Three Books In My Collection I will Never Sell

Three books in my collection I would never sell

I own a collection of close to a thousand books. Most I could part with except for the three I will discuss here. All three do not have much in common.

I did a little research on these books before I wrote this article because I was curious to see how much they were worth.

One of the books sells for probably what I had paid years ago while the other two have increased in price. One greatly. The value, at least in financial terms, is beside the point. I would never sell these books for what they mean to me.

A Shorpshire Lad

My well worn copy I bought in a dusty, old book shop in San Francisco
My well worn copy I bought in a dusty, old book shop in San Francisco

A Shropshire Lad


The first book is a 1932 slim, cloth bound book of poetry “A Shropshire Lad” by A.E. Housman. I came across this book in an old, dusty 2nd hand book shop many,years ago in San Francisco while on leave from the Marines. This book probably still sells for ten dollars or so but I wouldn't sell it for a hundred times that much.

Besides connecting with the poetry, most of which are melancholy, dealing with young men, war, and death (The author was a WWI vet) the book also reminds me of this long ago trip, off on my own in San Francisco, on leave, which turned into a fantastic week I will never forget.


Anne Frank Remembered

I keep this copy in plastic, only have been taken out twice.
I keep this copy in plastic, only have been taken out twice.

Anne Frank Remembered


The second book is “Anne Frank Remembered” by Miep Gies. I was hooked on anything Anne Frank after reading “The Diary of Anne Frank” back in grade school. When I saw this Copy of “Anne Frank Remembered” written and signed by Miep Gies I knew I had to buy it.

Miep Gies of course, was one of the two secretaries that helped hide Anne and her family up above the office they worked in. I wanted this book that was held and signed by someone that knew Anne and her family very well. This book has roughly doubled what I paid but would never sell it.


The Munchkins Remembered

I should have taken better care of this copy
I should have taken better care of this copy

The Munchkins Remembered

The third book is a large paperback “The Munchkins Remembered”. Over 20 years ago, on a Indian Summer day, I went to an OZ festival in the small town of Chesterton, Indiana. Think of Mayberry. The festival featured many of the original Munchkins from the movie.

I talked with several of them and and all I talked too signed this book on the appropriate pages they were featured in. I have at least 12 autographs.

That weekend began a 15 year annual trip with my two kids, just them and me to this festival. I have many good memories of these trips. There are only three of these Munchkins still alive. Two are well into their nineties and one very close to ninety. One who is still alive shared the same birth date as myself and I remembered how we talked about this fact. I think it was also on our birthday when I met her. The price of this book has skyrocketed because of the autographs. Again I would never sell this book.


The Effects of my Kindle

I must admit, I buy more and more books for my kindle not only for the cheaper price but for the convenience. I didn't think I would adapt to e-readers as well as I did but I hope I never miss the smell and solid feeling of an old book or pass by a 2nd hand book shop with out stopping to take a look inside.

The feelings I have for these three books I would never sell, would not be possible if they were on my kindle. I can't even remember the times I downloaded the different books I have. I hope younger people won't miss out on the satisfaction of holding a book they value in their own hands.

What books would you never sell?



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LupitaRonquillo 4 years ago from Colorado

My collection of books isn't as libraric as yours, atleast not at the moment... the ones I wouldn't depart with are my Jane Austin and Emily Bronte collections. Also I love memoirs so those aren't going anywhere either. I agree with you on getting hooked on the e-reading but I still like the feel and the comfort of an actual book, their just irreplaceable.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

I too have over a couple of thousand books in my cramped study. I have been steadily building my eclectic collection. The pride is perhaps a fist edition copy of Robert Louis Stevenson's Travels with a donkey. I picked it up for a few pounds and it is worth a small fortune. I have a complete set of mysteries by John Dickson Carr from the Golden age of mystery fiction that are my proudest possessions too. Great hub .. reminds us that there are some books we will never part from. We cant say the same about digital copies, can we?


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redwhiskeypete 4 years ago from Indiana Author

No, a digital copy will never be as precious as a Physical copy.


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galleryofgrace 4 years ago from Virginia

Thanks for sharing, great article. I too have about a thousand books. Sometimes I think it's an addiction. I'm constantly comparing my books to Baumans and wondering how come mine won't bring the same price. I do treasure my paperback of Anne Frank and my Huck Finn , Tom Sawyer and other notables.


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redwhiskeypete 4 years ago from Indiana Author

I used to sell rare books on eBay but the books I consider valuable now I would never part with. That book by Housman in my article is worth very little but means something to me.

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