.
This is the first time I've ever seen a book like this you see...Before I got Renegades I'd never even heard of books with such rough edges. -Chuckles- It just got me curious as to why this would be the case, is all...^^
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Many of my US hardcovers have the ragged bookblock (the stack of pages uncut). I an also of the opinion that it is a stylish thing (asked Cheryl about it years ago). It give the book a vintage/old fashioned look.

None of my UK hardcovers have it and, none of my non-Del Rey US hardcovers, so...
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Anne's book - THE LADY aka THE CARRADYNE TOUCH - is done by Ballantine and it has the raw edges. I also have some books done by Wm Morrow and they too have the same raw edges. So there are other publishers who are doing the same thing. Unless these publishers are somehow connected with Del Rey?
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Del Rey is indeed belonging to Ballantine Books (Random House and ultimately Bertelsmann).

I don't know Wm. Morrow
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If you look at your books, I think you will likely find all of them with the uneven page cuts are first editions....I have always associated this with a first edition publication.............though not all publishing companys do it.
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