Ready or not, the 2018 Spring Quarterly Edition of Field Notes will be upon us soon. Historically, Spring editions are announced some time in March, but last year Utility was revealed in late February. So, who knows? Maybe in a couple weeks?
Here are all the Spring editions so far, with edition size and links to my thoughts on them:
- 2009: Butcher Extra Blue (500 Packs)
- 2010: Packet of Sunshine (4,000 Packs)
- 2011: Dry Transfer (5,000 Packs)
- 2012: National Crop (7,500 Packs)
- 2013: America the Beautiful (15,000 Packs)
- 2014: Shelterwood (25,000 Packs)
- 2015: Two Rivers (40,000 Packs)
- 2016: Sweet Tooth (30,000 Packs)
- 2017: Utility (35,000 Packs)
In these pictures, you’re seeing all the ones I have. I have the Commemorative Reprint of Butcher Blue, but I decided not to include it. Also, Utility came out in both ruled and ledger, but just the ledger version is shown.
Field Notes sure have come a long way... Look at how much they were able to increase the edition size over the years! All are sold out at their website, except for the last one, Utility, but some of the older ones might be found at retailers. For example, by some miracle, Dry Transfer is still available at Walker Art as of this writing.
Which is your favorite Spring edition? I think each one is special in its own way, from clamshell box (National Crop), to hand-printed covers (Two Rivers), to perforated pages (Sweet Tooth)... Quite a variety so far. But I think I’ll have to go with either National Crop or America the Beautiful. Shelterwood and Two Rivers are close seconds, though. I did not like the last two (Sweet Tooth and Utility), and after the recent controversy over the Abercrombie & Fitch collaboration, I really hope they bounce back with the upcoming Spring edition.
Do you have any predictions? Glow-in-the-dark was something Field Notes often said they wanted to incorporate but couldn’t. But recently, they made it possible with Haxley, so I’d love to see them do the same for their own Quarterly Edition soon. Field Notes is also sponsoring the Morning News Tournament of Books again this year, so watch out for even more brand new Field Notes.