Today I just had to share my latest find with you. Last weekend I went to a car boot sale. On one of the stalls, nestled amongst children’s toys and miscellaneous ironmongery, I spotted a set of books. A six-volume hardback set of Arabian Nights, to be specific, and I knew just by looking at them that they were Folio Editions.

I walked past, thought about it for a bit, and decided to find out the price. I was sure they would charge at least £20 – even though I knew they were definitely worth more – and I was all ready to produce my notes as I asked the woman what she wanted for them.

“Three pounds.”

I pretended to ponder for a second, looked them over and then bought them. A bit of research has revealed that the Folio Society doesn’t sell this set any more, but I’ve since found it (used) on eBay for anything from £70 to £180. I’m not usually one to natter about bargains but BLOODY HELL this was good.

Anyway, here are some photos of my beautiful purchase.

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The set comes in two boxes (most Folio books have protective boxes). This is the decoration on one of them.

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Because the boxes have taken most of the battering throughout the years, the books inside are in mint condition.

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The full set, and one of the beautiful illustrations inside.

Can’t wait to start reading these (and yes, I will be counting one volume as one book!).

- gildius -