Friday, February 10, 2012
edited by Mary Stegner with an introduction by Wallace.
It is in pristine condition with boards so stiff that
they resist opening. In this condition the collection
would be valued at between fifty and seventy-five dollars. Unfortunately this jacket is price clipped limiting the books value.
In addition to these great books, I also purchased three
books that deserved some analysis. They are Hiroshima
by John Hersey, Tales of the South Pacific, Michener's
first novel, and finally The Stars Like Dust by Isaac Asimov. Hiroshima was originally published in November of 1946 over the objection of the United States government. True first editions are valued at as much as a thousand dollars. The book that I purchased had no price on the dust jacket and a small square indentation on the lower corner of the back cover. It is a book club edition. Interestingly, it is, as stated on the title page, a New Edition Reset with a new chapter and frontpiece, August 6, 1985. The dust jacket of this work is also dated 8/85. This makes this work rather unusual for a book club edition and has added to its value which is currently around twenty dollars. The second book that I wanted to discuss is Michener's work. A true first of this book in good condition would value at as much as three thousand dollars. The copy that I purchased is pristine and is labeled as a first printing on the title page which also indicates no date other than 1947.