Annotated Reference Guide to Collectible Books and Original Prints
W. H. Auden Annotated Bibliography & Selected Collectible Books
W.H. Auden was one of the most popular poets of the 20th century, and he continues to be influential to this day, often a subject of school studies and an inspiration to modern poets. He also wrote essays, film scripts, and operas, though those are less widely-known than his poetry. Despite his wide appeal and fame, because Auden achieved great literary and commercial success in his lifetime, many Auden collectibles are available at reasonable prices.
Beginning Auden collectors have some relatively low-budget entry points, with some signed copies being available for as little as one to two hundred dollars. These are generally works that are not in high demand, such as The Old Man's Road. First editions of W.H. Auden's books, particularly those published later in his life like Homage to Clio, were printed in such high volume that they are still available for cover price. They might be worth collecting for the sentimental collector, but those who collect as an investment should certainly focus on signed and one of a kind pieces.
Some of the most expensive Auden-related collectibles were printed, surprisingly, long after his death. Auden's long-lasting popularity has led to his work continuing to inspire artists, so the most expensive Auden books currently available are actual recent printings with new artwork signed by the artist. Beyond those, the signed or first printings of the librettos for the operas he wrote are some of the most expensive, coming in at several thousand dollars.