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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

Naked Lunch
William Seward Burroughs
Appraised by: Daniel Farr Books
Appraiser Comments: "...a modern first edition in every sense of the word, and a very collectible classic"
Estimated Appraisal: $300 - $500

 

Roots
Alex Haley
Appraised by: Between The Covers
Appraiser Comments: "This book had a large first printing..."
Estimated Appraisal: $200 - $300

 

The Mint
T.E. Lawrence
Appraised by: Daniel Farr Books
Appraiser Comments: "The Limited Edition carries only a small premium over copies in similar condition ..."
Estimated Appraisal: $100 - $200

 

Flashman in the Great Game
George MacDonald Fraser
Appraised by: Between The Covers
Appraiser Comments: "...wonderful series following the escapades of fiction's greatest cad and coward"
Estimated Appraisal: $50 - $75

 

A Year of Orchids
Clifton Pugh
Appraised by: Second Story Books
Appraiser Comments: "A somewhat easy book to find"
Estimated Appraisal: $50 - $150

 

This Side of Paradise
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Appraised by: Between The Covers
Appraiser Comments: "...Fitzgerald issued an "apology" for some of the excesses portrayed in the book..."
Estimated Appraisal: $20 - $50

 

Sartor Resartus
Thomas Carlyle
Appraised by: Between The Covers
Appraiser Comments: "It had a great influence on many notable authors..."
Estimated Appraisal: $10 - $25

 

 

Bokhara
Joseph Wolff
Appraised by: Second Story Books
Appraiser Comments: "...An extremely popular work which has had many editions..."
Estimated Appraisal: $200 - $300

 

The King in Yellow
Robert W. Chambers
Appraised by: Between The Covers
Appraiser Comments: "...a premium is placed on fine condition copies"
Estimated Appraisal: $200 - $300

 

Travels in Arabia Desert
Charles Doughty
Appraised by: Second Story Books
Appraiser Comments: "A very popular books with many editions..."
Estimated Appraisal: $100 - $125

 

Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison
Appraised by: Between The Covers
Appraiser Comments: "...the Nobel laureate's third novel ..."
Estimated Appraisal: $75

 

African Game Trails
Theodore Roosevelt
Appraised by: Second Story Books
Appraiser Comments: "...this book was published by Scribners in 1910"
Estimated Appraisal: $50

 

The Mint
T.E. Lawrence
Appraised by: Second Story Books
Appraiser Comments: "Sounds like a stray dog I brought home once"
Estimated Appraisal: $20 - $30

 

 

 

Appraisals

 

Naked Lunch
William Seward Burroughs
Appraised by: Daniel Farr Books

Appraiser Comments: While not an uncommon book, “Naked Lunch” is a modern first edition in every sense of the word, and a very collectible classic. For copies not signed or inscribed the most commonly seen, the value of the book is based on only three things ‘Condition, Condition, Condition’. The closer a copy is to how it would have looked new in a bookstore in 1963 the higher the pricing goes. For this book the pricing of a copy that is near-fine compared to a copy that is fine can be hundreds of dollars. Some copies still carry an extremely rare wraparound band printed in black ‘Recommended for Sale to Adults Only $6.00’ this was usually discarded by buyers after purchase. The very finest copies can bring even without a signature or inscription or wraparound band three or more times the upper price estimate.

Estimated Appraisal: $300 - $500

 

Roots
Alex Haley
Appraised by: Between The Covers

Appraiser Comments: This book had a large first printing (first edition is stated on the copyright page) and Haley inscribed a number of copies in this manner. Because it is a bulky book with a white dustwrapper, condition is an important factor as well as the inscription. Asking prices range widely -- based on our experience your copy might retail in the $200-$300 range.

Estimated Appraisal: $200 - $300

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The Mint
T.E. Lawrence
Appraised by: Daniel Farr Books

Appraiser Comments: The text of this edition was reworked from that of the 1936 edition by Lawrence shortly before his death. Copies are not uncommon, though a copy with near a fine dust-jacket would command a premium price for any Lawrence collector. The Limited Edition carries only a small premium over copies in similar condition of the First Trade Edition. In making a valuation of a relatively modern book such as your copy the criteria used is simple, ‘Condition, Condition, Condition’. The closer a copy is to how it appeared originally off the press the higher any valuation would be.

