Warning for New Collectors: Beware of 1st Edition Claims

Scot Kamins kamins at dogeared.com
Tue Nov 6 14:05:02 EST 2001

New collectors,

As of late I have noticed an apparent increase in the number of ML copies 
advertised as Firsts on eBay. But in fact many books on eBay listed as 
first modern library editions are later editions. 

Sometimes this is because the lister makes assumptions about how to tell 
if a book is a first edition, sometimes it's because the lister has made 
an honest mistake, and sometimes the lister is simply a scoundrel.

Here are some ways to protect yourself, both on eBay and in general:

€ Check the listed first edition points against the Toledano Guide.
€ If the points aren't listed, ask the seller for information - DO NOT 
€ Ask here - that's one of the reasons this group exists!
€ Buy from a reputable dealer. I guarantee the integrity of the following 
dealer-members of this listServ, all of whom from time to time or 
regularly list books on eBay. If they make a mistake and sell you a book 
that turns out NOT to be an advertised first edition, they'll make it 
     Sharon Biederman (sbiederm at nova.umuc.edu)
     Amy Comeau
     Sam Gottlieb
     Joe Hill (goodbooks at webtv.net)  
     Henry Toledano 

Scot Kamins
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