Abebooks.com July 2007
The Avid Collector
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Dear Book Lover,

Space...the final frontier. Our quest for knowledge finds its furthest physical reaches with voyages to outer space - and these spectacular explorations have, of course, been carefully recorded in books. Fine Books & Collections guides us through collecting space exploration, while our book experts answer your questions on identifying valuable paperbacks and collecting Easton Press.

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Collecting Space Exploration

Collector Profile

Mystery Pier Books on the Sunset Strip
Hervy Jason of Mystery Pier Books
From celestial bodies to celestial beings: With a glamorous location on the Sunset Strip in LA, Mystery Pier Books is at the epicentre of earth-bound stars. Though you may well spot an A-list celebrity or two while you browse, the true attraction is the breathtaking selection of signed first editions. Read the Interview
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This Issue's Questions

1. Do old paperbacks have any real value? What about signed paperbacks?—Windy

2. I have about half of Easton Press’ “100 Greatest Books Ever Written” collector’s edition. These are leather bound books in excellent condition. Do they have true collectible value? —Marty

3. I have a book by James Patterson with a seller’s description that says the author “laid the signed bookplate in the book!” Should I keep the description? Or does it really mean anything? —Dayton Larson


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Collector Profile

For July, the pick of the month is a first edition of The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe's tribute to the heroism of the first astronauts. This edition has a scarce, trial dust jacket that was pulled from production in favour of a more sedate illustration. Read More.

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