Estimated Appraisal: $100 - $200

 

Flashman in the Great Game
George MacDonald Fraser
Appraised by: Between The Covers

Appraiser Comments: This is the first American edition (states First Edition on the copyright page) of the fifth book in this wonderful series following the escapades of fiction's greatest cad and coward. We have sold similar copies for $75, the current retail market is in the $50+ range for copies without the remainder mark or price-clipping.

Estimated Appraisal: $50 - $75

 

A Year of Orchids
Clifton Pugh
Appraised by: Second Story Books

Appraiser Comments: Published by Richard Griffen, Melbourne Austrailia, DJ, Signed limited edition of 1500 by Clifton Pugh and Campbell Beardsell. Described as being in very good condition. A somewhat easy book to find. Copies are frequently available for between $50-$150.

Estimated Appraisal: $50 - $150

 

This Side of Paradise
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Appraised by: Between The Covers

Appraiser Comments: As your picture shows, the copyright page on the copy you have indicates it is an early reprint edition, published several months after the first printing. Some copies of the third printing, published in May, 1920, also has some value because Fitzgerald issued an "apology" for some of the excesses portrayed in the book and signed the sheet, which was then tipped into copies and sent to booksellers. However, your copy is not one of these either. Early printings such as your copy are offered in the $20 - $50 range, though they are not easy to sell.

Estimated Appraisal: $20 - $50

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Sartor Resartus
Thomas Carlyle
Appraised by: Between The Covers

Appraiser Comments: British author Thomas Carlyle's Sartor Resartus first appeared in magazine form in the mid-1830s, and was published shortly afterwards in book form in America and England. It had a great influence on many notable authors, including Herman Melville and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The work's popularity was such that it was reprinted many times in the mid 19th Century, and most of those reprints, particularly in poor condition, have very little value except as a used book.I can find no record of this particular edition, and it may very well be rare or difficult to find, but despite its scarcity, it is still essentially a reprint edition with little retail value (under $25, and possibly not more than $10).

Estimated Appraisal: $10 - $25

 

 

Bokhara
Joseph Wolff
Appraised by: Second Story Books

Appraiser Comments: The actual title is Narrative of A Mission to Bokhara in the Years 1843-1845. This copy is described as being in fine condition. An extremely popular work which has had many editions including a 1969 reprint. This is the 5th edition. This copy is worth $200-$300.

Estimated Appraisal: $200 - $300

 

The King in Yellow
Robert W. Chambers
Appraised by: Between The Covers

Appraiser Comments: This classic fantasy has two issues to the first edition -- a frontispiece was inserted for the second issue. It also had two bindings -- with green preferred over black. As with all collectible books, a premium is placed on fine condition copies. If this is a very bright copy of the first state it might retail for a bit more than the $200-$300 range for near fine copies, possibly double that range.

Estimated Appraisal: $200 - $300

 

Travels in Arabia Desert
Charles Doughty
Appraised by: Second Story Books

Appraiser Comments: Described as the one volume new and definitive edition with the map present in pocket and in fine condition. A very popular books with many editions including The Limited Editions Club and Heritage Press. The first edition is in two volumes. This editon is worth $100-$125.

Estimated Appraisal: $100 - $125

 

Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison
Appraised by: Between The Covers

Appraiser Comments: The jacket on this book, the Nobel laureate's third novel, almost always fades and unfaded copies command a premium. A condition description of "good" can mean many things -- to most book collectors "good" means "bad," since it is below Very Good, Near Fine, and Fine. If the jacket is nice other than the spine fading, the retail value is probably around $75. If the book or jacket have other condition problems beyond the spine fading, the retail drops accordingly, particularly since it is not a very uncommon book in worn condition.

Estimated Appraisal: $75

 

African Game Trails
Theodore Roosevelt
Appraised by: Second Story Books

Appraiser Comments: 1910, Syndicate Publishing House, N.Y. Described as having a 3" rip in the binding ow very good. The first edition of this book was published by Scribners in 1910. This editon with the tear is worth $50.

Estimated Appraisal: $50

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The Mint
T.E. Lawrence
Appraised by: Second Story Books

Appraiser Comments: Described as a little spotty but O.K. Sounds like a stray dog I brought home once. There is no indication if this copy is the 1955 limited edition or first trade edition. Also the book calls for a dust jacket. Based on the information provided the value would be $20-$30.

Estimated Appraisal: $20 - $30

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