First Editions & Signed

Signed Books

A book signed by its author or illustrator can become an extremely valuable collectible. 
Whether it is inscribed with a message to a recipient, a presentation copy, association copy or limited or numbered edition you'll find signed editions can become the greatest appreciating asset of you entire book collection. If a book has been signed by the author, it possesses additional value for the collector. When the writer has signed his or her name and also the name of the person to whom was given the book, the volume is known as a presentation copy. If the inscription in the book is to the writer's wife or husband, or friend it has a greater value then if it was given to an admirer. If the author has used a pseudonym, the value will be even higher.  We feature a selection of the signed works of collectible authors on our site.
First Editions
How do you know if a book is a first edition? This can become quite a difficult task. Criteria for indicating a first edition varies. There are different ways that publishers identify their first editions. For example: A stated first edition, a number line such as 987654321, or a date on title the page the same as the copyright page. can help you familiarize yourself with the different methods that a publisher might use.
 Why Have A Book Collection ?
It's all about having a collection of an item that is in short supply. This is especially true for an authors first editions and earlier first editions that were printed when the author was unknown and printed copies were less numerous. Most importently people collect books that are enjoyed for reading and improving the visual effects of their homes through a library. Wise collectors want first editions, or signed editions in very good to fine condition, complete with dust jackets also in good or fine condition.
List of Famous 16th Century Authors 

Some famous sixteen century authors include Miquel de Cevantes (Don Quixote), Shakespeare (Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet), Dante (Divine Comedy), Gionanni Pico della Mirandola (Oration on the Dignity of Man), Erasmus (In Praise of Folly), Sir Thomas Moore (Utopia), Boccaccio (On Famous Women, Decameron), Machiavelli (The Prince), Castiglione (The Book of the Courtier), Montaigne (Essais) and Luis de Camoes (The Lusiads).

List of Famous 17th Century Authors

In England, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was still writing during part of the 17th century.  Other 17th century writers include: Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), John Donne (1572-1631), Ben Johnson (1572-1637) and Lady Mary Wroth (1587-1651) along with Robert Herrick (1591-1674).  Other seventeenth century writers include Anne Killigrew, Joseph Addison, William Wycherley, George Herbert and John Aubre.  This period includes the book which unquestionably occupies the highest place in English literature, that is the King James version of the Bible, and in poetry it includes one of the greatest figures John Milton, together with a varied assemblage of lesser lyricists.

List of Famous 18th Century Authors

Well known writers of the 18th century include William Congreve, Nicholas Rowe, Henry Fielding, Johnathon Swift, Thomas Gray, Rousseau, Horace Walpole and Voltaire.


List of Famous 19th Century Authors

Some of the most famous writers included the Russians Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekov and Fyodor Dostoevsky; The English Charles Dickens, John Keats and Jane Austen; the Scottish Sir Walter Scott; the Irish Oscar Wilde; the Americans Edgar Allen Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mark Twain; and the French Victor Hugo, Honore de Balzac, Jules Verne and Charles Baudelaire.

Top Twenty-List of Famous 20th Century Novels 
  1. The Grapes of Wrath-John Steinbeck (1939)
  2. Gone With The Wind-Margaret Mitchell (1936)
  3. The Catcher In The Rye-J.D. Salinger (1951)
  4. Ulysses-James Joyce (1922)
  5. To Kill A Mockingbird-Harper Lee (1960)
  6. Of Mice And Men-John Steinbeck (1937)
  7. For Whom The Bells Toll-Ernest Hemingway (1940)
  8. The Sound And The Fury-William Faulkner (1929)
  9. Atlas Shrugged-Ayn Rand (1957)
  10. The Lord of The Rings-J.R.R.Tolkien (1954)
  11. From Here To Eternity-James Jones (1951)
  12. The Old Man And The Sea-Ernest Hemingway (1952)
  13. Slaughterhouse Five-Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
  14. East Of Eden-John Steinbeck (1952)
  15. Lord Of The Flies-William Golding (1955)
  16. The Great Gatsby-F.Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  17. 1984-George Orwell (1949)
  18. Catch 22-Joseph Heller (1955)
  19. Brave New World-Aldous Huxley (1922)
  20. Babbitt-Sinclair Lewis (1922)


Standard Grading and Condition Terms


Book Club:       These books should be noted as book club editions. 


As New:           The book is in immaculate condition with a perfect dust jacket.


Fine:                 The book's condition is considered close to As New.    


Very Good:       The book is in used condition with two or three minor defects


Good:               The book is considered used and worn with larger tears


Fair:                  The book is worn with large folds and tears


Poor:                 The book would be considered only as a reading copy. 


*Ex-Library:      The book comes from a library and includes stamps glued pockets


* These editions are not sought after as investments
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