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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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Russell Drysdale hardcover
Apr 21, 8:00 PM AEST
Russell Drysdale hardcover
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD10011 Bids
Old Hardback Book Titled Bureau of Ethnology
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Old Hardback Book Titled Bureau of Ethnology
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$20010 Bids
Volumes 1-24, Mark Twain Illustr. Books 1915-22
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Volumes 1-24, Mark Twain Illustr. Books 1915-22
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$3010 Bids
1917 Colt Revolver Booklet
Apr 16, 9:00 AM EDT
1917 Colt Revolver Booklet
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$309 Bids
(11pc) Easton Press Short Stories/Dubliners
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
(11pc) Easton Press Short Stories/Dubliners
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$1608 Bids
(4pc) Easton Press J.R.R. Tolkien Literature
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
(4pc) Easton Press J.R.R. Tolkien Literature
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$1208 Bids
XL 1885 Robinsons Atlas Of NYC Illustr. Book
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
XL 1885 Robinsons Atlas Of NYC Illustr. Book
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$2257 Bids
The works of Charles Dickens in 19 Vols.
Apr 21, 7:00 PM AEST
The works of Charles Dickens in 19 Vols.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD807 Bids
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Nick Foulkes The Impossible Collection of Watches, 47cm x 39cm
Apr 17, 6:00 PM AEST
Nick Foulkes The Impossible Collection of Watches, 47cm x 39cm
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2606 Bids
LONGWORTH AMERICAN ALMANACK, NY REGISTER Antq 1797
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
LONGWORTH AMERICAN ALMANACK, NY REGISTER Antq 1797
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $200- $500
$106 Bids
(2) BIRD BOOKS
Apr 18, 12:00 PM CDT
(2) BIRD BOOKS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$96 Bids
(3pc) Easton Press Alexander Dumas Literature
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
(3pc) Easton Press Alexander Dumas Literature
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$1206 Bids
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Jules Verne, Les Indes Noires, A un Elephant & Cartouche
Apr 17, 2:00 PM EDT
Jules Verne, Les Indes Noires, A un Elephant & Cartouche
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $800- $2,000
$4506 Bids
BOWLES'S UNIVERSAL DISPLAY OF THE NAVAL FLAGS OF ALL NATIONS IN THE WORLD, CIRCA 1801
Apr 23, 10:00 AM BST
BOWLES'S UNIVERSAL DISPLAY OF THE NAVAL FLAGS OF ALL NATIONS IN THE WORLD, CIRCA 1801
by Charles Miller Ltd
Est: £300- £500
£6505 Bids
MASS OF ST GREGORY.
Apr 27, 1:00 PM CEST
MASS OF ST GREGORY.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €200- €300
€3505 Bids
(4pc) Easton Press Howard Pyle King Arthur
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
(4pc) Easton Press Howard Pyle King Arthur
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$805 Bids
Austro-Hungarian Empire Souvenir Book, ca. 1895
Apr 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Austro-Hungarian Empire Souvenir Book, ca. 1895
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$1755 Bids
(7pc) Easton Press Kafka/Wiesel/Cather/Proust/
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
(7pc) Easton Press Kafka/Wiesel/Cather/Proust/
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$405 Bids
1883 Washington Irving Volumes 1-12 Books
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
1883 Washington Irving Volumes 1-12 Books
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$45 Bids
(7pc) Easton Press Kipling/London/Stevenson/Verne/
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
(7pc) Easton Press Kipling/London/Stevenson/Verne/
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$605 Bids
(4pc) Easton Press Freeman/R.E.Lee A Biography
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
(4pc) Easton Press Freeman/R.E.Lee A Biography
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$905 Bids
Easton Signed William Peter Blatty The Exorcist
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
Easton Signed William Peter Blatty The Exorcist
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$605 Bids
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Jules Verne, Claudius Bombardac/Carpathes, A un Elephant
Apr 17, 2:00 PM EDT
Jules Verne, Claudius Bombardac/Carpathes, A un Elephant
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$1105 Bids

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