What are some tips to tell a first edition from a book club?

For several years now, I have been picking up first edition books at just about every place that I shop.  One of the things that I look at is if the book is a book club edition or not.  I quickly learned a few tricks to tell the difference between a book club edition and even a first edition.

The first trick that I found is to look at the bottom corner of the dust jacket behind the front cover.  This is one place that they will put the phrase BOOK CLUB EDITION.

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Another thing that will happen is that if a book is a book club edition, it may be slightly smaller than the real first edition.

Another trick to use on a book club edition is to find the price of the book.  When a book club edition is made, the price of the book might not be present.  I’ve seen the price of the book by the bar code and on the dust jacket (it’s usually on the top corner of the dust jacket behind the front cover).

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These are only a few tricks to identify a book club edition book.  How do you identify a book club book?

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There’s a cookbook for just about any occasion!

I was walking through a used book store this weekend and stopped in their cookbook section.  While there, I realized that there is a cookbook for just about any occasion.

Salads, Asian cuisine, Barbeque, Southern and even dessert cookbooks are a small sample of what you can find.  One of the cookbooks that would be fun is this one titled BEST LOVED HERSHEY’S RECEIPES.

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What makes it fun is that it’s full of recipes for dessert, and you can see it in my abebooks shop here.  Another terrific cookbook that you can find is this one titled TASTING GOOD—THE INTERNATIONAL SALT-FREE DIET COOKBOOK.

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This cookbook is literally packed full of great recipes that are salt-free.  You can see it in my abebooks shop here.  There is even a cookbook for drinks, and it’s titled THE ART OF THE COCKTAIL.

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The cookbook was written by Ben Reed and can be seen in my abebooks shop here.  As a matter of fact, you can see all of my cookbooks in my abebooks shop here.

What kind of cookbooks have you run across?

What reference books do you constantly read?

When you dive into the world of buying and selling, you will find yourself searching for reference books to help identify what you have and help put a price on it.  There are plenty out there, and there’s a book that covers just about every aspect of anything vintage.

When I first started to buy and sell antiques, “Schroder’s Antiques Price Guide” and “Kovel’s Antiques And Collectibles Price List” always seemed to be brought along when I headed out to an auction.  Another book that I never leave with is “A Guide Book of United States Coins” (also known as “The Red Book”) whenever I head out to coin shows.

What reference books do you find yourself constantly reading?

Is it “The Collector’s Encyclopedia Of Fiesta” by Bob And Sharon Huxford or “McCoy Pottery” by Bob And Sharon Huxford?  Do you read “Collectible Glassware from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s” by Gene Florence if you love glass?

What are some of your favorite titles?

I’m now a seller on the Abebooks website!

Wisdom Lane Antiques can now be found on the Abebooks website!  Over the years, I have acquired a wide variety of titles and learned how to pay attention to the details when buying books.  From first editions, signed copies and even best sellers can be found in my store on Abebooks.

For example, you will find a signed copy of I IS FOR INNOCENT by Sue Grafton (which can be seen here).  You can also find the first edition of FOUR BLIND MICE by James Patterson (this book can be found here).

Another book that you can find there is The Auction Catalog For The Estate Of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  This is from the Sotherby’s Auction House, and is auction number 6834.  This catalog has the sale prices in it as well, and it can be found here.

You can also find the mystery AS TIME GOES BY by Mary Higgins Clark (which can be seen here), and even the young adult book WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson.  This book can be found here.

Cookbooks like THE COMPLETE NFL COOKBOOK can be found there as well.  You can see this one here.

Take a minute and check out Wisdom Lane Antiques on Abebooks, here.  You’ll find a lot of choices and many bargains!

Yearbooks new and old

I love looking through a vintage yearbook. They are like looking through a time capsule—looking at the fashions worn and cars that were driven are always fun to look at. What else is fun is to see what went on at the school.

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There are a wide variety of ways for you to collect yearbooks. One way is to find one that has a relative in them. Another way is to get a vintage yearbook for the college that you attended. The 1928 Drury yearbook pictured above would be great for both of these. You can the yearbook in my Etsy store here.

Another great yearbook is this 1971 yearbook for Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, Missouri.

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You can see this yearbook in my Etsy shop here.

Yearbooks are also great to display on a coffee tables, or even in a bookcase. You can see all of the yearbooks I have for sale in my Etsy store here. What have you found flipping through a vintage yearbook?