Collecting one author entirely
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Thanks for starting this thread. Good idea.
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If condition is not a top issue there may be some for $100 - $300. I once had the notion of collecting all of the Aubrey/Maturin O'brian series until Master & Commander totally blew the price of the early titles into orbit.
Don't know if this system forwards URLs in HTML but try it. It looks like most of his works are available on Bookfinder.com as 1sts with DJs not library.
Recently I've also started collecting Hector Berlioz books. First editions are very expensive though, so I'll probably stick to later editions. I'm also collecting Berlioz biographies.
However, when I discover an author or I particularly enjoy (off-beat and/or regional, well-plotted, decent grammar, strong characterization, distinct voice, etc.) I'll trek to the library or used paperback emporium to "audition" his or her previous titles before making the 'momentous decision' (tee hee) to add him/her to the 'permanent collection.' Once that author makes it into the 'pc,' yee-hah, the hunt is on for hc/dj/1/1s.
Often, I'm just looking to complete one "series," rather than an entire body of work. For example, my current hunting obsession is the "Sheriff Dan Rhodes" series by Texas author Bill Crider. I'm all caught up with the China Bayles series and Cottage Tales of Beatrice Potter series by Texas author Susan Wittig Albert, the Appalachian Ballad series by Sharon McCrumb, the Bast series by Rosemary Edghill and a few other offbeat faves.
With me, "the hunt is the thing." Yes, I do shell out big bucks on ABE now and then, but there's absolutely nothing like the thrill of an amazing garage sale or junk shop find that puts me a little closer to completing a favorite series.
Dang, now I'm going to have to go back to my LT catalogue and add two new tags: complete series collection and working series collection!
PS. Don't underestimate the amount of money people want to spend on books! My library bought a book for 18.000 euros once, against a private bidder who was prepared to give 17.000 (but not 19.000). You just need to find the right market niche!
Each book contains a series of discourses about 1 subject. Some books were published under different titles, up to 3 or 4 titles for the same book. And some books are compilations of discourses, in this way it's possible to create an infinite number of books from a limited number of discourses, and publishers are doing that, earning money. The percentage of compilations and "doubles" (same book, other title) is very small in my collection. For 2 books, I have participated in translating from english to dutch.
I'm running out of space. It's time to jump to the managing bookshelf space group.