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Exhibitions & Galleries

Phyllis Oberman

 By Phyllis Oberman, Art Aficionado

New Year Miscellany

A countrywide collection of exhibitions to see and galleries and museums to visit starts 2018 with great gusto and something for everyone.

Exiles from War

Houses of Parliament, Sunlight Effect by Claude Monet


    Houses of Parliament, Sunlight
      Effect, 1903, by Claude Monet
     (1840-1926), Brooklyn Museum
                   of Art, New York


London was a haven for French Impressionist artists who fled their country during the Franco-Prussian war and subsequent upheavals in Paris between 1870 and 1904. This influx not only of painters, but also art teachers, patrons and art dealers led to a greatly enhanced and vibrant art scene in London.

The French artists worked mostly in London and the South East of England and many of their British works are on display in this new exhibition.

St Anne's Church, Kew

    St Anne's Church, Kew, London
         1892 by Camille Pissarro
     (1830-1903), Private Collection


Tate Britain beside the the Thames in London, hosts this special show of over 100 works by artists including Monet, Pissarro, Derain and Sisley – The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870-1904).

The exhibition runs until 29th April and concessionary tickets are available.

For details visit www.tate.org.uk 

          New Art Gallery Opens

Off the Way by Bob Olley


     Off the Way by Bob Olley, 2000
Gemini Collection - Zurburan Trust


The Mining Art Gallery has opened in historic Bishop Auckland – the first ever to celebrate the art produced by miners from the North East, Yorkshire and Wales and elsewhere in the UK. When this important industry was at its peak it employed over one million men.

Marras 1957 by Ted Holloway

       Marras 1957 by Ted Holloway
 Gemini Collection - Zurbaran Trust

At the heart of this new gallery is a collection documenting the history of mining known as The Gemini Collection gathered by Dr Robert McManners,OBE, and Gillian Wales over a number of years. It contains 450 artworks – paintings, drawings and prints.

Whilst some art from the Victorian period showed miners in romanticised settings, the new gallery displays works by miners themselves that show a more realistic view of their hard and dangerous work.

Concessionary tickets are available and more information about The Auckland Project, of which The Mining Art Gallery is a part, can be seen at www.aucklandcastle.org

Portraits by the Master

Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906) was described by Picasso and Matisse as 'the father of us all'. An outstanding display of his portraits painted throughout his life can be seen until 11th February, 2018 at London's National Portrait Gallery.

This is the first show devoted exclusively to his portraits drawn from collections around the world.

Self Portrait in a Bowler Hat

       Self Portrait in a Bowler Hat
             1885-6: Ny Carlsberg
          Glypotek, Copenhagen


Possibly more famous for his landscapes and still life paintings, Cézanne painted nearly 200 portraits during his life including 26 self-portraits and 29 of his wife, Hortense.

None of his portraits were commissions so it is possible to see how his life developed via these pictures of his family, and people who worked for him.

Madame Cézanne Sewing by Paul Cézanne

          Madame Cézanne Sewing
            by Paul Cézanne, 1877
      National Museum Stockholm


This show is a cooperative effort between London's National Portrait Gallery, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and has already been seen at the Musée d'Orsay. It opens in Washington on 25th March, 2018.

For further information about the show click on www.npg.org.uk

Concessionary tickets are available. Exhibition closes on 11th February 2018.

York's Historic Finds on Show

Escrick Ring (AD 440-600)


         Escrick Ring (AD 440-600)
   gold and large central sapphire


Rare and precious medieval discoveries have gone on display at the Yorkshire Museum.

York was the capital of Northern England for a thousand years surviving invasions from the Angles, the Vikings and Normans. Medieval York: Capital of the North tells the story of this city through these periods and on through the Medieval and Tudor periods.

Stained Glass Roundel depicting a King (AD 1335 - 1350)

   Stained Glass Roundel depicting
           a King (AD 1335 – 1350)


Wonderful finds from archaeological digs and from efforts of metal detectorists are on show in their restored state. One fascinating exhibit is The Ryther Hoard of 817 silver coins from the 1480's found in North Yorkshire on the land of Sir Robert Ryther.

The Ryther Hoard (AD 1485 – 1490)

The Ryther Hoard (AD 1485 – 1490)

Entrance to this special display is free with an admission ticket to the museum.

