The world’s most valuable children’s books – do you own a copy?
That’s the way Abe Books introduced a recent feature on valuable children’s books. Even if you don’t have one of the priciest copies, perhaps you do have a less expensive copy in your family library. In any case, here are some great ideas for books for your children.
Guess which one is#1! Here you go:
Top of the pile is The Hobbit – the book that launched the entire fantasy genre – and we’re talking about the 1,500 first edition copies published in the UK on 21 September 1937 by Allen & Unwin. These copies are hard to find and most now reside in personal collections around the world. If you discover one then it’s the equivalent of Bilbo Baggins finding Gollum’s ring in the depths of the goblin mountain. The novel was a smash-hit from the start and Peter Jackson’s movies have only increased interest in Tolkien’s work in recent years.
Most expensive copy to sell on AbeBooks – a 1937 first edition sold for $65,000 in 2003.
Affordable alternative – The Harry Abrams 1977 deluxe illustrated edition, with artwork from Arthur Rankin Jr and Jules Bass, is gorgeous, and prices range from $35 to $450.
Find the others at the link below.