Huxley Brave New World 1st Ed IPO on Rally

Welcome to Rare Books Insider for January 24th 2022 – FREE edition.

Each week we give you the scoop on undervalued, mispriced and hidden gems in Alternative Investing.

Rare books in 2022

It’s been a tough couple of weeks to kick-off 2022.

On fractional secondary marketplaces, Books are down more than 10% so far for the year with no obvious catalyst causing the decline. The only reasonable explanation is that as books become available for trading, the sudden increase in liquidity has allowed investors to exit.

Data from Rally

Last week in Rare Books

Fractional Secondary Markets

Bit of a tough week for rare books.

Every single book trading on Rally’s secondary market was down last week. There are buying opportunities here.


Another dreadfully slow week on the auction front with little of interest to note.

This week and next week in Rare Books

Fractional Market IPOs

Our second son’s middle name is Huxley in the author’s honour
Aldous Huxley Brave New World 1st Ed

Fractional Secondary Markets

Five more books start trading this week on Rally, and we expect to see more downward pressure.

All terrifying in their own way


The only noteworthy event I could find was this week’s Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts auction.

The most notable lots include John James Audubon’s manuscript for “Wild Turkey” and Walt Whitman’s “America’s Second Declaration of Independence”.

Was Holden Caulfield the most irritating fictional character of the 20th century?

A few more recognisable lots are up as well, including two of my least favourite books.

How well these five copies do could indicate where the market is going, though it’s a small sample size:

And one for the value investors out there – a first edition, signed by the author copy of Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor.

Finally, if you’re a Huxley fan, you can pick up an autographed manuscript of “Leda” along with other signed materials.



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Wyatt Cavalier

With a background in finance & intelligence analysis, Wyatt has an unhealthy obsession with finding the best blue chip investment opportunities. His previous newsletter, Fractional, resonated deeply with subscribers, bringing actionable insights and unconventional trading strategies. His rare book collection specializes in banned editions. He currently lives in Spain with his beautiful wife, three young boys, and dog Monty.

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