How to Identify a First Edition Book

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This page has lots of information on it! Here are some quick links to the most important topics. General guidelines for identifying a first edition Identifying 1st editions from specific publishers Identifying book club editions On printings & impressions – and other questions Recommended books for collectors of first editions. How do you know if […]

First Edition Book Values – How Much is a Book Worth?

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What’s the Current Retail Value of Your Books? determining value via online sources How do you determine the ballpark current value of the one that’s on your desk right now? It’s actually pretty simple to research book values online. Here’s how. First, familiarize yourself with your book, taking careful note of copyright date, printing history […]

Are Books with Binding or Printing Errors Collectible?

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Have you ever brought a new book home, only to discover that the cover was on backwards, or there were printing errors (for instance, pages repeated, omitted, out of sequence, or upside down)? If so, perhaps you’ve wondered how it affects the book’s collectible value. Such errors are considered defects and will almost always have […]

About Author Signatures, and Signed Books

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There are many kinds of signatures which can be found on books. Below we’ll discuss them, and how each affects the value of a book. You can click on any of the images for a larger view. Types of Author Signatures signed books Signed means the book has been signed by its author (or perhaps […]

Is My Dr. Seuss Book a First Edition?

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Many people collect Dr. Seuss books, which have been hugely popular over the years and the center of lots of happy childhood memories. They’re avidly collected, but, unfortunately, have a reputation for being notoriously difficult to identify as first editions. Here are some books and online resources which will help you find out if your […]