An author’s signature increases the value of a book. Signed first editions, especially by famous authors, can cost an arm and a leg (the Holy Grail of the moment is a signed first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, at £8,000 to £10,000), and while there are no hard and fast rules in book valuation, a signed copy is more valuable than an identical unsigned one.
For me though, the potential value of the book is secondary; the biggest thrill from getting a signed copy is being able to come into contact with the author (or illustrator) of the book, whether directly (through the rare book signings that happen in this part of the world) or indirectly (e.g. rummaging through the bargain bins and hitting paydirt!).
I don’t have a lot of signed copies, because there aren’t a lot of opportunities out here, especially with a shoestring budget, although there’s also the odd fortuitous discovery from the bargain bookstores.
Here are photos of some of my signed books:
Ricky Lee’s Para Kay B
Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado
Carlo Vergara’s Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah
Meg Cabot‘s Queen of Babble in the Big City
Art Spiegelman‘s Maus II
Jana Kolpen’s The Secrets of the Pistoulet, dedicated to Ed
David Wiesner‘s Flotsam
Salman Rushdie‘s The Moor’s Last Sigh
How about you, any signed books in your collection? :)