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Modern First Editions

Modern First Edition books represents one of the most exciting and dynamic areas of book collecting at Shapero Rare Books currently, attracting collectors of literature across a range of ages and catering to a very broad church of tastes and enthusiasms.

Modern First Editions at Shapero Rare BooksThe relatively contemporary nature of the authors that tend to be encompassed by the term Modern First Editions (the exact definition of which varies remarkably depending on with whom you speak) means they resonate with many current book collectors. Collecting modern first editions appeals equally to those with established book collections and those just beginning to start building their own collections, and the vast variety of price-points allows for collectors at all levels a point of entry.

Literature, particularly that of the 19th & 20th centuries, has branched out into a wealth of sub-genres, notably, perhaps science fiction, detective fiction, horror & gothic, weird & supernatural literature, and this is mirrored by collecting habits. Collectors of modern first editions can range from those seeking perceived high-spots of 20th & 21st-century fiction to those who are thrilled by dust-jacketed genre titles, runs of prize-winning books (such as the Booker Prize), solely inscribed books and individual author collections.

For similar reasons modern fiction can also make for very good gifts, particularly signed and inscribed books by popular (or even highly specialised) authors.

Modern First Editions to Collect

Collecting first editions can be fun and challenging, but if you would like to find out more please contact our specialists Adam Blakeney and Angus Robb. They will be more than happy to advise you further, and their knowledge of issue points, condition factors and relative scarcity should help those both looking to start collecting or further develop upon existing rare books collections.

If you're in possession of a first edition to sell, please contact us for more information.

See below to buy first edition books, available at Shapero

 

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  1. High quality half tone image of Beckett mounted on tan card and signed on the mount. In fine condition.

    £3,250
  2. First trade edition, first printing (only preceded by the private edition of just 35 numbered copies). Small 8vo. Original wrappers printed in blue and black. In the very early, if not original glassine. Contents somewhat browned as always with the papier courant issue, very light vertical crease to backstip but an absolutely stunning copy and rare thus. Contained in a custom-made, blue cloth drop-down box.

    £4,500
  3. First edition, first impression; one of 100 copies on hand-made paper signed by Beckett, t.e.g., unopened; original full tan morocco, intriguing doodle in ink to the title page of what I feel must be Pim and Pim [sic] the creatures of this remarkable book, a beautiful copy in the very slightly marked slipcase.

    £1,500
  4. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's green cloth, titles to spine in red, red topstain, spine faded, (green) dust-jacket, minimally nicked with some all too typical rubbing at one fold and some minor loss at the ends of the spine panel but in all a very decent copy.

    £12,500
  5. First edition, first impression. 8vo. Publisher's red boards, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the dust jacket.

    £75
  6. First edition, first impression. 8vo. Publisher's red boards, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the nicked and somewhat tanned dust jacket.

    £75
  7. First edition, first impression. 8vo. Publisher's tonic-effeect red boards, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Minor spotting to the fore edge, an excellent copy in the somewhat browned dust jacket.

    £150
  8. First edition, first impression; 8vo; Publisher's orange cloth, titles to spine in black. With the dust jacket. Cloth a little marked and a trifle rubbed at the tips but a very good copy in the rather frayed and creased dust jacket with very minor loss here and there.

    £250
  9. First edition, first impression; 8vo; illustrations by Andrew Davidson; publisher's pictorial boards printed in pink, blue and black, spine a little rolled, pictorial dust jacket, nicked and somewhat faded but still very good.

    £750
  10. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's black boards, oriental characters stamped in gilt on front board, titles to spine in silver, bamboo effect endpapers; dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping, spine very gently rolled, tiny nick to the fore-edge of one leaf but a near-fine copy, the jacket entirely free from any of the fading that plagues this book.

    £1,250
 

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