I have read abridged versions of this work previously and bought both this and the second set of volumes. I ordered them new so the quality of the books would be guaranteed, however, it was sent in fairly shoddy condition. I understand that books are difficult to send in pristine condition, but both volumes were sent in vastly different conditions as part of the same package. This set's box and wrapper was ripped, the book covers were bent, a sticker was placed on the box unlike the other set's and the books were in the wrong way and in a different order to what I have seen in internet pictures (though this doesn't cause damage it did make me wonder what happened when this was being prepared.) I suspect that, whilst preparing this set, the wrapper came off and the books were shoved in and sent in that state. I bought them from Amazon for precisely the reason that their packaging is usually very reliable but this was seriously shoddy. When a set costs this not insignificant amount, you expect a bit better. If buying this set, one should be wary that such issues are possible and this is merely a cautionary review as I suspect that such issues are minimal and against the norm.
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