Tuesday, 9 November 2021

I Am Always Looking At Books,

and found these few that are relatively recent,

well published in my lifetime, that have apricated quite dramatically, firstly a smart first edition of Arthur C. Clarke's best known work, 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey, published: London by Hutchinson & Co.

it is a first edition, in its publishers' original binding, with original price unclipped dust wrapper, the first British edition of this work is less common than its American counterpart, and is the novelisation of what is often considered one of the most influential films of all time, in case you are not aware of the story it covers a span of over three million year, this novel details the discovery of an alien monolith and the resulting voyage to Jupiter, accompanied by sinister sentient computer HAL,

yours for £325.00

a second from 1961, The Hobbit published: London by  George, Allen, Unwin,

although not a first edition, it is an early edition of this charming novel by JRR Tolkien, with the publisher's original binding and unclipped dust wrapper,

it is the second edition, twelfth impression of this novel which follows the quest of Bilbo Baggins to win treasure guarded by Smaug the dragon,

retaining the original recognisable dust wrapper, which is unclipped, the book contains a coloured frontispiece depicting 'The Hill: Hobbiton-Across-the-Water'. The back endpaper and pastedown depicts a map of Wilderland, £490.00,

lastly the most expensive of the trio, 1964 You Only Live Twice, published: London by Jonathan Cape,

a first edition, first state of this work, with 'First Published 1964' to the limitations page rather than 'First Published March, 1964' as in the second state,

complete with the dust wrapper designed by Richard Chopping, it is a smart copy of the final Bond novel to feature criminal mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld, £750.00,the amazing thing for myself is that all of these are 'as found' no signatures by the author, so anyone could have bought a copy in the 1960s and just kept it, if only I knew then what I know now! If you are a bibliophile, have a look at Rooke Books, their stock is amazing.

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