First Edition Please

The grandmother of a good friend recently passed, and while families are sensitive during a time of loss, there is always the uncomfortable occupation of dividing up possessions and mementos. Luckily for this friend, her grandmother had a complete first edition set of the Wizard of Oz books she read growing up. What a marvelous heirloom.

Today the Huffington Post posted a slide show of the most expensive first editions sold. They include a $86,500 copy of Absalom, Absalom! inscribed by Faulkner, a $5 million copy of the complete First Folio of William Shakespeare, and a $104,000 copy of Jane Austen’s Emma. I’d love to have anything as extraordinary on my bookshelf.

What wonders are hiding in your family closet?

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