Today's question: Work multiples. Do you own multiple copies of any books? Which ones? Why? Can you share your list?
OK, WOW! According to the statistics I have 62 duplicate works. I was expecting to see maybe 4 0r 5. It isn't really as bad as it seems though, some of the duplicates are of different volumes in a series, which for some reason showed up as the same work. Many of the others come from my father-in-laws library, which we inherited when he passed on last year. And most of those multiples have been sold or given away.
Don't worry, I am not going to inflict a list of the 62 on you. Only the multiples that I have on purpose, or am aware of having:
1. Little Women: Children Classics (Children's Classics Series) by Louisa May Alcott (Children's Classics (1988), Hardcover, 400 pages)
Little Women (Wordsworth Collection) (Wordsworth Collection) by Louisa May Alcott (NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company (1998), Paperback, 224 pages)
Reason: One was my husband's before marriage, and the other mine. It is a great book. His is in a set of paperback classics, so we didn't want to get rid of it; and mine is a nice hardcover.
2. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Modern Library) by Oscar Wilde (Modern Library (1992), Hardcover, 272 pages)
The Picture Of Doria by OSCAR. WILDE (Wordsworth Classics (1992), Paperback)
Reason: Basically the same reason as little woman. The paperback is part of a set, and when we upgraded to a nice hardbound modern library volume, we kept the other. Besides, then if you lone out a book you still have one on hand.
3. William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Deluxe Edition by William Shakespeare (Gramercy (1990), Leather Bound, 1248 pages)
Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Wordsworth Royals Series) (Wordsworth Royals Series) by William Shakespeare (NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company (1997), Paperback, 1280 pages)
Reason: We actually have two more copies of the complete shakespeare. One from college days with notes written in the margins; and one with commentary. One of the copies listed is a nice Deluxe puffy hardcover edition. And I mean really, who could get rid of Shakespeare.
Reason: The paperback I bought in a grocery store when I needed something to read and didn't have anything else accesable. I had never read the shopaholic novels. I did not think I would like them since I destest shopping. But...Loved them, and got all of them in hard cover from paperbackswap. Why do I still have the paperback? Don't know.
5. The Illearth War: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Book Two by Stephen R. Donaldson (Del Rey (1987), Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages)
Th Illearth War (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever) by Stephen R. Donaldson (Holt Rinehart Winston (1977), Hardcover)
Reason: Finally found the out of print hardcover copies, and didn't get rid of the paperback becsause...
I could go through many more, but the reasons are all pretty much the same: got better editions because we really like the book, but couldn't part with the old one; or didn't realize I had a duplicate; or kept one to give to someone when they appeared out of nowhere and were in need of it; or kept one copy for reading, and the other for looking pretty on the shelf.