Book Collecting Guide

2014: Uncommonly Good Books Sold This Year

2014 has been an amazing year for, our booksellers, and our happy collectors, all!

The collectible book trends that we’ve seen this year include a sharp increase in sales of Modern First Editions. There’s been quite a few purchases of signed editions from Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming, John Steinbeck, Raymond Chandler, John Updike, and Douglas Adams. Books by current authors like Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, JK Rowling, and George R. R. Martin books have been flying off of the shelves as well!

There is also a consistently strong showing in the realm of non-fiction, with many purchases of travel journals and accounts of historical places and events, historical documents & ephemera, and collectible medical and scientific reference books.

Books about art, collections of artists’ work, and artistically bound, beautiful books have made their mark as well. A Picasso collection, original prints by Edward Gorey, a Codex Seraphinianus Deluxe Edition, and an 18 volume boxed set by Sangorski & Sutcliffe are fine examples of astoundingly gorgeous books featured in our gallery below.

The most expensive sale on Biblio in 2014 was for three books from Whitmore Rare Books; Poems; Poems Second Series; Poems Third Series by Emily Dickinson. These first editions (1896) were published in Boston by Roberts Brothers.

Thank you all for a wonderful year - best wishes from all of us here at Biblio to all of you, and have a Happy New Year!