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?


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 […]

Book Collecting: Illustrated glossary of terms, edition, & condition

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Ever how to interpret the condition, edition, and other terms included in the description of a book for sale? Here we’ll unravel the mystery. Book Condition Terms Very fine is a flawless copy, perfect in every way and probably never read. These are few and far between. Sometimes abbreviated “VF.” Fine is a copy with […]

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 […]

Steve Sargent of Analecta Books on Limited Edition Books

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I recently had a conversation with Steve Sargent, proprietor of Analecta Books, where he specializes in selling signed first edition and limited edition books. Analecta also sells “bespoke” remarqued books, where he commissions the artist to embellish the book with a drawing – something very unusual in the bookselling world. Tell us a little about […]

How to Date Undated Books

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A reader asks, “I have some really old books, but there is no copyright date or publishing date. What is the best way to determine the age of the book?” This is a great question! Modern books have all sorts of information on the copyright page – the edition/printing, copyright date, and probably the date […]

Bookplates – Various Types, Desirability & How They Affect Book Values

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A bookplate is a small printed label which is adhered to a book, most often inside the front cover. They are also sometimes known as “ex libris,” meaning “from the library of.”) They’re most commonly used to identify the book’s owner. However, some bookplates are signed by authors; they are then affixed to the book, […]

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 […]