The Copper Beech
by Maeve Binchy
1992, Franklin Library edition
Who says book collecting has to break the bank? Often when we imagine collectible books, we envision enormous, golden-edged Shakespeare tomes under glass, but the truth is, it's not limited to antiquarian books - a collectible title can be any rare book, limited edition, unusual book, or any book likely to appreciate in value. If you want to start a book collection, but aren't sure where to start, the idea can be daunting indeed. For those new to book collecting or wanting refresher tips, our Basic Guide to Book Collecting may be a good place for you to peruse.
And to get you started, here we've put together 50 collectible books under 50 dollars to highlight some of our favorite authors, binding styles, writing styles and titles; all at an excellent bargain. You don't have to be a Rockefeller - collectible can be affordable. Some people start collections of pulp fiction, or collections of books illustrated by artists they love. The sky is the limit. Invest in a beautiful bookshelf.
On with the list!
*Please note: quantity on rare books is extremely limited; copies on display may sell quickly.
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Mary Roberts Rinehart
1918, George H. Doran Company,
1st Edition, hardcover.
2000, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
1999, First Edition, First Printing, Signed by Ian McEwan
1954, Ace Double edition.
Susanna and Sue
Kate Douglas Wiggin
1909, First edition children's, color illustrations, decorated cloth.
Hendrik Willem Van Loon
1937, story of painting and sculpture. First printing, illustrated by Van Loon
Iron in the Soul
1950, Hamilton. Hardcover First English Edition
2007, Harper Collins edition signed by Pratchett
A Long Way Down
2005, First Edition, First Printing, Signed 4th novel by Nick Hornby.
The Pale Horse
1961, True first edition of this intriguing mystery.
Pilot Bails Out
1943, First Edition, 3rd Printing, Military poems from WWII. Hardcover.
1945, Herbert Jenkins, First edition of this saucy pulp piece.
1962, First American Printing. Nice example of early 1960s pulp fiction.
1904, bound in pictorial cloth, top edge gilt and beautiful illustrated color plates
A Little Colonel
1935, Photoplay edition in conjunction with the Shirley Temple film
The Paper Men
Signed copy of Golding's 1984 novel
1999, First Edition, Sequel to Angela's Ashes. Signed by McCourt.
1964, Hardcover First edition with dust jacket.
Under My Wings
Captain Basil L. Rowe
1957, First edition, The Adventurous Autobiography of Captain Basil L Rowe.
This relatively scarce author from the 1930s offers a few good finds.
1971, First American Edition. Gorgeous edition of a touching story.
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Signed copy of David Sedarisí amazingly funny memoir of living in France.
1884, hardcover, beautiful decorative cloth binding, gilt-edged.