> I have a first US edition of "Prince Caspian", and while searching an
> online database found someone selling it for $250. I was really e***d
> until this morning when I found an ad on rec.arts.books.marketplace selling
> a first edition of "The Silver Chair" for $15!!!!
> Is there a big difference in the collectibility of these titles, or was
> the $250 price tag just a big mistake??
> Any information would be greatly appreciated.
There are many things which will determine the value of these books. A
true first edition, first printing (these can be different) of Prince
Caspian in a fine dust jacket and in fine condition is very valuable on
the retail market. Later printings and books not in the best condition
will lose much of their value. The Silver Chair in the same edition and
condition may be valuable too. Many people have book club editions,
which are not valuable or they have books with major flaws such as being
ex-library or no dust jackets when one was issued. It is not a simple
matter. If you are not a book seller by trade you can expect to get
about 1/3 of your book's retail value if you sell it. You can try to
sell it on-line and might get more for it, but make sure you know
exactly what you have. This often requires a good bit of research or
paying for an appraisal by a qualified book seller or appraiser.
Identifying true first editions and pricing them is an art form, which
is why there is such a vast range within authors and their individual