B&N is Selling a $1,500 Autographed Edition of Harper Lee’s “Watchman”

B&N is Selling a $1,500 Autographed Edition of Harper Lee’s  "Watchman" Publishing Barnes & Noble's second annual signed first editions program got a shot in the arm today - a very expensive one.

The NYTimes reports, and I can confirm, that HarperCollins has published a leatherbound edition of Go Set a Watchman.

Now, Ms. Lee’s publisher, HarperCollins, is angling for another commercial hit, on a much smaller scale but at a much higher price. On Wednesday, the publisher announced that a $1,500 limited edition of “Go Set a Watchman,” signed by the author, is on sale at retailers across the country, just in time for the holiday shopping rush. HarperCollins printed just 500 copies of the collectors’ edition, which includes a leather-bound book with gold gilded edges and a velvet-lined cloth box.

According to the NYTimes, Lee didn't sign the books.  Instead she signed sheets of paper which were then bound into the books by HarperCollins.

A reader tipped me to the news that you can buy one at Barnes & Noble, but I haven't found another retailer with the in stock. (Thanks, Steve, for the tip!)

With just 500 copies, the limited edition of Watchman could well be snapped up by collectors, or at least that is what Adina Cohen, a partner at NYC-based Argosy Book Store, thinks. (Her store has an unsigned first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird with the original dust jacket for sale for $11,000.)

“I bet it sells out very quickly,” Ms. Cohen told the NYTimes. “That’s a very reasonable price, because she’s so collected, and it’s amazing that she’s still alive.”

She could be right, but I wouldn't bet on this being the last set of signed editions. By releasing the rough draft of Mockingbird as a "new" novel, HarperCollins has shown that it's not above exploiting an elderly and infirm author. Lee had a stroke in 2007, and she's now mostly blind and deaf.

When Watchman was announced last year, there were several reports which questioned just how much Lee still understood about what was going on around her, and whether she understood that her draft was being published

And now HarperCollins is having her "sign" the books? What's next, personalized copies?

Nate Hoffelder

View posts by Nate Hoffelder
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

2 Comments

  1. R26 November, 2015

    The next item will be a dress, the glasses etc that Harper Lee worn when she wrote the book. Buy them now!

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder26 November, 2015

      Or, a part from her typewriter!

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to top
%d bloggers like this: