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What is the value of a book which has only the author signature and date, no inscription?

Dear John:

I'm curious about a copy of a hard-to-find book that has minimal (unpersonalized) inscription and a date. Does a date make it less valuable if the date is a couple of years later than the publication date?

Thank you for all you've already taught me about book collecting, in your generous "Ask John" answers and with Virginia's suggestion about what to buy for a book collector--a gift certificate and a gift of time--great advice I've already passed along. I'm so happy to have "discovered" VJ Books.


John replies:

Hi Kathy,

James Rollins Signature ExampleAny "non-personalized" inscription, in fact anything added in the author's hand, increases the value of a collectible book. The date should not be a problem.


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