René Herse Book Update

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The good news is that the René Herse books are on the way to Seattle. We received a few advance copies, including the Limited Edition with its beautiful slipcase (above). The book turned out even nicer than we expected.

The bad news is that the boat won’t reach Seattle before the holidays. Circumstances beyond our control have delayed the shipping. Airshipping hundreds of 6-pound books also seemed like an unnecessary waste of resources.

We have notified those with pre-orders that the books will be mailed out in early January. To compensate for the delay, we’ll send each customer a 5″ x 8″ ready-to-frame print of an unpublished photo from the Herse archives, if the pre-order for the book is received by December 15. The image will be printed by a professional photo lab on heavy cotton paper. We want to provide you with something special for the Holidays, and this photo will only be available through this offer. Below are a few photos that give you an idea of the Herse archives (a tiny fraction of the thousands of images).

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We know that you will be in awe when you do get the book, and we appreciate your understanding in the meantime. If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy yet and would like to place your order and receive a copy of the special print, click here.

About Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

I love cycling and bicycles, especially those that take us off the beaten path. I edit Bicycle Quarterly magazine, and occasionally write for other publications. One of our companies, Bicycle Quarterly Press publishes cycling books, while Compass Bicycles Ltd. makes and distributes high-quality bicycle components for real-world riders.
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5 Responses to René Herse Book Update

  1. jim lewison says:

    Book looks great…..just ordered my copy. [Suggestion]If you have any unpublished photos that include a youg Lily, that would be a great choice for the bonus print.
    Thanks!

  2. RosyRambler says:

    Jan, I think that I speak for many more than myself when I say we are incredibly fortunate that you are preserving and sharing such a wonderfully fascinating time in the history of the bicycle.

    Between Bicycle Quarterly magazine and the books you’ve published, you’ve enriched my passion for all things “bicycle” more than I could have imagined. Thank You!

  3. Beans says:

    Dear Jan,

    I was planning to order the book through M-Gineering in the Netherlands, because I assumed the delivery costs from the US to Belgium will be a lot higher. And also because at M-Gineering, they ‘re a bunch of great guys doing great things. But now we can receive this beautiful frame picture when ordering directly through you, I was wondering if we could also receive the picture when ordered in the Netherlands? How much would it cost to send the book directly from the US to Belgium?
    Anyway, congratulations on this great achievement!
    K. Boonen
    Antwerp, Belgium

    • Shipping the book to Belgium costs $ 50. We are lucky that the U.S. Postal Service offers a “Flat Rate” box. If we had to pay for the full weight of the book, it would be even more expensive.

      Unfortunately, I don’t think that ordering through M-Gineering will be much less expensive. We have to ship the books to the Netherlands, which doesn’t cost much less per book than shipping a single book to Belgium. The simple problem is that the book is big and heavy. But once you get your copy, you’ll be glad that it’s big and heavy, because that means more reading enjoyment and better paper quality.

  4. stevy says:

    Hi Jan,

    Appreciate your efforts in producing and or bringing fine products to market. Unlike other mail order vendors, I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve purchased through Compass.

    Happy Holidays

    Stevy

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