Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Maureen’s Books at the Auction


Being a fanatic book addict I obviously have a dream image inside my head about how my dream literary collection would look like. I picture myself living with my boyfriend in a big ‘old’ house, having a lot of land surrounding it and an old butler named Jeeves. Of course there is a huge library in this house. I always think of the library in Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’, as my dream library. It’s big, and those ladders… I love it. So obviously I have a clear picture in my head of this dream. So when Invaluable, an online auction marketplace, approached me with the question if I wanted to make a post about my dream literary collection, my mind immediately got very busy. 

http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/rowling,-j.k.-102-c-9164e2e8c0
Lot 102
There are a lot of books I would want in my dream collection, honestly there are too many I can put in one post. But the first book that immediately popped up in my head was ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone’ by J.K. Rowling.
I have read the Harry Potter series many times and still after almost 15 years I can honestly say that this series is still my absolute favorite. Every time I start reading the first book again, I get this exciting feeling. And although I can dream and recite almost every page of this book, I’m still hooked to every page. So I would love to have this first edition of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone’. This book would receive a special place in my library. And only I would be allowed to touch it, obviously. (LOL)


http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/diary-of-anne-frank-first-edition-dutch-260-c-a8d49c8b2f
Lot 260
Being Dutch, and hearing the stories from my grandparents about World War Two, I’ve heard a lot about Anne Frank while growing up. I’ve visited her house in Amsterdam and I read Anne Frank’s Diary for the first time when I was around fifteen years old. My mom encouraged me to read this dairy, and reading this definitely left an impact on me. I think this is one of those books, that everyone should have to read at least one time. Just so people will remember how lucky we are to live in relatively free country, and how important it is to make sure that we keep fighting to make this world a better place.
So I would really want a first edition of Anne Frank’s ‘Het Achterhuis’, in my dream literary collection. Not because it’s a famous book, but because I would want this book to have a nice spot in a library so people can see it, and to make sure it will still be read for many many generations after us.

There are some collectible books that aren’t available at for auction on Invaluable yet, that I would definitely want in my dream literary collection. For example the books by Jane Austen, and especially a first edition of ‘Pride & Prejudice’. Obviously these books are probably really rare and already in some rich people’s hands, but since I’m still dreaming, I think I can dream about owning a first edition Jane Austen novel. Like Author Jen Printy ones wrote in one of her books, ‘Times haven’t changed that much. Every woman still longs for her very own Mr. Darcy.’ And Mr. Darcy really deserves a place in my library.

I would also love to have my own edition of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare. Since I’m a real romantic book lover, I love ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and every book and story that’s based on this play. I seriously love the drama of Shakespeare’s stories so my dream literary collection definitely needs to have a copy of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in it. It doesn’t even have to be a first edition, just a beautiful looking ‘old’ copy would be perfect enough for me.

As a reader and lover of almost every genre out there, I would love to have a first edition of many kinds of books. Even a first edition of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ or 'Twilight' would be something I would be interested in. It’s maybe not very valuable now, but I loved these books and a first edition would look lovely on my shelves.

Obviously my dreams are big and will go on forever. Some people dream about traveling and being famous, I dream of books and having my very own library. Invaluable definitely is a marketplace that makes these dreams seem not so impossible and I loved browsing through their website and dreaming of possible adds to my dream literary collection. But for now I’ll keep dreaming. 

 

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