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Does anybody collect editions of one book?

Have a friend from college who has over 30 different editions of The Master and Margarita.

What book do you have lots of editions of? Why that book?

Any suggestions on which book might make a good edition collection?
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>>7630348
Does he own this beauty?
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>>7630348
I have 5 copies of the Iliad and Odyssey (different translations)
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I collect English translations of Montaigne.

First I got a complete works but it was too big to read on the shitter (Montaigne is the best shitter book besides Aquinas) so I got a selected essays and then it just kind of went from there.
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there were so many awesome full calf, stamped, gilded, and relatively cheap copies of Cowper's The Task made up for John Sharpe in the early 19th century that it's tempting to collect them all. Besides, materialism goes well enough with a poem that begins "I sing the sofa".
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I have a around 10 different copies of the Commedia and 6 different copies of Faust under different translations
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This crazy Faulkner collection https://nighthawknews.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/for-love-of-books-william-faulkner/
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>>7630348

I have several copies of The Brothers Karamazov. It's my favorite novel, and it's nice to be able to check them to compare pssages among different translations.
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>>7630487
>Montaigne is the best shitter book besides Aquinas
This piques my interest.
Are the essays so short that they can be read in one session or what are we talking about?
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>>7630487
Are you me?
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>>7630587
Absolutely - Montaigne's work is infinitely readable in short bursts. He's had the largest influence of any writer on my life after age 25.

I'm heading to his castle in France later this spring...can't wait to see the tower where he wrote his essays.

Truly, the first modern man - and that's not hyperbole.
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>>7630487
Which translations would you recommend?
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>>7630626
If you're new to Montaigne the Screech is pretty good, though I think Cotton captures the easygoing tone better. If you're in it for a more expensive and sturdy complete works that reads decently, then the Frame is nice. The Florio translation is also available in selections by NYRB right now if you're an Elizabethan.
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>>7630487
> Montaigne
> In english
First mistake.
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>>7630519
I'd like to see them anon
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>>7630650
i'll post a pic later tonight when i'm home.
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>>7630655
Great, I'll check it later.
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>>7630662
Faust
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>>7630662
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>>7631720

shitty pictures. i have some other copies not with me.

Ones pictures are, for Dante:
Carson
Ciardi
Hollander
Mandelbaum
Pinsky
Sinclair
Singleton

Faust-
Arndt
Atkins
Greenberg
Kaufmann
Luke
Priest
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>>7631725
What translation of Faust is the best? And which edition?
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>>7631740
i'm trying to decide that now. i haven't read greenberg and the luke part 2 yet.

the norton edition has by far the best notes and supplementary materials though. the translation itself has deficiencies. i think the best way to go is probably to pick up the norton for the notes/materials and probably the luke. greenberg seems very modernized and idiosyncratic based on the excerpts i've skimmed. priest/bayard taylor are definitely older, more archaic translations. kaufmann is quite good but it's incomplete (only part 1 and very little of 2) and some choices are a bit weird.
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>>7631725
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>>7631707

jesus christ the autism
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>>7631762
thanks senpai :^)
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>>7631760
How is the Atkins?
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>>7631959
he eschews rhyme completely in favor of meter, but does not reproduce all the meters the same way goethe had them. it's probably a divisive translation that's better for peopelw ho have a clear idea what they want out of a faust translation already as opposed to an all purpose introductory one in my opinion. the notes are also sparse. it's more suitable for a repeat reader than a first time reader imo.
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>>7630348
I actually collect copies of Alice in Wonderland, probably have 10 or 12 different versions
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>>7631725
Beautiful anon. I'm the one that asked for those photos. Thanks!
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>>7631720
How does it feel that even though you own all those copies you'll never be able to appreciate Faust in its original form?
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>>7632897
Why not?
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>>7632897
Meh. Occassional tinges of faint regret.
Not really something I lose sleep over
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>>7632010
I'd rob your grave anyday, friend
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>>7632978
I just think its funny that he spend all this effort and money yet everyone that speaks German is able to pick up a cheap copy and read it in its genuine form.

and yes, I understand that the act of collecting is often a hobby in itself and is thus justified and I do think its a nice collection.
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>>7633115
Meh.
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>>7633115
Oh I didn't look at the copies and assumed some of them were in German. I started learning German to read Faust, the influence Goethe had in Germany is inspiring.
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