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Published: 14 July 2017

How to Start Collecting Books

The bibliophile is a versatile being. Rich or poor, big or small, introvert or extravert they all have one thing in common; a pure love of books and literature. This is what makes the book collecting community one of the most popular in today’s marketplace. From historical documents with presidential signatures, to signed first editions of modern classics, book collecting is without pretense and, as varied the collector, there is inevitably the perfect book to add to a collection.

Newly self-identified bibliophiles may find book collecting a little overwhelming. The ‘who, what wheres’ of the act are often overshadowed by the item itself. Consider the auction experience;  an expertly-curated collection of authenticated pieces, tailored to collectors of all price points and interests.

Over the last few seasons, Freeman’s has offered hundreds of selections ideal for the book collecting beginner. The following titles varied in age and genre. Their price points made them ideal for the bibliophile just beginning to find their way in the collector community.

A. The Book of Baby Beasts
As if it didn’t have you from the title itself, “The Book of Baby Beasts” was written by Florence Emily Dugdale, an award-winning school teacher who was married to poet, Thomas Hardy. Circa 1923, this piece featured 19 mounted color plates and sold for just $104.

B. Anne Sexton Signed Trio
Each of these three books were signed by their Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Anne Sexton. Titles included; a first paperback printing of The Book of Folly and The Death Notebooks, as well as a fourth paperback printing of Transformations. The trio sold for $125.

C. Notes on a Horse Thief by William Faulkner
This first edition circa 1950 was signed by the author himself. Its cover features decorations by Elizabeth Calvert and a silver pictorial green cloth. This example sold for $325.

D. Collection of P.G. Wodehouse Books
Perhaps one of the most notable humorists of the 20th century was Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse. This small collection includes two first editions, with all three books in excellent condition. The collection sold for just $113.

E. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse…” Like this third printing of The Godfather by Mario Puzo circa 1969. This book was even signed and inscribed by the author on front free endpaper. It sold for $130.

F. The House at Pooh Corner by AA Milne
This first trade edition of the House at Pooh Corner was author, Alan Alexander Milne’s second installment of the Pooh series. It sold for $247.

 

Freeman’s is currently accepting consignments for the Fall Books, Maps and Manuscripts auction.
Get a complimentary auction estimate and more information here.

 

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