Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: Do you own more than one copy of a book?
Only a few. I don’t feel a need to own multiple copies of most books, since I only need one copy to read it. But there are a few where different copies have provided a different value. I don’t think the particular books I have multiples of will surprise anyone…
I have four copies of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera–the cheap, paperback, bad translation copy I bought first and highlighted all over; the fancy, annotated, good translation copy; the French copy, just…because; and the illustrated copy because illustrations!
I also have a paperback Anne of Green Gables that’s part of a full set, and a 1914, “thirty-eighth impression” hardback, in the style of the first edition. I have several of L. M. Montgomery’s books as both paper and audiobooks, because I wanted to listen to them on audio and the library, alas, let me down on that score.
I have a complete Sherlock Holmes collection, and a paperback of Hound of the Baskervilles (my favorite, and easier to carry). I also have a volume of Shakespeare’s complete plays, and a dozen or so individual plays as paperbacks (easier to carry, and better footnotes–actually, sidenotes, as I like the Folgers editions). I have two copies of Walden–I inherited one I’m keeping for sentimental reasons, and also keeping the one I had already done all my underlining in.
And I think that’s it for duplicates! All the other 700 or so books on my shelves are individual. Do you keep multiple copies of the same book? If you don’t usually, what reasons would lead you to?