Tuesday, September 16, 2008

First Edition Terry Brooks : The Elfstones of Shannara

What makes a book valuable? It's a very subjective area. Some people collect a particular genre (example: science fiction). Some people collect old books. Some people want to put their money in books that are unusual by size, shape or some other distinguishing feature. Because it is very subjective, it is difficult to develop objective standards. However, book appraisers and resellers have developed certain descriptions that convey information. One of those objective descriptions for a book is "First Edition."

There's a good article on Wikipedia that goes through the ups and downs of adjudging "First Editions." You can see it by following this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_edition

At Friends of the Reston Regional Library, we try very hard to identify first editions for customers and to price them accordingly. You will rarely find them priced below what we sell them for, but please understand we have a fiduciary duty to price them close to what the market will bear. For you treasure hunters, we miss some. They are likely on our sales floor during the sale. That alone makes the sale an attractive place to be 26-28 September!

Here is a First Edition we caught when it was donated. The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks was published by Ballantine Books (Del Rey) in 1982. This is a 1st edition, 1st printing with a trade edition hard cover. The unclipped dust jacket is now in mylar. The book has a red remainder mark on the top edge and appears unread. This book is SCARCE. Contact us for a price.

If you are interested in this book, or any other item featured in our blog, please contact us at restonfriendspr@gmail.com We'll be happy to mark it "SOLD" for you prior to the sale if you're a member. If you're not, it will not be yours until 26 September -- but we'll be happy to sell you a membership prior to that date if you want the book NOW!


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