The Definition of Modern First Edition Books

Modern First Editions. There is a certain aura around owning a first edition, especially if rare or old, or a famous work by an established author. It demands that special pride of place on the bookshelf – in the eye line to be noticed or admired and certainly held, albeit carefully! There is much debate … Read more

A rare publisher’s tale

A rare publisher’s tale: It is not often that the publishers are featured in the consideration of influences to literary movements. However, The Hogarth Press has a unique place in the history and development of modernism and literature of the twentieth century. The Hogarth Press was born out of an ideal to provide a hobby … Read more

The Queen of Detective Novels – Agatha Christie

Detective writers love a puzzle. And collecting Agatha Christie books can be as confusing as her detective novels! Occasional Christie novels fetch vast sums of money yet remaining catalogued novels sell for a varied and sometime perplexingly low sums. Of course, the length of Christie’s successful career means that her many books were published several … Read more

Charles Dodgson and Lewis Carroll intertwined

Charles Dodgson, or rather Lewis Carroll, is primarily known as the author of the children’s classics, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Yet any collection of his works would be incomplete without recognising his expertise in the field of mathematics. In fact many of his fictional works combine his skills of creating fanciful … Read more

What’s in the signature?

What’s in the signature? A question often asked about rare and first edition books. Of course the answer is not as straight forward as it might seem. To put it simply, the interest of a signature in a book depends on who it is and what else is included in the writing. Of course the … Read more

Collection of Winnie the Pooh Books

Winnie the Pooh, that well known little bear is again making publicity. The film, Goodbye Christopher Robin, is being released this October. What a great opportunity to revisit the fascinating story of the author behind the beloved classic children’s character. And a chance to remind a bibliophile of the appeal and value in acquiring a … Read more

A Clockwork Orange dust jacket

A Clockwork Orange dust jacket Book collectors know that, with modern first editions, the dust jacket accounts for about 80% of the value of a book. However, some might argue that book collectors are also in the business of seeking additional rewards from holding an ironically designed jacket. The cover of William Heinemann’s 1962 edition … Read more

Endurance Writing for Children

Endurance Writing for Children: Climbing trees, building dens and creating fantasy are common childhood pleasures and adventures. Children’s authors love to write about them. Yet only a select number of authors have managed to capture generations of children with their stories. Classic children’s authors like Edith Nesbit, J. R.R Tolkien, Lewis Carroll and C.S. Lewis … Read more

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