Popular Collecting Areas - Cricket Books

It is pleasing to note the increased media coverage being given to The Australian Women's Cricket Team. However I doubt the number of books written about women's cricket will ever equal the number about men's. The first to be published could well become very collectible.

In the meantime, vintage cricket books - those that describe first class matches before the age of widespread TV coverage - are still popular with collectors, as are Wisdens, ABC Cricket Books and signed biographies and autobiographies.

Example of Cricketing Ephemera Available At Love Vintage Books Willoughby

Example of Cricketing Ephemera Available At Love Vintage Books Willoughby

This Week in the Book Shop - Sydney's Garage Sale Trail

Residents of Willoughby must be getting ready for Sydney's Garage Sale Trail this coming weekend.  I know this because I have been inundated with the question "Do you buy books?" usually asked in a sheepish but determined manner. I am doing my best not to scream back in a manner after "Black Books": "of course I do, the books don't drop from heaven onto the shelves"; but instead, to explain my book buying policy and what I am interested in purchasing.

For those trolling garage sales for resaleable books, a reliable indicator of value (for hardcover books) is dimension. Simply, the larger the book is in width and height, the less valuable it is. Naturally there are exceptions...rare book selling is not an exact science.

 

Posted on October 24, 2014 and filed under Book Collecting Tips.

FAQ 1: What Makes a Rare Book Valuable?

The value of a secondhand book (and most "rare" books are secondhand) is essentially determined by the interaction of the forces of supply and demand. If supply is small and demand is high, value will be more than if the reverse is the case. Naturally we can then ask "Well what determines the demand for a book and what determines the supply?"

The main factors influencing the demand for rare and collectible books are the tastes and preferences of readers and collectors, their numbers, their disposable incomes and their expectations of the future. A change in these factors will lead to a shift in demand upwards or downwards for a particular title, author or subject. Supply in turn is influenced by technology (eg; online listings have led to a shift upwards), the number of sellers and their expectations of the future.

In conclusion, just because a book is in very short supply (ie rare, scarce, uncommon) it does not follow that it will be valuable as the demand (ie want, desire, requirement) for it, may not exist at all.

 

 

 

Posted on October 9, 2014 .

Beginning Book Collecting

Some Tips on What to Collect - Part 2

For Australians collecting books about Australia has long been a popular area of collecting.

Purists may argue that the term "Australiana" only applies to books published in the first years of colonization and the years of exploration which followed. More recently, the use of the term has widened to include local history, early industrial expansion, bushranging, the various gold rushes and Aboriginal Studies. If the wider use of the term is used it is still possible to find collectible books at a range of prices in these areas and to build a collection that could have significance and grow in value. 

Within this wider meaning of the term "Australiana", books related to the Blue Mountains area of NSW are widely collected. 

A selection of books on the Blue Mountains. The map forms the endpapers of Frank Hurley's Camera Study of The Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves (Angus & Robertson Sydney 1952)

A selection of books on the Blue Mountains. The map forms the endpapers of Frank Hurley's Camera Study of The Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves (Angus & Robertson Sydney 1952)

Posted on October 2, 2014 .

Beginning Book Collecting

Some Tips on What To Collect - Part 1

For those who love literature, whether by the great classic authors eg: Charles Dickens or by the writers of popular fiction eg: Georgette Heyer collecting all of a favourite author's books can be an achievable challenge. For authors published in that last 70 years it is still possible to obtain first editions. Some authors eg Ian Fleming are very collectible so expense may be an issue but it is still possible to build a collection with modest means. 

Secondly, for those with interests and hobbies building a collection around the subject can be very rewarding. A collection based on opposing viewpoints increases expertise and can possibly grow in value. Popular collecting subjects include: shipping and railways, WWI, arms and armour, Antarctica and notable figures such as Napoleon.

Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice is a favourite title for book collectors.

Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice is a favourite title for book collectors.

Collecting by title presents another opportunity. There are many enthusiastic collectors for "Pride and Prejudice", "Alice in Wonderland" and "Don Quixote" as there are collectors of illustrators eg; Arthur Rackham and Ronald Searle.

The main thing to remember is to always buy books that are in very good condition or better....as near as possible to brand new book condition. This applies to the book itself and to the dustwrapper if there is one.


Posted on September 26, 2014 .