Favourite Covers!

DSC_0991 If I am browsing at a bookstore the first thing I reach for is an interesting looking cover.

DSC_1001DSC_1011Here are some of my favourites;



Book Collections…Little Golden Books

Another collection from my childhood.

I have about 30 Little Golden Books from the 80s/90s.

Favourites include:

* Alice in Wonderland

* Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree

* Cinderella

* Mickey Mouse‘s Picnic

* Winnie the Pooh meets Gopher

I loved the illustrations and the Disney stories when I was a kid.  It was great watching the movies then reading the books.


Expensive Collectable Books

title page of the 1865 edition of Lewis Carrol...

title page of the 1865 edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I ever win (or earn) vast amounts of money, these are the first edition books I would like to purchase;

*Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. By Lewis Carroll – Printed in 1866, $17,500 (US)

*THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY – Printed in 1839 and includes a signed letter from Dickens, $5,500 (US)

Catcher in the Rye J.D Salinger – Printed in 1951, $40,000 (US)

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again J.R.R. Tolkien – First Edition 1937, $57, 592 (US)

*CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY  Roald Dahl – Signed First Edition 1964, $19,250 (US)

Five On A Treasure Island Enid Blyton – Printed in 1942, $4689 (US)

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE C.S. Lewis – Signed First Edition 1950, $57, 592 (US)

The Woman in Black Illustrations by John Lawrence Susan Hill – Signed First Edition 1983, $493 (US)

So all I need is a total of $202,616  and my collection can begin!

Does anyone else have a First Edition wish list?

Incredible Book Collections

Alice in Wonderland

To follow up on a previous post (Book Collections –  Alice in Wonderland),  I have been researching book collections/collectors.   I discovered that the University of British Columbia’s Rare Books and Special Collections Department  has over 200 editions in their Alice Collection and over 500 other items which certainly puts my mere 15 to shame.

Charles Dickens

The Robert D. Fellman Dickens Collection includes more than 150 volumes of Dickens’ writings (including first editions).  I have a small collection that I am quite proud of.  They look fairly old, I don’t know when they were published.   To have a first edition would be remarkable but unfortunately way out of my price range.

My Charles Dickens set

My Charles Dickens set

Enid Blyton

Another collection that I have been working on is attempting to obtain as many Enid Blyton books as I possibly can.  At the moment I have around 50.  She wrote over 150 novels alone so I have quite a way to go.  The Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s books purchased an Enid Bylton collection from her eldest daughters Estate which included an unpublished novel.

Martin Bodmer

He is perhaps my book collecting inspiration.  His private collection consists of over 160,000 items with some printed before the 1500s.  One day I hope to view the collection which is located in Switzerland at the Fondation Martin Bodmer World Literature Library.

Can any one else provide any information on book collections?  

Book Collections – Alice in Wonderland

Some of my Collection

Some of my Collection

For some reason I cannot resist buying multiple copies of Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland  by Lewis Carroll.

I have approximately 15 copies in my collection ranging from thick volumes to picture books.  If I find a copy in a second hand shop I will buy it immediately.  My rule for bookshops is that if it has a beautiful cover and it’s not too pricey I will make the purchase.

I don’t know why I need so many copies of the book.  Sure its one of my favourites stories but why do I need so many copies?

I only actually read one of the books (the classic penguin) and my favourite is the very first one I got when I was nine years old.  I think I like it the best because the Alice on the cover has brown hair and in a world of Alice’s with blond hair it was refreshing to see that this Alice had hair the colour of my own.

My one bedroom apartment is not only housing my Alice collection but all my other books as well.  The solution?  I think I need a bigger place.

Does any one else have a book collection?