• To Kill a Mockingbird First Edition Issue Points

To Kill a Mockingbird First Edition Issue Points

As most people know, the novel To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best-loved classics of all time. It has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold more than forty million copies worldwide. In 1962 it was also made into the film starring Gregory Peck, which won three Academy Awards. Therefore, […]

By |November 21st, 2017|First Edition Identification, Literature, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on To Kill a Mockingbird First Edition Issue Points
  • The Works and Philosophy of Ayn Rand

The Works and Philosophy of Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand wrote in her most famous work, Atlas Shrugged, “My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”

This quote aptly defines Rand’s philosophy which she named […]

By |November 10th, 2017|Authors, First Edition Identification, Literature, Science and Philosophy|Comments Off on The Works and Philosophy of Ayn Rand
  • Blade Runner and the Transcendent Legacy of Philip K. Dick

Blade Runner and the Transcendent Legacy of Philip K. Dick

The new movie Blade Runner 2049 is in theaters this week and we thought it would be a great time to write a post about the book that this movie and the original 1982 Blade Runner movie have been loosely based on, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and its author, Philip K. Dick.

The book […]

By |October 24th, 2017|Authors, First Edition Identification, Rare book highlights, Science Fiction|Comments Off on Blade Runner and the Transcendent Legacy of Philip K. Dick
  • George Orwell: Journalist and Satirist

George Orwell: Journalist and Satirist

George Orwell Journalist and Satirist

Born Eric Arthur Blair, George Orwell colored the twentieth century with essays, articles, and novels that explore issues of social justice and political awareness. His work turned the thoughts of the public to the lower-class citizen, the plight of the poor and oppressed, and the dangers of […]

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  • Vellum Bindings

Vellum Bindings

Vellum refers to parchment made from calf skin that can be found on old and rare books. Very old Bibles were printed on it, and so was the Declaration of Independence. Vellum is not like calf leather in that it is not tanned, but it does vary in softness and smoothness based on the quality of […]

By |January 18th, 2016|First Edition Identification, For the love of books, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Vellum Bindings
  • First Edition Identification

First Edition Identification

Although it seems like it should be fairly straight forward, there is so much to know about first identification that whole books and websites are devoted to the subject. Here we will give you some basic tools to help you identify your first edition, but if would like more in-depth information, we recommend Collected Books […]

By |August 9th, 2015|First Edition Identification|Comments Off on First Edition Identification
  • Mark Twain and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn First Edition Issue Points

Mark Twain and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn First Edition Issue Points

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his nom de plume Mark Twain, was one of the most critically acclaimed and popular writers of our time. His vast body of work spans multiple genres. Twain was able to accurately reflect the sensitive social issues of his day in a way that intimately touched his readers and […]

By |March 24th, 2014|Authors, First Edition Identification|Comments Off on Mark Twain and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn First Edition Issue Points

Author Spotlight – J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger’s portrayal of cynical adolescence and the shortcomings of society is what draws many readers to his works. This representation can be seen famously in 16-year-old Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, and also in the young, brilliant band of misfits he portrays in his (albeit slim) published body of work.

The infatuation […]

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  • James Bond First Editions

James Bond First Editions

There are many reasons why a Twentieth-Century novel may be well-written and well-received, and few books exemplify these features as Ian Fleming’s James Bond series does. Fleming’s fourteen-book long series is critically respected, successful, and highly collectible. They are some of the most popular spy thrillers ever written, and they look wonderful as a set. […]

By |January 29th, 2013|Creating a Collection, First Edition Identification|Comments Off on James Bond First Editions

Identifying The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings First Edition Issue Points

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy are some of the most iconic and sought after first editions books on the market today. We could wax long about Tolkien’s imaginative style or the ways in which the books have affected our culture or children’s fantasy writers after him, but much has […]

By |October 24th, 2012|First Edition Identification, Rare book highlights|Comments Off on Identifying The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings First Edition Issue Points