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Anne of Avonlea first edition sells for $17,500

Anne of Avonlea first edition sold for $17.500

It seems Anne of Green Gables is alive and well in today’s era of empowered women after a first edition copy of Anne of Avonlea sold for $17,500 (USD) via AbeBooks.  This is L.M. Montgomery‘s second novel about the red-headed girl from Prince Edward Island in Canada. It was published in 1909 by L. C. Page & Company in Boston, a year after the pioneering book that introduced Anne Shirley to the world.

Anne of Avonlea details the heroine’s experiences from the age of 16 to 18 when she teaches at Avonlea school. Many of the characters from Anne of Green Gables appear in Anne of Avonlea where Anne discovers that teaching requires different skills to studying.

The copy that sold came with its all-important dust jacket. The book (pictured above) is bound in cloth and is housed in a custom gilt lettered slipcase. It is the most expensive Anne of Green Gables book to ever sell via the AbeBooks marketplace. Dust jackets from this era are scarce because people still considered them to be protective rather than decorative and threw them away after purchasing the book.

The first edition of Anne of Green Gables is one of the most collectible children’s books ever published as only a small number were printed and it’s a highly influential piece of literature. First edition copies on AbeBooks vary in pricing from $10,000 to $36,000 depending on condition – none of them have a dust jacket. A first edition with a dust jacket would be worth three figures.

In 2009, a first edition copy of Anne of Green Gables, without a dust jacket, sold at auction for $37,500.

Anne of Green Gables remains as popular as ever with the most recent TV adaptation airing in 2017. Green Gables, located in Cavendish on Prince Edward Island, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

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