For full details of tickets, activities at the museum and other events visit the website at www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Votes for Women - Untold Story

A new display at The Museum of London opening on 2nd February, 2018 highlights the Suffragettes who fought to gain the vote and whose stories have been somewhat forgotten over the years.

Drawing on its collection of Suffragette material – the largest in the world – the Museum of London display shows how this movement affected British political life between 1903 and 1914. It will also screen a newly commissioned film based entirely on the museum's unique collection.

 Holloway Medal Presented to Emmeline Pankhurst, 1912

        Holloway Medal Presented
     to Emmeline Pankhurst, 1912


Some of the ordeals the Suffragettes suffered seem hard to believe today. Emily Willoughby Marshall, who was arrested six times, was imprisoned for throwing a potato at the window of the then Home Secretary Winston Churchill.

Winifride Mary Rix, who had a 12-year-old daughter, was given two months hard labour for breaking a War Office window and Janie Terrero was jailed for 4 months for breaking windows. She was forcibly fed when she went on hunger strike.

Entrance to the Museum of London is free.

Further information and details of special events linked to this display are available from www.museumoflondon.org.uk  

Life in Colour

Emil Nolde: Self Portrait, 1917


     Emil Nolde: Self Portrait, 1917
         © Nolde Stiftung Seebŭll


He was branded 'degenerate' by Hitler's Nazi regime yet he kept on producing his wonderfully vibrant paintings on tiny easily-hidden pieces of paper.

The National Gallery of Art in Dublin launches Emil Nolde: Colour is Life on 14th February 2018. This large exhibition is a joint effort between the Dublin museum, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and the Emil Nolde Foundation in Seebȕll, Germany.

 Emil Nolde; Young Couple, 1913

        Emil Nolde; Young Couple
           1913, colour lithograph
         © Nolde Stiftung Seebŭll


Nolde (1867-1956) loved painting landscapes, seascapes, portraits and rural life and was skilled at woodblock printing. When he was forbidden by the Nazis to work as a professional artist in 1941 he secretly produced many tiny 'unpainted pictures' (as he called them) in watercolour on paper intending to transfer the images to larger scale oil paintings. A good selection of these works can also be seen in this remarkable show.

Emil Nolde: Large Poppies

       Emil Nolde: Large Poppies
            (Red Red Red), 1946
       © Nolde Stiftung Seebŭll

The Dublin gallery has recently re-opened after substantial refurbishment providing light and space to display the permanent collection and the Nolde exhibition at its best.

The exhibition continues until 10th June, 2018 when it will move to The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh opening on 14th July.

For further details including concessionary ticket prices visit the website at www.nationalgallery.ie    

Favourite Gallery or Museum

If you have a favourite local art gallery or museum that you would like to share with Sixtyplusurfers readers, please send the details to Phyllis Oberman care of Sixtyplusurfers to: jennyitz@hotmail.com

Please mark your email favourite art gallery and museum for Phyllis Oberman's column.
 

Retirement & Hobbies

Academy Award Winning Film Inspires Global Community Franchise

Driving Miss Daisy was launched in 2014

Driving Miss Daisy, a community companion service which launched in the UK in 2014, has already marked its 30th franchise. Synonymous with and inspired by the Academy Award winning film, which featured Morgan Freeman as a driver for his elderly client, the Driving Miss Daisy idea originated in Canada with just a single vehicle, now developing in to a global franchise.

UK Founder, Paul Nuth says, “I’m delighted that Driving Miss Daisy has celebrated its thirtieth UK franchise. We’ve transported children, the elderly and even pets, as our spacious cars can accommodate pushchairs, wheelchairs and even folding mobility scooters. All of our drivers are qualified first aiders and we are presently engaging in dementia and Alzheimer's awareness courses.”

One of the key reasons behind why Driving Miss Daisy has been so well received by the elderly and those that care for them, is that their companion drivers give clients back their independence in a reliable, safe and secure environment. The ethos behind their service is ‘We’re family when family can’t be there’ which is invaluable in the UK’s current overstretched climate.

