Discontinued Collectibles Guide

Collectible Books (Bibliophilia)

Collectable and rare books

Adolescentium Alunt Senectutem Oblectant. If I’ve remembered it correctly after all these years that is my old school motto and almost the only Latin I ever knew! It translates as, "They nurture youth and are a solace to old age, " or so we were told and "They, " refers to books. Perhaps not all books actually live up to that description but that does not stop them being collectable.

The popularity of book collecting has grown quite markedly in recent years. It may be coincidence that collectors have become more interested in books of all kinds as collectibles at the same time as the market has been flooded with electronic reading devices threatening to consign traditional printed and bound books to history. Then again, it may not be!

The great thing about collecting books is that, apart from being an absorbing pastime, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get started. Of course you may find you spend time reading the books you collect when you ought to be doing other things but time spent reading books is never really wasted. Like any other collectables, books can be collected in several different categories. It’s probably a good idea to give some thought to this before you start haunting the specialist book shops, book fairs and auctions.

You might decide to collect books on a particular subject for example or maybe you would rather build up a complete collection of the works of one particular author. Then there are books of particular genres, like children’s books, romances, detective fiction or comic papers’ annuals. Once you start to think about it the list is endless. Being out of print is no bar to being collectable. In fact it is often a reason in itself for collectors to seek after specific books or authors. The Eagle Annuals and early Rupert Bear Annuals are a perfect example of this. First editions are almost invariably out of print of course but if you can find one of these you’ll have found the Holy Grail and be the envy of all other collectors. If you can get hold of a first edition at an affordable price, then your credentials as a collector will be well and truly confirmed!

When you do start to visit second hand and specialist book shops, book fairs and auctions with some ideas in your mind as to what you wish to collect, talk to your fellow browsers. You’ll find that many of them will be old hands at book collecting and they love to talk about their hobby. You can pick up some useful tips that way to help you get your collection started.

Two tips which apply whatever the theme of your collection. Firstly, always be fussy about condition and only buy books that are in sound, clean condition and second, look out for the author’s signature. It won’t always be there, in fact not very often at all, but when it is, it adds enormously to the book’s value as a collectible. On the subject of signatures, don’t forget the illustrators. Their names are often as famous as the authors themselves and signed illustrations can add considerably to a book’s collectability and value.

On each of the pages within this section dedicated to Books (Bibliophilia) collectibles we have included links to live and current online auctions dealing in each theme. In addition, where known, we have added details of collector clubs, forums and websites. We wish you every success in tracking down the missing pieces of your discontinued Books (Bibliophilia) collection and hope you will become a regular visitor to Accumulations. Remember it’s an ever-changing scene so it is always worth a return visit!

If you are interested in a specific type or genre of Books (Bibliophilia) collectible, click on one of the following links:-

Rupert Bear Annuals

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