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    Book collections

    I know we have talked about books, and about collections, but I don't know that we've done "what books we collect".

    I could shoot myself for trashing some of the stuff I had (like a complete collection of Peanuts books from the '60's...)

    I still have all my Nancy Drew, Bobbsey Twins, and Hardy Boys.

    As an adult, I don't collect anything classic. Got all the Elizabeth Peters Egypt series, all the Clive Cusslers, Edgar Rice Burroughs. Beyond that, a bunch of autographed tomes from book conventions.

    I get the impression from the "what are we reading right now" thread that some of ya'll have some pretty extensive collections. What are they?

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    Hmm....

    I have most of the H.P. Lovecraft books and short stories. If I ever have money, I would like to buy first editions When I was in London there were soooo many antique book dealers and soooo little money in my wallet to go crazy I've never seen more dealers in any other city I've visited.
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    Don't really "collect" books as collectables per se. However, I do enjoy buying nice architecture coffee table books.

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    complete robert heinlein library, including books that have been reissued with other titles(ie 6XH = Waldo and Company)

    near complete phillipm jose farmer collection. he renamed way too many books and did short runs on alot too.

    near complete vonnnegut collection

    near complete douglas coupland

    near complete hunter s thompson collection. small run books are hard to find.

    complete spider robinson

    I am obsessive if I like an author.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    The Bloom County books
    Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy books
    Used to collect Larry Nivens books. At tone time, had all the Known Space books
    Becoming Alien trilogy
    The wife collects books about antiques, esp dolls.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    I don't collect books as a hobby so much as I collect works written by certain authors because I happen to enjoy reading them (and have a hard time getting rid of them once I've read them - particularly if it was a good book - I guess that might be how alot of 'collectors' start)

    - Have everything Tolkien (and his son) wrote
    - Most of Patrick O'brien's fiction
    - Have hard copy of every National Geographic issue since 1954 (and everything since the very beginning on disk)
    - CS Lewis Narnia collection
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    I've got pretty big collections of surrealist fiction and japanese fiction. A lot of scifi too, but I don't try to be completist about most scifi authors - too many have short stories scattered about and a couple of bum books even when the main body of their work is terrific. I do have most of Steven Brust, Lois McMaster Bujold, Robert Asprin, Asimov, Clarke, Stephenson, Gaiman, and Pratchett. Also Piers Anthony, Anne McCaffrey, and Mercedes Lackey from when I was a kid that I just haven't brought myself to pass on yet . . . I tend to lend those out and not worry about it if they don't come back.

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    Im not a compleatist - I don't have any authors complete works, assuming they published more than three. There are a number of authors I have 5+ books
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    Katherine Kerr
    David Brin
    George R.R. Martin
    Julin May
    David Eddings (first 2 series ony)
    Gary Gygax

    My largest collection is partially because my wife and I both collect him:
    Terry Prattchet - (15+)

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    My Grandfather gave me his complete set of the Harvard Classics.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I
    - Have everything Tolkien (and his son) wrote
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    I dunno. I've been collecting Tolkien since the '60's, you must have just been a twinkle in your mom's eye. Bet I win. hehehehehe......

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