Driving Miss Daisy vehicles are adorned with the daisy symbol

Their fleet of specialist vehicles are adorned with the brand’s daisy symbol and the drivers are affectionately known as ‘Daisies’. With franchises ranging from the North of the UK, right down to the South coast, Driving Miss Daisy have gained numerous glowing testimonies to their trusted service. Paul goes on to say, “So many families have grown to trust the service with their loved ones, knowing we will go the extra mile.”

Just like the 1989 film, which received critical acclaim for its portrayal of a working relationship built on trust, the Driving Miss Daisy brand enables people in their local communities to lead more fulfilling lives, through the provision of companionship, transport and social engagement. With the Alzheimer’s Organisation predicting that the number of people with dementia in the UK is forecast to increase to over 1 million by 2025 (as a worst case scenario) and with 40% of people suffering not living as well as they could, Driving Miss Daisy continues to work towards bridging this chasm by changing clients’ lives through the bespoke tailored services they offer.

The Daisy team receive enquiries for additional UK franchises on a daily basis, as there is a growing demand for this quality of service in the UK. Driving Miss Daisy provides new franchisees with an ideal client base to grow a thriving and profitable business, whilst embracing the brand’s vision and passion.

Driving Miss Daisy

For more information about using the community service visit http://drivingmissdaisy.co.uk

And for franchise opportunities please go to www.beadaisy.co.uk

 

     Snowdrop Walk at
Hever Castle & Gardens
 


Snowdrop walk at Hever Castle & Gardens

A heavenly carpet of snowdrops will provide a magical trail for visitors to follow at Hever Castle & Gardens during February 2018. Around 70,000 snowdrop bulbs have been planted in the Gardens over the past few years including a mix of single and double snowdrops, interspersed with some unusual varieties such as the yellow tipped ‘Wendy’s Gold’, a giant galanthus called ‘Colossus’ which at 9 inches is one of the tallest snowdrops you can find and Galanthus ‘Green Brush’ with its unusual green tipped flowers.

Visitors to the childhood home of Anne Boleyn are being urged to wrap up warm and enjoy an exhilarating walk through the extensive grounds which were transformed by William Waldorf Astor at the turn of the 20th century.

Snowdrop walk at Hever Castle & Gardens

Head gardener Neil Miller says, “We have planted some exciting varieties in the last few years including Galanthus Athenae - one of the earliest to flower, usually by the end of November, Galanthus Magnet, Galanthus Viridapice and Galanthus Picatus warham.”

The more energetic visitor can also take the peaceful one hour Hever Lake Walk which takes the visitor around the perimeter of the 38 acre lake.

The Winter Garden opposite Half Moon Lawn has been rejuvenated in recent years with specialist snowdrop bulbs planted among the winter flowering shrubs such as Daphne and Viburnum, Dogwood and orange Witch Hazel.

Snowdrop walk at Hever Castle & Gardens

Neil Miller’s team have also planted around 500 bulbs of early flowering daffodil Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation in the Anne Boleyn’s Orchard and Castle borders which flowers from November to February. Unlike the small early flowering varieties, this daffodil has larger windmill-style flowers and can reach 35cm in height.

Snowdrop walk at Hever Castle & Gardens

Discover the delights of a late winter walk through drifts of snowdrops in the February Half Term - from 10th February. Suitable footwear such as Wellington boots or walking boots is recommended as the ground may be boggy in places.


For more information about Hever Castle visit the website at www.hevercastle.co.uk
 

Wild Photography Holidays for 2018

Take stunning photographs in beautiful locations with Wild Photography Holidays

    Take home more than just memories

Make 2018 the year to focus on learning a new skill, with a range of tempting new trips from specialist operator Wild Photography Holidays. These small group departures not only take guests to some of the world’s most spectacular and photogenic landscapes, but help to ensure they return with more than just memories offering expert, personalised photographic tuition suitable for all experience levels. Among the trips introduced for 2018 are the seascapes of northern Spain, Slovenia’s Julian Alps in the autumn and undiscovered south India, alongside a show-stopping itinerary in Iceland.

Wild Photography Holidays is a family-run operator that has offered group departures for newbies and experienced photographers alike since 2010. With 24 different trips to Europe, Greenland, Iceland, India and the UK their holidays are renowned for taking guests to little-visited (or photographed) locations and for the quality of their tuition, advising both while in the field and in post-production. The operator can also offer bespoke trips on a tailor-made basis.

