Thursday, May 06, 2021

Castalia Library May update


This Castalia Library subscriber has clearly been blessed by the shipping gods. But it offers conclusive evidence to support the idea that the Castalia Library can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Franklin Library without shame. First, while the bindery's new shipping system appears to have sorted out the international issues, we're still in the process of figuring out the past problems, which is why both the Library and Libraria editions of THE DIVINE COMEDY are now out of stock. We need to make sure we've got sufficient quantities of both in hand just in case any shipments that went awry are lost.

Second, HEIDI is being printed now, and will almost certainly ship before SUMMA ELVETICA. Producing a signed edition seemed like a good idea at the time, but has introduced various complications and delays that we would have been wiser to avoid.

Third, for the next week, you can order the complete set of the Junior Classics in leather, or if you prefer, volumes one through three in leather. We're about to print the first three volumes and place orders for the leather, so we need to determine the final numbers. If you still haven't received the regular hardcovers yet, this is neither the time or the place to inform us of that, as we're going to work on that issue the week after next.

And fourth, the current Library subscription book for May-June is DISCOURSES ON LIVY by Niccolo Machiavelli. This is, in my opinion, by far Machiavelli's most important work, far surpassing both THE PRINCE and THE ART OF WAR in its historical and intellectual significance. I've read it in both Italian and English, and we've chosen the 1882 translation by Christian E. Detmold for its accuracy and clarity.

Finally, you can now order RHETORIC by Aristotle as a one-off. Subscriber discount codes are already valid.



Blogger Westhurst May 06, 2021 9:44 AM  

I was surprised at the size of The Divine Comedy when it arrived, but, from the picture, Plutarch Lives volumes are beasts. Excellent job Castalia Library. All good things come to those that wait.

Blogger Filter Bear May 06, 2021 10:13 AM  

Gorgeous. Don't have the budget right now to support the project but those books are absolutely stunning.

Blogger Cappuccinobear May 06, 2021 10:16 AM  

Thank you for the update! I am very much looking forward to reading the junior classics to my young daughters.

Blogger Avalanche May 06, 2021 10:18 AM  

Whew! GORGEOUS books!!

Blogger Shane Bradman May 06, 2021 10:22 AM  

While the shipping problems can be frustrating, it's good to see it from the right perspective. These books will last for hundreds of years. We can deal with a few months of delays.

Blogger Mark Hyatt May 06, 2021 10:51 AM  

I have a fairly extensive Franklin Library collection but now my Castalia Library books hold the top shelf position

Blogger Azimus May 06, 2021 10:53 AM  

Vox is smiling at this picture like the patriarch smiling at the family photo of all his progeny - full of pride and contemplating the potential in each young smiling face.

May each pass through a thousand hands this next hundred years and more, and bear the marks of heavy use from telling their stories again and again to those young smiling faces.

Blogger tdcommenter May 06, 2021 11:43 AM  

I have not been blessed by the shipping deities for a while, and may need to resort to pouring libations for Hermes.

Blogger Christian Gone Fishin' May 06, 2021 11:44 AM  

Is there a full set of regular hardcover Junior Classics available for purchase, or is it only the first three volumes?

Blogger tantonj May 06, 2021 11:53 AM  

Glad I got my divine comedy! Excellent quality.

Blogger Mayor Beetlejuice May 06, 2021 12:05 PM  

Hi all, I've recently been getting into Vox's fiction writing. Absolutely loved listening to A Throne of Bones on my commutes. Is there an audio version for A Sea of Skulls? I can't seem to find one online anywhere but I did see that Jeremy Daw was set to be doing a recording of the second book. Thanks for the help!

Blogger 7916 May 06, 2021 12:48 PM  

Plutarch arrived today, handy since part of it is on the homeschool reading list this year.

Blogger The Fox May 06, 2021 12:59 PM  

I was very happy with my Junior Classics hardbacks, and got them surprisingly quickly from Can’t wait for my first Castalia Library book!

Blogger Mamabear37 May 06, 2021 1:06 PM  

Excellent! And here I was just dreaming of an update. Vox didn't disappoint.

Blogger Ronius_Maximus May 06, 2021 1:23 PM  

Thanks Vox. Castalia Library is an honor to take part in.

Blogger Baseball Savant May 06, 2021 1:43 PM  

Blessed by the shipping gods indeed!!!! That looks amazing.

Just wanted to echo the thanks towards VD. It's amazing to be a part of this. Thank you.

Blogger Christian Gone Fishin' May 06, 2021 2:43 PM  

I can’t find the webpage to order a full 10-volume set of Junior Classics hardbacks. Could you reply with a link? All I can find are the first three volumes on Castalia House website.

Blogger Mamabear37 May 06, 2021 2:57 PM  

@Cappucccinobear, it's astounding to me how the jr classics have more captivating power over my children than any picture books I've ever read to them. I attribute it to excellent literature versus glossy emergency use TP.

Blogger VD May 06, 2021 3:07 PM  

You can't preorder the full set anymore.

Blogger D. Toolpodicus May 06, 2021 7:20 PM  

Just got the Divine Comedy and Plutarch's Lives. They are awesome. Full Stop. Now they have the top shelf.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart May 06, 2021 7:38 PM  

the bindery's new shipping system appears to have sorted out the international issues, we're still in the process of figuring out the past problems, which is why both the Library and Libraria editions of THE DIVINE COMEDY are now out of stock. We need to make sure we've got sufficient quantities of both in hand just in case any shipments that went awry are lost.

Thank you Vox. I had held my piece when you asked to do so (not me, but others in a similar hiatus in UK) here on the blog or over on SG2. But ever so slightly, some doubt had started to creep in whether the whole process will be able to deliver - conceding that Covid certainly has messed up international deliveries.

Looking forward to that issue getting sorted - really happy and expectant. I'll send the list via email to your UK contact.

PS - The only downside for me ... well not downside, but the availability of these excellent English books from Castalia Libraria has raised my expectations in my mother tongue.... there does not seem to be a similar organisation for German language books in similar quality (both inside and out). If any of the Ilk knows a similar specialised publisher with a similar target group and cultural orientation, only as German language books instead of (or in addition to) English, can you please let me know?

Blogger Doctor Britain June 10, 2021 4:50 PM  

What's happening with Castalia library shipments to Canada? The last book I received was the fourth The Divine Comedy. $950 US in so just a tad behind here. I work with International trading every day so there really shouldn't be any major hold ups. Worrying!

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