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Damned with faint praise...,
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This review is from: How to Wrap Five Eggs: Traditional Japanese Packaging (Paperback)
First of all, let me caution - as others have - about the disparity in editions. But I knew what I was buying. My previous copy of this book had been loaned and not returned. Having been several dozen times bitten before it dawned on me to become twice shy, these days I provide the address of the local public library for people who want to borrow books!
Even though I'd been disappointed with my first (and more expensive) purchase of this title, I missed it enough not to hesitate to replace it at a now much lower price.
So why again buy a book I'd already been disappointed with? Because it remains such a nice book overall. The annoyance lies in the fact it could have been so much nicer. The appeal of this book revolves around its illustrations - these are attractive - in colour they might have been gorgeous. Who on earth ever decided to produce a book like this in monochrome?
That all said I do recommend this book - but only if you can find it at a substantial discount - a tenner would be my limit. It is NOT worth the premium prices asked by so many vendors. It's a coffee table book rather than a learned tome, but my second copy will be in my small bedside bookcase for quite a while.
And the publishers really do need to get the nonsense about relative editions sorted out. I'm happy to assume it's carelessness - many might take it for dishonesty.