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Faber publishing limited edition of Julian Cope's Compedium

This summer Faber is publishing a leather clad limited edition of Julian Cope's Copendium, five months before the standard edition is available. 150 box sets will be produced, costing £200 a pop. These will contain a leather bound copy of Copendium (signed and numbered), three CD compilations to accompany your reading, and a ticket to an event with Cope (open to only those with the box set) at London's Rough Trade East on 21 June.

Copendium is a collection of Cope's writing on music, culture and politics, detailing an alternative history of the last 60 years of popular music. The limited edition version will be released on 7 June, and regular copies will be released on 7 November. Ordering details imminent at Rough Trade, or email Clare Yates at Faber at clarey[at]

UPDATE (16 May): The print run for Copendium has been upped to an edition of 250, and the price has been brought down to £120. The limited edition will now be published on 5 July. The June event has also been cancelled, with an event planned for the book's general release in November. Those who have already purchased the limited edition will have guaranteed entry.

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