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Oh, hey bookworms. You may want to have a sort through your bookshelves.
In among all the well-worn copies of your favourites and new adventures you haven’t yet opened, there could be a fortune just sitting there.
Matthew Haley, the director and head of books and manuscripts at auction house Bonhams, has shared his list of the twenty most valuable books that could be hidden in homes around the UK right at this very moment.
There are some familiar favourites ranking fairly high. A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, for example, has an estimated value of £50,000 – but only if it’s a hardback copy with the numbers 10 to 1 printed down the back of the title page.
In second place there’s a first edition of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, which could be worth up to £40,000. Again, though, it can’t just be your mum’s scruffy old copy. To earn that kind of money it’d need to be in perfect condition and have a typo corrected by hand on the back.
If you’re lucky enough to have a first edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit from 1901, you could rake in up to £35,000.
So have a little rummage in your storage, yeah?
20 valuable books that could be sitting on your shelves - and how much they're worth:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997), J.K. Rowling: £50,000. Must be a hardback copy with the numbers 10 to 1 printed down the back of the title page.
The Hobbit (1937), J.R.R. Tolkien: £40,000. The first version of the dust-jacket has a typo corrected by hand on the back. It’ll need to be in perfect condition.
The four Winnie-the-Pooh books (1924-1928), A.A. Milne: Between £4,000 and 10,000
Foundation trilogy (1951-1953), Isaac Asimov: £3,000+. Collectors will pay £3,000 or more for a set of the three volumes in good condition.
Verve, 1950s art magazine: £1,500. Certain volumes of this 1950s art magazine can be worth £1,500 or more as they have original lithographs by Matisse and others.
The Cat in the Hat (1957) Dr. Seuss: £1,000. It’ll need to have no mention of ‘Beginner Books’ on the dust jacket.
Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack (1916): £600-£800
The Bible (1600 – 1630): £300. Must be in English.
Matthew Haley was also asked by LoveAntiques to share some tips for making sure valuable books stay, well, valuable.
As you’d probably expect, he explained that a book’s condition is pretty important, as any damage such as missing title pages or a damaged spine could dramatically lower a book’s value.
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He also mentions that it’s always worth keeping dust jackets on books (these tend to be worth money too).
Oh, and first editions, full sets of volumes, and any books manufactured as a one-off tend to fetch the highest prices.
Now if you’ll excuse us, I’m off to head back to my parents’ house and search through every book shelf and box in the place. I could have sworn we have that copy of Harry Potter.
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Source : http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/08/20-rare-valuable-books-worth-50000-might-sitting-shelves-right-now-7142484/