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Ask any question about any old, antiquarian, or rare book

Ask me any question about any book in the comments below: Do you have a question about a certain first edition? Are looking to find out how to identify whether your copy is a first edition? Or are you looking to find out the value on a book that you have? Maybe you are wondering [...]

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The first edition of The Catcher in Rye by J.D. Salinger was published in 1951 by Little, Brown and Company in New York. It now regarded as one of the most important works of fiction of the 20th century. It was bound in black cloth with silver lettering. The dust jacket is red and white [...]

Free Book Search Service

If you have a book that you just cannot find anywhere I am starting a free book search service. You email me the title, author, publisher (if you know it), date and any other information such as condition, first edition, signed, etc. and I will find the book you are looking for and email you [...]

Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

The first edition of Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama was published in 1995 by Times Books (A division of Random House) in New York. It is said to have been published in an extremely small first printing of only 7500 copies and was published before Obama was [...]

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