Invest in First Edition Books
Why invest in first edition books?
The demand for and the value of rare first edition books is increasing, particularly on collectable items such as modern 20th Century English literature. The Internet enables collectors to find books with relative ease, either through auctions or online bookseller sites, which in turn has made book collecting more accessible and increased demand. The biggest increase in demand is for ‘modern’ first edition books (generally books from the 20th century and onward) and copies in the best condition continue to make record prices, making this the fastest growing market in the book world today.
How we choose books for your portfolio
You don’t have to be an expert to invest. Dreweatt & Bloomsbury (part of the Stanley Gibbons Group) is one of the world’s leading auctioneers of rare books with a history dating back over 250 years to 1759. Our experts will help to select the best investment grade items for your portfolio based on their value and potential for growth. They will also take into account any personal preferences you have that resonate with you.
To protect your investment we offer you a Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity on all your investment items; since many portfolios are held for several years or are for legacy planning, we do everything we can to avoid unpleasant surprises in the future. To our knowledge, we are the only merchant that offers you this added security.
When you choose to invest with us, we offer you a balanced portfolio of investment-grade collectibles all specially selected by our experts for their authenticity, rarity and investment potential. Although history has shown that rare books can be a stable investment over the long term, we would always recommend a diverse portfolio to minimise risk.
Tracking the investment performance of books
In 2015 Stanley Gibbons launched the world’s first Rare Book Index measuring the value of 30 first edition 20th Century classics. It follows the now established rare stamps and coins indices and is based on actual sale prices achieved at auctions over the last ten years. So it can act as a guide for investors and collectors looking to build a rare book portfolio as part of a long- term investment strategy. The index of first editions includes Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale and Live and Let Die, which are valued at £24,000 and £8,000 respectively; J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, valued at £20,000 and George Orwell’s Animal Farm has experienced significant value growth according to auction data, rising from £190 to £5,100. Overall the index has shown 414% growth, an 8.5% CAGR for the last ten years.