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The Results Are In!

We received over 1500 book submissions and our booksellers have uncovered some real treasures. A first edition T.S. Eliot appraised at $ 45,000 - $65,000 and a signed first edition of To Kill A Mockingbird are just some of the treasures that have been found!

Has your book been selected? See below to find out if your book has been appraised by our expert booksellers. Simply click on the title of the book to read the full appraisal. All appraisals are quoted in US dollars.

We'd like to say a big thank you to our participating booksellers who took the time from their busy schedules to participate in Treasures in Your Attic: Adrian Harrington, Between the Covers, The Book Guys/Second Story Books and Daniel Farr.

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Appraisal Synopsis

Prufrock and Other Observations
T.S. Eliot
Appraised by:
Daniel Farr Books
Appraiser Comments:
"A landmark book of the twentieth century..."
Estimated Appraisal: $45,000 - $65,000

 

The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger
Appraised by:
Between The Covers
Appraiser Comments:
"First Edition is stated on the copyright page for this very desirable book"
Estimated Appraisal: $9,000 - $20,000

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Appraised by:
Second Story Books
Appraiser Comments:
"A very sought after book"
Estimated Appraisal: $2,000 - $10,000

 

Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand
Appraised by: Second Story Books
Appraiser Comments: "... Rand titles are highly sought after and obtain high prices at auction"
Estimated Appraisal: $2,500 - $3,000

 

Out of Africa
Isak Dinesen
Appraised by: Between The Covers
Appraiser Comments: "... recounted in this popular memoir"
Estimated Appraisal: $2,000 to $3,000

 

 

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Appraised by:
Daniel Farr Books
Appraiser Comments: "A nineteenth century high-spot of fiction"
Estimated Appraisal: $11,000 - $17,000

 

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Appraised by:
Between The Covers
Appraiser Comments: "...this particular copy would be the one to have"
Estimated Appraisal: $5,000 - $8,000

 

Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt
Vivant Denon
Appraised by:
Second Story Books
Appraiser Comments: "The books call for 60 plates"
Estimated Appraisal: $2,500 - $3,500

 

Killer Angels
Michael Shaara
Appraised by:
Between The Covers
Appraiser Comments: "Condition is very important for the retail value of this book"
Estimated Appraisal: $2,000 - $3,000

 

The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Appraised by:
Daniel Farr Books
Appraiser Comments:
"been a favourite of collectors..."
Estimated Appraisal: $1,500 - $2,500

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Appraisals

 

Prufrock And Other Observations
T.S. Eliot
Appraised by: Daniel Farr Books

Book Owner Comments: First Edition (published in 1917)

Appraiser Comments: A landmark book of the twentieth century, much sought after by both collectors of poetry and T.S. Eliot in particular as well as high-spot collectors. Copies inscribed by Eliot such as yours in good to good-plus condition would command the higher end of the price estimate. If the inscription you describe is sufficiently interesting or made out to an important personage this can also add value to your copy.

Estimated Appraisal: $45,000 - $65,000

 

The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger
Appraised by:
Between The Covers

Book Owner Comments: First Edition (published in 1951)

Appraiser Comments: "First Edition" is stated on the copyright page for this very desirable book. The retail value for copies in dustjacket has a very wide range -- copies in shabby condition might sell for a few thousand dollars, while at the other end of the spectrum virtually as new copies with no wear and absolutely no age-toning to the cream jacket paper can sell for $20,000 or more. As described this copy, if it is a first edition, might be a near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper with mild rubbing, light discoloration, and a single 1" tear and might retail for $9,000. However, without seeing the book this is purely conjecture.

Estimated Appraisal: $9,000 - $20,000

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Appraised by:
Second Story Books

Book Owner Comments: First Edition (published in 1902)

Appraiser Comments: Described as having the decorative red cover and having little shelf wear. By the decription this copy appears to be a first edition. A very sought after book. Multiple copies are available for sale ranging in value from $2,000 - $10,000 depending on the condition and owner's prejudice.

Estimated Appraisal: $2,000 - $10,000

 

Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand
Appraised by:
Second Story Books

Book Owner Comments: First Edition (published in 1902)

Appraiser Comments: Described as new. Signed or limited Ayn Rand titles are highly sought after and obtain high prices at auction. Anyone interested in collecting Rand titles or memoribilia should review past auctions and dealer's catalogues to obtain a perspective of the market. As described I would value this book between $2,500 - $3,000.