New for 2018

Northern Lights, Waterfalls and Game of Thrones Locations

See the Northern Lights


Far off the country’s well-trodden tourist trail, this new itinerary takes guests to Iceland’s frozen north, an area home to a diverse range of photographic locations. Photographers will be able to capture Goðafoss, one of Iceland’s most fabulous waterfalls, the otherworldly lava formations at Dimmuborgir and the dancing light show of the Aurora Borealis, most striking in this northern region.


There will also be visits to many locations from the hit HBO show Game of Thrones, including the subterranean geothermal cave visited by Jon and Ygritte. Guests stay in cosy cottages on the shores of Lake Mývatn, and are hosted by Charlotte and Niall Benvie, Niall a first-rate photographic tutor and Charlotte a fabulous chef and chocolatier.

See and photograph beautiful waterfalls with Wild Photography Holidays

Price: from £2,700pp, including 7 nights’ full board accommodation, transfers, photography tuition and internal flights. No single supplement. Departs 21st January and 28th January 2018.

Wild Seascapes of North Spain

Cudillero in Spain

The whole of north Spain’s Asturian and Galician coast is littered with outstanding sea-landscapes comprising wild beaches, fabulous rock formations, sea stacks, arches, caves and turquoise seas. The ever-changing light and swirling patterns of the ocean make these seascapes a photographer’s dream.

There is also the opportunity for macro photography, capturing the springtime flowers that carpet the sea cliffs, and also the faded, ‘old world’ charms of the coastal villages. This is a three-centre holiday, staying for four nights in Cudillero, two in Luarca and two near to Ribadeo in Galicia.

Enjoy the beauty of North Spain with Wild Photography Holidays

Price: from £2,100pp sharing, including 8 nights’ all-inclusive accommodation, transfers and photography tuition. Single supplement £150. Departs 19th April 2018.

Himalayan Peaks & the Source of the Ganges - Indian Photographic Trek

Join this two-week photographic expedition and follow a classic trail the spectacular scenery of the India Himalayas

Join this two-week photographic expedition and follow a classic trail the spectacular scenery of the India Himalayas. Beginning in Delhi, guests first join the throngs of pilgrims en route to the source of the Ganges. These chaotic, colourful celebrations will provide excellent opportunities for portraits and candid photography.

Then, leaving the crowds behind, photographers ascend to the high Himalayan meadows, surrounded on all sides by breath-taking lofty peaks. Here, highlights will include a traverse of the Gamukh Glacier and climbing through pine forest to the alpine plateau of Bhujbasa, with staggering views of Shivling perhaps the Himalaya’s most spectacular peak.

Join this two-week photographic expedition and follow a classic trail the spectacular scenery of the India Himalayas

Price: from £2,300pp sharing, including 16 nights’ all-inclusive accommodation, transfers and transport, local guide and photography tuition. Single supplement £200. Departs 9th May 2018.

Slovenia: Autumn Colours and Misty Lakes

Photograph the autumn scenes in Slovenia


Based in the heart of the Triglav National Park, this week-long tour showcases the scenery of Slovenia. Highlights include the rising fog on Lake Bohinj, its shores fringed by beech woodlands; the turquoise waters and carved limestone of the Soča River.

Photograph the autumn scenes in Slovenia

Price: from £2,100pp sharing, including 7 nights’ all-inclusive accommodation, transfers and photography tuition. Departs 13th October.

Also New:

North West Iceland’s Midsummer Birds & Landscapes Workshop: 10 nights from £3,250pp sharing, departing 28th May 2018.

East Iceland’s Midsummer Landscapes, Birds and Fjords Workshop: 11 nights from £3,150pp sharing, departing 9th June 2018.

Forgotten Spain: Mountains, Villages and Autumn Colours: 8 nights from £2,300pp sharing, departing 5th November 2018.

France: Rural Burgundy Life & Food Photography: 7 nights from £2,400pp departing 22nd September 2018.

