Demand for the existential, Nobel Prize winning French author may have dropped recently, but that simply means that now is a great time to research and buy the works of Albert Camus. Popularity for the writer increased steadily after his death in the 1960's but, for reasons that many experts can't agree on, his popularity has declined mildly in the 21st Century.
In keeping with the style and ideas of Camus, there are no flashy, gold bound collectors editions or limited editions of his novels. Collectors and avid fans of Camus will have to settle for first edition copies of his novels likes The Stranger or The Plague originally published in the 1940's
London based book sellers Peter Harrington reduced his prices on many of Camus' titles in his collection. Extremely rare first edition copies of The Strangers first published in Algeria, can go for upwards of $15000. But if you want to get your hands on a first edition but can't or won’t pay such high prices, then more recent, hardback first editions of his novels can easily be found.
Camus, Albert. The Outsider. Hamish Hamilton, London (1946). First British edition; Translated from the French by Stuart Gilbert; with an introduction by Cyril Connolly
Camus, Albert. The Stranger. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1946). First Edition with First American Edition stated on the copyright page; original dustjacket designed by Warren Chappel;Translated from the French by Stuart Gilbert.
Camus, Albert. La Peste. Gallimard, Paris (1947). 2000 copies.
Camus, Albert. The Plague. Hamish Hamilton, London (1948). First UK Edition; Dustjacket priced 9s. 6d. Net; Translated from the French (La Peste) by Stuart Gilbert.
Camus, Albert. The Plague. Alfred A. Knope, New York (1948). Jacket By Jean Carlu (illustrator); First American Edition; Jacket designed by Jean Carlu
Camus, Albert. Le Minotaure ou la halte d Oran.. Charlot, Paris (1950). 1343 copies; 120 copies reserved for the use of the author.
Camus, Albert. The Rebel.. Hamish Hamilton, London. (1953). First UK Edition; Translated from the French (L'Homme Revolte) by Anthony Bower; with First published in Great Britain 1953 to copyright page and no later dates; dustjacket has the original published price of 18s. net
Camus, Albert. The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1954). Translated from the French (L'Homme Revolte) by Anthony Bower; With a introduction by Sir Herbert Read.
Camus, Albert. The Myth of Sisyphus. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1955). First American edition, stated; translated from the French by Justin O'Brien
Camus, Albert. Requiem pour une nonne [Requiem for a Nun]. Gallimard, Paris (1956). 85 numbered copies; First French edition; translated and adapted by Albert Camus; total 120 copies printed.
Camus, Albert. Reflections on the Guillotine. Fridtjof - Karla Publications, Indiana (1959). Translated from the French by Richard Howard; first American edition
Camus, Albert. The Fall. Allen Press, Kentfield, CA (1966). Designed, illustrated, printed and bound by Lewis and Dorothy Allen. Includes six woodcut illustrations printed in color and colored paragraph markers; 140 copies.