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.
They have changed up the boxes for this one. They are now a bit smaller and it seems like it might be costing them a bit less to send. However I pay 4 Pounds in shipping and it’s costing them 5 Pounds so it’s still very reasonable shipping.
The book this month is Perry Rhodan 1 Enterprise Stardust by K.H.Scheer & Kurt Mahr. It is obviously Science Fiction and says that it is the world’s top-selling S.F. series. I’m thinking that’s probably changed in the intervening 40 years but at the time it had sold over 70 million copies. I love sci-fi so this is a great book for me. It’s about a commander who lands on the moon and finds alien lifeforms with vast knowledge who test Major Rhodan before agreeing to work with humans. I think it’s always fun to see what 1974 thought about what the future would be like. This version of the book was published in 1974 and at the time was $1.00. I’m thinking at most book stores that’s still about the right price.
As for my extras this month, I got my library card showing this is number 4 for me, Twinnings Smoky Lapsang amd Pukka Three Mint teabags, a goat sticker, (how wonderfully random), 2 old cancelled stamps, and a vintage photoof a mom with her three children. If I had to guess from the style of clothing it looks like maybe late 1920’s or early 1930’s. It’s a neat addition that gives an oddly personal touch, even though I have no idea who they are.
This box is about curation not value. I think it’s worth what I paid and I love books. I am always happy to get new books and I have no issue with older novels. The monthly option is still open right now if you want to sign up. You can visit their website by clicking here.