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Tuesday Thingers: Multiples

ttToday’s question: Work multiples. Do you own multiple copies of any books? Which ones? Why? Can you share your list?

I don’t own many multiples, at least not listed in LT. Here are the ones under my statistics:

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Norton Critical Edition (2004), Paperback)
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Penguin (Non-Classics) (2004), Paperback, 864 pages)
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Signet Classics (2002), Paperback, 960 pages)
  2. Abhorsen by Garth Nix (Eos (2004), Paperback, 528 pages)
    Abhorsen by Garth Nix (HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (2005), Paperback, 400 pages)

I have my original paperback copy of Anna Karenina, a copy in Russian (which is hardcover and not catalogued properly), and a Norton critical edition because the professor required that one and my original copy was at home anyway.  I thought that was my only multiple, but I see that I also have two copies of Abhorsen.  I bought one on my own, and my boyfriend bought me the second one because he thought I’d like it without realizing that I already had it.  The days before LT, of course.

I also have two versions of Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone that I haven’t catalogued.  I’ve listed one, of course, my original paperback.  My mom gave me that in my beat-books-up days and thus it has been bent, stained, and dog-eared beyond belief, so I got a new hardcover sometime last year.  I think between us my fiance and I have at least one duplicate, but he doesn’t have many books and he’s not buying at all now that he has my collection to read from, so I don’t foresee that becoming a problem.

I keep all copies of the books I own. I remember which ones I have eerily well, so I don’t have any accidental duplicates. Mainly I keep the few I have for sentimental value. If I was going to buy duplicates on purpose, it would most likely be to acquire a better translation of foreign language books or if a special edition was released.

Do you own any book duplicates?


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