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Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

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Most valuable trade editions published after 1950?



A poster posted a question about a single list of the most valuable first editions published in the past 60 years. The collective reply is 'no such list exists'. Let's create it.



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Re: Most Valuable Books - Published Since 1950

in reply to Dec 15, 2011 6:10:56 PM
picture*books
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Assume first printing, first issue in VG+/VG+ condition.



I'll start with these:



1960 - Green Eggs And Ham ~ $4,000


1961 - Phantom Tollboth ~ $2,500


1962 - Wrinkle In Time ~ $10,000


1963 - Where The Wild Things Are ~ $10,000

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in reply to Dec 15, 2011 6:16:25 PM
fine.books
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http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?bi=0&bx=off&ds=30&kn=inventory&recentlyadded=all&sortby=1&sts=t&x=39&y=8&yrh=2000&yrl=1949



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in reply to Dec 15, 2011 6:23:05 PM
picture*books
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Joe: I tried numerous similar searches, however so much garbage is turning up. I think a lot of the garbage is due to mis-pricing by the pricing robots.

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in reply to Dec 15, 2011 6:37:26 PM
fine.books
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Joe: I tried numerous similar searches, however so much garbage is turning up. I think a lot of the garbage is due to mis-pricing by the pricing robots.




Like anything else, you have to sort through it, but most of the mispricing is limited to the first page of results.  It would take a lifetime to compile the list that ABE gives you in milliseconds.  The word "inventory" is the secret keyword that appears in every ABE listing and isn't rejected by the keyword field.



You can do the same search for sold books through ABPC by setting the search parameters to ignore year, ignore -1959, price descending.



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in reply to Dec 15, 2011 6:37:45 PM
ksmrkt
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An excellent idea, picture_books! 


I'm assuming that your examples are "sold" prices. ( 'cause that is what you always do)


I have nothing to contribute, but I think that this is a good idea for a thread.

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in reply to Dec 15, 2011 6:43:39 PM
ksmrkt
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Well, drat!  I read the last couple of posts and I obviously need to do more research. 


 


BUT --- that being said --- ABE is not the be all and end all.  I see many, many, many mistakes there. 

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in reply to Dec 15, 2011 6:48:43 PM
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Well, drat!  I read the last couple of posts and I obviously need to do more research.



BUT --- that being said --- ABE is not the be all and end all.  I see many, many, many mistakes there.





There are mistakes everywhere.  That notwithstanding, 99% of the books which would appear on any such list will be listed on ABE.  For books for sale in the retail marketplace, it is, indeed, the be-all and end-all.



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in reply to Dec 15, 2011 7:06:25 PM
ksmrkt
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Of course they are listed there! -- doesn't mean they will sell.


 


Thinkin', I am thinkin', ya got me thinkin'.

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in reply to Dec 15, 2011 7:13:25 PM
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Of course they are listed there! -- doesn't mean they will sell.



Thinkin', I am thinkin', ya got me thinkin'.





This isn't about whether they'll sell or not - it's a list of the most expensive books printed from 1950 forward.  Any prices other than auction records or affadavits of Private Treaty are superfluous in any event - unlike precious metals, stocks, bonds or squirrels, used books have no value as such - it's simply a perception.



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in reply to Dec 15, 2011 7:46:44 PM
ksmrkt
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Well of course it's a perception. And yes, it is about whether books will sell or not. I kinda don't follow your post at all.  


 


and P.S. --- it is "affidavit", I believe. Not "affadavit".


 


Sorry, picture*books, I think I caused your thread to derail a bit.

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in reply to Dec 15, 2011 8:12:04 PM
fine.books
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Well of course it's a perception. And yes, it is about whether books will sell or not. I kinda don't follow your post at all.



and P.S. --- it is "affidavit", I believe. Not "affadavit".



Sorry, picture*books, I think I caused your thread to derail a bit.





Reading the original post, I don't see where Stan was asking about setting prices at which books have already sold (or he'd probably has said, "please give the auction particulars..."), and the prices quoted in his four examples are prices at which only JoAnn or Helen and Mark coul;d sell these books - and then only were they absolutely pristine.   His post was just an helpful effort to provide a comprehensive answer to this question:




http://forums.ebay.com/db1/topic/Booksellers/Valuable-Books/5200051590




However, having provided a link to the proper ABE search from which such a list can be easily and quickly compiled, I'll simply butt out.



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in reply to Dec 16, 2011 7:09:48 AM
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1953 - Casino Royale, Ian Fleming; ~ $25,000 - $30,000


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in reply to Dec 16, 2011 7:17:28 AM
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As a matter of fact, all the Ian Fleming James Bond novels would probably make the list of most valuable books published since 1950, with values in excess of $5,000:



1954 - Live And Let Die


1955 - Moonraker


1956 - Diamonds Are Forever


1957 - From Russia With Love


1958 - Dr. No


1959 - Goldfinger


1961 - Thunderball


1962 - The Spy Who Loved Me


1963 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service


1964 - You Only Live Twice


1965 - Man With The Golden Gun

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in reply to Dec 16, 2011 7:24:30 AM
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First printings of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy would make the list (@ ~$5,000 to $10,000)



1954 - Fellowship of the Ring


1954 - The Two Towers


1955 - Return of the King

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in reply to Dec 16, 2011 7:26:28 AM
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1957 - Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand: ~$5,000

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in reply to Dec 16, 2011 7:36:16 AM
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1953 - Casino Royale, Ian Fleming; ~ $25,000 - $30,000





The most recent sold (i.e. not passed) copy to come to auction was Lot 930 at Bloomies' 12 December, 2008 sale, sold at £5,000:



http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/6031536



A few months prior to that, a copy sold at Sotheby's in a lot with a Fine First of Diamonds are Forever on 17 July, 2008 at £11,250:



http://www.liveauctioneers.com/sothebys/item/702473



The passed lot at Bonham's this Spring was estimated at £5000 and didn't draw an opening bid at 80% (which would have been roughly $7500 US with the premium had it sold).



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in reply to Dec 16, 2011 8:07:23 AM
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A couple of Isacc Asimov's novels would make the list:



1950 - I, Robot: ~$4,000 - $7,000


1951 - Foundation ~ $4,000 - $7,000

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1960 - To Kill A Mockingbird; Harper Lee: >$10,000

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in reply to Dec 16, 2011 8:15:45 AM
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1951 - Catcher In The Rye; J.D. Salinger: >$5,000



1980 - Confederacy of Dunces; John Kennedy Toole; >$5,000


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