Last week, I was in the mood for revisiting a favourite book, so I took down my childhood copy of Little Women from my shelves. I have had this copy since I was about eight or nine and it's rather dog-eared as both my sister and I loved the book and read it numerous times between us. I was all ready to settle down and read it when, as I was looking up what year it was published in out of curiosity, I saw the dreaded words abridged by in tiny letters.
And I just hate abridgements! The whole time I've been saying that Little Women is one of my favourite books and it turns out I haven't really read it at all! I do feel that if a book is an abridgement, it should say so on the front or back covers, not just in tiny writing buried behind the title page. So of course I started wondering what had been left out of my copy, what I have missed and decided that I had to buy a 'proper' copy right away.
After much rooting around on various websites, I found this gorgeous copy. It's part of the Penguin Threads range, and is just stunning. It's not released yet, so I pre-ordered it and am expecting my copy to arrive in early May. The Penguin Threads range was designed by Jillian Tamaki and the protoype books were hand-stitched. Unfortunately the range is small at the moment, but I'm hoping it will expand in future as all of them are beautiful.
As we all know, one purchase leads to another and I found myself ordering the Penguin threads version of Emma, as I only have a tatty mass market paperback copy of it. I also treated myself to two of the Puffin Hardback children's classics; Peter Pan and The Secret Garden. The Secret Garden is one of my favourite books, but I've never actually read the original Peter Pan. Now I will have the perfect excuse.
More and more I'm finding that if I love a book, I want a nice copy that I can treasure and reread. I very rarely purchase any books I've not already read as I have a fabulous library system near me. Books have to earn their spots on my shelves, especially as space is limited.
How do you feel about abridgements? And are you willing to spend more on beautiful copies of books you love?