Weekly Geeks 2009-33: One Title Collection

This week’s weekly geeks:

Last year, I saw a movie, I think it was called Definitely, Maybe, that got me to thinking. In this movie, one of the girls was on a quest to find a particular copy of Jane Eyre, I forget now the specific reason why. But in the process of her search, she ended up with this massive collection of Jane Eyre books, from all sorts of places and years and styles. She had a shelf that went all the way around her room, filled with these wonderful Jane Eyre books.
It made me wish I had a collection like hers, a collection of one particular title, in all it’s various versions.
So, Weekly Geeksters, tell us, do you have a collection, (or are you starting a collection,) of one particular book title? If so, what’s your story? Why that book, and how many do you have, and what editions are they? Share pictures and give us all the details.

Or perhaps you dream about starting such a collection. What title would it be and what would it take for you to get motivated to start collecting?
Or maybe it’s the works of a particular author you collect (or want to collect) instead a certain book title?

I can’t say that I ever considered starting a collection of one specific title. We have a few different issues of “Dracula”, but I can’t really call them a collection, because they came about by accident rather than on purpose. If you look at the state of our bookshelves (as you can see here, for example), it is not that easy to find a specific book, so it sometimes happens that we buy a book that we already have. Admittedly, after four copies of Dracula we should know by now that we own Dracula in abundance. So I don’t think that we will continue that collection.

Then we have a few issues of “Lord of the Rings”, but that happened when two households were thrown together. So, not a collection either.

I don’t know what would make me collect various issues of a certain book. If I’m not after special editions or signed copies, why would I collect a certain title? Maybe, if the cover art on the various issues is especially interesting. But offhand I can’t think of any title I’d be interested in collecting.

As for authors, again, no. Of course, I have several books of certain authors, but I wouldn’t call them a collection either. I don’t have anybody on a sort of auto-buy list. I don’t have favourite authors whose books I buy sight unseen.

Then again, the only author that comes to mind is possibly Marion Zimmer Bradley. I have several of her books, not all related to the same series. But given the number of books she’s written, my little collection is very small indeed.

To see what other geeks are collecting, go to the weekly geeks.

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  1. Another accidental collector! Does it still count? I really think there may be a different mindset for collectors rather than just uber-readers. Content vs. object. Thanks for sharing. Happy reading!

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  2. Several copies of Dracula? You could do much worse! Your bookshelves look very much like mine. I’ve never come up with a very good classification system.

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  3. One reason to collect a lot of versions of one title might be if it’s a translated work. I’ve picked up a couple of versions of War and Peace translated from Russian to English for when that time comes that I want to tackle reading it and might need to compare a couple of translations to figure out what’s going on.

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  4. I forgot about Bradley. I have the whole Mists of Avalon series plus a couple of her other books. I didn’t read any of them though, lol! I have to.

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