Serendipity strikes again and tugs at my heart (and purse) strings. This week my thoughts turned to E. F. Benson's glorious Mapp and Lucia novels after reading an excellent post by Desperate Reader. Shortly after, I was excited to learn from Library Thing that The Folio Society have recently reissued the boxed set of the Mapp and Lucia novels, first published by Folio in 1994.
I have been coveting this beautiful box set for over a year but could not afford the second hand price tag that ranged from £60.00 to £100.00! I think it's wonderful that there is now the option of possessing it in a freshly printed condition... although now it costs more... £120.00.
This new edition appears to be identical to the previous one with the exception of the slipcase being a pastel blue instead of pink, and the books are not in individual shades. But the graceful and witty illustrations of Natacha Ledwidge are present on each cover and this is part of the attraction for me. I have yet to peruse an individual book and have only been able to gaze at the photographs that proud owners have been kind enough to share. Sigh!