A limited edition is a print run of a book with a specific number of copies. The number of copies in a limited edition is usually determined by the demand for the book, the author’s wishes, or the size of the print run. A limited edition is usually more expensive than a regular edition because it is a collector’s item.
A limited edition book is usually signed by the author and numbered. The number of the copy is usually stamped on the title page or on a separate page at the front of the book. The number of the copy corresponds to the number of the book in the print run. For example, if the book is number four hundred and fifty-two in a limited edition of one thousand, the number four hundred and fifty-two will be stamped on the title page or on a separate page at the front of the book.
A limited edition book is usually printed on high-quality paper with sewn bindings. The pages of a limited edition book are usually cut flush (level with the spine of the book), rather than deckle-edged (with a ragged edge).
Limited edition books are often published by small presses, or as part of a fundraiser for a library or other nonprofit organization. The publisher may also sell the rights to a limited edition to a bookseller, who will then print and sell the book.
The value of a limited edition book lies in its scarcity. A limited edition book is more valuable than a regular book because it is more rare. The value of a limited edition book also comes from its quality. Limited edition books are often published with higher quality materials and craftsmanship than regular books. The value of a limited edition book also comes from its collectability. Limited edition books are often sought after by collectors and can be sold for a high price.