Posted: 24 March 2023
Category: Company News
Sometimes you can judge a book by it’s cover
If a book was published with a cover, which is referred to as a dust jacket, then it follows that it is worth more if it still retains it. This has even more significance when considering the value of a first edition.
However, if that book has been languishing on the bookshelf in a house of smokers then the value can be drastically reduced by the staining to the paper of the dust jacket and the off putting smell of the pages in the book.
Sadly this was the fate of the book in this photograph. Ian Fleming’s third novel in the James Bond series – Moonraker, which was first published in 1955.
An excellent copy of this first edition can fetch up to £7000 in an auction but the heavy staining, internal foxing and smell of this copy reduced the value right down to £500.
So condition is paramount when it comes to valuing books with collectors paying top prices for pristine copies.
We are happy to advise on the value of single books right up to complete libraries.< BACK TO POSTS