Estimated Appraisal: $2,500 - $3,000

 

Out of Africa
Karen Blixen
Appraised by:
Between The Covers

Book Owner Comments: First Edition (published in 1937)

Appraiser Comments: The London edition of this book shows the author's name as Karen Blixen, while the American first edition, published a year later, gives her pseudonym, Isak Dinesen. Her full name was Karen Christence Dinesen, Baroness Blixen-Finecke, and though she was Danish and lived most of her life in either Denmark or Kenya (as recounted in this popular memoir), she wrote primarily in English and then translated her own works into her native language. Copies of this London edition, the true first edition, tend to retail for $2,000 to $3,000 in nice but not sterling condition.

Estimated Appraisal: $2,000 - $3,000

 

 

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Appraised by:
Daniel Farr Books

Book Owner Comments: Purchased at a flea market in Tulsa, OK

Appraiser Comments: This edition is realistically for collectors the earliest available edition of “Alice”. The earliest English edition available, the second edition is printed using an entirely new type-setting. One of the most endearing books to the child in all of us young and old, Alice’s readers have been enjoying her adventures in ‘Wonderland’ for more than 140 years, and this edition remains one of the most sought after and collectible of books. A nineteenth century high-spot of fiction.

Estimated Appraisal: $11,000 - $17,000

 

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Appraised by:
Between The Covers

Book Owner Comments: Signed First Edition (signed by Truman Capote, published in 1960)

Appraiser Comments: There is a wide range of prices for first editions of this classic in very good or near fine dustwrappers. Without seeing the book it is difficult to assess its condition and value, however, very good jacketed copies, without restoration, sell in the $5,000 to $8,000 range. Capote's signature, if authentic, is probably not unique to this copy and whether it adds any value to the book is a matter of taste. Some booksellers and collectors would prefer to see the signature in the book, and might feel that the signature actually defaces the jacket. Others might find the signature below the photo very interesting and think it adds a little to the book's overall value. Because Lee wrote no other books, it is sometimes speculated that Capote actually wrote this novel. However, those theories have never stood up to any scrutiny. If, however unlikely, one day it is conclusively proven that Capote did actually write or substantially help to write the book, then on that day this particular copy would be the one to have.

Estimated Appraisal: $5,000 - $8,000

 

Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt
Vivant Denon
Appraised by:
Second Story Books

Book Owner Comments: First Edition (published in 1803)

Appraiser Comments: Described as having browing to edge of pages and where engravings lie against them. Bindings have damage to covers and spines are faded and damaged. There is no mention as to quanity of plates and maps or if the atlas volume is present. The books call for 60 plates and maps, 109 with the atlas. The owner did not describe the condition of the plates and maps which could be affected by foxing or staining, especially after reading the owner's description of the text. Without a proper collation of the plates and maps it is difficult to estimate a value. Complete copies in very good or better condition sell for $2,500 - $3,500.

Estimated Appraisal: $2,500 - $3,500

 

 

Killer Angels
Michael Shaara
Appraised by:
Between The Covers

Book Owner Comments: First Edition (published in 1974)

Appraiser Comments: Condition is very important for the retail value of this book -- the textblock of the book was perfect-bound instead of sewn, so copies tend to cock (slant) once read. Also, the dustjacket laminate peels and bubbles, and the black portions of the jacket show wear easily. Copies in near fine unclipped jackets currently retail in a large range from $2,000 - $3,000.

Estimated Appraisal: $2,000 - $3,000

 

The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Appraised by:
Daniel Farr Books

Book Owner Comments: First Edition (published in 1894)

Appraiser Comments: In this volume Holmes supposedly dies when Doyle who had tired of his literary creation sends him in the last story climatically over Switzerland’s Reichenbach Falls. He subsequently resurrected Holmes several years later in ‘The Hound Of The Baskervilles’ and several further collections of stories. The great detective has been a favourite of collectors since almost his first appearance in print. While not a rare book, there are numerous copies offered online a copy such as yours un-restored in a bright cloth binding should be priced at the higher end of the price estimate.

Estimated Appraisal: $1,500 - $2,500

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