Invaluable (Dream) Book Collection


I was recently contacted by someone from (yes, I was surprised too!), an online auction house that offers a huge variety of collectibles, among them also antique books. They have asked me whether I would like to put together my very own literary dream collection and I kind of liked that idea. And who doesn’t like to browse through a site with unique, first editions and signed books? See, the thing is that I will probably never be able to get my hands on any of them in real life, but one can always dream. So, if I had the money and resources, these are the books I would like to have:

Anything Peter Pan or J.M. Barrie related

Lot 97: Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

I am a huge sucker for all things Peter Pan related. I have seen every movie adaptation that was even in the slightest bit derived from the original story and I really like the book as well. It would be beyond great to have a nice hardcover collectible version of it at home!

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

Lot 375: (BINDINGS – KELLIEGRAM.) Carroll, Lewis [Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge]. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

It’s no secret that I love Alice in Wonderland, but are you seeing that binding? Are you really looking at it? I mean really, really looking? It’s to die for!

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Lot 442: DICKENS, CHARLES. A Tale of Two Cities.

I’ll admit to wanting this for weird reasons. I’ve never gotten past the first paragraph with the edition I have at home, but I am hoping that with a rare edition like this I would feel more into it. It’s from the same time as Tessa Grey and Will Herondale (TMI) after all and that counts for something.

Jane Austen novels

Lot 267: Austen, Jane – 6 Volumes

I still haven’t read everything by Jane Austen, but I know that this particular collection is missing my favourite book of hers so far. A lot of people would probably go for Pride and Prejudice or Emma, but not me, I like Persuasion best.
I would love to have a shelf just with Austen’s books, but well, only if Persuasion is there as well.

I bet there are tons of more books I would want, but those are the ones that came to mind first. If you could have any book you like for your literary collection, what would it be? Leave a comment below and tell me!

18 thoughts on “Invaluable (Dream) Book Collection

  1. Since you’re a fan of Peter Pan, I’d highly recommend reading a book called Never Never by Brianna Shrum. It’s the backstory of James Hook and I loved it so much!

    These books are gorgeous! I’ve only read 2 Austen books, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility but I loved them both.

    Great post!

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    • I’ve heard mixed things about that book, but maybe I should check it out after all. I put myself on a book buying ban anyway, so it will have to wait either way I am afraid.
      Thanks so much for stopping by!


  2. What an awesome post, Kat! I would to totally go for the Austen rarities. Especially Persuasion (and Pride and Prejudice) as well! A Tale of Two Cities not so much. Even though I haven’t read that one, Great Expectations kind of has me turned off with Charles Dickens other work. Sorry! Maybe this’ll change one day! 😛 🙂

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