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How about First Editions? Are they something special? Or “just another book” to you?
All books are special to me, even the older ones that aren’t even first editions, but there’s always something extra special about a first edition. I was given one as a present several years ago of The Queen of The Damned by Anne Rice and since then I have started a little mini collection.
I have a lot of first editions, but I treat them the same as most of my other books, it’s a select few that have a special place. They’re usually ones by certain authors or of a particular subject or if they have an unusual cover.
However I’m not going to go out of my way to buy a first edition for a ridiculous amount of money or venerate one in a display case more so because it is a first edition. If I came across a book in a display case that was old, it wouldn’t matter to me if it was a first edition or not, because I think all books are beautiful in some way and I don’t care how corny that sounds.