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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

in reply to sigmapsidelta

Thanks emmbook and sigmadelta for the feedback, made all of the typo and last-name-first corrections.

Added The Broom of the System, Carrie, and HP & Chamber of Secrets

Searched and did not see any of the post-1950 O'Brian titles consistently over $2,000. Nor any Wilbur Smith title, or any of the individual Eddings' books. A Touch Of Frost seems to be below the $2,000 threshold also.

 

YearTitleAuthorLow RangeHigh Range
1972Watership DownAdams, Richard$     1,500$     4,500
1950I, RobotAsimov, Isaac$     3,000$     7,500
1951FoundationAsimov, Isaac$     3,500$     7,000
1962A Clockwork OrangeBurgess, Anthony$     6,000$   12,500
1985The ConvictBurke, James Lee$     1,500$     4,500
1985Ender's GameCard, Orson Scott$     2,000$     3,500
1961James And The Giant PeachDahl, Raold$     2,000$     5,000
1964Charlie And The Chocolate FactoryDahl, Raold$     3,500$     8,500
1965The Three Stigmata Of Palmer EldritchDick, Philip K.$     2,000$     6,000
1968Do Androids Dream Of Electric SheepDick, Philip K.$     4,300$     8,500
1969UbikDick, Philip K.$     1,500$     4,000
1952Invisible ManEllison, Ralph$     3,500$     6,000
1953Casino RoyaleFleming, Ian  
1954Live And Let DieFleming, Ian  
1955MoonrakerFleming, Ian  
1956Diamonds Are ForeverFleming, Ian  
1957From Russia With LoveFleming, Ian  
1958Dr. NoFleming, Ian  
1959GoldfingerFleming, Ian  
1961ThunderballFleming, Ian  
1962The Spy Who Loved MeFleming, Ian  
1963On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceFleming, Ian  
1964You Only Live TwiceFleming, Ian  
1965Man With The Golden GunFleming, Ian  
1963The CollectorFowles, John$     6,000$   12,000
1950If I Ran The ZooGeisel, Theodor$     3,000$     5,000
1954Horton Hears A WhoGeisel, Theodor$     2,000$     4,000
1957Cat In The HatGeisel, Theodor$     2,000$     4,000
1960Green Eggs And HamGeisel, Theodor$     3,500$     5,000
1956Howl And Other PoemsGinsberg, Allen$     2,000$     5,000
1954Lord Of The FliesGolding, William$     6,000$     9,000
1956Double StarHeinlein, Robert  
1959Starship TroopersHeinlein, Robert  
1961Stranger In A Strange LandHeinlein, Robert  
1952Old Man And The SeaHemingway, Ernest$     3,000$     6,000
1965DuneHerbert, Frank  
1968Setting Free The BearsIrving, John$     1,500$     4,000
1959Haunting Of Hill HouseJackson, Shirley$     1,000$     2,000
1962Cover Her FaceJames, P.D. $     6,000
1963A Mind To MurderJames, P.D. $     3,000
1967Unnatural CausesJames, P.D.$     2,500$     6,000
1955Harold And The Purple CrayonJohnson, Crockett  
1962The Snowy DayKeats, Jack Ezra$     3,000$     5,000
1950The Town And The CityKerouac, Jack$     3,000$   10,000
1957On The RoadKerouac, Jack  
1962One Flew Over The Cuckoo's NestKesey, Ken$     4,000$   10,000
1974CarrieKing, Stephen$     3,000$     7,500
1962A Murder Of QualityLa Carre  
1961Call For The DeadLa Carre, John  
1960To Kill A MockingbirdLee, Harper  
1962Wrinkle In TimeL'Engle, Madeleine  
1961Phantom TollboothLester, Norman  
1950The Lion The Witch And The WardrobeLewis, C.S.$     6,000$   10,000
1952The NaturalMalamud, Bernard$     1,500$     5,000
1970100 Years Of SolitudeMarquez, Gabriel Garcia  
1965Orchard KeeperMcCarthy, Cormac$     4,000$     7,000
1970The Bluest EyeMorrison, Toni  
1955Lolita (True 1st In 2 Vols)Nabokov, Vladimir$     4,000$   10,000
1952The BorrowersNorton, Mary$     1,500$     4,000
1971Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NimhO'Brien, Robert$     2,000$     4,000
1961The MoviegoerPercy, Walker$     3,000$     8,000
1963Bell Jar ('Lucas' Pseud.)Plath, Sylvia  
1983Colour Of MagicPratchett, Terry$     2,000$     4,000
1987Light FantasticPratchett, Terry$     1,200$     2,500
1995Northern LightsPullman, Philip  
1963VPynchon, Thomas$     1,500$     4,000
1966Tragedy And HopeQuigley, Carroll $     1,000$     2,000
1957Atlas ShruggedRand, Ayn$     6,000$   14,000
1959Goodbye, ColumbusRoth, Philip$     3,000$     6,000
1997Harry Potter And The Philosopher's StoneRowling, J  
1998Harry Potter And The Chamber of SecretsRowling, J  
1951Catcher In The RyeSalinger, J.D.  
1963Where The Wild Things AreSendak, Maurice  
1954Fellowship Of The RingTolkien, J.R.R.  
1954The Two TowersTolkien, J.R.R.  
1955Return Of The KingTolkien, J.R.R.  
1980Confederacy Of DuncesToole, John Kennedy  
1952Player PianoVonnegut, Kurt  
1961Sirens Of TitanVonnegut, Kurt  
1963Cat's CradleVonnegut, Kurt  
1969Slaughterhouse Five Vonnegut, Kurt  
1987Broom Of The SystemWallace, David Foster$     1,500$     4,000
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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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Last post:

