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If I had millions I'd spend this kind of money. Even though it seems high (and is for me...), investing in the finset copy of a very collectable book will pay off in the long run. I'm sure a few years ago someone on this very list said "no way would I pay $50 for a chapbook of "Flower, Fist & Bestial Wail".
With early first editions, especially premium firsts, having the best quality known to exist is a ticket to riches. Presumably no more BETTER copies show up. Yours only gets more valuable with time.Bill
Me too... it's depressing,MarkDB said:I started thinking about how those close to me would react to inheriting all of my signed editions of Buk, Bowles, Fante, and many other rare and limited editions and realized that I would have to write a thesis for them to understand the value I attributed to the collection.
Making yourself happy while you were alive?MarkDB said:Not having the energy or time to do so, I am now seriously thinking of selling all the valuable stuff and if necessary just replacing it with reading copies. Doing so, though, makes me feel like I've been engaged in nothing more than
Kafka would be proud. Just make sure Max Brod isn't your best friend.zoom man said:But I do have explicit directions for my box of 'journals' (all sorts of personal writings, diaries, screenplays, poems, all that) when I die.
They are all to be burned completely, box and all.
You must, must take the long view, my friend. The wheel turns. The value of your collection will ebb and rise many times over before you pass on. Bet on it.MarkDB said:...especially when I see the market for my most prized pieces going down and not up!
Great, I paid top dollar for a copy in such nice condition that I just couldn't pass on it. Sold it in like two days for what I'm sure was the highest price realized for a Post Office. Until.....about 6 weeks later I had to top it myself to buy a copy in as pristine condition containing by far the best painting of any of the 4 or 5 copies I've owned.Do you know who sold that? Was it Vicarious?