Rare books you have still in your library that nobody ever heard of before..

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  1. elegant20

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    Which books do you have that are both equally hard to find and yet are added to your library collection?
     
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    Ben-Hur 3rd Edition 1860 ...with the erratum on page 116
     
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    Back in 2008 Larry McMurtry (Last Picture Show, Lonesome Dove) wrote a book about his dealings with books. Apparently he was a book dealing in Washington..and how has a huge book warehouse where he grew up in Texas. I think the book is called...Books, a memior.
     
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    An edition of 'The Court of Philip IV' by Martin Hume from 1907

    'Christina of Denmark' by Julia Cartwright from 1913

    A first edition of Nancy Mitford's 'Madame de Pompadour"

    A Folio Society edition of 'Salome" by Oscar Wilde from 1957 with engravings by Frank Martin.

    And a fairly rare edition of Goethe's Faust with full colour illustrations by Harry Clarke.

    These are just some I can see from where I'm sitting now.I have a lot of old books, some I collect for rarity, some for their exquisite bindings, others for their illustrations, some I inherited from a relative with a very substantial library of old history books.

    I have a pretty substantial library of my own at this point. It's an addiction.
     
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    Valley Of The Dolls first edition autographed by Jacqueline Susann.
    I have some serious things too but this is the most fun!
     
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    Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn remains one of my favorite books, though I've already "loaned" three copies which have yet to be returned. Amazon used books, here I come (again).
     
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    The Short Reign of Pippin IV by Steinbeck
     
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    The King in Yellow, Robert Chambers
     
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    Latest: My father just sent me three volumes of Macmillan's Pocket Classics: Byron's Shorter Poems, A Collection of Short Stories, and Lowell's The Vision of Sir Launfal; published in 1922, 1924, 1927 respectively.

    I also own the complete set of The Harvard Classics, all from the same year except two of them. Their value would increase if I could complete the set with all books from the same publication year.

    They're not unknown, just rare.
     
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    Not from a library but books given to me as a child from my grandfather. A bunch of books by Zane Grey. I enjoyed reading his books. As a kid i got a thrill reading a book that was written in 1909 and so on.

    Zane Grey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Sadly, or maybe not, the Google Book Scan project is going to make books a thing of the past.
     
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    Ive got the Tales of Beedle the Bard by jk rowling
     
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    One of my favorite rare unknown books is this one, I own two copies from two different years. They have wonderful period illustrations and they're marvelously campy, but there's some good advice mixed up with the campy fun.

    LIFE - Google Books (It's called Practical English by The Better Speech Institute of America, dull name, wonderfully fun book!)
    (you have to scroll up a little after you click)

    I also own another book by the same author, also from the The Better Speech Institute of America, called Personality Development

    This advice was taken from that book. Good advice! I should take it to heart. Most of it at least, there's one question that's odd.

    And this advice.
     
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    Lowells talk to Cabots, Cabots talk to God
    Wow, talk about a collector's item.

     
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    Lowells talk to Cabots, Cabots talk to God
    Wow. You have foresight.

     
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    This is true of any "set" of rare books. If you begin collecting books that originally came as a set, go for the same publication year as their value is substantially greater as a complete set from the same publication year than a mixture of years.
     
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    i own several political books in russian, but i think russians have heard of them before
     
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    maybe a first edition snow white by donald barthelme

    2nd edition edna st vincent millay


    ummmmm shoot well i can come up with more just not right now
     
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