If you’ve been digging around your sofa for a few extra quid and had no luck – maybe you should try your bookcase instead.
We’ve all heard of coins that are worth a fair few pennies more than the original value, but what about our beloved paper (and hard) backs?
Oxbridge Home Learning have revealed a number of classic books that you might be lucky enough to have lying around or as a coffee table stabiliser, that could actually be worth a small fortune.
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On March 21, 2021 they explained: “We have undertaken in-depth research to reveal some of the most valuable books that are likely to be hiding in UK collections.
“We firstly based our research on a list of the most valuable books that are likely to be lying around your home, compiled by Matthew Haley, the Director and Head of Books & Manuscripts at Auction House, Bonhams.
“We then analysed the valuations of these books across a variety of recognised book sellers, including John Atkinson Books, Peter Harrington, Jonkers, Biblio, and Abe Booksm, in order to establish exactly what kind of money each title could be worth.”
Here’s what they came up with:
1) The Hobbit (1937)
If you have a first, second, or second revised edition of the classic fantasy story, The Hobbit, you could be sitting on a fortune.
Research has shown that copies of this book can reach up to almost £10,000 in value.
- Second revised edition (1951) – valued at £5,000
- First US Edition (1938) – valued at £9,000
- First Edition, Fourth Impression (1946) – valued at £9,995
2) Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone (1997)
The first story in the infamous series of Harry Potter books was released in 1997, and has since gained worldwide notoriety.
If you have one of the original versions, it could be worth a staggering £95,000.
- First Paperback Edition first impression (1997) – £30,000
- True First Hardcover Edition (1997) – £95,000
3) The Cat in the Hat (1957)
Most adults will have happy memories of reading the Dr Seuss stories as children, with their whimsical rhymes and magical illustrations.
It might be time to make a new memory, as a hardback first edition of The Cat in the Hat could get you a staggering £13,000, depending on the condition of your copy.
- First Edition (1957) – valued at £13,300
4) The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Sherlock Holmes stories have been re-imagined numerous times to bring them into the modern day, making them a household favourite for many families.
For anyone who read the classic stories as a child (or an adult), it could be a good idea to rummage for your copies of the books, as first editions of The Hound of the Baskervilles can get up to £9,000.
- True First Issue (1902) – £2,750
- First Edition, first impression (1902) – £3,000
- Hardcover First Edition (1902) – £9,000
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5) The Jungle Book & Second Jungle Book (1894-5)
The original stories that Disney based their well loved movie on are filled with magic and wonder. First editions can reach up to almost £7,000 in value.
- First edition, first printing (1894) – £3,500
- Hardback first edition (1894) – £6,650
6) The Winnie the Pooh Collection (1924-28)
Before Disney’s version became the more well known image of Winnie the Pooh, the A.A. Milne stories were some of the most popular to read to children.
Do you remember reading the original stories and poems from the classic Winnie the Pooh collections?
If so, check your bookshelves, as the full collection of four books (Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, and Now We Are Six) could be worth around £17,500.
- Full Collection – First Editions (1924 – 28) – £17,500
- Winnie the Pooh (single book) – First Edition (1926) – £5,000
7) A Christmas Carol (1843)
We all know the tale of Scrooge and the three Christmas Ghosts, but did you know how valuable the original editions of Charles Dickens’ iconic novel are?
A true first edition will get up to £33,000 with specialist sellers.
- Second US Edition (1844) – £8,750
- True First edition, first printing (1843) – £33,000
- Hardback First edition, first issue (1843) – £12,500
8) Squirrel Nutkin (1901)
The charming illustrations of Beatrix Potter have been winning the hearts of children for over 120 years, with Gloucester even providing the inspiration for her story ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’.
The inspiration for this which, came in May 1894 when Beatrix Potter was staying with her cousin, Caroline Hutton.
Whilst at the Hutton’s home, Harescombe Grange, which lies five miles south of Gloucester, Caroline told Beatrix the curious tale of a local Tailor, John Pritchard.
But did you know that her other story ‘Squirrel Nutkin’ could reach nearly £5000 at market?
- First UK Edition (1903) – £1,500
- First edition first impression (1903) – £2,000
- First Trade Edition (Deluxe Binding) (1903) – £4,500
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9) The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901)
Another beautiful classic from Beatrix Potter, this one can reach almost £15,000 for a hardback first edition and first printing.
- First UK Edition (1903) – £1,500
- First Deluxe Issue (1907) – £2,500
- First trade edition, deluxe issue – £12,500
- Hardback First edition first printing – £14,700