For more information on Wild Photography Holidays, visit www.wildphotographyholidays.com   
 

  Sixtyplusurfers Competition

  Win Animal Bingo
  and a Jigsaw from
 Alzheimer's Society


Win Animal Bingo from Alzheimer's Society


Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Alzheimer's Society to offer one lucky reader the chance to win Animal Bingo and four runners up will win a Jigsaw Puzzle.

Animal Bingo

Animal audio bingo is a fun game that is accessible for those at early and later stages of dementia. This can help to improve cognitive function, encourage conversation and help to improve communication. £29.99/VAT relief price £24.99.

13 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Win a 13 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle from Alzheimer's Society


All of the 13 piece puzzles can be assembled within a frame and on a specially printed backing board that is designed to help you complete the puzzle. Landscape choices include Orient Express, Sheep Dog, Curious Cat and Coastal Path. £11.99/VAT relief price £9.99.

Alzheimer's Society Products

Alzheimer’s Society offers a host of products to help those living with dementia, no matter what stage they are at in their journey. These aids can help with daily tasks, supporting people with dementia to remain independent and live well.


Some of these products are also designed to be used with someone else, whether that be a carer, family member or friend, making sure that that important connection with loved ones and everyday life is maintained.

Other products in the range include:

Simple Music Player

Simple Music Playerfrom Alzheimer's Society


Music and emotion are linked in a powerful way. Music can help people living with dementia express feelings and ideas, connect with others around them, reduce social isolation, as well as providing great enjoyment.

The simple music player is easy to use, with a large button to skip to the next song, and a lid which automatically plays music when lifted. It can be easily set by friends, family or carers. Available in red, green and walnut. Red or green £99.99/VAT relief price £83.32. And Walnut £141.99/VAT relief price £118.33.

Day and night clock

Day and Night Clock from Alzheimer's Society


A very popular orientation tool, the day and night clock features day and night illustrations that rotate with the hour hand, displaying a sun picture for daytime and moon picture for night time. It comes with easy to read ‘Day’ and ‘Night’ headings and subheadings of ‘Morning’, ‘Afternoon’, ‘Evening’ and ‘Night’. Battery is included. Diameter is 310mm. £29.99/VAT relief price £24.99

Big button phone

Big button phone from Alzheimer's Society


Having access to a phone can be a lifeline for many living with dementia. Whether this be for speaking to loved ones, communicating with the local community or accessing medical help.

This phone is easy to use, with large buttons, adjustable volume, and the option to call loved ones by pressing on a picture of them. £34.99/ VAT relief price £29.16

Scentscapes

Scentscapes from Alzheimer's Society


Scentscapes have been designed especially for people living with dementia as a multi-sensory activity. Play the sounds whilst smelling the scents for a unique experience designed to stimulate happy memories. Options include Tool Shed Scentscape, In The Garden Scentscape, and At Home Scentscape. £22.50/VAT relief price £18.75.

All products are available to buy now from alzheimers.org.uk/shop, with all proceeds go to helping fight dementia.

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 Discover Treasures
     in your Trash

        
Your old books may be valuable

Britons are throwing away valuables because they fail to spot recognise treasures in their trash, an expert has warned.

Harsha Rathnayake of rubbish removers
Junk Hunters  says Brits could be discarding small fortunes with their rubbish – so he’s given some pointers on identifying precious goods.

Over the past decade, the
Junk Hunters  team has made some remarkable finds in Britain’s refuse, including a first edition Charles Dickens novella, Louis Vuitton handbags, working MacBooks and even wads of money.

Now, Mr Rathnayake has given advice to people to help them spot potential goldmines before discarding them with the rubbish.

He has created some guidelines to help see whether a book, painting or item of jewellery or furniture might be worth getting valued.

Mr Rathnayake says, “I shudder to think what priceless treasures are languishing under tons of rubbish in landfill because people didn’t realise they were valuable.

“You wouldn’t believe some of the things we’ve been called to haul away at Junk Hunters – a first edition Dickens book, Louis Vuittons, historical statues, precious metal, a valuable snooker table and more.

“The information we’ve put together won’t make you an expert in recognising antiques or valuable items, but it’ll give you an idea of whether it’s worth getting it appraised before you chuck it out.”

How to be a treasure hunter

Books

Check the copyright in your book to see if it's a true first edition

It is difficult to define a true first edition, as there is debate over whether second printings of original editions, or publishers that were not the very first to release the book, would qualify.

