For some reason I’ve been reading less Sci-Fi/Fantasy and more Mystery novels. I burned through some Agatha Christy not along ago and now, thanks to the Holdrege Area Public Library, I’ve found a new author I’m coming to thoroughly enjoy.
John Dunning is a book dealer turned author. His character “Cliff Janeway” is a very interesting character and I truly enjoy the many references and discussions on first edition books and the hobby (or obsession) of collecting them. Mr. Dunning’s own life story is a rather interesting read as well.
Part of the reason this character appeals to me is that I’ve considered getting back into book collecting. Oh, I never had enough money to be a true first edition collector. I had a few of the lower end ones at one time which I sold to help pay for a mission trip. I was content to collect every work by a particular author. As the funds became available I’d upgrade from a paperback to a hard back, and increase the quality and rarity of the collection.
No, I’d never be considered a serious collector. I’m afraid most of my hardback books now are club prints which aren’t really worth the paper their published on. But I think I might be catching the bug again.