View Full Version : Rare or Collectable Book?

08-23-2013, 10:29 AM
Someone has given me William Atkin's book "Motor Boats." It is a first edition, first printing, from 1937.

Is this just a curiosity or is it a valuable collectable?

bob winter
08-23-2013, 10:33 AM
What is the condition? Very important.

08-23-2013, 10:44 AM
It's not particularly rare, but a clean copy might fetch a $100 on Abebooks. I am seeing them on Abe UK ranging between 9 - 100 UK pounds. Strangely it is the later editions which are offered for the higher prices. Have a look here..http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?an=Atkin&bi=0&bx=off&ds=30&recentlyadded=all&sortby=17&sts=t&tn=Motor+Boats&x=66&y=11

08-23-2013, 01:33 PM
The condition is very good or excellent. No dust jacket but no tears or rash on the cover. The spine has not been abused. The pages have yellowed a little. This edition includes many fold-out pages of plans and drawings and I haven't found any tears or abuse of the fold-outs either.

Thanks for that link, isla.

S.V. Airlie
08-23-2013, 04:49 PM
If one wants it at any cost, the price reflects what you can get for it.

08-23-2013, 07:59 PM
Not extremely expensive.



Keep in mind, asking isn't getting. What happens is, one bookseller will put the thing up for a price that seems like what the book goes for, another will come along and list a little cheaper, and the next thing you know, your book is being advertised for $200 while the ones actually selling are priced at $50. Booksellers either have to use software that adjust the price (which has its own set of pitfalls) or adjust the price periodically. So the higher prices you're seeing are not going to be realistic.