FAQ Project: Need more feedback on "Toughest Titles"

Scot Kamins kamins at dogeared.com
Mon Nov 3 14:52:56 EST 2003

In responding to the At 5:33 PM -0500 11/2/03, j b krygier wrote:
>  >> What are the toughest titles to find?
>Your list is a bit peculiar!

Well, I don't know about "peculiar."

>I might suggest differentiating scarcity from value here.  The
>Great Gatsby is somewhat scarce, but there have been three copies
>on eBay in recent months.  There is usually a copy to be had
>on ABE also.  Same for Catcher in the Rye.  It can sell in the
>hundreds, and there are usually a few copies on eBay at any given
>time.  These are very valuable MLs, but not the scarcest.
>The scarcest are titles with one or two printings that (unlike
>Gatsby) maybe no one (short of a fanatic ML collector) cares about.
>Here Ye Sons or Jorn Uhl or In a Winter City or Imperial Orgy or
>The Cabin or any short run ML with a now obscure author.  Another
>indication of scarcity may be the lack of a DJ on your DJ pages.
>Bottom line - there can be very scarce MLs that are not highly
>valuable (eg., some of the titles that were phased out in the early
>1940s after one or two HC printings).
>Printing errors (binding from one title on the text of another
>or upside down binding) are quite scarce and not valuable.
>The early B&Ls are both scarce and valuable - after that, these
>two aspects of MLs can diverge.

What do others think? Remember that this is in the context of a FAQ item.

Scot Kamins, ABR
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