Greetings! I’m Jerry, (nick WildcatJF), and I am the administrator of the George Macy Imagery. Before I get into why I’m into LEC and Heritage books, I’ll divulge a bit on some of my other hobbies and passions. Video games are right up there, as well as drawing, writing (creatively and critically), reading (need to do more!), photography, listening to music and collecting old books and various video game merch. I am happily married to an amazing woman that I can not imagine life without, and am working towards embarking on getting an anthropology or interdisciplinary M.A. and PhD.
Okay, now we can dig into my passion for these lovely books. I discovered the Heritage Press quite by accident. I was perusing a library book sale when I stumbled upon an amazing copy of The Aeneid, with the dynamic binding of Carlotta Petrina’s artwork. I was floored, and I was even more stunned at the $10 price tag; surely a book of this quality cost more! I bought it and was very pleased with myself, as I’ve been a fan of old books and believed I had a gem in my hands. The next time the same library had a sale, I discovered a brilliant copy of Sherlock Holmes, which, despite a garish handwritten name on the inside, was just beautiful. I was lucky enough to walk away with that one for a paltry $2! It happened to have a Sandglass, but for some reason I didn’t take much note of it. I was just pleased to continue building up my book collection. A nearby library also has sales, and at one particular visit not too far off from picking up Sherlock I found a third book that was stunning: the Pierre Brissaud illustrated Cyrano de Bergerac. Now I adore this play as it is, due to having been in a production of it (as De Guiche), and I was tickled to own such an exquisite copy of it. However, something clicked inside of me when I noticed that the publisher was the Heritage Press. That seemed familiar. Upon returning home I checked my Aeneid and Sherlock and lo and behold, they were all from the same house! That’s when I became a Heritage collector.
Becoming a LEC collector took a little longer. I’m not exactly sure how I put 2 + 2 together and realized that the Heritage Press was more-or-less a mass-market version of the Limited Editions Club with exclusive bonuses, but I found out about the LEC on my honeymoon in Monterey in 2008 as I laid eyes on a wide array of LEC titles. I spent at least a good hour pouring through them all, ultimately deciding on George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman.
In recent years, I’ve decided to refocus my collecting efforts on prioritizing LEC editions and Heritage Press exclusives or titles that I find more attractive than their LEC counterparts. I once had a catalog of over 100 Heritage titles; now I have around 50. My LEC collection sits at 30.
Limited Editions Club:
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky/Fritz Eichenberg
The Innocent Voyage by Richard Hughes/Lynd Ward
Tartuffe by Moliere/Hugo Steiner-Prag
Zadig by Voltaire/Sylvain Sauvage
The Explorations of Captain James Cook in the Pacific by Capt. James Cook/Geoffrey C. Ingleton
The Aeneid by Virgil/Carlotta Petrina (I prefer this edition)
The Story of Manon Lescaut by the Abbe Provost D’Exiles/Pierre Brissaud
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman/Rockwell Kent
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam/Arthur Szyk
Penguin Island by Anatole France/Sylvain Sauvage (I hope to own this some day)