These are 10 of the most valuable children’s books you could have at home - worth up to £75,000

Monday, 28th September 2020, 3:23 pm
Updated Monday, 28th September 2020, 11:47 pm
You may have a stack of old children’s books collecting dust in the attic or stashed away in the back of a cupboard, but did you know some of them could be extremely valuable? (Photo: Shutterstock)

You may have a stack of old children’s books collecting dust in the attic or stashed away in the back of a cupboard, but did you know some of them could be extremely valuable?

From first edition copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit to the beloved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you may be unknowingly holding onto books worth thousands of pounds.

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Most valuable children’s books in circulation

House removals company Shift has created a list of the most valuable children’s books currently in circulation, which people could potentially have at home.

A £75,000 privately printed, first edition copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter topped the list, followed by a first edition 1866 print of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, valued at £57,500, with a 1937 first edition copy of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, taking the third spot with a value of around £50,000.

These are the 10 most valuable children’s books people may have in their home, and their estimated worth:

  1. First edition copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter - £75,000
  2. 1866 copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - £57,500
  3. 1937 first edition copy of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien - £50,000
  4. First-500 print of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling - £27,975
  5. 1963 first edition of Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - £19,150
  6. US first edition of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams - £12,250
  7. 1969 edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - £11,995
  8. First edition copy of Peter and Wendy by J.M Barrie - £8,900
  9. A Wrinkle In Time (with 1960s dust cover) by Madeleine L'Engle - £7,200
  10. First edition of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame - £4,800