Thursday, June 23, 2011

Another rare book found at charity store

A rare and valuable first UK edition of the novel Breakfast at Tiffany's  by Truman Capote has been found at Oxfam Books and Music shop in St Ives, Cornwall.

When the copy was discovered, it was still cloaked in its original dust cover and is expected to fetch up to at least £500 when sold at the Rare Book section of the Amazon website.

The book is one of Capote's most recognised works and was found in a huge donation of books by an unnamed, eccentric American book collector, who died leaving the contents of his house to Oxfam in 2009.  The man was a well known resident in Cornwall and a regular customer in Oxfam's local shops.

He left behind hundreds of books which Oxfam shop staff and volunteers are still sorting through, a year-and-a-half-later following his death.  Last year a book from the same donation, a signed Siegfried Sassoon, sold at Bonham's book auction for £500.

From Ibookcollector newletter 265
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By the way just to save anyone writing in that is a first edition of the US edition illustrated above whereas the one found is a first edition of the UK edition but as I couldn't find an illustration of that edition I used this one.

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