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What is a First Edition?

What is a first edition?

Even if you're only peripherally aware of book collecting, you've doubtless heard the term, first edition, bandied about but you may still be in the dark as to what makes them such a big deal. Learn about first editions and why collectors value them here.

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Collecting One Book

Collecting One Book

Instead of collecting by series, author, publisher...why not just one title? Learn more about collecting variations and editions of one book.

Collecting Modern First Editions

Collecting Modern First Editions

What exactly is a modern first? That's a topic that's often up for discussion among collectors. Learn more and see some examples of famous modern firsts!


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Collecting Signed Books

Editions signed or inscribed by the author are among the most desirable copies of a book for most collectors, but collecting signed books can sometimes require some acumen. Read more >>


collecting first editions

Collecting First Edition Books

What is a first edition and what makes them collectible? How do you know when you're looking at a first edition? All of these questions and more are answered in our book collecting guide. Read more >>


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