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Hello Tony

  I recently found a copy of J.D Salinger's The Catcher in The Rye. It was hidden behind an attic hatch in my home. It has a copyright of 1945,1946,1951 by J.D.Salinger. At the bottom of the same page it says Printed and Bound in Canada. T.H. Best Printing Co. Limited Toronto. I believe it is then a first edition but has no dust jacket. I was wondering if you think it is worth any value?


Dear Michael,

The 'Best Printing' edition is I think the first Book Club edition, in Canada. There are various states of the dust-wrapper, so hard to determine exactly which issue you have.  A fine copy with dust-wrapper may cost around $300 or so, but most of the value is in the wrapper I'm afraid.

Like this, it would not command anything like that figure.

best wishes


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With over 30 years of experience I can assist with questions on most subjects relating to book collecting, and antiquarian books. I specialise in books on the arts, literature, gardening, architecture, travels to Italy and France, as well as manuscripts and documents.


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