With all the agony possible, we have decided to slash the price of our deluxe “With All the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture” and sell off the remaining stock of this limited volume.
The original price was $550; the sale price is $250 plus $15 shipping anywhere in the United States. We have about 500 copies of the book in stock. Once it is gone, it is gone forever.
Measuring 12-1/4″ wide x 17-1/4″ tall by almost 2-1/4″ thick, “Roubo on Furniture” is the largest and most luxurious book we have printed since Lost Art Press was founded in 2007.
The text is printed on #100 Mohawk Superfine paper, the finest domestic paper available today. To match the fine paper, the images and plates are printed in full color at a linescreen few presses can achieve.
The result is a level of detail and clarity rarely seen in a modern book.
The book’s signatures are sewn, casebound and reinforced with a fiber tape that will ensure the binding will outlast us all. The hardbound boards are covered in a beautifully printed pattern with a cotton cloth cover on the spine. The spine is then debossed in gold and black.
The entire book comes in a custom-made slipcase covered in a complementary-colored cotton cloth.
You can read all about the contents of the book here. And here.
While we are discontinuing the deluxe edition, we will continue to offer the standard “Roubo on Furniture” ($57) for as long as we possibly can – just like the rest of our books. Our goal is that the information will always be available.
Why Sell Off the Deluxe Books?
When we went to press with the deluxe version of “Roubo on Furniture,” we wanted to give it a price tag that was reasonable for a book that is over the top in quality. The initial printing quotes put the retail price at $1,000. The only way to get the price lower was to double the print run to 1,000 and take a smaller profit on each sale.
We decided to drain the bank account and take the risk. For the most part, things worked out. We sold about 400 copies, which inched us into the black. But during the last few years, sales haven’t covered the costs of storing the books.
Most publishers would pulp the books, or sell them to a discount bookseller. Instead, we’re going to put them on sale for woodworkers.
The deluxe “Roubo on Furniture” is the nicest book I’ve ever worked on. I still pick it up every week or so to look something up, and I am thrilled by the crisp printing and the beautiful binding. I don’t regret what we did.
And I hope you don’t ever regret missing out on this.
— Christopher Schwarz
P.S. This offer is available for U.S. customers. If you live outside the U.S., we recommend you use a mail-forwarding service, which can receive the book and ship it to you much more economically than we can.
24 thoughts on “Our 2nd Sale: Deluxe ‘Roubo on Furniture’”
Is there any chance of getting this shipped to Canada?
Using a mail-forwarding service is our best recommendation.
Sorry, I just saw your P.S. in the blog. In my excitement I tried to buy the book before reading the entire post.
Ay caramba. You guys are getting robbed. That’s just a ridiculously low price.
Seriously, this is the finest book, just as a physical object, that we will ever see. Just incredibly impressive.
Never mind the fact that there are 9-year-olds making sneakers that earn more per hour than the authors and publishers did on this labor of love. It is first-rate scholarship in a fantastic volume.
Anyone who doesn’t already own this should be embarrassed for not scooping up one of these. You will be amazed when you hold it in your hands.
Everyone got paid well for their work. Promise. The deluxe book was a labor of love for all involved. We did it as much for ourselves as we did for readers.
I think in 10 years people will chuckle at this price the way they chuckle at prices in old tool catalogs.
It is indeed a beautiful book. When I purchased it over a year ago now I knew it would eventually go on sale but I didn’t care and still don’t. I can see and feel the value every time I take it out of the slip case. It will become even more evident to my grandkids and future generations of woodworkers I’m sure. I’m just sad I missed out on the deluxe Roubo on Marquetry. That’s what you get for arriving late to the party I guess.
Looks like it’s worth every penny. It’s just too much for me.
I can always hope to inherit one some day…
Thank you Chris.
It is frightfully tempting – because that is one beautiful book! – but I fear I shall have to play a waiting game on this one.
I already own the standard edition, so have the text to hand (which to my mind is the primary concern), but also have a few too many other purchases (tools and LAP books, mainly) in the pipeline or lined up to be able to spare the moolah just now.
If my cash ebb and flood as some future point finds itself in a more propitious position, and there’s still some stock left, well … but if I wait too long and it sells out before that comes about, again … well. Then I’ll just have to lump it (and it so happens I have just the hammer for that).
But oh, what a lovely book! (Covet. Covet. Covet.)
… aaaand that was how long I could resist.
In the end, I decided to put on hold the purchase of a tool that I’m certain (or at least certain to a degree sufficient for The Man On The Clapham Omnibus) will still be around to be bought next month and next year, while this opportunity exists here and now, but may be gone forever even the next minute, day or hour.
Oh, frabjous day! 🙂
This is just a few lines to say three things:
My copy arrived today.
Boy, am I glad that I decided not to miss out on this … 🙂
Can someone explain to me how you can setup a mail forwarding service?
There are a number (I believe; I have only used one) of mail and parcel escrow or forwarding companies. Typically, once you’ve signed up with one, they will provide you with a mailing address inside the US. You then enter that as your delivery address when shopping from e.g. LAP. On receipt of your parcel, the escrow company will send it on to you.
This means you have to pay for postage twice. If relevant they will also fill out a customs declaration, and you will have to pay any duties and/or taxes due to the place where you live. Some companies will also charge you a service fee, others won’t, or will charge only for higher level services (such as bundling your purchases from several outlets to maximise bang-for-postage-bucks).
I have now used a Florida-based outfit, MyUS, for about a year, including a number of purchases from LAP/Crucible Tools, and have so far been very satisfied.
Some googling and further research on your part should, I’m sure, throw up several options.
Without a doubt the most beautiful book I have. Thank you all
I bought a copy last night but I have yet to get any confirmation of the transaction. Hope it went through OK.
I checked our order system. It says you created a customer account yesterday. But there are no orders shown. So I don’t believe an order went through. You can check with your bank and follow up with firstname.lastname@example.org if you think there has been an error.
Thanks, Chris. I have sent an email and will wait to hear back.
Do you ship to Canada? And if so, what do I need to do?
Ordered mine yesterday. I know what I will be getting for Christmas now.
Ive tried paying with 3 cards. Used the correct billing address. Tried paying with Gpay. Made a paypal account but then found out i cant transfer funds from romania. Looked online for the errors I was getting and ended up on this page https://doc.wirecard.com/AVS.html . It says there that “AVS applies to cardholder addresses from the U.S., the U.K., and Canada. ” Has anyone outside of those countries actually managed to buy something? Anyone have any online solution to my problem?
Send a message to email@example.com and they will try to help you. Or you can wait a bit. Lee Valley will have these books for sale (at the sale price) for international customers soon.
I have sent a message. Unfortunately they could not help. Ill wait for Lee Valley then. (Or Dictum if you decide to sent some there).
Sorry they couldn’t help. We will post a blog entry when Lee Valley begins selling the book.
I ordered my book to Germany via a mail forwarding service. It arrived in perfect condition yesterday. A really outstanding book in all of the following categories: content, quality, size, weight and exclusivity! I am glad I got it.
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