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Collected Books: The Guide to Identification and Values, 4th Edition Hardcover – June 6, 2011


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Praise for past editions: "If any single item can be considered essential equipment for today's book collector, it is Collected Books...this richly informative reference volume offers authoritative guidance for every manner of bibliophile, from beginning bookhunters to hard-core veterans..." --NICHOLAS A. BASBANES, author of A Gentle Madness and other books on books and printing

"There are a few, a very few, reference works that belong on the shelves of every book collector, serious or casual. These provide the basic information required to participate in this wonderful idiosyncratic passion. Among them are . . . Allen & Patricia Ahearn's Collected Books." --FIRSTS: The Book Collector's Magazine

"A fine reference work ... one I have referred to many times over the years." --LARRY McMURTRY, Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning author and bookseller

About the Author

Allen and Patricia Ahearn operate the Quill & Brush bookstore in Dickerson, Maryland, and online where they specialize in first editions and other fine books. While the business was started in 1976, the Ahearns have been buying and selling first editions for 50 years.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 817 pages
  • Publisher: Quill & Brush Press; 4th edition (June 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883060133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883060138
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Think Editor on February 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pretty much a must have for booksellers. Though marketed primarily as a guide to values for over 20,000 first and important collected editions, what this book is most useful for is first edition identification. Suggested values for books can be somewhat useful if they are up to date and based on real-life market results. But value guides quickly obsolesce, and if they are useful down the road it's for showing us relative value - the value of a given book relative to other books, that is - and bringing the plums of book collecting into bold relief.

There's much information in this book that is pointedly useful. For one thing, details on issue points, print numbers, and so on appear with at least some regularity. Look at this entry for Crane's The Black Riders and Other Lines:

"CRANE, Stephen. The Black Riders and Other Lines. Boston, 1895. Gray paper boards with first line of title on front cover indented one space to right has been presumed to be the first, but Pastore believes cream laid paper over yellow boards is the first. $1,500. There are variants in pail-yellow paper over boards, pale-yellow cloth (no known copies), gray laid paper (assume the "other first"), light-gray paper over boards (one known copy), and publisher leather (Williams & Starrett call for black morocco). We would assume all the variants would be about the same value as the first except the leather, which would be somewhat more. Plain boards, paper label. One of 50 copies in white paper over boards and printed in green ink on Japan vellum. $5,000. One of 3 copies bound in white vellum. $7,500. One of 3 copies bound in full green levant. $7,500. (For further detail see Stephen R. Pastore's bibliographical study of this title in Stephen Crane Studies vol. 6, no. 2 [Fall 1997].) London, 1896.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fastreader on June 29, 2013
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As with any guide with such a large inventory as every book ever issued this volume is slecetive in the books that each author is represented in the contents.

The other issue is of course time itself. By the time all the research is done in some areas the values are off.

Having said that the book is comprehensive in authors but light on the books detailed.

Like I noted previously no one would want a book like this to be 10,000 pages long and cost $1,000. At least I know I don't.

There is value in this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick A. Fenderson on August 21, 2011
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To anyone who collects or sells books, Ahearn's "Collected Books" is an absolutely necessary addition to their bookshelf. It has everything you need to know about collecting books, including 668 page list of descriptions and prices on thousands of new and old books, sorted by author, along with the whys and wherefores of collecting. This is the latest edition (2011) and will be useful far into the future.
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By Ruby S. on December 9, 2013
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The book is very good about describing what to look for when buying books and the fact that condition and good dust covers are very important.
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