- Robert Westfield
- Harper Perennial, U.S.A. 2006
I bought two of these brand new, signed, true first editions at an independent book store while visiting New York. As a slight aside, New York is probably the best place in the world to find signed books. It seemed like every book store I went into had new signed copies of at least a few different and very desirable titles. For the same price as an unsigned book, you can get a collectible that is almost sure to increase in value.
Although I could not find a lot of reviews for this book, readers on Amazon give it consistently high ratings. In one on-line review from The Quarterly Conversation, Brien Michael says, “With Suspension, like the bridge it pays homage to, it is very easy to suspend your disbelief, to walk the span between ideas imagined and things wrought.”
More and more true first editions are paperbacks. This one has a number line with years on one side and print number on the other. As usual, the number 1 showing means first printing. Above the number line, FIRST EDITION is stated.
These Harper Perennial editions often include author interviews and other extras. This book has a section called Meet Robert Westfield, another called A Conversation with Robert Westfield, and it includes Westfield’s picks for the best books about New York City.
There are no signed copies available on AbeBooks right now, but unsigned copies are going for as high as $50. I would think that signed copies would fetch up to $100. If you have one, hold on to it. Prices are sure to rise.
I look forward to future books by this author.