we buy modern first editions

If you have modern first editions that you would like evaluated with a mind to sell, do please contact us! We are happy to advise on any 18th, 19th & 20th century books you own, especially but not exclusively those that fall within the genre fiction categories of Detective Fiction, Weird & Supernatural Fiction, Horror & Gothic Fiction and Science Fiction & Fantasy.

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We are always looking to buy first or other significant editions of English & American Literature, particularly titles from the Weird & Supernatural, Horror & Gothic, Science Fiction & Fantasy and Detective Fiction genres.


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Agatha Christie first edition

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie first editions make for an excellent area of rare book collecting. The Queen of Crime’s long career as an author of high quality crime fiction ensures there are various levels of value, which means collectors of her first editions can start with the later, generally more affordable first editions of her crime fiction titles, and build their way toward the more expensive first editions from the 1920s & 1930s.

Many of Dame Agatha’s first editions feature excellent dust-jacket artwork. The American first editions of Agatha Christie are often clad in truly lovely dust-jackets, very different in style to their UK counterparts, and can also provide a more affordable option for collectors than the UK first editions.

Some collectors like to focus on one of her famous serial characters, including Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot of course. Whatever your poison, you should be able to start building a collection relatively quickly.

Agatha Christie also wrote under a pseudonym, ‘Mary Westmacott’, and these titles are also not easy to find in first edition, especially in the dust-jackets

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