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Book Collecting 101: Part Four

Book Collecting – Part Four

John Hutchinson, VJ Books
February 23, 2016
John Hutchinson VJ Books

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…)

YouTube Video – Book Collecting 101: The Parts of a Book

Book Collecting 101: The Parts of a Book

Your book collection appreciates in value. It’s important to know the different parts of a book, for grading purposes and understanding book descriptions. In this video you will learn how to identify the different parts of a book and what to look for when adding a book to your collection.

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John’s Favorite Books – Part 1

John’s Favorite Books – Part 1

John Hutchinson VJ BooksOne of our customers recently asked John about the picture on our home page (see picture at left).  She wanted to know if there was any significance as to why John chose them.  Below is John’s response about those books.

When we were setting up the shot, Virginia asked me to grab a few titles from the shelves in our library. I grabbed a few of my favorites:

Never Look Back is Ridley Pearson’ first novel. Ridley is one of my favorites . He has written nearly 50 bestsellers including adult thrillers and mysteries for young readers. He wrote three featuring former musician Chris Klick back in the 1990s, that take Ridley back to his roots as a profession musician (he still plays with Stephen King, Dave Barry and other authors with the Rock Bottom Remainders). He teamed up with Barry for a series of Peter Pan stories that started with Peter and The Starcatchers.

Next in the stack is a rare first edition of First Blood by David Morrell. This is the book that introduced Rambo to the world. It was released in 1972, and Morrell has been on all “best of” lists ever since.

Underneath that in the elusive Dodd Mead edition of Clive Cussler’s Iceberg. This Dirk Pitt novel is considered the cornerstone of any Cussler collection. Only 4500 copies were made, and most of those ended up in libraries. Clive is one of my top authors and our Norwood Press imprint has produced limited editions of his titles for many years.

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A Note from John about Author Paul Lindsay

A Note from John about Paul Lindsay (aka Noah Boyd)

In the fall of 2011 I was saddened by the death of Paul Lindsay, the FBI agent who went on to write a series of successful thrillers. Paul was a terrific writer who was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Silver Star for bravery in Viet Nam. After the war, he joined the FBI and worked for 20 years. It was towards the end of his time with the bureau that he wrote his first novel.

Paul_LindsayAfter a half dozen thrillers written under his own name, in 2011 he adopted the pseudonym Noah Boyd with the release of THE BRICKLAYER. In that same year Millennium Films has acquired the rights to The Bricklayer, and attached Gerard Butler to star as a rogue former agent Steve Vail.

I was really impressed with this series – it had great promise. Unfortunately, it appears to have been lost after just two books. Fans of Mitch Rapp (Vince Flynn) or Jack Reacher (Lee Child) will really enjoy these books.

I just picked up a few UK trade papers of THE BRICKLAYER, and you can have one for just six bucks. I promise that you will find this story worth your time.