My Holy Grail of Collecting

A quick post on why I collect and the books I would love to own.

Back in 2005 I received my my first Hardback (before then I only bought Paperbacks), however, little did I know then what an obsession and passion it would turn into in collecting signed first editions.

Back then I had little knowledge or understanding about collecting in relation to the value of books, I only collected and to be honest still do for the love of buying books, however now I have a keener eye and appreciation on the condition of the books, which printing etc when buying.

This passion for book buying has led me to many festivals and events over the years and I have had the pleasure to meet some truly amazing authors in that timewhilst getting books signed, and even though I appreciate it affects the value of a book there are some authors whose books I always have dedicated to me when being signed as first and foremost I am a book lover at heart.

However as a collector i am aware of the value of some books so when buying the quality of the book is important and the book must be a first edition and more importantly a first printing

Over the years I have had the pleasure to meet some people who I would now consider friends who have given me invaluable advice two in particular Phil and Paul who are dealers from Hull who I regularly meet up with at festivals and events and enjoy a good natter about books and collecting. However, my biggest influences on collecting have been David Headley, Daniel Gedeon, Pavla and all the team at Goldsboro Books in Cecil Court, without them I would not be the collector I am nor would I have he collection I have, their passion for books and for selling books has helped to fuel my own passion for collecting and I have been lucky over the years to be able to purchase some truly wonderful books. As I write this I feel a little disheartened that it is unlikely I will be able to visit the shop in person this year.

Whilst I am fortunate to have some wonderful books in my collection there are always those books which I yearn for, sadly the majority are a lottery win away, however it’s good to dream. These are the 20 books which I would love to have in my collection:

All First Editions and First Printing (Signed would be the icing on the cake)

Not in any particular order.

1: Goldfinger by Ian Fleming – I am a huge Bond fan and this for me is the best of them all.

2: Agatha Christie, another huge fan, for me the greatest crime writer of all, I would love to own any Signed First edition

3: Misery by Stephen King – I used to devour all his books and this for me is the best

4: Jaws by Peter Benchley – One of the best books I have read.

5: The Eagle has landed by Jack Higgins – One of those books that has stuck in my sub conscious

6: Under the Eagle by Simon Scarrow – Would complete the collection.

7: Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith

8: A Call for the Dead by John le Carre – The start of one of the best spy series

9: The Ipcress File by Len Deighton- Again the start of a great series

10: When the Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith – One of my all time favourite authors and the start of the best family saga there is

11. Alistair MacLean – My all time favourite author, would love to own a signed copy of any of his books. HMS Ulysses is one of the best books I have ever read.

12. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

13. Leslie Charteris – Again would love to own a signed copy of any of The Saint books

14: The Firm by John Grisham – One of the great legal dramas

15: Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow – As above

16: Enid Blyton – Any Famous Five book – The start of my love affair with crime fiction

17: Along Came a Spider by James Patterson- The first Alex Cross another series I devour every year

18: The Rats by James Herbert – One of the scariest books I have read.

19: Papillon by Henri Charriere – Another Book which has stuck with me

20: Catch 22 by Jospeh Heller – well who wouldn’t

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