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Apr 10, 2008, 4:03am Top

I went to a sort of "Inside the Artist's Studio" this evening where Ani DiFranco was interviewed live at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco. For those who don't know of Ani, she's an amazing folk musician, lyricist, activist, and so very much more. She recently put out a book of poetry that also features many of her original paintings. I picked it up tonight after the event and, upon opening it when I got home, saw that it was signed.

Ani talked this evening about how she is no longer able to give autographs after her live performances because she's got tendinitis in her wrists and, as a guitarist, it's really important for her to "save" her wrists for her playing. Knowing this made the autograph in the book even more valuable to me.

What book or books do you have that have the most value to you? Why?

Apr 10, 2008, 8:44am Top

Okay, now I have to look for that book! I love Ani, but it seems like everytime I buy her CD, my apartment or car gets broken into within a month and all my music gets stolen, so I'm nervous to download it, I don't want my iPod stolen!

That's not what this thread is about though, is it. The books that are most valuable to me are the ones that used to be other family members'. Most of my Nancy Drew books were my aunts. I just got a lot of CS Lewis and other religion books that were my Grandfather's and those are very special as well. I'm also planning to create a book of my Grandpa's old sermons (he was an episcopalean priest) and give them to my family and that will be special as well.

Apr 10, 2008, 10:06am Top

My most valued books are the ones that either someone i love introduced me too like Harry Potter (sister holly), The Hobbit (daddy), and the few that my husband shares with me. But i think even above those are the ones that i have vivid memories of Daddy reading to me as a kid like Misty of Chincoteague. I love that one!!

Edited: Apr 10, 2008, 10:19am Top

My most valuable books money wise would be my two copies of Stephen King's Limited Edition of The Stand of which was limited to only 1250 copies though sadly one of them has the side split in the black wooden box. I would love to know how I can repair this damage to it so it would be more valuable. I don't even know how much they are worth right now. My guess might be somewhere around $2,000 or more.

I don't know if this guestimate is too high or too low but right now I am not in the market of selling one of them. Whenever I do decide to sell one of them sometime down the road it would be the one with the higher number while I would keep the other copy with the lower number for myself. I do have some books other people have given to me over the years even though they are not worth a lot of money the sentimental value of course is worth a lot to me. I think I need to take it to a professional who can repair the damage to the split side of the black wooden box. I don't know if this would be expensive or not plus I would also need it to be painted to match the rest of the box too.


Apr 10, 2008, 4:10pm Top

I don't own anything pricey :( like a first edition, or a book signed by a favorite author, but each one of my books is precious to me. Except Angels and Demons (...and this is not because I'm an Atheist, its just a crappy book. The kind that you burn).

Apr 10, 2008, 4:45pm Top

the books don't have to be pricey to be valuable :)

one of my most valued books is a garfield picture book from when i was 8 or 9; it was a gift from my best friend at the time, and is one of the *very* few books i still own from my own childhood. most of my children's and YA books have been re-collected in my adult life.

Apr 10, 2008, 4:55pm Top

My most valuable books I have are the ones that were signed by favorite authors. Another one I love is my U.K. copy of The Philosopher's Stone.
I love my books. :)

Apr 10, 2008, 4:57pm Top

I have a very old copy of Little Women which I don't even keep on a bookshelf. It's in a firesafe box, wrapped up. It belonged to my grandmother. It's one of my most treasured possessions.

Apr 10, 2008, 5:03pm Top

I could just about kill my computer. The internet service was temporarily cut and I lost my entire post! :'(

For this question, I think of the books that mean the most to me. Top of my head and so as to not have a long list, JK Rowling's Harry Potter series, and Charles de Lint's The Onion Girl and Widdershins.

I then think of which books would be the hardest to replace of my favorites, which are my HP UK copies of books 1-6 as well as my American deluxe edition of DH.

My most vaulable book is one I hate immensely called The Hour Before Dawn. It's new yet only a small print ran. Amazon currently lists used copies from $52 to $74.

Apr 10, 2008, 7:13pm Top

We have some very early editions of Beatrix Potter books, and Flower Fairy books. I think the flower Fairies are my favourites. They belonged to my grandmother, so they are more predominantly of sentimental value, although they are now worth around £100 each for the good condition copies.

My other favourite is The Many Mice of Mr Brice. I just loved that book when I was little. so many fun pop-ups!

Apr 11, 2008, 12:08am Top

I have been working hard to find favorite out of print children's books. As the youngest most books belonged to one of my sisters. I have beautiful giant book from the 1930s called A Day in Fairyland that was my mom's The Story of Fourteen Bears and an Errol le Cain illustrated version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses I also have the Lord of the Rings series that were my parents which I love because they read them and I read them.

I do have some pretty books picked up used one is bound in plaid cloth and the best is a 14 volume set bound in leather with tooled trees on them that have excerpts of famous writers, scientists, philosphers. They are just so pretty to look at.

Oh LadyN I loved the flower fairy books and the beatrix potter books. i have been finding those as well but mine are not particularly old or rare.

Edited: Apr 11, 2008, 5:51pm Top

The flower fairy illustrations are just goreous aren't they? I keep meaning to get some framed prints for my wall. NOt only are they beautiful, but they bring back lovely memories of being at my grandma's house and looking at those books when I was little.

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Apr 11, 2008, 9:47am Top


Apr 11, 2008, 11:18am Top

innit! :-)

Edited: Apr 11, 2008, 1:16pm Top

Yes I poured over the pictures as a child and I owe much of my plant name knowledge to the illustrations as well.

The one you posted is candy tuft isn't it?

Okay I was trying to add another picture but it wasn't working I will try later.

Apr 11, 2008, 5:54pm Top

I confess, I'm not entirely sure which one that is.... You're probably right though mar.

Apr 12, 2008, 12:51pm Top

I don't have any thing valuable pricewise but I have some Nancy Drew books that were my mom's and some horse books by Marguerite (Henry) that are chewed by her bunny. I also have My Friend Flicka and Thunderhead that my grandma gave me recently. They were given to her when she was my age. I would consider the Harry Potter series valuable to me even though they're American editions. I value all books.

Those touchstones are weird.

Apr 12, 2008, 4:26pm Top

Sentimental value - One of my grade school teachers gave me a book of Hans Christian Andersen stories.
My autographed copy of Maurice Sendak's Outside, Over There. I bought it at a book signing when I was a teen and excitedly told him that my artwork was inspired by him. He asked if I was a children's book illustrator and in a moment of fluster I said no.
Then there is my copy of The Incredible Umbrella that I managed to get signed last year. The author pointed out how my edition had a glaring error on the title page. It said "The Incredible Unbrella."

If I have a valuable book, it's waiting to be discovered. I wouldn't know how to find out.

Apr 18, 2008, 11:05am Top

I don't have any books that are of high monetary value, but there are several in my collection of high personal value. All of those are not merely signed, but inscribed to me (or my SO) personally, which is a nice added touch.

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