Wednesday, March 23, 2022

555. Pricing a Copy of A House of Pomegranates

Last week I wrote about a podcast on YouTube that had been available for some time, but there is also a more recent contribution that has to do with Ricketts and Shannon. In a series of videos on rare book profit margins, American dealer Adam Weinberger talks about three books including, most recently, a copy of Oscar Wilde's A House of Pomegranates (1891). The New York rare bookdealer explains he has acquired the Wilde book at auction, and paid around $700.  

Watch the video Rare Book Profit Margins by Adam Weinberger on YouTube.

Adam Weinberger discussing A House of Pomegranates

His brief explanation starts at 11.03 minutes from the beginning and lasts several minutes.

He says that these days one has to pay between $600 and $900 for a copy at auction. He bought this particular copy for about $700. In determining the selling price, he took into account the prices of other dealers, but he feels that he cannot go higher than $1400, a 100% profit margin (before deducting all kinds of additional costs).

Adam Weinberger
discussing A House of Pomegranates

The book cannot be found on his website, so we can assume that it has been sold.

There are several bookplates, one of which was made for Roy Norr from New York. Designed by Elisha Brown Bird (1867-1943), it dates from around 1910. Norr's collection was sold through Parke-Bernet Galleries in February 1956. 

Another copy with a bookplate of Roy Norr is part of the collection of University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana IL., Rare Book and Manuscript Library: Stacks Non-circulating 823 W64ho. 'Bookplate on front endpaper recto: "Roy Norr", inscription on front endpaper recto: W K Bixby'. Curious.

Bookplate of Roy Norr by E.B. Bord (around 1910)