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Not leatherbound as described, but nice.
on December 31, 2010
The editorial review states that this book is an "elegant leatherbound edition." This is a baldfaced lie. It is ABSOLUTELY NOT NOT NOT LEATHER!
I don't know if you know what "bonded leather" means, but I didn't when I bought this book (but I do know what "leatherbound" means, and that is "leather"). I was thinking something like "embossed leather." Well, "bonded leather" literally means "fake leather." I personally find the use of the word "leather," never mind "leatherbound," when describing something other than leather misleading and deceptive. And that's how I feel about this book using the terms "bonded leather" and "leatherbound." It sounds like it's bound in leather and that appealed to me since I was looking for an heirloom version to cherish for decades.
This book's binding is merely nice. Nothing more than that. And certainly not genuine leather. Clearly mass-produced with bits of cover gold missing, etc. and could never be confused for Franklin Mint or any type of specialty product. There is no way in the world you will think this cover any form whatsoever of real leather. It's in no way shape or form collectible and will never appreciate in value. Alas, my search for a REAL leather-bound The Chronicles Of Narnia continues.
For $20ish it would be a solid value. For $30ish, it's up to you if you feel a nice NON-leather cover is worth the money.
Aside from leather and collectibility, it is a nice book and the cover is pretty and the book is presented in the non-chronological "reading order" for this series.