Collection of James Joyce First Editions containing Major Rarities
Collection of James Joyce First Editions containing major rarities


Whether they are sets arranged by a publisher or a collection crafted by hand, there are some books that were always meant to be kept together.  AbeBooks offers hundreds of these 'instant collections' – some covering a specific series of books, or a subject or genre, or the works of a certain author. It's usually taken years to put these collections together but you could buy one in seconds.

Buying books by the foot is nothing new but these mini-collections are rare and desirable, and priced accordingly. You could buy several very nice cars for the same price as a complete set of first editions of the James Bond novels.  This selection covers fairies, Peter Rabbit, hobbits, golf and the ultimate British bulldog.

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Instant Collections

Complete Set of James Bond First Editions by Ian Fleming Complete Set of James Bond First Editions
Ian Fleming

All 14 vols in the 007 series. For Your Eyes Only is signed by Fleming.

The Fairy Books by Andrew Lang The Fairy Books
Andrew Lang

A complete set of Lang's original Fairy Books: Blue to Lilac, 12 volumes

Steven Millhauser Collection Steven Millhauser Collection
Steven Millhauser

11 volumes of Millhauser's books, all signed by the author

The History of Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien The History of Middle Earth
J.R.R. Tolkien

You can start with a new set for about $20, or with a more liberal budget pick up a set of first editions.

Set of Flashman Novels by George Macdonald Fraser Set of Flashman Novels
George Macdonald Fraser

A complete set of George Macdonald Fraser’s Flashman novels, all 12 first edition printings

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia
C.S. Lewis

From a set of first editions to a basic new boxed set, this classic series is a collection in itself.

Henning Mankell’s Wallander series Wallander Series
Henning Mankell

Complete collection of UK first editions, nine volumes in total.

Wizard of Oz Firsts by L. Frank Baum Wizard of Oz Firsts
L. Frank Baum

A Complete Set of the 14 "Oz" Books, All First Editions.

The World’s Champion Golfers by George Beldam The World's Champion Golfers
George Beldam

Complete series of 11 books breaking down the swing of champion golfers. Published in 1924.

The Strand Magazine The Strand Magazine

Various runs of this famous literary magazine starting from 1891.

The World Crisis by Winston Churchill The World Crisis
Winston Churchill

A full set, six volumes, of Churchill’s narrative on the history of the first world war, published 1923-31.

Forty English-language volumes of Badeker travel guide Forty English-language volumes of Badeker travel guide

A set of this travel guide, issues published between 1885-1971

Kristina Collection by Vilhelm Moburg Kristina Collection
Vilhelm Moburg

A collection of 30 books and a playbill inscribed to Kristina Odelberg/Hedenblad, the woman whose name was used for the main female character in The Emigrant Novels.

The Lithographs of Chagall The Lithographs of Chagall
Marc Chagall

Complete set of six first editions, published beginning 1960

Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Various collections of this cricketing bible.
The Works of Winston Churchill
The Works of Winston Churchill

Bound in green goatskin -53 vols published from 1898 to 1961.

Collection of Japanese Woodblock Prints
Collection of Japanese Woodblock Prints

Well over 100 feet of 19th and early 20th century Japanese prints from various artists.

Zane Grey Collection
Zane Grey Collection

Various collections from this American pulp master.

The Science Fiction Asbestos Collection
The Science Fiction Asbestos Collection

One of a kind. A copy of Steven King's Firestarter and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
Peter Rabbit's Bookshelf by Beatrix Potter
Peter Rabbit's Bookshelf
Beatrix Potter

A complete set of 23 books from Peter Rabbit's Bookshelf.


Collection of Franz Wright Poems and Letters
Collection of Franz Wright Poems and Letters

A collection of 36 Typescript and Holograph Poems from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright, along with five autographed and typed letters signed to a fellow poet.

Der Struwwelpeter Laterna Magica by Heinrich Hoffman
Der Struwwelpeter Laterna Magica
Heinrich Hoffman

Two complete sets of Struwwelpeter glass magic lantern slides, housed in original boxes.

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

The complete serialisation of Dickens novel which was published between 1846-1848 in 20 parts.

Collection of Election memorabilia from the 1876 Florida “Fiasco”
Collection of Election memorabilia from the 1876 Florida “Fiasco”

21 pamphlets and documents include official signed copies of key Florida court decisions from the disputed presidential race between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden.

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