Check to see if the dates on the copyright and title pages match; if they do, it is probably a first edition.

Look at the number line on the copyright page; it may not look as if it makes much sense, but if it contains a 1, it could be a first edition.

Author signatures, surviving dust jackets and good overall condition all add to the value of a book.

Jewellery

Use a loupe to look for hallmarks on the inside, clasp or post; these will tell you about the origin and manufacturer of the jewellery, and its composition.

Very old jewellery may not have a hallmark or it could have worn off. If there is no hallmark but the jewellery appears old, it is worth getting it appraised.

Clasps and fittings for earrings and brooches are a good indication of age; look online for diagrams of clasps from various periods.

Try holding or weighing the jewellery; precious metals are heavier.

Paintings

Use a magnifying glass to see if you have a painting or a print


Use a magnifying glass to see if it is a painting or a print. Paintings are more valuable, but prints can still be worth something, especially if they are limited edition.

Look at the stretcher – the four wooden bars on the back, around which the canvas is wrapped – for information about a painting’s history, owners and previous selling prices.

Check whether the canvas is attached to the stretcher by nails or staples; staples replaced nails at around 1940, so this can help you date the painting.

If you find staples, compare the apparent ages of the wood and canvas, as some paintings were detached and placed on new stretchers later.

Do not remove a painting from its frame. This can devalue or damage it, and the frame itself may be valuable too.

Furniture

You can’t tell at first glance whether furniture is antique, as many modern pieces are replicas of older styles.

You may find labels or marks on the inside of drawers, the back or the lower edges, which tell you about the style or maker.

Look at the joinery; handmade dovetails will be less even and fewer in number, and suggest an older piece.

Rungs, spindles and slats can be a clue; in an older, handmade piece, these will not all match each other perfectly in shape and size.

For more information about Junk Hunters click on www.junkhunters.co.uk
 

  Harry Potter Books
   May be Worth 50K


Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone


An online antique marketplace has revealed a list of the most valuable books the public may have at home, commissioning an expert to outline what you should look for when investing in collectible books. First editions or a full set of volumes can command the highest prices, as well as those that were manufactured as a one-off - with a special version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone coming out on top.

An antiques website has partnered with a book expert to compile a list of the most valuable antique books that exist and could be owned by members of the public, along with what price they currently command in the market.

Antique website LoveAntiques.com has created the list with Matthew Haley, director and head of books and manuscripts at Bonhams, with a set of guidelines for prospective book collectors.

The 10 most valuable books are:

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997), J.K. Rowling – £50,000

2. The Hobbit (1937), J.R.R. Tolkien – £40,000

3. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901), Beatrix Potter – £35,000

4. A Christmas Carol (1843), Charles Dickens – £15,000

5. The four Winnie-the-Pooh books (1924-1928), A.A. Milne – from £4,000-10,000

6. Eleven Poems (1965), Seamus Heaney – £3,500

7. Foundation trilogy (1951-1953), Isaac Asimov – £3,000 +

8. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906), Arthur Rackham-illustrated – £2,500 +

9. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1921), Agatha Christie – £2,000

10. Verve, 1950s art magazine – £1,500 +

For the full list of the 20 most valuable antique books and the expert’s set of investor guidelines visit www.loveantiques.com

The full list includes details which the books must have to command the highest prices, for example for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to be worth £50,000 it must be a hardback and have a series of numbers running from 10 down to 1 on the back of the title page. If The Hobbit is a first edition, in perfect condition and has a typo corrected by hand on the back, it is worth £40,000.

Antique book prices can vary based on the overall condition of the book and the packaging that it’s in. In the set of investor guidelines, Matthew Haley states that the condition and completeness of the book is paramount, and any damage such as missing title pages or spine, could decrease the value of the collectable by a hundredth of what a collector would pay for it, compared to if it were in mint condition.

The guidelines also advise to keep the dust jackets for the books – most 20th century books need to have their original dust-jacket to be of collectable value. Although there are always exceptions, for example the first printed edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone did not have a dust-jacket. Prospectus collectors can check for first editions by identifying if the book has the correct year on the front of the title page, and no mentions of any other editions or impressions on the back.

For details visit www.loveantiques.com