Prudence and the Crow is a vintage book subscription box. In each box you get a book, a book bag, a library card and treats. The books are almost always 20 years old or older and are used books they pick up. You can select from a few genres or you can choose random and see what you get. There is a little survey to fill out to let them know what you like. Subscriptions are 12 British Pounds a month plus 4 pounds shipping internationally. You can also sign up for terms but there is no discount for that. Boxes ship on the 13th of each month and mine took just over a month to reach me but it can be anywhere from 10 days and up.
I think the box it ships in is very cute. It has stamps and stickers. This month in a tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett, who recently passed away, the quote is his. “It’s still magic even if you know how it is done.” That sums up books wonderfully to me.
The inside of the box has no fancy packing, just everything you are supposed to get.
This months treats are two teas, a Werther’s candy, and an orange Maoam. I’m not sure what that last one is but it seems to be a soft taffy like candy.
My library card shows that this is book two for me. I also received a basic bookmark, an Alice In Wonderland mini print, and four bookplates that have a fantastically true saying in them…..For Loan Oft Loses Both Itself & Friend.
As promised a book bag is included. They are not fancy but such a simple idea that brings just a touch of joy. This months book is The Other Log Of Phileas Fogg by Philip Jose Farmer. This is a story about what happened before Around The World In Eighty Days, which I have to say I have never read. This makes two science fiction novels in a row for me but I don’t mind. This book was published in 1979, originally 1973. This book is fairly short so it’ll be a quick read for me.
There is no way to value this box. The book originally had a retail of $2.75. This box is about curation not value. I think it’s worth what I paid and I love books. I did a little cull of my personal library when we moved so any excuse to fill it back up is a good one. The monthly option is still open right now if you want to sign up. You can visit their website by clicking here.