Monday, 7 July 2014

First edition

I love reading and one of my dreams is to be able to afford to build a small library of first editions. The idea of a first editions library just appeals so much - not to have just any old copy of a book, but to have the very first printing of it - the format it was originally released upon the world. It's a total luxury, but for someone total in love with a particular author/genre it must be wonderful.

In my library, I would probably have the following (not in any particular order, although the top 3 probably really are my top 3!):

Dracula by Bram Stoker - first released in 1897 - value around £4,000
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - first released in 1818 - value around £50-75,000
Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque by Edgar Allen Poe (his first collection) - first released in 1840 - value around £25,000
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov - first released in 1952 - value around £1,250
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - first released in 1866 - value around £7,500
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick - first released in 1968 - value around £3,000
Complete set of Bond novels and stories by Ian Fleming - first released from 1953 to 1966 - value around £17,500
The Pooh Books by A A Milne - first released in 1924 - value around £3,750
Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell - first released in 1949 - value around £1,500
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkein - first released in 1937 - value around £7,500
The War of the Worlds by H G Wells - first released in 1898 - value around £2,750

Feel free to while away a few minutes in the rare books section and dream up your own library - let us know in the comments...

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