Of Interest – The Easton Press and the Limited Editions Club United for Private Sells to Easton Members
June 26, 2011 Comments Off on Of Interest – The Easton Press and the Limited Editions Club United for Private Sells to Easton Members
George Macy fanatics probably know this already, but the Limited Editions Club, when owned by the Cardavon Press, sold the Heritage Press to the owners of the Easton Press in the late 1970’s. This gave Easton an incredible backlog of books to reprint under their banner, which they continue to do to this day. Many of their 100 Greatest Books are in actuality Heritage Press/LEC reprints. Around the time the Heritage Press was sold, Sidney Shiff purchased the LEC from Cardavon and began his long reign over the Club, limiting the print counts to 300 (although only 100 members were actually on the LEC rosters – the other 200 were sold to libraries, museums and other similar institutions) and altering the club’s focus to more contemporary authors and illustrators – today’s fine artists whose work goes for thousands if not millions of dollars. The club also lost its monthly release schedule to one that depended on whenever a book could be released.
Apparently Easton and Shiff got along well enough to cooperate on liquidations, as this letter will showcase to you. My anthro instructor got an offer in the mid ’90’s he recently unearthed from Easton soliciting the remainders of several of Shiff’s LEC creations, and he gave it to me to add to my miscellaneous “somehow tied to the books I collect” collection. I’d like to share some of it with you, as you’ll likely not see too many of Shiff’s contributions to the history of the LEC on this site due to their extreme cost and scarcity.