For immediate release: October 2, 2003
RARE COPIES OF FIRST NOVEL BY J.M. COETZEE COME ON THE MARKET
AFTER HE WINS NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
Market value of first novel "Dusklands" by J.M.
Coetzee skyrockets online after the author is awarded Nobel Prize
(Victoria, BC, October 2, 2003) -- AbeBooks is pleased to announce
that rare copies of J.M. Coetzee's first novel Dusklands are available
on www.abebooks.com to view and purchase.
"As of 10:00 am this morning, our websites listed 1,947
copies of novels by J.M. Coetzee, and 44 copies of his hard-to-find
first novel Dusklands," reports Marci Crossan, AbeBooks spokesperson.
Prices for copies of Coetzee's novels listed on www.abebooks.com
range from $1.67 for a secondhand copy of Disgrace, to $800 for
a rare first edition of the author's first novel Dusklands.
John and Sandra Berryman, booksellers in Ormand Beach Florida
who have been selling on AbeBooks.com since 1997, hold the $800
copy of Dusklands. Mr. Berryman explains why it's priced so high:
"This book was his first, published in 1974 by a small press
in South Africa, called Raven's Press. I've got the first printing
of the first edition and it was a small print run. It was also
a long time before his second novel came out so people weren't
yet holding onto his books."
Mr. Berryman has already received several offers for the book
since the Nobel Prize was announced this morning: "I had
it listed at $500 yesterday, and as soon as I heard the news and
calls started coming from book collectors and dealers, I raised
it to $800. It will be interesting to see what the market will
Other novels by J.M Coetzee available on AbeBooks.com include:
In the Heart of the Country, Waiting for the Barbarians, Foe,
Life and Times of Michael K, The Master of Petersburg , Disgrace,
Boyhood, Youth, and his recent novel, Elizabeth Costello.
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with those who sell books, providing abundant selection at affordable
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Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr., AbeBooks.com
John and Sandra Berryman Books