Anybody familiar with Knee-Deep in Thunder?

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Anybody familiar with Knee-Deep in Thunder?

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Maggio 15, 2012, 6:28pm

I just posted this same question in the booksellers group, as well. I recently received a nice first edition hardcover of Knee-Deep in Thunder by Sheila Moon at my bookstore. Dust jacket's in fine shape. I take a look and see that it is signed by the author. When I looked on ABE, I found two similar copies signed, one going for $75 and the other for $100. Can anybody give me an idea why this relatively obscure (at least to me) author's signature would make this book so highly priced? Thanks! I want to price it fairly.

Maggio 27, 2012, 12:46pm

I don't know why the price is so high, but that was one of my favorite books as a young teen, and I don't think it was in print for very long. Maybe there is a following.

Maggio 27, 2012, 1:14pm

Thanks, Liz. Maybe the people pricing it so high love the book, too, and don't really want to sell it!

Maggio 27, 2012, 6:28pm

There are other signed Sheila Moon books out there at much lower prices but they seem to be mostly paperback and mostly from later years. Knee-Deep appears to be the foundational book in the career of a well-loved author; and it's a hardback of the first book in a series, published almost 50 years ago, probably in a pretty small printing. The small printing, along with many of the copies being read to pieces or library-ized, means that nice clothbound firsts of this are likely pretty scarce. Combine that with the significance this book has for many people, and the small supply/high demand translates into an elevated price. At least that's how I read it...

Maggio 27, 2012, 6:41pm

Thanks, Bill. Good information. Given all that I find it strange that I was unfamiliar with Moon, as I have been an avid reader all my life, including throughout my childhood.