(August 15th 2011)
Count Zero by William Gibson Abebooks.com Not surprisingly, William Gibson tops this list of expensive novels about computers. What is surprising is that it is not Neuromancer that's valued the most. The Book Collector's Library in Montreal owns typescripts used for the first editions of both Neuromancer and Count Zero. While Neuromancer is valued at US$ 25000.00, the asking price for The Count Zero copy ("white unbound bond sheets with extensive typesetter's instructions throughout") is US$ 38750.00. A rare uncorrected typesetting proof of the novel sells for US$ 8500.00.
Neuromancer by William Gibson Abebooks.com You can get a fine copy of the Gollancz hardcover for around US$ 2000.00, but what The Book Collector's Library in Montreal offers for sale is something else: the actual typescript used to publish the first UK & first hardcover edition! It was a copy of Christopher Priest, Gibson's literary agent. This important piece of science-fiction history can be yours for US$ 25000.00. The store also sells an advance review copy that was used for the first American hardcover edition. (US$ 7750.00).
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Abebooks.com A debut novel of a prominent literary author is bound to cost plenty, and so Royal Books in Baltimore values Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano at a whopping US$ 8000.00. Player Piano was published in 1952 by Charles Scribner's Sons. The book on offer is inscribed by Vonnegut and dated January 1971 on the front flyleaf: "Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Signed at Heinz Hall Pittsburgh / 1-17-71."
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein Abebooks.com Currey, L.W. Inc. (Elizabethtown, NY, U.S.A.) New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, , 1966. Octavo, cloth. First edition. A cool account of a libertarian revolution in which a computer, Mike, has been instrumental.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Artur C. Clarke Abebooks.com HAL, the most famous fictional computer. Peter Harrington of London sells two copies of Clarke's novelization of the movie, a first UK edition and an uncorrected proof copy of the first US edition, Arthur C. Clarke's own copies. Each signed by him on the title page.
Logan's Run by William F. Nolan Abebooks.com A book gets filmed, and it's value rizes dramatically. Such is the case with Logan's Run. For the uncorrected galley proofs Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. Gloucester City, NJ, U.S.A. asks US$ 4500.00
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Abebooks.com A novelization (first book in a series of 5) of the hilarious radio series, in which Douglas Adams makes fun at the godlike computers from science-fiction. Raptis Rare Books from Brattleboro, U.S.A. London: Arthur Baker, 1978. First British Edition of this modern classic. Octavo, original boards. Inscribed by the author.
Digital Fortress, A Thriller by Dan Brown Abebooks.com The debut novel of the author of The Da Vinci Code. Shady Grove Book Store (West Branch, MI, U.S.A.) values a signed first printing, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1998, at US$ 3500.00.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson Abebooks.com James Cahill/Rare books, Inc. from Aliso Viejo, CA, U.S.A. sells a leather re-bound, hand-crafted version of the Bantam 1992 Hardcover for US$ 2500.00, but they also have a signed copy of the first printing that hasn't been tampered with: US$ 1500.00.
The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey Abebooks.com Stuart W. Wells III (Norwalk, CT, U.S.A.) Walker and Company, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1969. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition, First Printing. Dust jacket art by Jack Gaughan. Signed by Gaughan on the front free end paper. Inscribed "To Stuart, Anne McCaffrey" on the title page. Signed by Author & Artist.
Dark Rivers Of The Heart: A Novel by Dean Koontz Abebooks.com Books for Collectors (Lancashire, N/A, United Kingdom) has a copy of the limited edition (26 copies) for sale: "This book is brand new and you can still smell the leather in which it is bound - indeed, hold the book and you have the delightful smell of leather on your fingers. Included is the letter of correction from the publisher, on its headed notepaper, that explains an inaccuracy on the signature sheet about the listed materials used. This has been missing from several of the lettered copies I have seen over the years - not so here!"
The Age of the Pussyfoot by Frederik Pohl Abebooks.com Currey, L.W. Inc. (Elizabethtown, NY, U.S.A.) The original typed manuscript of this novel, with heavy corrections and revisions in Pohl's hand, used as the setting copy, with editorial markings and printer's directions as well. Published by Trident Press in 1969. "
Against the Fall of the Night by Arthur C. Clarke Abebooks.com Other Worlds Bookstore (North Providence, RI, U.S.A.) Gnome Press Inc , New York, 1953. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Thus. First edition. This copy has been inscribed and signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Blue boards with purple spine lettering, 223 pages. VG+ copy
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut Abebooks.com Vonnegut's 11th novel was first published by Delacorte in a limited signed edition of 500 copies. Paul Jaffe from Sebastopol, CA, U.S.A., sells a copy that is still shrinkwrapped.
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco Abebooks.com Northwest Sales (Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.) The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania. Full-Leather. Book Condition: As New. First Edition. This copy is in pristine condition. Collectible! Never read and still in publisher's SHRINKWRAP. Full premium top grain black leather with 22k gold ornamentation.
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell Abebooks.com Another debut novel by a very promising author. Richard Beairsto Books from Toronto sells the Sceptre., London, 1999 Soft Cover (no hardcover issued). Dated in the year of publication:1999. "The author has also added a sketch of a man with the novel's opening line being stated by this drawn figure in a bubble above his head: " WHO WAS BLOWING ON THE NAPE OF MY NECK? ""
The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke Abebooks.com Parigi Books, (Schenectady, NY, U.S.A.) Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1956. Hardcover. First Edition. "An extremely lovely copy."
Slave Ship by Frederik Pohl Abebooks.com Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA (Gloucester City, NJ, U.S.A.) Ballantine Books, New York, 1957. Hardcover. First edition. Boards and endpapers foxed, thus very good in very good plus dustwrapper with modest soiling and tiny tears. Futuristic novel about computers and warfare. A very scarce Ballantine hardcover.
Permutation City by Greg Egan Abebooks.com Barry R. Levin Science Fiction & Fantasy (Santa Monica, CA, U.S.A.) London.: Millennium., 1999. Hard Cover. Fine (our Top grade)./Fine (our Top grade). First Edition. Science Fiction, Cyberpunk.
The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling Abebooks.com Fine Edition Books (Greenhithe, Kent, UK,, United Kingdom) Gollancz, London, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Fine. First Edition. Very fine unused uncorrected proof of the book's first edition, a very successful Gibson-Sterling collaboration and a fabulous novel. A pristine unread copy with clean, unblemished blue wrappers, a spotless spine and clean, unread pages. SIGNED BY BOTH AUTHORS, WILLIAM GIBSON AND BRUCE STERLING, Please note that this is a trade paperback-sized proof. Signed By Both Authors. Uncorrected Bound Proof
Giles Goat-Boy by John Barth AbeBooks.com If you're looking for a cheap long term investment in collectable books, a US$ 200.00 copy of John Barth's Giles Goat-Boy, which was first published in a limited, signed edition of 250 copies in paper slipcase, is your best bet. And while you're at it, why not buy some personal letters and notes from John Barth from Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. Gloucester City, NJ, U.S.A.
Who Stole Sassi Manoon? by Donald Westlake Abebooks.com Royal Books, Inc., ABAA (Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.) Random House, New York, 1969. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the front flyleaf. Fine and unread in a Fine dust jacket, with only a tiny crimp at the jacket heel to note. A superb copy of one of the most difficult Westlake titles.
Should you own a first printing of the hardcover versions of D.F. Jones' Colossus or Daniel F. Galouye's Simulacron 3, consider yourself lucky, they belong in this list.
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