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Annotated Reference Guide to Collectible Books

Roth, Philip

As one of the most acclaimed authors in recent history, Philip Roth’s place in the literary hierarchy is truly assured. Writing since the late 1950s, Roth has created some of the best Jewish-American literature of all time. The number of awards he has received reflects his ability to create complex characters, strong social commentary and on occasion provocative political satire in his books. Roth is simply unrivalled within his genre.

Even with such a highly regarded back catalogue of work, however, the jury is still out as to Roth’s collectability. As ever it his earliest works that demand greatest attention with his debut novel, Goodbye Columbus, from 1959 averaging around $1,000 for a first edition. On occasion this may reach higher but few of his other novels reach these prices, with a first edition of his second novel, Letting Go, being available to buyers for several hundred dollars.

The publication of Portnoy’s Complaint in 1969 increased Roth’s profile significantly and a first edition would still be similarly priced to Letting Go at around $300 to $600. Looking later still his more experimental period came in the 1970s and, The Breast, can easily be found for under $250. Producing work well into this century means that there is still the opportunity for a collector to find and purchase a “future classic” for little more than a few dollars.

As Roth nears the end of his career, the collector now has a decision to make on which way to go with his work. His later works are still eminently affordable and if he is to go down as a great American author his books can only become more collectable.

Roth, Philip. Goodbye, Columbus. Andre Deutsch, London (1959). First published 1959 by Andre Deutsh Limited' on the copyright page, and no later edition stated; First British edition;

Roth, Philip. Goodbye, Columbus. Houghton Mifflin, New York (1959). First printing stated; first issue DJ with $3.75 price

Roth, Philip. Letting Go. Random House, New York (1962). $5.95 price on DJ flap with date code of '6/62';

Roth, Philip. When She Was Good. Random House, New York (1967). $5.95 price on top DJ flap.

Roth, Philip. Portnoy's Complaint. Random House, New York (1969). 600 copies; DJ inside price $6.95

Roth, Philip. Our Gang. Jonathan Cape, London (1971).

Roth, Philip. Our Gang. Random House, New York (1971).

Roth, Philip. The Breast. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York (1972). 60 copies; first edition stated on copyright page; original published price of $4.95 on upper inner flap and 0972 on lower inner flap

Roth, Philip. My Life as a Man. Jonathan Cape, London (1974). First UK Edition;

Roth, Philip. My Life as a Man. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston,, New York (1974). First edition

Roth, Philip. Reading Myself and Others. Farrar Straus and Giroux, New York (1975). original price ($8.95); First Printing stated

Roth, Philip. The Professor of Desire. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, New York (1977). $8.95 price on DJ flap

Roth, Philip. Goodbye, Columbus and Other Stories. Franklin Library, Franklin Center (1978).

Roth, Philip. The Ghost Writer. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York (1979).

Roth, Philip. A Philip Roth Reader. Farrar Straus Giroux, NY (1980).

Roth, Philip. Novotny's Pain. Sylvester and Orphanos, Los Angeles (1980). 300 copies

Roth, Philip. Zuckerman Unbound. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York (1981).

Roth, Philip. The Anatomy Lesson. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York (1983). 300 copies;

Roth, Philip. The Prague Orgy. Jonathan Cape, London (1985). first British edition;

Roth, Philip. Zuckerman Bound. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York (1985).

Roth, Philip. The Counterlife. Farrar Straus Giroux, New York (1986).

Roth, Philip. The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York (1988). 250 copies.

Roth, Philip. Deception. Simon and Schuster, New York (1990).

Roth, Philip. Patrimony. Simon and Schuster, New York (1991). $19.95 price on DJ flap

Roth, Philip. Operation Shylock. Simon and Schuster, New York (1993). Winner of the 1994 PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction

Roth, Philip. His Mistress's Voice. The Press of Appletree Alley, Lewisburg (1995). 195 copies;

Roth, Philip. Sabbath's Theater. Houghton Mifflin, New York (1995).

Roth, Philip. Sabbath's Theater. McClelland and Stewart, Toronto (1995).

Roth, Philip. American Pastoral. Franklin Library. Franklin Center (1997). Frontispiece by Nelson M. Carlin; Franklin Library edition is the true first edition, 1,350 copies

Roth, Philip. American Pastoral. Houghton Mifflin, Boston (1997).

Roth, Philip. I Married a Communist. Franklin, Franklin Center (1998). Frontispiece by Kim Barnes

Roth, Philip. I Married a Communist. Houghton Mifflin, New York (1998).

Roth, Philip. The Human Stain. Franklin Library, Franklin Center (2000). 1300 copies

Roth, Philip. The Human Stain. Houghton Mifflin, New York (2000). $26.00 price on DJ flap; complete number line

Roth, Philip. Shop Talk. Houghton Mifflin, New York (2001).

Roth, Philip. The Dying Animal. Houghton Mifflin, New York (2001).

Roth, Philip. The Plot Against America. Houghton Mifflin, Boston (2004).

Roth, Philip. Novels 1967-1972: When She Was Good; Potnoy's Complaint; Our Gang; The Breast.. Library of America, New York (2005).

Roth, Philip. Exit Ghost. Houghton Mifflin, Boston (2007). 750 copies;

Roth, Philip. Novels And Other Narratives 1986-1991 [the Counterlife, The Facts: The Novelist's Autobiography, Deception, Patrimony: A True Story]. The Library of America, New York (2008).

Roth, Philip. The Humbling. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston (2009).

Roth, Philip. Nemesis. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston (2010).