07Nov A Word about Market Value


One thing that I've been hearing a lot about of late is market value, so I thought I'd take a moment to offer my take on how market value works in the rare book trade.1. Markets are many and varied.When most book collectors talk about market value, what they're actually…

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05Nov A Review of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley from the Tartarus Press


The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley first really came to my attention in a bookshop a couple of years ago where I saw it under the John Murray imprint. Knowing it had been published by the eminent Tartarus Press I picked it up to see what the story was. Sure…

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16Jun Reviews for June 2017


Let's start with books. I've read a few since the last review post. The one that stands out the most is Lloyd Arthur Eshbach's Over My Shoulder, a recollection of a few decades worth of science fiction publishing. I won't cover it here as it's a valuable resource and I…

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07Jun Things to be Aware of when Buying Rare Books


This is an article that shouldn't need to be written, but sadly it does. There are sharks out there, but thankfully most of them are amateurs and shunned by the professional trade. This is by no means endemic. It should also be noted that these issues have been around as…

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24May Collecting First Editions as Financial Investments.


Reprinted from our previous blog firsteditionsbooks.co.ukA lovely copy of William Morris’ Kelmscott Chaucer came to market recently (last year, but that is recent in book collecting). It sold for in excess of £100,000, quite an increase on the £20 it originally sold for in 1896. If you’d put £20 in…

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27Apr How to Collect Books


Previously published on our blog firsteditionbooks.co.ukNow and then we get asked for advice on creating a book collection. Most of our collectors know exactly what they want to collect and how to go about it, but for new collectors it can be a difficult task.One of the biggest sticking points,…

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29Mar Editions, Printings, Impressions, States and Issues


Whenever I talk about rare books to someone outside of the world of book collecting, they're invariably familiar with the idea of a first edition. Most in the world of book collecting are familiar with the notion of first printings, many understand that books can have different states and issues.…

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16Feb Reviews for January


Here are our media reviews for January, a mixed bunch and some good stuff!Books. I've read quite a few these last few weeks, mostly audiobooks. The best of the lot was Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation, the first in the Southern Reach trilogy. All three books were published within a few months of…

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14Feb Britain vs America - What Editions to Collect


NOTE: This first appeared on an earlier blog in July, 2016.Nope, this isn’t some whimsical hammering on the chest, it’s a brief look at which editions to buy when collecting rare books. As a little spoiler; this won’t provide a set of rules that determine which edition to collect; it’s…

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01Dec Reviews for November


Let's start with books this time. I've read a few this month, but two are worthy of a mention. The first is Psycho by Robert Bloch. Having always been a big Hitchcock fan, I was pretty sure I'd put the book down after a few pages, finding the art of…

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