Tuesday Thingers: Multiples

Today’s question: Work multiples. Do you own multiple copies of any books? Which ones? Why? Can you share your list?

Here is my list of work multiples:

  1. Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Personal Size by God (Zondervan (2002), Paperback, 2240 pages)
    Zondervan NIV Study Bible, Personal Size by God (Zondervan (2002), Paperback, 2240 pages)
  2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Harcourt (1968), Mass Market Paperback, 111 pages)
    Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Harcourt Childrens Books (J) (1969), Paperback, 113 pages)

As you can see, I don’t have too many.  The first is because both my husband and I have our own Bibles, both of which are the Zonderan NIV Study Bible.  They aren’t actually the same printing and may not be the same number of pages (small changes to font, layout), but Bibles are so screwed up on LibraryThing, that I’m not changing anything, because they are the same work and I want them combined.

My only other double is The Little Prince/Le Petit Prince, and that is because I own the book in both French and English.  Both copies are from high school when we had to read Le Petit Prince in my French III class.  I read the chapters in English before reading them in French to increase my comprehension.  I still try to repeat this process about once a year, to keep my horridly rusty French from disappearing completely (I took 5 years, but it has been nearly 8 years since I studied the language or spoke it with any frequency).

Do you have many multiple copies of books?  Copies in different languages, with different translators, or simply different printings?  Do you want a collector’s edition of your favorite books, or is any old reading copy enough for you?

8 comments to Tuesday Thingers: Multiples

  • Our family has multiple bibles too (not all the same version), one is a family bible (past generations have used it and recorded births/deaths), I’ve got two women’s bibles, my husband has a devotional bible, then we have a few NIV versions and some others. :)


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  • We actually have a couple other Bibles as well, although no family Bible, but they don’t show up as work multiples.

  • Amy

    I also studied French for 5 years and then haven’t used it since I went to France in college. Sigh. We read some great stuff in French, though.

  • Shana

    Hey, Jen –

    That seems to be a theme this week – having copies of a given title in several languages. Mine was English/Spanish versions of an Isabel Allende novel.

  • LT says we have 88 work multiples, though I know some of those are actually different volumes of the same work. And it doesn’t include the bibles we own, but I am having problems searching my catalogue, so I can’t tell you how many bibles we have. 6 or 7, maybe?

    This is what happens when two readers, both who can’t get rid of books, get married.

  • The works of Dickens – I have copies that were printed in the USA, then purchased early versions while in London several years ago.

  • Nope i dnt have any double copies lol!

  • Yes, I have plenty! I have two copies of Persuasion by Jane Austen, because I put in an order for it online, but couldn’t help myself at an op shop when I saw a hardback copy with gorgeous fuchsia and black paper stuck on the front. I also have two copoies of Mansfield Park and Euipedes’ Medea and other play. Oh and a Saint-Exupery book too, the name of which escapes me now — two different beautiful Penguin covers. I’m sure I have others, I can’t help myself.