 

There's a case to be made for David Foster Wallace's first book, The Broom of the System.

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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Kurt Vonnegut (not Vonnuget.)

 

And for consistency: Toole, John Kennedy.

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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Ambitious price estimates on the Hemingway. Not sure it even belongs on the list.

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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Oh, and I'm pretty sure a few of Patrick O'brian's early 'Aubrey/Maturin' titles get into the thousands.

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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No omissions and nothing 'major' but Mr Dahl's first name is Roald, not Raoul, Mr Scott Card's name is Orson, not Orsen. I would doubt that the last four Bond novels would reach into 4 figures.

 

I think the second Harry Potter should be in there. There are a couple of Wilbur Smith titles from the 1960s that would qualify, too. The Belgariad - 5 volume series by David Eddings is around £5,000 for the set, but I think most of that is probably in the first volume. The first of Stephen King's 'Carrie' might be a contender, it being a UK publication, so small print run. R.D. Wingfield's 'A Touch of Frost' was always around £2,500 - which is why I never managed to complete my Frost collection.

 

Very minor points: a few are out of alphabetical order - Ayn Rand, Harper Lee, John Kennedy Toole, etc.

 

A couple of  exclamations of '**bleep**!' and 'BlastandBuggerit!' - McCarthy's 'Orchard Keeper' I sold about 10 years ago for £150, and I had a very smart copy of P.D. James's 'Cover Her Face' near-stolen from me - I found a copy in an antiques shop priced at £80! Sadly I didn't have the money on me, so had to go home for it. On the way I bumped into another local bookdealer and stupidly mentioned it. Of course, it was gone when I got back, even though I had asked the shopkeeper to hold it for me. I got him back later when I sent my dad into his shop to offer him £200 for a nice first of Cornwell's 'Sharpe's Sword'. He accepted and I sold it a week or so later for £999.

 

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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Any notable omissions from the list below? Any major disagreements with any book so far included?

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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picture*books wrote:

Hello Michael: I was thinking >$2,000, but would be up for negotiation. Therefore:


