Hello BSB !
I think I need a bit of help with historical prices for the 1884 Hunt edition of 'Grimm's Household Tales' (London; George Bell & Sons) The Hunt edition is generally considered the best or 'favorite' edition from which excerpts and reprints are taken. It's also the edition which Franklin Library chose to reprint in 1981.
- No current copies of the 1884 edition appear on offer online and in print catalogs as far as I can ascertain.
- The only auction record I can locate (which has no sale result) is the Frederick French copy sold by Libbie in 1901.
- Several American institutions (according to World Cat) hold copies, but this is of little use as to divining a reasonable market price.
Early editions of Grimms tales can bring princely sums. The 1812 second issue brought $206K in 2011.
I realize this is a bit of a tough nut, but I'm mainly looking for any obscure PRINT references you may be aware of that show ANY PRICE on this Hunt edition of Grimm's Tales. Right now, I'd be inclined to bracket it between high 3 figures to mid 4 figures, but there aren't currently any price analogs one can use to sharpen that up from there.
When you're out book hunting, what topic or niche that appeals to you personally is your favourite to come across and why? And is it one of your better or slower selling topics?
Mine is oddball metaphysical books, especially ones pre-1940s and/or with interesting illustrations or bindings. I've had a fascination with ghosts and magic and whatnot for as long as I can remember, so I imagine the appeal ties into that, and is enhanced when the book doubles as an art object as well. That stuff sells like hotcakes though so I never have much in stock for long.
I recently happened across a 1st Edition of Jones' "From Here to Eternity" - however, it has a strong musty smell (no apparent mold). My question from a collectible standpoint is - "Should I keep it or toss it?". If I put it in a library with my other collectible firsts, will the odor migrate to adlacent volumes or, perhaps the whole room? I'm currently trying to mitigate the odor in a sealed plastic container in our garage using using "Odor-Genie". Thank you for your comments.
From REUTERS today, August 26, 2016:
By Maria Haase Coelho | Brussels
Inspired by the success of Pokemon Go, a Belgian primary school headmaster has developed an online game for people to search for books instead of cartoon monsters, attracting tens of thousands of players in weeks.
While with Pokemon Go, players use a mobile device's GPS and camera to track virtual creatures around town, Aveline Gregoire's version is played through a Facebook group called "Chasseurs de livres" ("Book hunters").
Players post pictures and hints about where they have hidden a book and others go to hunt them down. Once someone has finished reading a book, they "release" it back into the wild.
"While I was arranging my library, I realized I didn't have enough space for all my books. Having played Pokemon Go with my kids, I had the idea of releasing the books into nature," Gregoire told Reuters.
Though it was only set up a few weeks ago, more than 40,000 people are already signed up to Gregoire's Facebook group.
The hidden tomes range from books for toddlers through to Stephen King horrors, placed around Belgian towns and countryside, often wrapped in clear plastic to keep off the rain.
The Detournay family from the town of Baudour in southern Belgium said the game was now part of their morning walks. They found one book and left four others for people to find.
"My daugther said it's like hunting for easter eggs, only with books," Jessica Detournay said.
When they returned home, they received a Facebook notification informing them that somebody had already found two of their books.
Gregoire is now contemplating taking the game a step further and creating an app for it.
(Reuters: Editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek and Robin Pomeroy)