Many many years ago, about 1992, I happened to drop by the Mansion House in Dublin at the tail end of a book fair. I spotted a battered-looking pair of books on a stall, looked at them long enough to realise that it as an 18th century edition of Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars, bargained the price down from £70 to £50 (those were pre-euro days), and have been carting them around with me from house to house ever since.
So I was rather surprised when I tried pricing it on ADDALL and discovered that a Swedish vendor is selling the same 1736 edition for 7,500 kronor, or just over $1000.
Very exciting, until I realised that their copy is in almost mint condition (covers are “Contemporary full vellum with gilt spine and yellow labels, boards with gilt monograms, marbled edges”) and has clearly been well looked after in the last 270 years. Alas, the condition that my copy is in (covers battered, not gilt, not monogrammed, and in fact detached, though still present) probably means I got a fair price at best. AbeBooks doesn’t seem to have my particular edition, but does have three older ones for less than £60, all of which sound like they are in much better shape (if less heavily annotated) than mine.
So I think I’ll hang onto it for now. I’ve used it only once, for my note on the assassination of the emperor Domitian