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value of a first edition copy

PostPosted: 03 Jun 2008, 17:55
by laura
I regularly volunteer at our parish thrift shop. After each shift, I usually try to find a little something for each of my children. I have a couple of voracious readers, so always start in the book section, where hardcovers are $1.00. Spying an old copy of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, I picked it up. We already have a set, but I just love the feel, and the smell, and the sense of history one has in holding on old book, so I bought it.

Before purchasing it, I flipped to the front and noticed that it was a first edition. I'm an English major, and knew it had to be worth something, but I was absolutely astounded when I started to do some research online to determine its value.

I will be returning the profit to our parish, St. Jude the Apostle, and want to get the best price for it, but don't really know where to begin. Do you, or any of your cirlce, have an opinion on the best route I might take in this process? The paper book jacket is torn (completely, in three pieces, in fact), but the book itself is in excellent condition. It really looks like it has never been read -- what a shame!!

I would so appreciate your input and assistance!


PostPosted: 03 Jun 2008, 18:43
by Karen
Laura, I'm in the rare book business, so I can give you some tips. First of all, when it comes to modern first editions, much of the value lies in the condition of the dust jacket. Keep the pieces, but don't try to tape them together or anything. Also, is it an American first edition or an English one? This will also affect the value. Can you tell me exactly what it says on the title page (publisher and date) as well as on the copyright page? And who did the illustrations?

Your best bet in getting the maximum price is to put it up for auction. Let me know where you're from (you can PM me if you don't want to post it) and I can point you to the best place.

value of a first edition copy

PostPosted: 03 Jun 2008, 20:16
by Laura
Thanks for your reply. It looks like an American version. The title page says,


A Story for Children

Illustrated by Pauline Baynes

(illus. here)


New York : 1950

The next page says Copyright, 1950 by The Macmillan Company, All rights reserved....FIRST PRINTING Then, down at the bottom of the page, PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

I'll also send a pm. Thank you!


PostPosted: 03 Jun 2008, 20:43
by Karen
Yep, that's a first American edition, and certainly worth something, although the condition of the dust jacket will be the deciding factor. I've PM'd you....