If you’ve been looking for a few extra books on your couch and had no luck, you might want to try your library instead.
We’ve all heard of coins worth a few cents more than the original value, but what about our beloved (and hard) paper backs?
Oxbridge Home Learning have revealed a number of classic books that you might be lucky enough to have lying around or as a coffee table stabilizer, which could actually be worth a small fortune.
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On March 21, 2021, they explained: “We have undertaken extensive research to reveal some of the most valuable books which are likely to be lurking in UK collections.
“We first based our research on a list of most valuable books that are likely to be lying around your home, compiled by Matthew Haley, Director and Responsible for Books and Manuscripts at Auction House, Bonhams.
“We then analyzed the valuations of these books from various well-known booksellers, including John Atkinson Books, Peter Harrington, Jonkers, Biblio and Abe Booksm, to establish exactly what kind of money each title might be worth. “
Here’s what they came up with:
1) The Hobbit (1937)
If you’ve got a first, second, or revised second edition of the classic fantasy story, The Hobbit, you might be sitting on a fortune.
Research has shown that copies of this book can fetch a value of almost £ 10,000.
- Second Revised Edition (1951) – valued at £ 5,000
- First American Edition (1938) – valued at £ 9,000
- First Edition, Fourth Printing (1946) – valued at £ 9,995
2) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997)
The first story of the infamous Harry Potter book series came out in 1997 and has since gained worldwide notoriety.
If you own one of the original versions it could be worth £ 95,000.
- First print of the first paperback edition (1997) – £ 30,000
- Genuine first edition hardcover (1997) – £ 95,000
3) The Cat in the Hat (1957)
Most adults will have happy memories of reading Dr. Seuss’ stories as children, complete with their whimsical nursery rhymes and magical illustrations.
Maybe it’s time to make a new keepsake, because a first hardcover edition of The Cat in the Hat could net you £ 13,000, depending on the condition of your copy.
- First Edition (1957) – valued at £ 13,300
4) The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes stories have been reinvented many times to bring them into the modern world, making them a household favorite for many families.
For anyone who has read classic stories as a child (or an adult), it might be a good idea to dig for your copies of the books, as early editions of The Hound of the Baskervilles can cost up to £ 9,000. .
- Genuine first issue (1902) – £ 2,750
- First edition, first printing (1902) – £ 3,000
- Hardcover, first edition (1902) – £ 9,000
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5) The Jungle Book and the Second Jungle Book (1894-5)
The original stories that Disney based their beloved film on are filled with magic and wonder. Early editions can fetch a value of almost £ 7,000.
- First edition, first printing (1894) – £ 3,500
- First hardcover edition (1894) – £ 6,650
6) The Winnie the Pooh collection (1924-28)
Before Disney’s version became the best-known image of Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne’s stories were among the most popular for children to read.
Do you remember reading the original stories and poems from the classic Winnie the Pooh collections?
If so, check your shelves, as the full collection of four books (Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, and Now We Are Six) could be worth around £ 17,500.
- Complete collection – First editions (1924 – 28) – £ 17,500
- Winnie the Pooh (Single Book) – First Edition (1926) – £ 5,000
7) A Christmas Carol (1843)
We all know the story of Scrooge and the Three Christmas Ghosts, but did you know how precious the original editions of Charles Dickens’ iconic novel are?
A true first edition will fetch up to £ 33,000 from specialist vendors.
- Second American Edition (1844) – £ 8,750
- True First Edition, First Printing (1843) – £ 33,000
- Hardcover First Edition, First Issue (1843) – £ 12,500
8) Nutkin Squirrel (1901)
Beatrix Potter’s charming illustrations have captured the hearts of children for over 120 years, with Gloucester even inspiring her story “The Tailor of Gloucester”.
The inspiration for this came in May 1894 when Beatrix Potter was staying with her cousin, Caroline Hutton.
While with the Huttons, Harescombe Grange, which is five miles south of Gloucester, Caroline told Beatrix the curious story of a local tailor, John Pritchard.
But did you know his other story ‘Squirrel Nutkin’ could fetch almost £ 5,000 at the market?
- First British edition (1903) – £ 1,500
- First edition first printing (1903) – £ 2,000
- First commercial edition (luxury binding) (1903) – £ 4,500
9) The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901)
Another beautiful Beatrix Potter classic, this one can fetch almost £ 15,000 for a first hardcover edition and first impression.
- First British edition (1903) – £ 1,500
- Premier Deluxe Issue (1907) – £ 2,500
- First Commercial Edition, Deluxe Issue – £ 12,500
- Hardcover First Edition First Print – £ 14,700