Aging with Grace

In February of 2015, Texas A&M University was graced by the presence of none other than George R.R. Martin, the author of Game of Thrones. He came here with the purpose of celebrating the University Libraries’ five millionth volume by giving the miraculous gift of a *FIRST EDITION* J.R.R. Tolkien novel, The Hobbit.  Obviously, Martin can appreciate a quality mythical quest in an intimidating forest. A first edition novel is the dream gift of any avid book lover. In light of this generous gift being bestowed upon A&M here is a list of classic tales that you can put on your dream gift list, because who doesn’t have boat loads of money to drop on old books?

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway


A first edition copy signed by Ernest Hemingway ranges from five to nine thousand dollars. With just a few thousand, this aged beauty can be yours. Reserve this pricey gift for the book lover in your life that has a weakness for tragic love affairs.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury’s novel can be obtained for the price range of $1,500 to $3,500 depending on condition. BUT if it is a signed first edition you are looking at dropping $18,000 for this dystopian work of art. Abstract revolutionary ideals do not come cheap.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess


A Clockwork Orange may delve into questionable forms of language but money is universal so for only $500-$2,000 you can read eccentricity in its purest form signed by William Heinemann himself.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote


Oh moon river, these luxurious dreams are matched by a hefty price. Costing $18,000 you can read the adventures of Holly Golightly in the big apple with cat, and also receive a piece of history inside in the form of a note from none other than Truman Capote.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl


It will cost you up to $10,000 for your golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Indulge yourself and follow Charlie into Willy Wonka’s sugary imagination with the official signature and writings of Roald Dahl.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain  (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

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Tom Sawyer was crafty when it came to accomplishing goals, and you will have to be crafty too in order to pay for this signed first edition that costs a whopping $65,000, but have no fear the non-signed version only costs $57,000.  Classics age beautifully but also expensively.

Pricing for these first edition beauties are courtesy of AbeBooks, your online resource for hefty literary purchases.

–Morgan Crider

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