Snail by Eric Dando. Paperback book published by Penguin 1996.
Earlier this year, a fellow book dealer sent me an email indicating that this book is not that common and also worth money, and that maybe I should keep my eyes open for it. A quick search (www) proved this to be the case. So with eyes firmly open, i subsequently did find it… and find it…. and find it and I’m now the proud owner of 4 copies of this book. …this is a bad thing. My issue is, that if the book is rare, then why have I been able to find 4 copies in a relatively short period of time?
The original email I received was in January, so it’s worth my while checking the www again (5 months later) to see if there is still a value to this book… and yes, it has held it’s value. Beginning at $60 and finishing at $177 there are now a few more copies available than in January. Interestingly the original email I received had a copy of the one and only listing at the time… this particular copy is still for sale. So what does this all mean? Well, my guess is that the book is actually not that common, yet it’s desirability is possibly not that great. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe what isn’t that popular, is the price tag. Somehow I think that sales will be at a snails pace and it will be interesting to see if I have any copies left in another 5 months.