How to Start a Book Collection

To start a book collection

What makes you think you have one? Answers to these and other questions can be found in our quick guide. Begin by collecting the works of individual authors. Maybe you'd rather collect books. You a big traveler?

To start a book collection

There seems to be a repetition of a tendency in the book collection world: one of our favorite writers will probably one of these days be the collectors' items that decorate our bookcases. 2016 was the year of the birth of two of the most popular children's writers of all time: They are Roald Dahl, creator of classic books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, who would have turned 100 on September 13, 2016, and Beatrix Potter, well-known novelist and graphic artist for The Tale of Peter Rabbit, who would have turned 150 in July 2016.

Based on the fanship about these landmarks and a new, nostalgia for these writers, the latest book auction has concentrated on children's literature, photo albums and photo series. Among the top sellers are the popular Dahl and Potter as well as well-known writers and illuminators of the nineteenth and twentieth-century.

Experienced bibliophile around the globe have won these scarce issues of children's and contemporary adults' classic works, but those new to the collection of 19th and twentieth centuries rarities may wonder exactly where to start. For orientation, we contacted Deborah Macke, head of the London office of Potterton Belgium, who has specialised in "Books for Inspiration" for over 30 years; Max Hasler, expert for contemporary first issues at the recently founded Forum Auctions in London; and Cathy Marsden, expert for books and works on paper at Lyon & Turnbull.

Hasler says there are some fundamental issues you should ask yourself when considering a new release of your collection, especially if your ultimate aim is to make it available for resale: A book may have up to 80 per cent of its retail value depending on the existence and state of a book cover.

So, when you start collecting, look for your book with its originals book covers and try to find them in the best possible state. Begin by studying the fundamentals of identification of first issues, series of numbers, genuine covers, extended reviews, and more. The latest issue of "Collected Books" is also available:

Although a book from the 19th or twentieth centuries with years of book collecting expertise is very seldom, it is never too early to learn. A misapprehension that often blunts new gatherers is the premise "age = value". Since the Gutenberg-press was introduced, Hasler points out that relatively large quantities of book have been published.

That means that a book up to 500 years old may not be as short or precious as you may like. At the same time, the 1450-1500s often proved to be of surprising value. Set limits on your number of copies. Like old textbooks, the edition of the twentieth is not as seldom and in demand as one might think.

Such as Marsden's Memos, Harry Potter's first issue comprised 500 bound volumes. Though they have not been formally labelled or regarded as restricted versions, Harry Potter lovers are all too much conscious of their infrequence. The following Harry Potter issues labeled "Limited Edition" are still of less value than the unlabeled first-issues.

When purchasing the best qualitiy that you can afford is a wise advise for the new collectors, so is the slightly conflicting warning: "An overly ambitious purchase can hamper your advancement if you want to start a collection. So you can also enjoy discovering a particular area, regardless of its trade-in value, if it gives your collection a certain amount of substance.

Historically, Potterton Books has often been approached with queries for guidance. However, she added, many experts are still coming to Claire Jameson (founder of Potterton Books) to help with uncommon and uncommon finds. Participation in book shows is also a great way to get to know the sector and find out who is working in your area.

All they want to say is books," says Marsden. "It' s not necessary to go shopping, but it is good to have a feeling for a number of titles and a number of retailers from all over the world," Hasler says. Hasler forecasts that the interest of collectors for Harry Potter issues will increase in 30-40 years (keep your volumes, Potterheads!).

If you are a nostalgia fan and want to create a collection of children's literature beyond Roald Dahl or Beatrix Potter, our experts recommend the following writers and books:

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