HOW IMPORTANT CONDITION IS IN A BOOKThe Three C's of Book Collecting
Many years ago, long before I too had become a little worn around the edges, a wise old bookseller took me aside and whispered confidentially to me, "There are three things that determine the value of a rare book," he said, "and they are condition, condition, and condition." This is a lesson that I deliver almost daily to disappointed representatives of the inquiring public who have discovered some shabby printed relic that has been neglected for decades in their garage or attic, and come in search of an appraisal, with optimistic visions of a small fortune dancing feverishly in their head.
The reality is that a rare book is not just some noble fragment of the literary heritage of humanity; it is a collectible physical object. In common with any other objects that we ascribe value to, including baseball cards, comic books, Depression glass, and Duncan Phyfe furniture, the condition of a collectible book is the key to its value. All things being equal, in order to possess the highest value, a rare book should be as close as possible to the physical state it was in when first published
COMMENT BY POTENTIAL CUSTOMER OF RAREOZBOOKS FRED TRUST....
My issue with Fred is that I have watched him for several years buying books on ebay for dirt cheap and then reselling them for an outrageous profit (although he does not seem to sell much because his books are all overpriced for this economy). I tried to do business with him without him knowing that I know where he gets his books from and he won't even come down barely on price even though he has purchased for so low of a price himself. I consider him a cheap bastard and only in it for the money. Although we all need to make a profit to pay bills, there is something that needs to be said for integrity, morals and ethics and not trying to scam and rip off others and Fred Trust has zero it. I refuse to do business with him because I do not support individuals that lie and cheat others.
VIDEO ON IMPORTANCE OF BOOK CONDITION
______________________________________________________________________________Dealer Rareozbooks,FRED TRUST, selling a first state B binding WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ with second state points as shown.
THERE NEVER WAS A B BINDING (Where the O is outside the C for company on bottom of spine as the second state binding is a O inside the C) that had second state points as shown in the book this dealer is selling.THE COVER AND TEXT ARE FROM TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS PUT TOGETHER.
Only approximately 2000 B bindings were printed and then was switched to the C binding (o inside the c).A REAL B BINDING ONLY HAD FIRST STATE POINTS.
1st edition, 2nd state. Complete with 24 color plates. "B" binding. Very Good condition. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Geo M. Hill, 1st edition, 1st state. B binding
1st edition, 2nd state. Complete with 24 color plates. "B" binding. Very Good condition.
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Weight 3.00 lbs
Author Frank Baum
Publisher Geo. M. Hill
Condition Very Good
THE TEXT OF THE BOOK IS ALSO IN SECOND STATE AND NOT FIRST AND THE COVER HAS OBVIOUSLY BEEN ADDED TO TRY AND ENHANCE THE VALUE.
BEWARE OF DEALERS WHO DO THIS FOR THE BOOK WILL BE THEORETICALLY WORTHLESS
Fred Trust is also selling a WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, second state, WITH A FAKE SPINE HE DREW HIMSELF AND ALSO WITH 12 FACSIMILE (FAKE PLATES) for $4500.00 and labels the book in good condition.NOTE THAT FRED TRUST PAINTED THE SPINE TO LOOK LIKE A RARE B BINDING with the O outside the C for company on the spine wheras the O is supposed to be inside the C for a second state text as this book is.
PICTURES OF THE BOOK INTERIOR AND SPINE
Buying any book not in its original condition makes the book worthless and the two books shown that he is selling are worthless due to the fact they have been altered in such a drastic way.
Here is another book he is selling for $45,000 where he alters the last page which shows 13 lines without a box wheras the first state is 11 lines enclosed in a box and is a obvious glue job substituting a second state page for a first state book.
This is the page in that book he used
This is how a first state page of above should be..there never was a second state page as he uses in a first state B binding
This is the link to this book on his site
NEVER SPEND THIS KIND OF MONEY ON ANY ALTERED BOOK FOR IT WILL TURN THAT INVESTMENT INTO A FIVE DOLLAR BOOK AS THIS IS.