FAQ Project: Need more feedback on "Toughest Titles"

DCHOCK7 at aol.com DCHOCK7 at aol.com
Mon Nov 3 15:22:23 EST 2003

I believe most ML titles that had a final printing prior to 1930 can be considered scarce (please note that I am referring only to books in DJs), particularly if the book was by an obscure author such as Frenssen, Stephens, Sinclair, Latzko etc.
> 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.
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