Monday, December 27, 2010

If I had an abundant stash of cash...

Obviously, I'm not a millionaire. I don't have thousands of dollars to just throw around as I please, but a girl can dream. Right?



If I had all the money in the world to spend on whatever I pleased, I would devote quite a bit to different types of collections that interest me. I would acquire an art collection to rival that of the Louvre. I would develop a film collection like the world has never seen. But, I think I would be most excited to invest in a rare books collection. If I had the money and resources necessary, these are just a few pieces I would be interested in…






ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER OF MODERN FIRSTS: FIRST ISSUE OF THE SUN ALSO RISES, IN THE EXCEPTIONALLY RARE DUST JACKET

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. Octavo, original black cloth with gold paper labels, uncut, original dust jacket. Housed in custom cloth clamshell box. $78,000.


First edition, first issue, of one of Hemingway's rarest and greatest novels, a lovely copy in the scarce original first-issue dust jacket.

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"BIBLIOPHILE, DRUNKARD AND GOOD EGG": WONDERFUL AND RARE PRESENTATION COPY OF THE BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY FITZGERALD IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION

FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Beautiful and Damned. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $75,000.

First edition, first issue, an exceptional presentation copy whimsically inscribed in the year of publication by Fitzgerald, "For Wilbur Judd, Parisien [sic], Critic, Playrite [sic], Bibliophile, Drunkard and Good Egg, From F. Scott Fitzgerald, St. Paul 1922," in scarce second-issue dust jacket (issued within months of the first-issue jacket).


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"READER, I MARRIED HIM": FIRST EDITION OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE'S CLASSIC JANE EYRE, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND

(BRONTE, Charlotte) BELL, Currer
. Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell. London: Smith, Elder, 1847. Three volumes. Octavo, period-style full tree calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, red and green morocco spine labels. $36,000.

Rare first edition of one of the greatest and most popular novels in English literature in lovely tree calf-gilt.

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"HOW MANY AGES HENCE SHALL THIS OUR LOFTY SCENE BE ACTED OVER"

[SHAKESPEARE, William]. Julius Caesar. London, 1691. Rare 1691 second quarto edition of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, with a brilliance fully realized in "the extraordinary lines of Brutus, deep in thought, as he sets in motion one of the most consequential events in Western history. It's one of Shakespeare's first great soliloquies," handsomely bound. $40,000.



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"THE MOST FAMOUS ENGLISH HORROR NOVEL"


SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. Philadelphia, 1833. Two volumes. Very scarce first American edition of Mary Shelley's masterpiece of horror, an exceptional uncut copy in original boards. Complete with all half titles. $37,000.


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"THE GREATEST INNOVATOR IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN FICTION"

FAULKNER, William. The Sound and the Fury. New York, 1929. First edition of Faulkner's masterpiece, in rare first-state dust jacket. $26,500.

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"ALL MODERN LITERATURE COMES FROM ONE BOOK BY MARK TWAIN. IT'S THE BEST BOOK WE'VE HAD"

TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York, 1885. First edition, first issue, of "the most praised and most condemned 19th-century American work of fiction" (Legacies of Genius, 47). $18,000.



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"HOPE YOU LIKE THIS ONE AS MUCH"

ROWLING, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. London, 1998. First edition of the second book in the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series, warmly inscribed on the the dedication page by the author to her personal assistant, "To Ella (again!), hope you like this one as much—love from Jo (aka J.K. Rowling)." $13,500.






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"THAT DIALOGUE OF MIND, HEART AND VOICE"

BOSWELL, James. Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. London, 1791. Two volumes. First edition of the greatest of literary biographies, handsomely bound in contemporary tree calf. $11,000.





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"BECAUSE THE ONLY PEOPLE FOR ME ARE THE MAD ONES"

KEROUAC, Jack. On the Road. New York, 1957. First edition of Kerouac's second and most important novel, "a physical and metaphysical journey across America." A lovely fresh copy. $9000.


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"THE SUDDEN, MORTAL JAB OF AN ICE PICK"

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. London, 1886. Scarce first English edition, first issue, in the original printed paper wrappers (with the date corrected in ink from 1885 to 1886, as called for). $7800.

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FIRST EDITION OF THACKERAY'S MASTERPIECE, VANITY FAIR IN A BEAUTIFUL COSWAY BINDING

THACKERAY, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair. London, 1848. First edition, first issue, of Thackeray's finest novel, beautifully bound in a Cosway-style binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with a miniature portrait of Thackeray on ivory under glass on the front pastedown. $7500.

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Needless to say, if I had an endless supply of money, these purchases would only be the beginning of this collection.

What about you? What would you collect or acquire if money were not an option?

Also, these books and many others can be found here for purchase or general browsing.

4 comments:

  1. If I had all the money in the world--the first thing I would do is pay Sallie Mae for these stupid student loans! lol and then buy every namebrand bag I've ever wanted

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  2. How fun! :) It would be really awesome to have copious amounts of money and a unique collection- you have listed some great pieces!!!!

    xo,
    Casey
    www.blondebargainbabe.com

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  3. i love old books, there is just something special about them. This would be an amazing collection to have.

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  4. I think i would have to search the web for the early editions of the Lord of the Ring books and of course The hobbit, they are very costly but worth every penny.

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