Thanks to everyone who entered our Win A Bookseller contests. Congratulations to Stephen M Matyas from Virginia, who won our AbeBooks.com contest and to Alan Hewer from Sussex who won our UK version. Stephen collects books containing the Declaration of Independence. Alan collects books about the Great War and illustrated Victorian books from 1860s. You can read Stephenís essay here and Alanís essay will go online soon. The runners up for the AbeBooks.com contest were Wayne Valero, Albert Romkema, Glen Goodknight, Lyric Ajero, and Joanne Thompson. The runners up for the AbeBooks.co.uk contest were Ray Wenden, David Green, Steve Rudge, John Riddle and Robert Bevan-Jones.
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My collecting history started in the 1950s when, as a high school student, I first read Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. Both electrified me, changing my world view from teenage cynicism and negativity to one of hope and optimism. More...
Number of Books: 4150
Collecting Since: 1958
First Book: The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
Best Bargain: $500 for The Lord of the Rings, 3 vols., first edition, first printing, in near mint condition.
Rare Book He'd Like to Own: Spirits in Bondage, 1919, by Clive Hamilton (psued. of C.S. Lewis)
Highest Price Paid for a Book: $3000 for Songs for Philologists, by Tolkien, now priced between $16 and $74,000 on AbeBooks
Top 3 Books in Collection:
- Songs for the Philologists by J.R.R. Tolkien and E.V. Gordon, London: University College 1936
- The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, 1st edition, first printing, London: George Allen and Unwin 1955, 1956
- In de Ban van de Ring (3 vols.), the Dutch first edition of The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, Antwerp: Het Spectrum 1956.
In 1988 Clive Cussler gave me a fine copy of his first hardcover, Iceberg. On that day I began fulfilling the quest of collecting the works of Cussler which continues to this day. Since then, Iíve developed a relationship with Cussler who has presented me with many rare and one-of-a-kind items. More...
Number of Books: 1500
Collecting Since: 1988
First Book: Cussler's Iceberg, published by Dodd Mead
Best Bargain: Clive Cusslerís Mayday, London: Severn House. A gift from Cussler himself.
Rare Book He'd Like to Own: Cussler's The Mediterranean Caper aka ďThe Naked Dirk Pitt." edition.
Highest Price Paid for a Book: $175, an uncorrected proof for Pacific Vortex by Cussler
Top 3 Books in Collection:
- Pacific Vortex by Clive Cussler, London: Piatkus 1983
- Mayday by Clive Cussler, London: Severn House 1977
- Iceberg by Clive Cussler, New York: Dodd, Mead & Co 1975