How to Spot a First Edition

Launch Slideshow

When it comes to book collecting first is always best. And it’s not just the first edition that is most valuable. Within this first edition, it’s the first issue, the first impression, or the first printing of this first edition that really is desirable. Identifying these true first editions can be difficult but there are often physical attributes unique to these copies that help us. These attributes are called ‘issue points’. Here, Sotheby’s specialists take us through a selection of the ‘issue points’ used to identify some of the highlights in our upcoming London book sales.

English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations
9–10 July | London

The Library of an English Bibliophile Part VIII
10 July | London

How to Spot a First Edition