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Books - General

Book lovers enjoy antique books for their impact on history and culture and thought-provoking contents. Vintage books may also be adored for their physical characteristics, such as the artwork on an original cover or for notes made in the margin by the creator or a famous person. A Salvador Dali "Alice in Wonderland" book for sale is valued for its illustrations by the famous painter and its originality. A biography of Queen Victoria titled "Queen Victoria from Her Birth to Her Bridal" is rare and interesting because of the disapproving notes scribbled in the margin by Queen Victoria herself. Similarly, these little discrepancies also make antique maps and rare manuscripts valuable.

Collectors can find rare books online or at traditional auction houses. Rare book dealers and librarians often compete for these treasures, which has the double effect of making a book more collectible and unobtainable. Contemporary works can also bring high prices at auction.

Currently, editions by Ernest Hemingway are more valuable than works by his contemporaries because they are more widely read. Rudyard Kipling works, which were favored in the '20s, became less sought after in the following decades. More contemporary books which have become highly collectible are signed works by "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling and signed copies of "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown. Rare comic books and science fiction novels are also a growing trend in collecting.


Quick Facts

  • A signed copy of a Salvador Dali "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll realized a price of $5,625 at a Christie’s auction in 2008
  • A first edition book of poems by Scottish poet Robert Burns bound in late 19th century green Morocco gilt sold for more than $57,730 at a Lyon and Turnbull auction in 2012
  • A signed first edition of "The Order of the Phoenix" by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling sold for $7,657 at Abe Books in 2007

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[COMICS] DON MARTIN. MAD'S GREATEST ARTISTS. THE COMPLETELY MAD
Dec 06, 7:00 PM CET
[COMICS] DON MARTIN. MAD'S GREATEST ARTISTS. THE COMPLETELY MAD
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €80- €150
€18011 Bids
HORAE. USE OF ROME.
Dec 10, 1:00 PM CET
HORAE. USE OF ROME.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €3,000- €5,000
€4,20011 Bids
[PICTURE BOOKS] [EDMUND DULAC] 3 TITLES: (1) A. QUILLER-COUCH. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY AND OTHER FAIRY TALES
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[PICTURE BOOKS] [EDMUND DULAC] 3 TITLES: (1) A. QUILLER-COUCH. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY AND OTHER FAIRY TALES
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €80- €160
€1608 Bids
Works of Dickens London Library Edition 22 Volumes
Dec 04, 12:00 PM EST
Works of Dickens London Library Edition 22 Volumes
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$4256 Bids
[LITERATURE ] [FRENCH LITERATURE] ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY. LE PETIT PRINCE
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[LITERATURE ] [FRENCH LITERATURE] ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY. LE PETIT PRINCE
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €75- €150
€2406 Bids
(12vol) ANTIQUE LEATHER BOUND BOOKS
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
(12vol) ANTIQUE LEATHER BOUND BOOKS
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $200- $400
$2505 Bids
[PICTURE BOOKS] [EDMUND DULAC] L. HOUSMAN. PRINCESS BADOURA. A TALE FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[PICTURE BOOKS] [EDMUND DULAC] L. HOUSMAN. PRINCESS BADOURA. A TALE FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €150- €300
€3205 Bids
[COMICS] RAYMOND MACHEROT. CHLOROPHYL
Dec 06, 7:00 PM CET
[COMICS] RAYMOND MACHEROT. CHLOROPHYL
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €75- €150
€1305 Bids
[PICTURE BOOKS] [ARTHUR RACKHAM] THREE TITLES: (1) J.M. BARRIE. PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[PICTURE BOOKS] [ARTHUR RACKHAM] THREE TITLES: (1) J.M. BARRIE. PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €100- €200
€1405 Bids
[PICTURE BOOKS] [EDMUND DULAC] TWO TITLES: (1) L. HOUSMAN. STORIES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[PICTURE BOOKS] [EDMUND DULAC] TWO TITLES: (1) L. HOUSMAN. STORIES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €100- €200
€1705 Bids
[PICTURE BOOKS] [EDMUND DULAC] TWO TITLES: (1) RUBÁIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYÁM
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[PICTURE BOOKS] [EDMUND DULAC] TWO TITLES: (1) RUBÁIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYÁM
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €80- €160
€1605 Bids
J Trapp’s The Negro
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
J Trapp’s The Negro
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$1505 Bids
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3PC HANDBOOK OF MIDDLE AMERICAN INDIANS BOOKS VOLUME 3,4,6
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
3PC HANDBOOK OF MIDDLE AMERICAN INDIANS BOOKS VOLUME 3,4,6
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$555 Bids
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49PC PREHISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH BOOK COLLECTION
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
49PC PREHISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH BOOK COLLECTION
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1005 Bids
7 Nautical and Botany Antique Related Books
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
7 Nautical and Botany Antique Related Books
by Caza Sikes
Est: $50- $100
$905 Bids
Large Lot of Packard Service Letters, Parts and Sales Books
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
Large Lot of Packard Service Letters, Parts and Sales Books
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$1004 Bids
Egypt.- Bey (Max Herz) La Mosquée du Sultan Hassan au Caire, Cairo, 1899.
Dec 08, 12:00 PM GMT
Egypt.- Bey (Max Herz) La Mosquée du Sultan Hassan au Caire, Cairo, 1899.
by Forum Auctions - UK
Est: £800- £1,200
£1104 Bids
Boerhaave,H.
Dec 15, 10:00 AM CET
Boerhaave,H.
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €140- €200
€2404 Bids
[LITERATURE ] [SIGNED COPIES. DUTCH LITERATURE] GODFRIED BOMANS. 37 TITLES: (1) ERIK
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[LITERATURE ] [SIGNED COPIES. DUTCH LITERATURE] GODFRIED BOMANS. 37 TITLES: (1) ERIK
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €80- €150
€1304 Bids
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CASSERIO, GIULIO
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
CASSERIO, GIULIO
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF200- CHF300
CHF2604 Bids
[LITERATURE ] [JUDAICA] ANNE FRANK. HET ACHTERHUIS
Dec 05, 7:00 PM CET
[LITERATURE ] [JUDAICA] ANNE FRANK. HET ACHTERHUIS
by Zwiggelaar Auctions
Est: €150- €300
€3404 Bids

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