Sept. 22 2010 12:00 AM

Frequently asked questions

How can you tell if it’s a first edition?

It varies from book to book and publisher to publisher. It becomes complex. That’s part of the challenge. Sometimes there are minor typographical changes that are caught and corrected.

The serious collector doesn’t want the fixed version, he or she wants the original. There are price guides that people use to determine the value.

What is ephemera?

Ephemera is a term used to embrace a wide range of minor, everyday documents, most intended for one-time or short-term use, including trade cards, broadsides, posters, car brochures, tickets, bookmarks, photographs – and the list goes on.