Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The ten books we'd most like to find so that we could BUY an island

We were tagged with the "What ten books would you want with you if you were shipwrecked on a desert island" meme. For me it's more fun to think about which ten books would help us BUY an island instead:

1. The 1640 Bay Psalm Book. This was the first book printed in the United States and is worth millions of dollars.

2. The 1939 first edition Alcoholics Anonymous book. 4730 copies were printed and it is worth $10,000+.

3. History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis & Clark to the Sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and Down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean by Meriwether Lewis, published in Philadelphia in 1814. Worth $60,000.

4. All six of the Harry Potter books printed in Japanese and signed by J.K. Rowling. I don't know how much these books would fetch, but a Japanese edition of Chamber of Secrets signed by Rowling sold on eBay for almost $18,000.

5. Ulysses by James Joyce, Shakespeare & Company, 1922. $175,000.

6. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, privately printed,1901. $87,000.

7. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, George Newnes, 1902, $100,000+.

8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner's, 1925. $87,000.

9. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, Unwin, 1937. $43,000.

10. Oh, and a First Folio Shakespeare from 1623 wouldn't be a bad find either. It's the first collected works of Shakespeare. Only 750 copies were printed and there are only six copies in private hands. In 2001 one of these sold for more than $4 million. In 2004 a housewife in England inherited one of these and it sold for "only" $280,000, probably because of its condition.

I won't tag anyone specifically, but if any booksellers out there have a Most Wanted list and care to blog about it, have at it.

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Blogger Mimi said...

Oh my goodness, what an awesome list! Even seeing some of those books would be incredible!

10:28 AM  

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