Monographs Set Books 1-8 Found at Estate Sale!

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Mahankind
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Monographs Set Books 1-8 Found at Estate Sale!

Post by Mahankind »

Today I stumbled upon Monograph set of books 1-8 at a local estate sale, and they are beautiful!

I'm fairly certain they didn't know what they had because i got all 8 books for under 50 dollars. SCORE!

I do have a question: Were books 1-8 published at a different time than books 9-12? Does anyone know the story behind these?

Thanks so much to all the fellow Wright fans out there.

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Post by Matt »

Stories like this are what keep me going to garage sales. Great find!

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Post by krietzerjak »

Great find! I paid more than that on postage on mine.

It took them over a year to release the whole set. As I recall, Vol 1, 9, and 12 came out first, the others slowly followed. The price almost doubled by the time the last ones were published.

Andy

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Post by KevinW »

How would you like to double your money?... :wink:
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Post by peterm »

Congratulations! What a find!

I had the opposite experience today. I just received a set of gold plated flatware with rosewood handles which I bought on eBay to use at the Lamberson house. The whole set cost only $37.00 so I though I had scored. Well... when I opened the box, I found what was a set of desert utensils. The seller failed to mention the diminutive size of the the pieces. The forks are like 4 1/2" long!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... TQ:US:1123

Mahankind
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Value

Post by Mahankind »

Thanks for the info everyone!

It looks to me like 9-12 are different, so i thought they were possibly released separately.

Also, I've seen single volumes online with people asking 500-600 USD each. I'm thinking this is a bit high for each book, and somewhere in the range of 150-250 each would be a bit more accurate.

What do you all think the value of volumes 1-8 are?

Thanks so much, it's awesome getting to chat with fellow Wright fans!

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Are the Monographs hardcover or softcover?

Post by SpringGreen »

Well, Abebooks has one volume of one of the hardcovers for sale at $350, and another one for sale at $250. I would imagine that the entire set of vol. 1-8 would be worth more ($3,000?).

Maybe you should keep looking at Ebay or Abebooks to get an idea of their value; or find a book antiquarian to get a value if you want to get them insured.
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Post by Macrodex »

On eBay, the total value fluctuates from $1,600 to $6,000 -- though, it might depend solely on the seller, because they often tend to inflate prices.

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Post by Matt »

Of course, given the size of the books, why they haven't come up with a digital version is beyond me. I would pay for that.

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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

I think $250 is basically the going price for these. I did see a complete set in MN for $6000 tho.
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Post by DavidC »

Cost differences also relate to softbound vs. hardbound. From what I've seen, (in top condition) the softbounds go for about $90 - $120 and the hardbounds from about $180 - $250 on eBay.

Though, there is someone in Japan who puts up a series of them (and other expensive books) up on eBay about every other week or so for truly exorbitant prices (e.g. - $650.00). I guess they don't mind paying the eBay listing fees as long as they can find the occasional sucker to bite.


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Post by krietzerjak »

They were devided into three different parts, Monographs (1-8), Preliminary Studies (9-11), In His Renderings (12). All three were started at the same time.
Volume 12 was always the highest price.

Andy
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Post by Roderick Grant »

The books were released just as Japan's economy was taking off, causing the prices to rise as each volume came out. By the time I had all mine, I had spent $1600+. Excellent investment.

Mahankind
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Thanks!

Post by Mahankind »

Thank you for the responses everyone, all the information has been fantastic. Mine are all soft covers, and I' m thinking I will hold on to them for a few years.

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Post by dkottum »

I got the soft covers as they came out, practically wore out the Usonian volumes, then added a hard cover set.

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