Friday, July 2, 2010

Top ten rare books

This makes for very interesting reading, from HowStuffWorks. I like the notes on the Poe book myself, a copy of which recently sold for over $600,000. 'What makes "Tamerlane" really exciting for the average book collector is that, for some reason, Poe wanted it published anonymously. The cover lists the author simply as, "a Bostonian." That makes it possible that someone acquired a previously unknown copy from a relative without realizing what it was, or sold it to a used bookstore that also failed to recognize its value. In other words, there just may be a copy of this rare work sitting on a dusty shelf somewhere with a sign that reads, "All Books $1," waiting for someone to find it.'

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