I rather randomly stumbled across the wide world of book collecting the other day and was astounded by how much hardcore book collectors will pay for rare and valuable books. First editions in hardbacks top the list for classic authors and bestsellers from the past century and beyond. So why was I looking into collectors items in the first place? It is soon told.
My father-in-law lent me his books from the Dune series to read a while back and I noticed that the cover of his hardbacks matched the image versions on wikipedia and wouldn't you know it...they're first edition hardbacks. In the world of book collecting, an original Dune hardback, first edition, sells at auction for over ten grand. Not too shabby for a novel that cost $5.95 back in the sixties.
So what possible gems might you have sitting on your dusty shelves at home? I'm not saying you'll have the most sought after sci-fi or literary book of the last century, but if you indulge in hardbacks you might surprise yourself with what you find. Of course, we all love books intrinsically for their own enjoyment, but just out of curiosity, what possibly valuable old hardbacks are on your bookshelves?