The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer

Some book collectors choose to focus all of their attention on a single title by a particular author.  This may sound simple but can become a monumental task depending on the book in question.  A classic work - like Shakespeare’s plays or Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales - will have been republished hundreds of times in various formats, with different illustrators and different cover art, by different publishers, in different countries, by different translators, and so forth.

To determine how many different editions a single title might have it would be wise to consult a bibliography. AbeBooks itself is also very useful for researching the various editions of a particular title.

Key Things to Consider When Collecting by Title:


Research the bibliographic history with these websites: