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I was walking down santa monica blvd here in l.a. today and I stumbled into a quaint little shop with the words "Rare Science Fiction" -- I went in and a nice old man named Barry showed me bunches of heinleins, all first ed. and many signed.

here's what I don't get: he's selling some of them for $4,500 etc. Is this for real? Do small bookshops still set the global price in the age of eBay?

a few listed on his website. he has lots more.
http://www.raresf.com/bcat3.html

For reasons that elude me (signed books don't contain the soul of the man!), I would LOVE to have signed first editions, and I'm sort of glad that RAH didn't go in for the "meat-market" mass signings authors do today. I have 8 or 9 first editions myself, and a cute little signed softcover of Menace. None of them cost me much at all.

(by the way, the shop owner said he just started reading your book, Bill.)


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Barry Levin is a well-known name in rare books. Most of those prices are in line with my experience, although I have only passing interest in firsts. (I long ago discovered that a ratty $1 paperback has all the same words, in the same order.) :)

Firsts of the big three can easily hit $4,000.

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I have exactly one autographed RAH --the trade paper of NOTB. Some people don't like that book, but I am fond of it on several accounts.

It's actually a somewhat famous story, as I bought it from LOCUS. Charlie Brown liked to tell the story of how RAH offered to sign a whole bunch of those for him to support LOCUS. And in the archives there are some pictures of RAH visiting LOCUS in Oakland for one of their periodic parties (probably a fold/staple/stuff party).

We had a second one (CAT), but in a moment of financial weakness some years ago sold it at a handsome profit. I still regret that, but it seemed needful at the time, and I suspect the Old Man would actually appreciate that he contributed to the family budget at such a juncture, and that I was willing to pull the trigger on that basis.

I'm sitting on the original first six volumes of The Virginia Edition. Well, I'm not the only one. Mine are different, tho. Mine have identifying markings from the Butler Public Library (Robert's hometown library that he and Ginny have endowed in multiple ways. . .) as having been part of their collection. One of these days I'll likely contribute them to a Worthy Cause for auction.

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I looked at the website and confirmed that my copy of Cat is worth something.

My copy has the mistake on pg 300 and I still have the correction strip. Concidering I bought it new probably for the
cover price that is all for the good.

Too bad its not really worth something big, but nice to know.


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I have signed books from:

Jack Williamson: Demon Moon and The Humanoids

The Humanoids is the 80's re-release in Hardcover. I found it at the used bookstore I visit often and paid 40 cents for it. Near new condition too. They applied their credit scheme to the price so i paid 5 cents on the dollar. Even at $8 it would of been worth it. It is also the only one I have that is just a signature, all the others have a little something inscribed as well.

WIlliam Gibson: Idoru and Zero History

Bill Patterson: Robert A. Heinlein : In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1949): Learning Curve

For me the value of the signature comes from the value the writer has to me. If it ends up being worth something, bonus.

I would like to own, at some point, works signed by RAH and Frank Herbert.

Rob


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