Title-page illustration by Hammatt Billings for Uncle Tom's Cabin, First Edition: Boston: John P. Jewett and Company, 1852
First editions of books are much sought after by collectors. If it is an old book, then they can be hard to find and can fetch over £1000. Even 1st editions more recent popular books like Harry Potter are tricky to get, and quite expensive. Would you be willing to spend a lot of money on a first edition?
No, I wouldn't! I wouldn't spend any money at all on a first edition. For me, the pleasure of a book is reading it, not in owning a "collector's edition". I can read whatever the latest edition is just as well if not better than a first edition and I don't need to worry about the house insurance or damaging a national treasure....
I'd be too terrified to touch a first edition, and could never bring myself to read it. Think I accidentally ended up inheriting a 1st edition of a book from the 70s from my mum though, and it's been weirding me out.