Tell me what you are collecting...
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Authors such as Dickens are more difficult to collect as they were published in serial form - the values of these collections needs more experience.
Tell me what you have found and hoarded!!!
Do you collect the older editions - and how old is your oldest book?? I'm not sure how 'old' the tradition of Halloween is?
I collect editions of The Night Before Christmas (the older ones are usually too expensive for me, though!) Also, I collect old elementary school level music textbooks, most of which cost only $1-5. I remember some of the songs from my school days in the 60s, and many of these books have great illustrations.
And there are a lot of other books I just accumulate, such as older poetry anthologies and books that have nice bindings and look handsome on the shelf. Library book sales are a great place to look for things like that.
Karen - I could never afford to collect valuable Dickens books. Instead, I enjoy finding small, decorative editions that aren't worth much money, though of course the words inside are priceless. Sounds like you chose some great writers to collect (especially Wodehouse!)
KromesTomes - My favorite Modern Library books are those old ones with the flexible covers :)
At the moment, I`m working long hours and find I cannot get on with `proper` books at all. I`m re-reading my collection of Sexton Blake titles and entering them on LT with an accompanying review as I go along. Sadly, I`ve not got very far, but I`m persevering !
Also Dorothy L. Sayers, books on Venice, etiquette books.
Books on etiquette are great. I like the ones that advise you on the correct procol to follow if the Prime Minister, two peers and a bishop all drop round for lunch simultaneously, or what position the Archbishop of Canterbury should be in if he participates in a parade also attended by a minor Royal. These are hot topics round our way, I can tell you.
"Finances are a huge barrier...."
I wouldn`t necesarily assume that all old and rare titles need to be prohibitively expensive. Very few books actually increase in value, that`s a myth.
Within six feet of where I`m sitting are two books I can think of that are very rare indeed. Neither commands a high price on the market. Even in the field of `name` writers, I have first editions by H G Wells and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that didn`t cost me much at all.
You have to recall that it`s difficult to quantify anthing as particularly rare now in any case, given the effect of online buying/selling. At one time, if there were under 50 copies of a book dotted around the world, that was rare. Now, that would qualify as being quite common.
There`s also the question of genre. The antiquarian bookshops and antique shops of the UK are full of antiquarian poetry (Tennyson etc) and novels by writers like Sir walter scott whose works are now sadly neglected by book buyers.
One of my friends from the book trade commented to me that he`d grown to hate "grown to hate the 3 P`s" (paperbacks, poetry and politics) . I wouldn`t myself make such a sweeping statement, but I know what he means.
Anyway, my main point was, don`t give up, that special volume you`ve always wanted might be available more cheaply than you think !
Anyhow I never-ever buy first editions (as such) signed copies, collector's items, anything like that. The sort of works 'investors' go for. Jeanette Winterson defends them in her otherwise wise Art Objects but I totally disagree with her (on that subject). And I religiously avoid all new books, especially best-sellers, publisher's remainders, bargain stock. Glossy paperback guides to any subject under the sun. (Most telephone directories are more entertaining.)
Lately I've found myself gravitating towards rather 'stylised' stuff, from They're a Weird Mob to The Fan Man. Dictionaries of Slang; the kind of thing a fellow LT-er compiles Jonathan Green. Modern poetry, also (esp. East-European).
Sorry folks, my touchstones are taking forever to load; since that is too long even for me, I'll have to Submit without them.
I suspect most people think she was a `one trick pony`, which is far from the truth.
Fact is, my first introduction to DLS was her translation of the Inferno, which we read in my high school English class. It wasn't until a number of years later that I discovered Lord Peter! My real collecting of her started with her study of Wilkie Collins (pretty clearly the basis for Harriet's work on Sheridan LeFanu in Gaudy Night.
Not to mention all her theological writings.
You may be wise. People who buy books as an investment are almost certainly being very foolish indeed. I realise, I`m not helping my own cause here, but factually,it`s true.
As I mentioned above, very few books actually increase in value over their existence.
A quick skim round E-Bay etc will show that the majority of anitquarian books actually retail at less than the price of a modern paperback.
It`s that old conundrum again. On the one hand, it`s a shame that Ms Sayers has been pigeon-holed. On the other, the alternative might be that she`s forgotten altogether !
Assuming you`re in the US, possibly her `other stuff` is more widely known there.
Pardon me for agreeing with the rest of your post (who wants an idiot concurring?)
I've noticed other postings from you, and they seem pretty sensible to me (Sorry)
It took me a minute or two there, but you`ve just made me laugh out loud, so good luck to you.
I can do sensible sometimes, but not everybody would recognise that adjective as applying to me.
And thank you for not pointing out my mistyping of the word `antiquarian`.
Dorothy L Sayers
This is a bit of an `old mates act` but anyone with an interest in Dorothy L sayers might like to visit the Sexton Blake website Blakiana ( IIRC, it`s www.sextonblake.co.uk ), where, if you search about a bit, you can read an excellent essay,Sexton Blake Meets Lord Peter Wimsey (not a story as you might imagine from the title) by Guy Lawley. I notice it`s recently been joined by Dorothy L Sayers, Sexton Blake and Leon Kestrel by Derek Hinrich, which I`ve not had time to read yet.
A number of Sayer`s books and stories contain Sexton Blake references - like me, she was something of a fan, I gather.
The Night Before Chrstmas, huh? I gave away to a family I love a first edition (1925) with delectable drawings. I believe now that people who want the books I have should have them, unless i want them more (lol).