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Limited Editions Club

Limited Editions Club History

天天看高清影视在线观看In 1932, George (1900-1956) and Helen Macy (1904-1978) founded The Limited Editions Club.  George and Helen Macy made a commitment to preserve literature classics and a few modern titles and to produce beautiful new editions of each.

After selecting a title, they hired famous artists to illustrate them.  Once printed, they were elaborately bound by skilled craftsmen. Initially, the edition run was limited to 1,500 copies.  In 1972, the press run was increased to 2,000 copies.

It was a common practice to have the authors, designers, illustrators, and/or printers to sign the copies.  Artists included Picasso and Matisse.

天天看高清影视在线观看After George Macey died in 1956, his wife Helen assumed the leadership of the Limited Editions Club until 1968.  Between 1968 and 1970, Jonathan Macy, the son of George and Helen, managed the business. In 1970, Boise Cascade Corporation purchased the Limited Editions Club and Heritage Press.  Boise Cascade sold it to Zff-Davis who in turn sold it to Cardavon Press. Cardavon has limited success and put the company up for sale.

Cardavon sold Heritage Press to the Danbury Mint.  Easton Press, Danbury Mint’s sister company, continues to reprint LEC Tiles.

天天看高清影视在线观看Sidney Shiff acquired the Limited Editions Club in 1973.  He reduced the number of new titles to less than 300 and raised the price to $5,000 per book.  Some collectors collect these as “fine art” titles, albeit they are priced well beyond the pocketbook of the average book collector.  When Shiff died on March 18, 2010, his wife became president of the publishing company.

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What to Look For

Although the quality of the publications is uneven, collector demand is high.  Lysistrata, illustrated and signed by Picasso, and Ulysses, illustrated and signed by Matisse are the two most sought after titles.

Condition is critical to value.  Books must be clean and crispy with little signs of wear to achieve maximum value. When paying top dollar, it is critical to identify a first edition, first printing.

Fifty-eight series, totally 576 titles, were published between 1929 and 1988.  Several print and portfolio series were published separately. Collectors focus primarily on the 548 titles published between 1929 and 1985.

Some illustrators died before the titles upon which they worked were published.  These included Edmund Dulac, (Comus), Arthure Rackham (Wind in the Willows), and Arthur Szyk (The Arabian Nights).  Artists who created original engravings, lithographs, and printed etchings included Thomas Hart Benton, John Stuart Curry, Marie Laurencin, Reginald Marsh, Henry Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Grant Wood.  Photographs such as Edward Steichen and Edward Weston also contributed.
George and Helen Macy, founders of the Limited Editions Club, also owned Heritage Press.  Heritage Press天天看高清影视在线观看 published unsigned and unlimited editions, often using the same artwork and topography as Limited Edition Club books. They were printed on cheaper paper and less handsomely bound.  Heritage Press books sell between $10 and $25.

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Limited Editions Club Antique Marks

Information is found on the title page and copyright page.

Signatures can be forged.  Make certain that signatures are authentic.

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Resources/Links
Biblio.com. “Limited Editions Club: First Edition Identification.” Biblio.com.
Dobrinska, Leah. “Collecting Limited Edition Club Publications.” Blog.bookstellyouwhy.com.
Grossman, Carol. The History of the Limited Editions Club. Oak Knoll Press, 2017.
Halpin, Edward. “A Guide to Collecting Books by the Limited Editions Club.” Abebooks.com. Limited Editions Club. Company website.
The Limited Editions Club. The Limited Editions Club: A Collectors Guide & Price Guide, 1929 – 2010. The Limited Editions Book Club, 2010.
Majure, Bill. “A Brief History of The Limited Editions Club.” Majure.net.
The Private Library. “The Limited Editions Club and The Private Library.” Privatelibary.typepad.com.