#ReadSoulLit Photo Challenge – Day 12

Day 12 – Most Expensive Book:

I’m back again today with another Toni Morrison.  Beloved and Song of Solomon are my most expensive
books.  They are both from the Everyman’s Library collection.  Beautifully made and they look great on myIMG_1411 shelves.  Now the thing that really stumped me is this.  When I first looked into getting these editions I was so thrilled and was plotting where I’d display them on my shelves.  Unfortunately, when I finally went to order them I realized that Everyman’s Library only had Beloved and Song of Solomon. I couldn’t believe it. I was so disappointed and spent the rest of the time trying to figure how they could justify only have 2 of Toni Morrison’s books in their collection.  Two years later and I till can’t figure it out.  But, don’t you just love the great picture of Morrison on the cover?  What expressive eyes!   What’s your most expensive book?


  1. Long before it was available (and popular) in the US, before it won any awards, and before it was optioned for a Made-for-TV movie; I stumbled across an international review of The Book of Negroes that made me want to read it immediately. I ordered it (hardback, Canadian dollars, full price) directly from the Canadian publisher and after taxes, international shipping and handling, I paid about $40-45 US for a first edition, hardback copy. I have no regrets…it’s one of my favorite historical fiction novels.


  2. Everyman Library tend to only publish a couple of the authors’ works in their editions, particularly when it’s a contemporary author. The Remains of The Day for instance, or Midnight’s Children. Sometimes they do a bind up of a handful of novels, but I don’t know of an instance where they publish an author’s entire bibliography unless in the white editions of older authors, which is annoying indeed! No doubt she will be published in the (expensive), but very high quality Library of America series in the distant future.


  3. I think my most expensive—and I’m sorry Didi but I must share two instead of one because they are both so awesome—are “coffee table” editions. One is Jennifer Dunning’s Geoffrey Holder A Life in Theater, Dance, and ART; and Reflections in Black A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present by Deborah Willis.


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