Rare First Edition Books Mistakes I made

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Here's a few tips if your just starting to collect rare first edition books . These are the mistakes I made when I started many years ago . Firstly Collecting rare books is not as easy as it sounds. What makes one book so much rarer and 10 times as much to buy because it was published a month before the other one. What makes it rare expensive and sort after' is the First Edition in its true state is the Authors baby and First runs are nearly always small with errors special care is taken to employ the best  Illustrators and find bindings and jackets and hand signed books all these things are  nearly only ever done in first edition .That feeling of holding and owning one is  a great feeling today as my first Harry Potter the Philosophers stone 1997  was' here's the down side mistakes I made I believed every book with  1ST 1ST or rare books with  famous Authors would be of value I read some books on books to learn what is the best to  collect what marks or dates to look for to make me rich and I set about buying most and any books in charity shops car boots' eBay just about anywhere I sore a 10-1  or  single date page I  collected over three thousand books in just over a year all were 1st 1st and I thought rare I paid anything from £1 to hundreds and hundreds worst still I  filled every room and cupboard I could find with books and more books .let me tell you it took over my life my kids noticed the change in me and I moved them from one room to the next room each time checking in books on line and in reference sites that with the exception of   a few that I had. were worth a lot less than the price I paid for them. Even the books that I gave £2-3 pound s for were worthless   I stopped going to work in my own business let my wife take over because I was up 18 hours a day  with my books  I became a book mover, my wife said enough of this madness the books are going or I go . I took me  years  thousands of pounds my job my carpets and fittings  were replaced and my health suffered from dust on books and paper enough to change my life . Most of all my marriage  which is not perfect but getting there' To  my  mates talk to me again my family life is now back on track. Not fully but the books I collect now are high value rare and  as best a copy as money  can buy with original jackets the books I collect now are like the best you can find and I choose only couple of my all time favourite   authors.  There is a 'saying that you pay for what you get  the books that are rare in as new condition as you can find will increase by around 12% a year some more. A book  almost like new perfect in 1st 1st with all it's pages and bookslip jackets  signed by famous author is  very easy to sell but harder to find .   Even now I get that urge to buy books I see' that I know nothing  about thinking it's the one . I am still selling some of the not so great 1st edition  books to this day. So only go for what is the best you can afford if it means waiting a few more months then do . after learning what is what and narrowing down more selective rare  books. I love it my life is not took over by books more my  time spent enjoying the books to  read hold and admire . So there you have it not all 1st 1st books are rare collectable  even with classic authors look for low prints signed inscribed .only buy what you would love to  own and enjoy.  best condition as  can be found and keep going to auctions in week days sometimes there very quiet that's the good deals as is  possible  I  use Bloomsbury auctions' Antique shops' book fairs' As the saying does  less is more thanks for your time in reading my story.
JOHN REEVES COLLECTION
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