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Annotated Reference Guide to Collectible Books

McEwan, Ian

Ian MacEwan is one of those modern authors whose works are probably just as famous for their large screen adaptations as they as books in themselves. No less than six of his novels have been made into films, with Atonement being the most famous.However to overlook the books themselves would be unfair; MacEwan is a Booker Prize winner and multiple nominee and has produced an enviable list of literary successes with a range of themes and styles.

When it comes to collecting MacEwan, first edition prices can vary; mainly due to the relative short time since his later works. His earliest novel, The Cement Garden from 1978, can fetch upwards of $2,000 although more commonly $250 to $400. His second novel The Comfort of Strangers similarly is available to buyers for $150 to $300.

His most famous work, Atonement, can be still found for less than $100 for a first edition but having already gone through a number of reprints since 2001 it is important to be vigilant when searching through sellers. Of course, his more recent works have yet to feature as collectable items in themselves and only time will tell as to how these will be priced.

As a still active author with (presumably) a number of more works to come, MacEwan’s place as a truly collectable writer is still to be fully established. Perhaps it is still too early, even more than thirty years into his career, to be sure but, with such potentially low price first editions still available, there may be some benefit in taking that particular gamble.

McEwan, Ian. First Love Last Rites. Jonathan Cape, London (1975). Ian McEwan's first book, a collection of short storie; 3000 copies; Dust jacket edition priced '·2.50 net [line break] in UK only'

McEwan, Ian. Cement Garden. Jonathan Cape, London (1978). first printing (first impression) with no statement of reprint to the copyright page which therefore indicates a true first print

McEwan, Ian. In Between The Sheets. Jonathan Cape, London (1978). First published in 1978 stated on the copyright page with no mention of later printings; The dust jacket has the original printed price of ·3.50 on the front flap; First UK Edition;

McEwan, Ian. In Between the Sheets, and Other Stories. Simon and Schuster, New York (1978). First American edition

McEwan, Ian. The Cement Garden. Jonathan Cape, London (1978). First UK Edition with no statement of reprint to the copyright page which therefore indicates a true first print

McEwan, Ian. The Comfort of Strangers. Jonathan Cape, London (1981).

McEwan, Ian. The Imitation Game. Jonathan Cape, London (1981).

McEwan, Ian. Or Shall We Die?. Jonathan Cape, London (1983).

McEwan, Ian. The child in time. Jonathan Cape, London (1987). First U.K. Edition; 150 numbered copies

McEwan, Ian. The Child in Time. Jonathan Cape, London (1987). First U.K. Edition; 150 numbered copies

McEwan, Ian. The Innocent. Jonathan Cape, London (1990).

McEwan, Ian. Black Dogs. Jonathan Cape, London (1992). London Limited Editions; 150 copies.

McEwan, Ian. Black Dogs. Jonathan Cape, London (1992). London Limited Editions; 150 copies.

McEwan, Ian. The Daydreamer. Jonathan Cape, London (1994). Illustrated by Anthony Browne;

McEwan, Ian. Enduring Love. Jonathan Cape, London (1997).

McEwan, Ian. Amsterdam. Jonathan Cape, London (1998). UK first edition; copyright page (ie 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1), and no 'Booker Prize' blurb across the front of the jacket.

McEwan, Ian. Atonement. Jonathan Cape, London (2001). UK first edition; full numberline on the copyright page ie 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1

McEwan, Ian. Other Minds. Bridgewater Press, London (2001). limited to 138 copies, 100 were numbered, 26 lettered and 12 roman numeralled.

McEwan, Ian. Atonement. Doubleday, New York (2002). 500 unnumbered copies; First American Edition; author's eighth novel; Winner of National Book Critics Circle Award

McEwan, Ian. Saturday. Jonathan Cape, London (2005). 1,500 copies;

McEwan, Ian. Atonement. Jonathan Cape, London (2007). Signed Limited Edition

McEwan, Ian. On Chesil Beach. Jonathan Cape, London (2007). 50 signed copies quarter bound in leather and numbered in roman numerals; special signed limited first edition of Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach; First UK Edition. Deluxe Limited Edtion; limited cloth edition 100 copies; produced by the Fine Bindery and the London Review Bookshop

McEwan, Ian. Solar. Jonathan Cape, London (2010). First U.K. Edition; Deluxe Issue; 100 leather-bound copies