    • Published from 1950 to present.
    • Standard trade edition.
    • 'Market value' >$2,000 in VG+/VG+ condition, unembellished with signature.
    • Single volumes only.
    • Exclude limited production art books (i.e. Newton's Sumo or the like).
Maybe just compile the list of books, then one of the more industrious can later order them by value?
See table below for a summary of the thread so far.
I put in some approximate high and low range values, assume VG+ book in a VG+ DJ.
YearTitleAuthorLow RangeHigh Range
1972Watership DownAdams, Richard$     1,500$     4,500
1950I, RobotAsimov, Isaac$     3,000$     7,500
1951FoundationAsimov, Isaac$     3,500$     7,000
1957Atlas ShruggedAyn Rand$     6,000$   14,000
1962A Clockwork OrangeBurgess, Anthony$     6,000$   12,500
1985The ConvictBurke, James Lee$     1,500$     4,500
1985Ender's GameCard, Orsen Scott$     2,000$     3,500
1961James And The Giant PeachDahl, Raoul$     2,000$     5,000
1964Charlie And The Chocolate FactoryDahl, Raoul$     3,500$     8,500
1965The Three Stigmata Of Palmer EldritchDick, Philip K.$     2,000$     6,000
1968Do Androids Dream Of Electric SheepDick, Philip K.$     4,300$     8,500
1969UbikDick, Philip K.$     1,500$     4,000
1952Invisible ManEllison, Ralph$     3,500$     6,000
1953Casino RoyaleFleming, Ian  
1954Live And Let DieFleming, Ian  
1955MoonrakerFleming, Ian  
1956Diamonds Are ForeverFleming, Ian  
1957From Russia With LoveFleming, Ian  
1958Dr. NoFleming, Ian  
1959GoldfingerFleming, Ian  
1961ThunderballFleming, Ian  
1962The Spy Who Loved MeFleming, Ian  
1963On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceFleming, Ian  
1964You Only Live TwiceFleming, Ian  
1965Man With The Golden GunFleming, Ian  
1963The CollectorFowles, John$     6,000$   12,000
1950If I Ran The ZooGeisel, Theodor$     3,000$     5,000
1954Horton Hears A WhoGeisel, Theodor$     2,000$     4,000
1957Cat In The HatGeisel, Theodor$     2,000$     4,000
1960Green Eggs And HamGeisel, Theodor$     3,500$     5,000
1956Howl And Other PoemsGinsberg, Allen$     2,000$     5,000
1954Lord Of The FliesGolding, William$     6,000$     9,000
1960To Kill A MockingbirdHarper Lee  
1956Double StarHeinlein, Robert  
1959Starship TroopersHeinlein, Robert  
1961Stranger In A Strange LandHeinlein, Robert  
1952Old Man And The SeaHemingway, Ernest$     3,000$     6,000
1965DuneHerbert, Frank  
1968Setting Free The BearsIrving, John$     1,500$     4,000
1959Haunting Of Hill HouseJackson, Shirley$     1,000$     2,000
1962Cover Her FaceJames, P.D. $     6,000
1963A Mind To MurderJames, P.D. $     3,000
1967Unnatural CausesJames, P.D.$     2,500$     6,000
1980Confederacy Of DuncesJohn Kennedy Toole  
1955Harold And The Purple CrayonJohnson, Crockett  
1962The Snowy DayKeats, Jack Ezra$     3,000$     5,000
1950The Town And The CityKerouac, Jack$     3,000$   10,000
1957On The RoadKerouac, Jack  
1962One Flew Over The Cuckoo's NestKesey, Ken$     4,000$   10,000
1962A Murder Of QualityLa Carre  
1961Call For The DeadLa Carre, John  
1962Wrinkle In TimeL'Engle, Madeleine  
1961Phantom TollboothLester, Norman  
1950The Lion The Witch And The WardrobeLewis, C.S.$     6,000$   10,000
1952The NaturalMalamud, Bernard$     1,500$     5,000
1970100 Years Of SolitudeMarquez, Gabriel Garcia  
1965Orchard KeeperMcCarthy, Cormac$     4,000$     7,000
1970The Bluest EyeMorrison, Toni  
1955Lolita (True 1st In 2 Vols)Nabokov, Vladimir$     4,000$   10,000
1952The BorrowersNorton, Mary$     1,500$     4,000
1971Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NimhO'Brien, Robert$     2,000$     4,000
1961The MoviegoerPercy, Walker$     3,000$     8,000
1963Bell Jar ('Lucas' Pseud.)Plath, Sylvia  
1983Colour Of MagicPratchett, Terry$     2,000$     4,000
1987Light FantasticPratchett, Terry$     1,200$     2,500
1995Northern LightsPullman, Philip  
1963VPynchon, Thomas$     1,500$     4,000
1966Tragedy And HopeQuigley, Carroll $     1,000$     2,000
1959Goodbye, ColumbusRoth, Philip$     3,000$     6,000
1997Harry Potter And The Philosopher's StoneRowling, J  
1951Catcher In The RyeSalinger, J.D.  
1963Where The Wild Things AreSendak, Maurice  
1954Fellowship Of The RingTolkien, J.R.R.  
1954The Two TowersTolkien, J.R.R.  
1955Return Of The KingTolkien, J.R.R.  
1952Player PianoVonnuget, Kurt  
1961Sirens Of TitanVonnuget, Kurt  
1963Cat's CradleVonnuget, Kurt  
1969Slaughterhouse Five Vonnuget, Kurt  
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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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I would add a first edition The Snowy Day, by Jack Ezra Keats, the 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, to the list.

