Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bouguereau Catalog Raisonné Price Set to Increase



If you were thinking of ordering the William A. Bouguereau Catalog Raisonné, now is probably the best time to do it. RIGHT NOW. The two-volume, hardbound set in slipcase has been listed for a retail price of $295.00 USD for a year now, but the publisher, Antique Collector's Club, has just announced they will be raising their price to $350. Amazon will soon be making the change on their website.

The page from the current ACC Fall 2010 catalog.


For those of us who invested in this project through the Art Renewal Center (co-publisher of the set) beginning five years ago, the price we had to pay was $350. However, everyone else who decided to purchase the books through a vendor other than the Art Renewal Center was able to purchase the books for as low as $170.00. Refunds from ARC were denied, and unfortunately, rather than refunding the difference in retail list prices, the Art Renewal Center has requested that the Antique Collector's Club raise their prices (ACC is a vanity press, so ARC has that prerogative).


If you want the books, now is a good time to purchase, before Amazon makes the price adjustments. Currently, the best deal for Americans seems to be Amazon.ca (Canada), where the price is CDN$204.12 ($198.66 USD at the moment). Although the books are listed by Amazon as being paperbacks, they are in fact the hardbound edition. Not only does the ISBN on Amazon match that of the ACC catalog (see above), but ACC also confirmed to me that there is only a hardbound edition being printed.


Dear Mr Innis,

Thank you for your email. We are looking into your queries regarding the Bouguereau Catalog Raisonne (isbn 9781851496129) now and will hopefully have answers for you early next week. We can say that this is a hardcover set (slipcase), and is definitely not a paperback. We have asked Amazon to make this correction and we thank you for bringing this error to our attention.

Kind regards,

Betsy Gillen

Betsy Gillen
ACC Distribution
116 Pleasant St, Suite 49
Easthampton, Ma 01027
Ph: 800-252-5231 ext:100
Fax: 413-529-0862



Below is the letter I received from the Antique Collector's Club today announcing their plans to match the ARC store price:

Dear Matthew,

ACC has increased the retail price of William Bouguereau to $350.00 as well. The new price will be reflected on Amazon shortly.

Kind regards,

Betsy Gillen

Betsy Gillen
ACC Distribution
116 Pleasant St, Suite 49
Easthampton, Ma 01027
Ph: 800-252-5231 ext:100
Fax: 413-529-0862


4 comments:

Charles Valsechi III said...

Awesome post. Any idea what the image sizes will be like? I assume the quality will be high.

Charles Valsechi III said...

If anyone is curious the answer to my question is on the arc page. Plenty of full size page images.

Shoki said...

Just bought it from Amazon UK for £112.50 (about ($175)! Doesn't mention it being a 2 volume set but the ISBN number matches. Thank you Matthew.

innisart said...

Thanks Shoki! You got a great deal!