Some Useful Information
What to Collect
Book collecting allows you a wide choice. Most subjects have been covered by a number of authors. If you are interested in the labor movement, farming, espionage, chess, Americana, law, medicine, a foreign country, a state, a county, a city, railroads, wars, the military, artists, westerns, philosophy, sociology, grammar, writing, cooking, animals, cars, general or specific histories, the future, science fiction, utopias, detectives, or slavery, you will find that hundreds if not thousands of novels, poetry, and nonfiction books have been written about the subject. And if you are interested in a nonfiction area, don't overlook the fiction that has been written using the subject as a vehicle, because you will find interesting additions to your knowledge and library. If there is only one book in your life that you really enjoyed, don't overlook the possibility of collecting all the different editions of that book. There are really interesting collections of The Rubaiyat, The Compleat Angler, and other classics.
If you've found a subject or author that interests you, the next decision is which edition to collect. You could decide to collect first editions, with or without dust jackets, or clean reprints, or paperback editions because you have little money and the cover art interests you. Then you might become interested in U. K. of other foreign editions. All first editions in English, including American, British, Canadian, Australian, etc. All editions of an author's work, including reprints, foreign editions, and specially illustrated editions.
As you can see, there are many avenues, and you should give some consideration to choices before starting although it is likely that you will modify your initial decision as your collection grows.