Hits & Misses, Revisiting Past Recommendations, pt 2

For those of you who missed "part 1," you can revel in my humbling record of predictions, here. (There are a couple of "misses," but I didn't do too badly - the lesson, however, is to get signed copies).

These are titles that I recommended back in August 2011, as always, we're talking about first printings (unless otherwise noted) in Fine or Near Fine condition. Prices reflect listings over at Abebooks.com at the time of this posting and are meant to be indicative of book values:


The Quantum Thief  by Hannu Rajaniemi
(Gollancz, London, 2010)

First true edition
First print run: low (see below)
Hardcover
Orig. price: £-

:: According to one seller on ABE, the absolute first UK printing was "quickly withdrawn as [the] true first printing had no dedication page at the front and no acknowledgements page at the rear. This was quickly corrected except for those few from that very small print run which had already been released." The second printing was also low.

:: This is Rajaniemi's debut novel.

Signed: first/firsts $400 - $750; 2nd printings list up to $350
Unsigned: (no firsts / firsts listed); 2nd printings listing for $125


The Quantum Thief  by Hannu Rajaniemi
(Tor Books, 2011) - U.S. edition

First print run: 25,000
Hardcover
Orig. price: $24.99


Signed: up to $140
Unsigned: $66 - $75



The Map of Time by Felix Palma
(Atria Books, June 28, 2011)

First print run: Not listed
Hardcover
Orig. price: $26.00

The first true, English-language edition is the US edition. 
This was his US debut. It received starred Booklist, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal reviews.

Signed: No signed copies were listed over at Abebooks.com
Unsigned: $60 - $80


Red on Red by Edward Conlon
(Spiegel & Grau, 2011)

First print run: 50,000
Hardcover
Orig. price: $-

This is Conlon's debut novel.  Although it got great reviews, it never really caught on.

Signed: $36 - $65
Unsigned: $25


1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 
(Harvill Secker, October 18, 2011 and October 25, 2011)

First print run: Not listed
Hardcover, two book set
Orig. price: £-

:: UK editions were published as a two book set; The first book published on October 18, the second was released a week later when the US edition is released. (Japanese and Chinese editions were published in a three book set).

Signed: $300 - $500
Unsigned: up to $150

*There was also a "red edged" limited edition of 1,500 published by Harvill Secker
Signed: $400
Unsigned: up to $180


1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 
(Knopf, October 25, 2011) - US edition

First print run: Not listed
Hardcover
Orig. price: $30.50

Signed: No signed copies listed
Unsigned: up to $150

*There was also a limited, signed edition of 100 copies made available through a lottery by the publisher. The author's signature appears on a tipped-in page that is also stamped by the publisher. These list for up to $850.



The Submission by Amy Waldman
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, August 16, 2011)

First printing: 100,000
Orig. price: $-

It received starred reviews from everyone: Booklist, Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, but as a collectible it's fallen a bit short.

Signed: $50 - $100
Unsigned: $15 - $20




The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
(Doubleday, September 13, 2011)

First printing: 125,000 [Goodreads]
Orig. price: $26.95

Starred reviews from everyone: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, Booklist. The collectibility on this one is higher, especially if you have a signed copy. There are also limited editions out there (specifically the Indiespensable edition in a custom slipcase, from Powell's)

Signed: $125 - $400
Unsigned: $80 - $90

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