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Jan 4, 2010, 5:01am

wondering if anyone had an opinion about the best place in the country to sell some old first editions.

Jan 9, 2010, 12:44pm

Can you give me any details

Jan 12, 2010, 5:28pm

I have found that most Irish antiquarian dealers are not particularly interested in first editions outside their main field of "Irish Interest" books. I had a couple of good children's books and I ended up selling them on holiday in London because (while according to all the lists they were worth a fair bit) no one in Dublin was interested in buying them. So a lot depends on what your editions are: if they're not specifically of Irish interest you may find British dealers more interested in them.

Jan 13, 2010, 8:52am

thanks for getting back. i wasn't sure anyone came to this group anymore.

i'd hoped there was somplace in dublin i'd get rid of them, it's a shame, you'd think there'd be somewhere.

as for what they are, well there's a lot. most of it is listed here on LT under a specific category. I've got some irish intrest but most of it's fiction from the non-emerald world. My prize is an acceptable copy of 'a clockwork orange,' first english edition.

Jan 13, 2010, 9:48am

Do you use abebooks? Their advanced search is very good for getting an idea of the range of values, and for expensive books the detailed descriptions give some idea of what points the dealers would be looking for.

Wow! The advanced search for Clockwork Orange ticking the 1962 first edition and sorting by highest price gives a top price of $12,000, and a low price of $600: at that sort of price they're going to want to catalogue every slightest nick in the dust jacket or even faint marks on the page.

Going to the bookseller search page and picking the Irish dealers gives a list of 52 dealers, a few of whom give modern Ist editions as an area of interest.

Messing around with this I notice a James Fenning in County Dublin with an 1898 first edition War of the Worlds for sale for $1500, and a 1946 Nevil Shute for $880, so he might be interested. gives his contact details.

Jan 13, 2010, 8:27pm

thanks Eveleen, there's loads there for me to look at. i owe you one. as for the clockwork orange first, acceptable may have been an exaggeration. i'd be lucky to get $200 for it (someone scrawled their name on it). The book was banned when realised, that's why it's hard to find. If you want to see a real expensive book look up at swim--two birds UK first. the warehouse where they were being stored was bombed by the Nazis before they were shipped to shops. I was at a book fair once and mentioned it to an old dealer who spoke to me of it in hushed tones.

Mar 26, 2010, 3:02am

Hi there.
Cathach Books, Dublin?