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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First edtions of Carroll Quigley's "Tragedy and Hope" are routinely listed for over $1000.  

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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bibliomonster wrote:

 

Its no biggie.......Only that **bleep** squirrel can REALLY hijack a thread.

 

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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Are we limiting this to books in English?  I am thinking of Doctor Zhivago- the Feltrinelli edition published in 1959 reasonably makes $2k in acceptable collector's condition. Or Cien Anos De Soledad by Marquez. - Sorry if this has already been discussed/determined.

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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Its no biggie.......Only that **bleep** squirrel can REALLY hijack a thread.

 

The 'DMZ' strikethrough was a reference to the Demilitarized Zone (specifically the Korean - 38th parallel) separating North and South Korea (which both started and ended there) ; the war starting in 1950 roughly coincident with our cutoff date for 'the list'.

 

The line across which no man (except Dennis Rodman) shall pass......

 

If you haven't gathered, members of the BSB will at times make unrelated historical, foreign language, political, bibliographical, scientific, etc. references in a post in an (usually unsuccessful) attempt at humor.

 

On some level, we're all frustrated comedians /comediennes.

 

We just sell books to pay the light bill.

 

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread with the comment about the AA book. I don't even know what DMZ means Smiley Tongue
(goes to google it)

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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bibliomonster wrote:

Oh if we could make exceptions......Smiley LOL

 

The DMZ line is firmly held at 1950.

 

If we made exceptions this already daunting task would become impossible to reign in.

 

____________________________

 

Actually taking this on decade by decade might be a more reasonable way to deal with this project ?

Seven, decade long lists (of > $2,000 titles) seems a manageable chore. (forgive me if this has been suggested already)

 

It would seem the first 3 considered decades (1950's, 1960's, 1970's) would comprise most of the eligible titles anyway.

We should post a draft of the first few decades and work on revising it over time.

 

We'll still need a process for voting in / accepting titles that wobble on the $2k value margin....(we'll get that figured out eventually)

 

Also, is this limited to fiction or is non-fiction a player ? (not that any immediately come to mind, but the mention of the AA book begs that question)


This list should be standard trade editions of fiction books published from 1950 to present which normally sell for over $2,000 in VG/VG condition. The "normally sell for over $2,000" will help to identify the wobblers (i.e. the highest price listed does not qualify a book as valued over $2,000).

 

Somewhere earlier in the thread the "trade edition/fiction" clarification was made to eliminate the plethora of special edition art books (i.e. Helmut Newton and such) and the many numbered, limited edition slipcase editions. 

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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Oh if we could make exceptions......Smiley LOL

 

The DMZ line is firmly held at 1950.

 

If we made exceptions this already daunting task would become impossible to reign in.

 

____________________________

 

Actually taking this on decade by decade might be a more reasonable way to deal with this project ?

Seven, decade long lists (of > $2,000 titles) seems a manageable chore. (forgive me if this has been suggested already)

 

It would seem the first 3 considered decades (1950's, 1960's, 1970's) would comprise most of the eligible titles anyway.

We should post a draft of the first few decades and work on revising it over time.

 

We'll still need a process for voting in / accepting titles that wobble on the $2k value margin....(we'll get that figured out eventually)

 

Also, is this limited to fiction or is non-fiction a player ? (not that any immediately come to mind, but the mention of the AA book begs that question)

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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This one is from 1941 but...

 

First Edition Alcoholic Anonymous, second printing recently sold for nearly $8,000.

 

 

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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inky960 wrote:

Any idea what a fourteenth 1957 printing, in good condition w/dust jacket - might be worth?   Pic attached - outer corners of dust jacket are somewhat crimped; this is the only "issue" - otherwise, it is very good.

 

Inky


Maybe like 40 bucks. Wrong thread for this.

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch  - could go over $5000 and would pass the $2000 limit

Ubik   - is hovering around $2000  When you can find copies in the condition mentioned

The Borrowers   Would be over $2000 if you could find a true VG+/VG+ copy, very few copies are.

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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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Any idea what a fourteenth 1957 printing, in good condition w/dust jacket - might be worth?   Pic attached - outer corners of dust jacket are somewhat crimped; this is the only "issue" - otherwise, it is very good.

 

Inky

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