Question: Are First Edition Books Worth Anything?

How do you know if a book is a first edition?

Identifying the First Edition of a Book The publisher may actually state the words ‘first edition’ or ‘first printing’ on the copyright page.

Another common method of identification is the number line – that’s a line of numbers on the copyright page.

Usually, if a one is present in the line then it’s a first edition..

Are first edition books valuable?

First editions are sought-after by book collectors and a first edition is usually more valuable than a later printing. A first edition signed by the author will have even greater value. Scarcity influences value.

What are the most valuable first edition books?

The World’s Most Expensive Books’Tales of Beedle the Bard’ Original price: $3.98 million. … The First Atlas. Original price: $3.9 million. … ‘Treatsie of Fruit-Trees’ Original price: $4.5 million. … The Northumberland Bestiary. … Shakespeare’s First Folio. … Babylonian Talmund. … ‘The Canterbury Tales’ … The Gutenberg Bible.More items…•

Is first printing the same as first edition?

What and Why First Editions. A first edition is the first printing of a book. It’s true that a first edition may have one or more printings and that a second edition will normally be noted only if there are actual changes, usually major, in the text. But for a collector, a first printing is the only true first edition.

How do I know if my Harry Potter book is worth money?

Hi George, First editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets usually have the Smarties sticker/logo on the front, so that should be fine. The date of copyright should be 1998, the publisher Bloomsbury, and the number line counting down to 1, and only hardback copies of this book have collectible value.