This arrives in a couple of bits but is really easy to just pop together with screws (provided in the box). I love the look and feel of this book holder - it really is a solid, sturdy and pretty accessory as you would expect from cast iron. You can also adjust the height at which you want the stand, and it has a non slip bottom which is useful. It is also roughly the size of a large cookery book though so does take up quite a lot of space on the work surface and cannot really be stowed away anywhere after use.
It holds open large cookery books easily. However the weights are not really positioned well enough to allow for smaller books, which is a shame as I have quite a few. I have also found that it can sometimes struggle to hold open newly purchased paperback books as the weights are not quite heavy enough to compensate for their desire to stay firmly closed - though it can be done with the additional of a few extra home-made weights, blue-tac and some tampering! You do also, occasionally, have to sweep the cords from side to size to read your recipes as they can hide all important quantities etc - I would have preferred something along the side or bottom but, on the plus side, it means it can hold any thickness of book.
Overall it really is a gorgeous, very well built book stand; I just wish that it could cope better with all sizes of cookbooks and that the weights were maybe slightly heavier. It is on the expensive side for not being fully equipped for its role but otherwise I would recommend it.