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PFC40 First Edition Books Index

Price performance of the world's 40 most popular first edition books, from 2004 to 2014

Brave New World first edition
Up 23.1% pa, Huxley’s Brave New World
has top performed since 2004

The PFC40 First Edition Books Index tracks the value of popular first edition fiction books that are regularly traded around the world.

Values shown are reflective of a good condition example with dust jacket - unless otherwise stated.

Summary:

The index is up 140.3% (9.2% per annum) between 2004 and 2014.

Aldous Huxley's Brave New World achieved the greatest percentage increase in value - up 700% between 2004 and 2014, or 23.1% per annum, from £500 to £4,000.

F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is the most valuable book in the top 40, at £90,000.

JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the best performing contemporary work - up 483.3% (19.3% per annum) to £17,500. 

Most valuable books

1.       F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby: £90,000

2.       James Joyce, Ulysses: £85,000

3.       Mary Shelley, Frankenstein: £75,000 

Best performing books between 2004-2014

1.       Aldous Huxley, Brave New World: up 23.1% per annum to £4,000

2.       JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: up 20.9% per annum to £30,000

3.       AA Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh: up 20.1% per annum to £2,500 

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2004-2014

Book 2004 (£) 2014 (£) 2004-2014 Inc Per annum
Jane Austen: Emma (1815) 8,000 12,000 50.0% 4.1%
L Frank Baum: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) 5,500 18,000 227.3% 12.6%
Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre (1847) 20,000 30,000 50.0% 4.1%
Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange (1962) 6,000 7,500 25.0% 2.3%
Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (second issue) (1865) 5,000 15,000 200.0% 11.6%
Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) 2,500 4,000 60.0% 4.8%
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (1843) 12,000 27,500 129.2% 8.7%
TS Eliot: The Waste Land (1922) 11,500 22,500 95.7% 6.9%
F Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (1925) 35,000 90,000 157.1% 9.9%
Ian Fleming: Casino Royale (1953) 16,000 45,000 181.3% 10.9%
EM Forster: A Passage to India (1924) 4,000 7,000 75.0% 5.8%
William Golding: Lord of the Flies (1954) 3,000 6,000 100.0% 7.2%
Kenneth Grahame: The Wind in the Willows (1908) 4,000 8,500 112.5% 7.8%
Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891) 2,000 4,000 100.0% 7.2%
Ernest Hemingway: For whom the bell tolls (1940) 6,250 9,000 44.0% 3.7%
Joseph Heller: Catch 22 (1961) 750 1,750 133.3% 8.8%
Aldous Huxley: Brave New World (1932) 500 4,000 700.0% 23.1%
James Joyce: Ulysses  (1922) 30,000 85,000 183.3% 11.0%
Jack Kerouac: On the Road (1957) 1,650 3,000 81.8% 6.2%
Stephen King: Carrie (1974) 900 1,250 38.9% 3.3%
CS Lewis: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) 4,000 7,500 87.5% 6.5%
George RR Martin: A Game of Thrones (signed) (1996) 200 750 275.0% 14.1%
AA Milne: Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) 400 2,500 525.0% 20.1%
John Milton: Paradise Lost (1667) 7,000 16,000 128.6% 8.6%
Margaret Mitchell: Gone with the Wind (1936) 6,500 8,000 23.8% 2.1%
LM Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables (1908) 8,250 14,000 69.7% 5.4%
George Orwell: 1984 (1949) 2,500 6,500 160.0% 10.0%
Edgar Alan Poe: Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840) 11,000 25,000 127.3% 8.6%
JK Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997) 3,000 17,500 483.3% 19.3%
Salman Rushdie: Midnight's Children (1980) 1,300 2,000 53.9% 4.4%
JD Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye (1951) 2,800 8,500 203.6% 11.7%
Dr Seuss: The Cat in the Hat (1957) 2,000 5,000 150.0% 9.6%
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein (1818) 30,000 75,000 150.0% 9.6%
John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath (1939) 1,750 3,750 114.3% 7.9%
JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955) 4,500 30,000 566.7% 20.9%
Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) 10,000 25,000 150.0% 9.6%
Evelyn Waugh: Sword of Honour trilogy (1952-1961) 400 750 87.5% 6.5%
HG Wells: The War of the Worlds (no dust jacket) (1898) 500 2,750 450.0% 18.6%
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)   1,750 3,750 114.3% 7.9%
Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse (1927) 2,750 6,000 118.2% 8.1%
         
  275,150 661,250 140.3% 9.2
Last updated: 2 December 2014