Thanks to everyone who entered our Win A Bookseller contests. Congratulations to Stephen M Matyas from Virginia, who won our 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 contest were Wayne Valero, Albert Romkema, Glen Goodknight, Lyric Ajero, and Joanne Thompson. The runners up for the contest were Ray Wenden, David Green, Steve Rudge, John Riddle and Robert Bevan-Jones.

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Alan Hewer - Sussex, England

Alan HewerI collect in two wildly different areas - the literature of the Great War and Victorian illustrated books of the 1860s. My passion for the Great War began when I was a child staying with an aunt who was a nurse in the War & whose autograph book of the time was a constant source of pleasure - with its poems & drawings done by the soldiers in her care. When I began collecting over 30 years ago very few of the major works were still in print so it was a case of 1st or nothing. I now have a website which shows the many rare and interesting jackets which were used on these early volumes - It is a shame that there aren't more such sites on the web as itís ideally suited to display colorful images. Jackets used on books before World War II can only become scarcer and the striking artwork used on many of them deserves to be brought to a wider audience. More...

Number of Books: 5000
Collecting Since: 1975
First Book: Illustrators of the 1860s by Forrest Reid
Best Bargain: All Quiet on the Western Front. 1st in Jacket for £3
Rare Book He'd Like to Own: Night & Day by Isaac Rosenberg
Highest Price Paid for a Book: £550 for Isaac Rosenberg's Moses

Top 3 Books:

1. Moses by Isaac Rosenberg. Paragon 1916. 50 copies. Corrected by the author.
2. The Bonadventure by Edmund Blunden. UK 1st inscribed by him to Edward Marsh
3. Kipling. Stalky & Co. UK 1st 1899 in dw with some loss to spine.

Honorable mentions:

Glen G. - California, USA

Glen G.

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:

  1. Songs for the Philologists by J.R.R. Tolkien and E.V. Gordon, London: University College 1936
  2. The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, 1st edition, first printing, London: George Allen and Unwin 1955, 1956
  3. In de Ban van de Ring (3 vols.), the Dutch first edition of The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, Antwerp: Het Spectrum 1956.

Wayne V. - New Hampshire, USA

Wayne V.

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:

  1. Pacific Vortex by Clive Cussler, London: Piatkus 1983
  2. Mayday by Clive Cussler, London: Severn House 1977
  3. Iceberg by Clive Cussler, New York: Dodd, Mead & Co 1975