This my friends is the ultimate book wishlist. This is a collection of the most expensive, rarest books I would own if I was a multi-billionaire. I might have gasped once or twice when I saw the price but there’s no harm in window shopping is there? 😂 😊
I tried to get the original pics but some of these editions are really obscure so unless I indicated that it’s the original it’s the closest edition reference I could find.
Top 10 Books I’ll Dream till I Die of Owning
Jami Al- Tawarikh “First World History” – Price: $4,700,000
This rare piece has three volumes, both written in Arabic and Persian. Accompanied with illustrations, it is around 400 pages and lists major events from China all the way to Europe, 14th century.
Detective Comics No 27 (Batman’s First Appearance) – Price: $1,075,000
First edition, dated March 1939. Just who knew how iconic this superhero would become? He’s my favorite.
Heinrich Institoris, Malleus maleficarum (aka Hammer of Witches), Price: $221,356.60
Ever heard of the Salem Witch trials? The Wicked Witch? And all of the other Voldemort like examples of black magic, villainy, and witches. This is so fascinating to me as fantasy reader, it is notoriously labelled as “the most important work in demonology”. The dream is to have a first edition copy.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1865 Edition, Price:$2,000,000
This stunning edition has hand made wood engraving, Lewis Caroll’s own notes and 10 original preliminary hand sketches.
The Great Gatsby, Price: $143,608
First edition, first printing, original dust jacket in the original dark green cloth. I’m not really a fan of Fitzgerald as a person but The Great Gatsby really stuck with me, not writes about a spiraling breakdown as elegant as him. Fun fact, Fitzgerald loved the jacket so much in a letter to his publisher dated, 1924 he said: “For Christ’s sake don’t give anyone that jacket you’re saving for me. I’ve written it into the book“.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, First edition, Price: $125,000
This edition is in a custom cloth clamshell box, 1847 edition, bound with the publisher’s cloth. And that cover? Stunning.
Dracula, 1897 edition, Price: $75,000
First edition, without the initial advert pages, and impossibly so is it crazy to wish for Bram Stoker’s signature? That will probably push the price to infinity though.
Marvel 1, First issue, Price: $1,260,000
How amazing it is to have the first issue of this iconic universe? Unforgettable to say the least. Dated 1939.
1984, First edition, Price: $12,500
First edition, first printing (British Publishing), original green cloth and red dust jacket.