TIPS FOR AS­PIR­ING COL­LEC­TORS

South African Garden and Home - - Collectabl­es -

Firstly, look for books you en­joy. There’s noth­ing wrong with col­lect­ing books sim­ply be­cause they’re beau­ti­ful.

Hunt for first edi­tions, but some­times the sec­ond edi­tion can be bet­ter. For ex­am­ple, a book may be printed cheaply ini­tially, and with pro­ceeds, the sec­ond edi­tion might be printed on bet­ter qual­ity pa­per and with im­proved cover art.

Deluxe edi­tions (for ex­am­ple, books with lim­ited runs of dif­fer­ent cover art) also hold value, but many purists still pre­fer the first edi­tion.

You can also col­lect books for the il­lus­tra­tions, for in­stance, books that con­tain the work of il­lus­tra­tor Arthur Rack­ham are ex­tremely valu­able.

Browse flea mar­kets, sec­ond-hand book­shops, on­line and book auc­tions.

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