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Book Collecting 101: Identifying a First Edition

Book Collecting 101: Identifying a First Edition


March 15, 2016

John Hutchinson VJ BooksJohn helps us identify the methods various publishers use to signify the first edition of a book. The different types of number lines and a few noteworthy editions of certain titles are mentioned.

Book Collecting 101: Part Six

Book Collecting 101 – Part Six

John Hutchinson, VJ Books
February 29, 2016

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Loving Books

Book collecting is one of the most rewarding of all hobbies, and whether you build a modest library or become a biblioholic, it helps to have the skills that will help you develop a critical eye. This series of articles was written to assist you in the development of that skill set.

As Grouch Marx once said, “Outside of a dog – a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Have fun with book collecting. It can be rewarding in so many different ways. (more…)

Book Collecting 101: Part Five

Book Collecting 101 – Part Five

John Hutchinson, VJ Books
February 29, 2016

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Signed or Author Autographed Books

You are now more active, and your book collection has begun to grow. You are adding shelves where once stood empty walls. Armed with your newly found knowledge, you have sorted through your books, retained you first editions and culled out the later printings, bookclubs, paperbacks and inferior copies. Your eye has become more critical. You examine each book you are considering carefully, looking for anything that may detract from its collectability. Is it clean and straight, are the page blocks bright and undamaged, is the jacket free from flaws? Are you sure that it is a first edition?

What to consider next? What will increase the desirability or value of any book you add to your collection? (more…)

Book Collecting 101: Part Four

Book Collecting – Part Four

John Hutchinson, VJ Books
February 23, 2016
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How to Identify a First Edition

Now that you are a “book collector,” it is probably time for you to become more discriminating in the volumes you add to your shelves. What book collectors most look for is the first appearance of a title. For contemporary titles, this is usually a first edition, first printing.

How important is the edition of a particular book? It varies title to title, but as a general rule a later printing’s value is significantly less than that of a first. Take for instance Tom Clancy’s first book, The Hunt for Red October, published in 1984 by Naval Institute Press. A nice later printing copy can be found for $35-$50, where a first edition in similar condition will set you back over $1,000. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s runaway best seller went into over a hundred printings, with later printings easily found for $5, with first editions bringing $500 and up. (more…)

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