"ALMOST THREE MILLION COPIES SOLD IN PAN ALONE" - and we want them all!
|No. of copies||
Latest Addition: 23rd July 2003
The society now owns over 100 copies of Jaws! Our ambition to celebrate the millennium in style with our Jaws centenary has been achieved! But we're not stopping there...
Estimated outlay on collection: £35.59
Original worth of collection: £80.55
Estimated current worth of collection: £ very little.
Facts about Jaws Collecting:
- On its original release in 1975, the book cost 60 pence. This swiftly rose to 70 pence.
- There were 19 printings in 1975.
- Following the 22nd edition in 1976 the book was reissued, with a new cover and the logo in red. The price increased to £1.25, and later to £1.50. The new edition was also appproximately 40mm shorter. And the picture wasn't as good.
- All subsequent editions continue to claim that they are the "22nd edition 1976", even though they obviously aren't.
- Other books of which there are many in circulation include Star Wars, Dallas and The Moon's a Balloon by David Niven (the latter suggested by both my associate A.J. Dale and Select magazine)
- Other books which look like Jaws from a distance: Cobra; Coma; Banco
- In the book, the shark is always referred to as 'the fish'.
|Recent Additions to the Collection:|
|117||5th July 2003||Second-hand bookshop, Ashford||50p||2nd|
|115||27th May 2002||Swanage Railway Station||30p||14th|
|114||2nd November 2001||[Donated by Simon Scott]||£2.50||14th|
|113||1st November 2001||York [Donated by Ellie Townsend]||50p||22nd|
|112||28th July 2001||Second Hand bookshop, Dover||£1.99||22nd|
|111||14th July 2001||Charity Shop, Eastbourne||10p||22nd (red)|
|110||14th July 2001||Charity Shop, Eastbourne||40p||6th|
|109||25th June 2001||Charlton School Fete, Dover||10p||14th|
|108||7th May 2001||Car Boot Sale, Dover||40p||19th|
|107||7th May 2001||Car Boot Sale, Dover||20p||19th|
|106||13th February 2001||Save the Children shop, Tonbridge||30p||2nd|
|105||13th October 2000||Sue Ryder charity shop, Swaffham||59p||17th|
|104||24th September 2000||[Donated by Mr Michael Morris]||N/A||18th|
|103||28th August 2000||Car Boot Sale, Sandwich||30p||18th|
|102||12th August 2000||Second-hand bookshop, Herne Bay||50p||18th|
|101||25th June 2000||The Hospice Shop, Canterbury||20p||14th|
|100||23rd February 2000||Save the Children shop, Tonbridge||30p||17th|
|99||6th October 1999||Street Market, Canterbury||£1||18th|
|98||6th October 1999||Imperial Cancer Research Fund shop, Canterbury||50p||3rd|
|97||4th September 1999||Unknown, London [Donated by Cara Parkinson]||Unknown||8th|
|96||3rd May 1999||Car Boot Sale, Dover||20p||15th|
|95||10th February 1999||Relief Fund for Romania shop, Dover||35p||2nd|
|94||10th February 1999||Relief Fund for Romania shop, Dover||35p||14th|
|93||20th January 1999||Imperial Cancer Research Fund shop, Dover||40p||18th|
|92||16th January 1999||OXFAM, Maidstone||89p||22nd|
In October 1999 a competition was announced, the aim of which was to provide the society with the all-important 100th copy of Jaws. Founder and chief archivist Paul Morris offered as a prize an authentic and highly collectable 1980's "Gary Davies Key-Ring," one of only several hundred which are still sitting in a filing cabinet at the BBC.
Sadly, no entries were received before Paul himself acquired copy no. 100. To avoid this fabulous prize going to waste, the competition has now been extended. The prize will now be awarded to the first person who supplies Mr Morris with a 1st, 5th or 7th edition black-logo Jaws paperback, either in person or by post. Get scouring those charity shops!