Tough Easy Titles

MICHAEL BAHN mbahn at suscom.net
Thu Jun 1 15:02:06 EDT 2006


It would be most helpful for the neophyte ML collector to have access to a
list of the titles in their ascending (or descending) scarcity, rarity,
desirability. Does such exist?

M. Bahn
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From: "J B Krygier" <jbkrygier at owu.edu>
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> > From: Greg Brister <jgbrister at sunflower.com>
> > Subject: Tough Easy Titles
> > Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2006 03:51:28 -0500
> >
> > As I was updating my ml list today, it occurred to me that some of
> > the titles in my collection (like the Gogol giant and the tales of
> > Grimm and Anderson) which are supposed to be rare finds were among
> > some of the easiest (or guiltiest?): ones I'd bought at some store or
> > other and only realized after consulting the price guide that they
> > were worth far more than I'd paid.  After reading all the posts on
> > this list for the past few years, I know we all have similar
> > stories.  What I haven't heard, though, are any stories about the
> > seemingly ubiquitous title that "everyone" seems to have that _you_
> > couldn't get in any good condition (I mean with jackets here, of
> > course).
> >
> > Since I rarely--if ever--buy ml books from eBay, most of my
> > collection has come to me by chance.  Here are some of the thorns in
> > my side:
> >
> > Proust.  I have only three volumes of Remembrance of Things Past,
> > none in that great shape.
> > The Greek Tragedies.  I have just  three volumes in first editions--
> > anytime I've ever come across the volumes I need, they are usually
> > farther down the food chain.
> > Dreiser.  Sister Carrie.  I've seen it many, many times: always in
> > crap condition.
> > Faulkner.  Wild Palms.  (We're talking a grocery bag cover, folks,
> > not a BL--but I've never seen one on a seller's shelf).
> > Lewis.  Babbitt.
> >
> > A title I do (finally) have, but took me about four years to get, was
> > The Short Bible with a good dust jacket.  I can hear the collective
> > chuckles already . . .
> > Mind, I'm not soliciting for help buying these titles--I'll come
> > across them when they come across me--but I am curious to hear if
> > anyone has had a harder time buying  a "relief" title ("I finally got
> > that damn book!") than one of much greater market value.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > J. Gregory Brister
> > Department of English
> > University of Kansas
> > http://www.people.ku.edu/~brister
>




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