I know little about books...googled to no avail in ref to the copy I have of this book in particular: Il Manuale di Epitteto, Preambolo del Volgarizattore.... nella traduzione di Giacomo Leopardi. There are several editions, publishers, etc., but this copy's publisher info seems to be inexistant: Editrice Academia. Printed in Milano, but no date...it's old but how old? Maybe from around 1940?
I understand it is a special printing...it says that 1000 copies were selected...from those, 990 were numbered from 1 to 990, and the remaining 10 were with Roman numerals. It also states that the volume has been stamped on double page, manually printed by Enrico Gualdoni's printing business. The first pages have a seal...not an embossed one but an attached one...sort of fused into the paper. Any help or where to look would be much appreciated. I'm attaching pics. Thank you in advance!
How about a thread listing some first edition hypermoderns, with a focus on identifying books before their collecting time?
In many instances these first edition hypermoderns can be found in the wild for far less then their currently inflated 'market price', or better yet, before the hype escalates the price into the ridiculous.
Most first edition hypermoderns will follow a price curve resembling a skewed-to-the-left bell curve, with a steep and early price appreciation curve, followed by a long and dwindling depreciation curve down to its market stability price. Think of Da Vinci Code, where first editions hit $400 & $500, before people realized there were a whole lot of books published in that first print run, and the price dwindles down to the $30 range - some sellers of the book refuse to believe the reality of the current market for the first edition.
The hypermodern first edition market prices wildly fluctuates, however is much more stable then recent activity on the New York Stock Exchange - at least Rule 48 does not need to be implemented at the start of each trading day to help stabilize the market. There is better price stability if the book was initially short printed before catching the public's eye. Especially if this initial short print eventually evolved into a motion picture phenomena.
Per the traditionally accepted book collecting definition of hypermodern, let's establish 1995 as the earliest publishing date. I will start the hypermodern list with:
1. The Name of the Wind. Patrick Rothfuss. DAW Books, 2007
Who are the specialist dealers in this type of material? Is it the normal childen's bookseller's? Series like the Ted Scott Flying stories, etc.
I have the opportunity to purchase the inventory of a retiring dealer and as this is outside of my normal area I need to do some research, The inventory is rather modest, about 3000 books (Joe is rolling his eyes right now) and it might make sense for me to move the entire lot to a specialist.
My two worlds crossed in a nifty way recently.
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