The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy
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.



23 1/2 Hours Leave by Mary Roberts Rinehart
23 1/2 Hours Leave Mary Roberts Rinehart

1918, George H. Doran Company, 1st Edition, hardcover.

A Moment in Time by H.E. Bates
A Moment in Time
H.E. Bates

1964, 1st Edition, 1st Impression, with Dustjacket

The Comedians by Graham Greene
The Comedians
Graham Greene

1966, 1st Edition.
Anne's Terrible Good Nature by E.V. Lucas
Anne's Terrible Good Nature
E.V. Lucas

1908 collectible children's stories

Boone's Lick by Larry McMurtry
Boone's Lick
Larry McMurtry

2000, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Breakfast of Champions
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

1973, 1st Edition

The Case of the Musical Cow  by Erle Stanley Gardner
The Case of the Musical Cow
Erle Stanley Gardner

1950, First Edition, Hardcover Perry Mason mystery
The Children of Men by P.D. James
The Children of Men
P.D. James

1992, Hardcover, first Canadian edition.

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan

1999, First Edition, First Printing, Signed by Ian McEwan

Dead Ahead by William Stuart
Dead Ahead
William Stuart

1954, Ace Double edition.

The Motor Boat Club off Long Island by H. Irving Hancock
The Motor Boat Club off Long Island
H. Irving Hancock

1909, bound in olive green pictorial cloth

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
The Enchantress of Florence
Salman Rushdie

2008, First Edition, First Printing, Signed by Salman Rushdie.

Susanna and Sue by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Susanna and Sue
Kate Douglas Wiggin

1909, First edition children's, color illustrations, decorated cloth.

The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism & Capitalism by George Bernard Shaw
Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism & Capitalism
George Bernard Shaw

1928, First American Edition, Hardcover.

The Arts by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
The Arts
Hendrik Willem Van Loon

1937, story of painting and sculpture. First printing, illustrated by Van Loon

Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Palahniuk
Fugitives and Refugees
Chuck Palahniuk

2003, Signed by Chuck Palahniuk

E.Q.ís Big Book by Ellery Queen
E.Q.ís Big Book

Ellery Queen

Grossett & Dunlap, 1933

Iron in the Soul by Jean-Paul Sartre
Iron in the Soul
Jean-Paul Sartre

1950, Hamilton. Hardcover First English Edition

Affordable autographed books like Making Money by Terry Pratchett.
Making Money
Terry Pratchett

2007, Harper Collins edition signed by Pratchett

King of the Canebrakes by Jimmy Jones
King of the Canebrakes
Jimmy Jones

1969, OOP story of 1920s/30s heavyweight.

The Land of Little Rain: A Story of Hopi Children by Muriel H. Fellows
The Land of Little Rain: A Story of Hopi Children
Muriel H. Fellows

1937, 21 full page color illustrations.

A Little Brother to Bear by William J. Long
A Little Brother to Bear
William J. Long

1903, First Edition, Illustrated, children's nature book.

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
A Long Way Down
Nick Hornby

2005, First Edition, First Printing, Signed 4th novel by Nick Hornby.

H.G. Wells and His Family by M. M. Meyer
H.G. Wells and His Family
M.M. Meyer

1955, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, Preface by H.G. Wells' son.

The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming
The Man with the Golden Gun
Ian Fleming

1965, Hardcover.

The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
The Pale Horse
Agatha Christie

1961, True first edition of this intriguing mystery.

Pilot Bails Out by Don Blanding
Pilot Bails Out
Don Blanding

1943, First Edition, 3rd Printing, Military poems from WWII. Hardcover.

Prince Valiant's Perilous Voyage by Harold Foster
Prince Valiant's Perilous Voyage
Harold Foster

1976, novelization of the classic comic strip.

The Three Naughty Children by Enid Blyton
The Three Naughty Children
Enid Blyton

23 short stories from the mid-20th century.

Biggles Foreign Legionnaire
Biggles Foreign Legionnaire
W.E. Johns

1954, first edition copy of the 50th Biggles novel

A Fourth Form Friendship by Angela Brazil
A Fourth Form Friendship
Angela Brazil

Brazilís seventh novel, with illustrations by Louis Ward

Blonde Blackmail by Bruce Sanders
Blonde Blackmail
Bruce Sanders

1945, Herbert Jenkins, First edition of this saucy pulp piece.

Shambleau and Others by C.L. Moore
Shambleau & Others C.L. Moore

1953, Gnome Press first edition copies.

Silent Sex by Jim Harmon
Silent Sex
Jim Harmon

1962, First American Printing. Nice example of early 1960s pulp fiction.

Japanese Art by Sadakichi Hartmann
Japanese Art
Sadakichi Hartmann

1904, bound in pictorial cloth, top edge gilt and beautiful illustrated color plates

The Song of Hiawatha by Henry W. Longfellow
The Song of Hiawatha
Henry W. Longfellow

1898, Hardcover First Printing of Minnehaha Edition

Star Trek Starfleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph
Star Trek Starfleet Technical Manual
Franz Joseph

1975, Scarce, cool Trekkie memorabilia.

A Little Colonel by Annie Johnston
A Little Colonel
Annie Johnston

1935, Photoplay edition in conjunction with the Shirley Temple film

The Paper Men by William Golding
The Paper Men
William Golding

Signed copy of Golding's 1984 novel

The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
The Moon is Down
John Steinbeck

1942, First Edition, 2nd State, Hardcover.

'Tis by Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt

1999, First Edition, Sequel to Angela's Ashes. Signed by McCourt.

Herzog by Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow

1964, Hardcover First edition with dust jacket.

Dottie and Willie Flufftail by Howard R. Garis
Dottie and Willie Flufftail
Howard R. Garis

1920, beautiful edition from collectible Uncle Wiggily series.

Under My Wings by Captain Basil L. Rowe
Under My Wings
Captain Basil L. Rowe

1957, First edition, The Adventurous Autobiography of Captain Basil L Rowe.

Widow's Peak by Harriet Henry
Widow's Peak
Harriet Henry

This relatively scarce author from the 1930s offers a few good finds.

Maurice by E.M. Forster
E.M. Forster

1971, First American Edition. Gorgeous edition of a touching story.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris

Signed copy of David Sedarisí amazingly funny memoir of living in France.

Astrology, Your Place in the Sun by Evangeline Adams
Astrology, Your Place in the Sun
Evangeline Adams

1928, Dodd, Mead & Co. Blue hardcover with gilt lettering.

Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy by John McCabe
Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy
John McCabe

1966, Hardcover First Edition, of the comedy duo's biography.

Lucile by Owen Meredith
Owen Meredith

1884, hardcover, beautiful decorative cloth binding, gilt-edged.

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