Rachel "Sparks" Blackman (seattlesparks) wrote,
Rachel "Sparks" Blackman

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[Bookgeek] Things I Will Never Have

ABE Books is a very dangerous site to browse.

First edition of 'The Hobbit,' signed by author (J.R.R. Tolkien) and inscribed to a friend (Stella Mills, whose work on Icelandic myth helped inspire the world of Middle Earth) -- $47,500

First paperback boxed set of 'The Lord of the Rings,' signed by author (J.R.R. Tolkien) -- $13,380

An 1861 edition of 'The Woman in White,' signed by the author (Wilkie Collins) -- $7500

A 1919 first edition of 'My Man Jeeves,' with a bookplate signed by the author (P.G. Wodehouse) -- $5000.

1961 first edition of 'Ice in the Bedroom' with a silly inscription by the author (P.G. Wodehouse) of 'Senile Good Wishes from octogenarian P.G. Wodehouse' -- $2667

An 1863 edition of 'Orley Farm,' signed by the author (Anthony Trollope) -- $1500

1954 edition of 'The Return of Jeeves,' signed by the author (P.G. Wodehouse) -- $850

...now, I'm perfectly happy with even modern paperback editions of things. But there's something to be said -- just for instance -- about the wonder of being able to hold an edition of Trollope that was once handled, and signed, by the author himself.

(Actually, though, two of the three I would most want are the two cheapest ones. The other, which likely comes as no surprise to those who know me well, would be the autographed Collins.)

If I ever win the lottery...
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