Buy. Read. Collect.

UK's largest specialist in first edition, signed books. Located in
the world famous Cecil Court.


Join Our Mailing List

Privacy by SafeSubscribe TM

Book Details

A Pound of Paper

UK Unsigned First Edition

£50.00

A Pound of Paper

Author: John Baxter

Price: £50.00

Published by: Doubleday

Date Available: 04 November 2002

All of our books have clear protective, removable film on the dustwrapper and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition

 

Details

 

Synopsis

 

By the 1960s a copy of Graham Greene's "Brighton Rock" without its dust jacket was worth about #500. But with its dust jacket more like #2000 - if you could find one. The last copy with a perfect jacket to come on the market changed hands at #50,000. "Brighton Rock" was a high-point, but first editions of other early Greene books weren't much less valuable. And then there were signed copies, foreign printings, limited editions, numbered and signed...John Baxter caught the collecting bug in the winter of 1978 when he found a rare copy of Greene's children's book "The Little Horse Bus" while browsing in a second-hand market in Swiss Cottage. It was going for 5p. It would also, fortuitously, be the day that he first encountered one of the legends of the bookselling world: Martin Stone. At various times cokehead, pothead, alchoholic, international fugitive from justice and professional rock musician (said to knock Eric Clapton into a cocked hat), he would become John's mentor and friend, and a central figure in this book. John Baxter introduces us to his world, the world of the fanatical collector: not only the kind who buys from catalogues or at auction and takes away the booty in bubble wrap to store in metal filing cabinets - but also the sleuth, the one who uses bluff and guile to hunt down his quarry. Along the way we meet a cast of eccentric characters like Driff Field who only collects books about suicide or by writers who have killed themselves; we meet the completists, the condition freaks, the rich and famous - from Barry Humphries and Harvey Weinstein to Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Additional Information

Cover Type: Hardback

ISBN: 0385603681

 
Coming soon
Top Sellers
Life Drawing, Robin Black, signed first edition

UK First Edition / First Printing

Signed by the author

£12.99

Life Drawing

by Robin Black

 

Synopsis

Augusta and Owen have taken the leap. Leaving the city and its troubling memories behind, they have moved to the country for a solitary life wh ... read more

 

Release 01 May 2014

Publisher Picador

ISBN 978-0330511766

Roseblood, Paul Doherty, signed first edition

UK First Edition / First Printing

Signed by the author

£19.99

Roseblood

by Paul Doherty

 

Synopsis

Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on E ... read more

 

Release 05 June 2014

Publisher Headline

ISBN 978-0755395965

Theft of Life (Crowther & Westerman 5)

UK First Edition / First Printing

Signed by the author

£19.99

Theft of Life (Crowther & Westerman 5)

by Imogen Robertson

 

Synopsis

London, 1785. When the body of a West Indies planter is found pegged out in the grounds of St Paul's, suspicion falls on one of the victim& ... read more

 

Release 22 May 2014

Publisher Headline

ISBN 978-0755390151

Coming Soon
Top Sellers
When God Was a Rabbit

Signed & Dated by the author.

£29.99

When God Was a Rabbit

by Sarah Winman

 

Synopsis

WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT is an incredibly exciting debut from an extraordinary new voice in fiction. This is a book about a brother and a sist... read more

 

Release 03 March 2011

Publisher Headline

ISBN 978-0755379286

Gold - Slipcase Edition

Slipcase Limited Edition Hardback

UK First Edition / First Printing

Signed by the author

£30.00

Gold - Slipcase Edition

by Chris Cleave

 

Synopsis

Usually, this is where we'd tell you what this book is about. But with Chris Cleave, it's a bit different. Because if you'... read more

 

Release 07 June 2012

Publisher Sceptre

ISBN 978-0340963432

Sweet Tooth

UK First Edition / First Printing

Signed by the author

£55.00

Sweet Tooth

by Ian McEwan

 

Synopsis

Love and espionage in 1970s Britain: a riveting new novel from the bestselling author of Atonement and Enduring Love   Serena F... read more

 

Release 23 August 2012

Publisher Jonathan Cape

ISBN 978-0224097376

We accept Maestro We accept Mastercard We accept Solo We accept Visa We accept Visa Electron We accept PayPal
  • ©2014. Goldsboro Books Ltd. All rights reserved. | Website design by Empire Elements Ltd.