The Portable Louisa May Alcott (Portable Library)
You should check out the Strand in NYC, perhaps just using the website. They usually have lots of Portables in all 5 designs, even hardcovers with dustjackets [not necessarily mint, of course]. Great article and information, thanks! If anything is a classics in a series like this one, I want to collect it, unless perhaps I have the work by another publisher. My favorite format is the early flexible covers. Hi I was wondering if I might have permission to use a photo of your portable books. Thank you very much for this excellent site on the Viking Portable Library.
I really appreciate the numbering list, great work. It has helped me as I continue to update my own extensive collection. I wanted to advise everyone that I just purchased on eBay Portable It is called The Portable Bernard Shaw. It contains pages, edited, with an introduction and notes, by Stainley Weintraub.
The Portable Louisa May Alcott (Portable Library) by Alcott, Louisa May | eBay
The spine includes the Viking ship with 83 in the sail. My copy is in perfect, near new conditon. Published , ISBN I am curious why book 90 also carries the same title. Again, I than you for your research, a look forward to future updates. Currently, I have 37, including the complete Poets of the English Language all in DJs with severely faded spines, and all , Hemingway second printing , a nearly mint-condition Woollcott, and one paperback: the Medieval Reader, which I found in a store with a nice, bright colorful cover, so I put it on the shelf.
My collecting actually started with volumes of the Modern Library my mother had used in college.
These fill the bookcases in my study, but the Vikings have their own place of honor. Thank you, for the link to this article via LibraryThing. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of my prized collection, I must confess that I have let a few slip away, but the current roster is 47 strong. If I get the urge someday, I might start collecting duplicates from this period- with design and illustration typical of that period and superior to book design in general today.
About a third of my collection were found in used bookstores in Oklahoma City where I grew up and lived for several years. The rest were picked up on random road trips and vacations from coast to coast with one find in Toronto: The Roman Reader I have a feeling my memory is not so unique among bibliophiles in this regard. My collection is currently shelved in a barrister bookcase in doubled rows to make space for my other book series obsession… yes you guessed it… The Modern Library. I have more windy commentary about my ML collection but shall spare you… for now.
Oh just one more thing to illustrate my obsession for the halcyon days of Viking Portable.
- Launch Into Literacy: Level 4: Students Book 4;
- Colloquial Croatian (Book Only).
- Starting from the Child: Teaching and Learning from 4 - 8;
- Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization.
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The Portable Baseball Reader 2. The Portable Jazz Reader 3.
The Portable Film Reader 4. The Portable Raymond Chandler 5. The Portable Neil Postman 6. The Portable Joseph Epstein 7. The Portable John McPhee 8. The Portable Harold Bloom 9. The Portable John Ashbery The Portable Military Reader. I have thirteen volumes in the series all of which are paperback reprints from the early Eighties except for the one I treasure the most: a hardcover copy of Whitman with dust jacket from which is in very good condition.
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Great insights and details — thoroughly enjoyable and appreciated. Many thanks.
Excellent article, thank you for researching this. The same goes for Anchor paperbacks, which I also collect. Thank for writing such an excellent articles on these books!
For Love of Books: The Viking Portable Library
I started collecting them when my school library was getting rid of old unwanted volumes, and picked up two Viking Portables. For those that are interested, a new edition of the Portable Steinbeck revised again! I have been looking for a complete list for AGES! I started collecting them when I lived in Berkeley in the and had access to all its used book stores.
The portable Louisa May Alcott
Is that in the original format or is that the first in the next design? Anyway this is a stupendous article! The Portable Nietzsche first printed in was available in a flexible with a dust jacket Google Portable Nietzsche dust jacket and you can find an image , but because the paperbacks started the next year, they are hard to find and probably expensive. Thanks for the article. You might be interested in hunting down an article by Peter Coveney in the magazine Firsts Sept.
Great and very helpful article. Over 50 in various formats, though I greatly prefer the Viking paperback versions, and have the most of them. Also Modern Library, Everyman Library, really any series of books designed for educated readers. Old books, new books, beautiful books!
I have, finally after more than 30 years completed my collection of the first 63 i. What a treasure trove! I initially preferred the wrap-around photo cover versions, but broadened my tastes as time went on. I really got into them again after finding four of the five volumes of the Poets of the English Language, in chipped jackets, at a second-hand bookshop in Rogers, Arkansas.
Anyone know anything about them? I found this set on eBay earlier this year and bought it with a shrug, not knowing what it might be. It seems to have been published at the same time in the US as the volumes in jackets, and wondered if it might have been issued as the elusive No. Any collectors out there with any thoughts? Feel free to drop me a line. It was identical in every respect in terms of text, layout,etc, to the Viking Portable Joyce, except for outer packaging: cover, slipcase.
My understanding was that they were Viking Portables licensed to a Canadian publisher. You are commenting using your WordPress.
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