The Copper Beech
by Maeve Binchy
1992, Franklin Library edition
Who says book collecting has to break the bank? Often when we imagine collectable books, we envision enormous, golden-edged Shakespeare tomes under glass, but the truth is, it's not limited to antiquarian books - a collectable title can be any rare book, limited edition, unusual book, or any book likely to appreciate in value. If you want to start a book collection, but aren't sure where to start, the idea can be daunting indeed. For those new to book collecting or wanting refresher tips, our Basic Guide to Book Collecting may be a good place for you to peruse.
And to get you started, here we've put together 30 collectable books under 30 pounds to highlight some of our favorite authors, binding styles, writing styles and titles; all at an excellent bargain. You don't have to be a Rockefeller - collectable can be affordable. Some people start collections of pulp fiction, or collections of books illustrated by artists they love. The sky is the limit. Invest in a beautiful bookshelf.
On with the list!
*Please note: quantity on rare books is extremely limited; copies on display may sell quickly.
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Mary Roberts Rinehart
1918, George H. Doran Company,
1st Edition, hardcover.
The Children of Men
1992, Hardcover, first Canadian edition signed by P.D. James on the title page.
1999, First Edition, First Printing, Signed by Ian McEwan
Susanna and Sue
Kate Douglas Wiggin
1909, First edition children's, colour illustrations, decorated cloth.
Hendrik Willem Van Loon
1937, story of painting and sculpture. First printing, illustrated by Van Loon
Iron in the Soul
1950, Hamilton. Hardcover First English Edition
The Pale Horse
1961, True first edition of this intriguing mystery, original dustjacket.
1999, First Edition, Sequel to Angela's Ashes. Signed by McCourt.
2007, Harper Collins edition signed by Pratchett
1884, hardcover, beautiful decorative cloth binding, gilt-edged.
A Long Way Down
2005, First Edition, First Printing, Signed 4th novel by Nick Hornby.
I Want it Now
1969, Hardcover, First American Edition with Original Dustjacket included
1964, Hardcover First edition with dust jacket.
Pilot Bails Out
1943, First Edition, 3rd Printing, Military poems from WWII. Hardcover.
1962, First American Printing. Nice example of early 1960s pulp fiction.
1945, Herbert Jenkins, First edition of this saucy pulp piece.
1961, Hardcover, Book of the Month Club, contains 3 full texts