The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy
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.



23 1/2 Hours Leave by Mary Roberts Rinehart
23 1/2 Hours Leave Mary Roberts Rinehart

1918, George H. Doran Company, 1st Edition, hardcover.

The Comedians by Graham Greene
The Comedians
Graham Greene

1966, 1st Edition.

The Children of Men by P.D. James
The Children of Men
P.D. James

1992, Hardcover, first Canadian edition signed by P.D. James on the title page.
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan

1999, First Edition, First Printing, Signed by Ian McEwan

The Motor Boat Club off Long Island by H. Irving Hancock
The Motor Boat Club off Long Island
H. Irving Hancock

1909, bound in olive green pictorial cloth

E.Q.’s Big Book by Ellery Queen
E.Q.’s Big Book

Ellery Queen

Grossett & Dunlap, 1933

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
The Enchantress of Florence
Salman Rushdie

2008, First Edition, First Printing, Signed by Salman Rushdie.
Susanna and Sue by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Susanna and Sue
Kate Douglas Wiggin

1909, First edition children's, colour illustrations, decorated cloth.

The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism & Capitalism by George Bernard Shaw
Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism & Capitalism
George Bernard Shaw

1928, First American Edition, Hardcover.

The Arts by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
The Arts
Hendrik Willem Van Loon

1937, story of painting and sculpture. First printing, illustrated by Van Loon


Iron in the Soul by Jean-Paul Sartre
Iron in the Soul
Jean-Paul Sartre

1950, Hamilton. Hardcover First English Edition

The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
The Pale Horse
Agatha Christie

1961, True first edition of this intriguing mystery, original dustjacket.
'Tis by Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt

1999, First Edition, Sequel to Angela's Ashes. Signed by McCourt.

Affordable autographed books like Making Money by Terry Pratchett.
Making Money
Terry Pratchett

2007, Harper Collins edition signed by Pratchett

Lucile by Owen Meredith
Owen Meredith

1884, hardcover, beautiful decorative cloth binding, gilt-edged.

Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy by John McCabe
Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy
John McCabe

1966, Hardcover First Edition, of the comedy duo's biography.

A Little Brother to Bear by William J. Long
A Little Brother to Bear
William J. Long

1903, First Edition, Illustrated, children's nature book.

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
A Long Way Down
Nick Hornby

2005, First Edition, First Printing, Signed 4th novel by Nick Hornby.

H.G. Wells and His Family by M. M. Meyer
H.G. Wells and His Family
M.M. Meyer

1955, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, Preface by H.G. Wells' son.

I Want it Now by Kingsley Amis
I Want it Now
Kingsley Amis

1969, Hardcover, First American Edition with Original Dustjacket included
Herzog by Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow

1964, Hardcover First edition with dust jacket.

Pilot Bails Out by Don Blanding
Pilot Bails Out
Don Blanding

1943, First Edition, 3rd Printing, Military poems from WWII. Hardcover.

Star Trek Starfleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph
Star Trek Starfleet Technical Manual
Franz Joseph

1975, Scarce, cool Trekkie memorabilia.

Silent Sex by Jim Harmon
Silent Sex
Jim Harmon

1962, First American Printing. Nice example of early 1960s pulp fiction.

Biggles Foreign Legionnaire
Biggles Foreign Legionnaire
W.E. Johns

1954, first edition copy of the 50th Biggles novel

A Fourth Form Friendship by Angela Brazil
A Fourth Form Friendship
Angela Brazil

Brazil’s seventh novel, with illustrations by Louis Ward

Blonde Blackmail by Bruce Sanders
Blonde Blackmail
Bruce Sanders

1945, Herbert Jenkins, First edition of this saucy pulp piece.

Shambleau and Others by C.L. Moore
Shambleau & Others C.L. Moore

1953, Gnome Press first edition copies.

Gilt-Edged Bonds by Ian Fleming
Gilt-Edged Bonds
Ian Fleming

1961, Hardcover, Book of the Month Club, contains 3 full texts

The Song of Hiawatha by Henry W. Longfellow
The Song of Hiawatha
Henry W. Longfellow

1898, Hardcover First Printing of Minnehaha Edition

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