My ‘Invaluable’ Literary Collection

I was contacted by, a website that specialises in auctions of collectible items, and asked to browse their antique books section and create a blog post of all the wonderful books I would love to own. I thought it sounded fun – who doesn’t love browsing a website full of books?! All of my selections were inspired by childhood favourites…

Lot 729


Circa 1848 copy. Published in New York by Robert B. Collins. First American Edition. Embossed covers and over fifty illustrations by John Tenniel.

Everyone knows at least one of Aesop’s fables. Many school assemblies were focused on a fable and the moral it illustrated. The Hare and the Tortoise is one of the most memorable ones – remember everyone, slow and steady wins the race! I would love to own such a beautiful embossed copy of such classic tales in my personal library.

Lot 25


Original 1949 Facsimile Daily Express Annual. 120 pages illustrated throughout in colour. Very rare.

This one is for my mum. Rupert Bear was one of here favourites when she was a child. She even had her own Rupert-style scarf which we still have a cupboard at home now. I can imagine that this 1949 annual has some beautiful illustrations inside which I know she would love to look through.

Lot 162


Lord of the Flies. London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 1954 First Edition.

I only recently read Lord of the Flies and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. It was a very interesting depiction of what might happen if children were left alone without rules and routine. Although they think it is fun at first, they soon begin to crave the restrictions they are used to and have to formulate some system of their own. It also appealed to me because I always have a dream of going to live on a desert island with no worries apart from finding food – I think I’d be fine as long as I had plenty of books to keep me entertained. This 1954 first edition copy of Lord of the Flies would be a perfect part of my collection.

Lot 177LOT 177: MILNE, A. A.

Winne-the-Pooh. 1926 and 1927 First Editions.

Winnie-the-Pooh was one of my favourite characters when I was little. I had multiple books and videos featuring the lovable bear and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. I still have a lovely copy of ‘The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh’ on my bookshelf. Needless to say though, I would love to add these two beautiful first edition copies to my library.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. London: Bloomsbury, 1997. First paperback edition.

Lot 102Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I have been in love with the series ever since I read the first book sixteen years ago when I was five years old. I had no idea what it was, I just found it on my mum’s bedside table and started reading…the rest is history!

I can still remember the magical feeling of waiting for the next Harry Potter book to come out; my dad would pre-order them for me, so I would wait impatiently by our front door waiting for the postman to come on the release date. I hate the fact that I am never going to have that feeling again, but maybe if I could get my hands on a first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (complete with editing mistakes), it could just about live up to that feeling.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my post – if you fancy a browse of lovely collectible books, do have a look at 🙂

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