I'm sure that there are many people on this site who, like me, have the complete collection of Agatha Christie's works in their possession. I was just wondering (not counting any seriously valuable collections like first editions or signed copies or whatever), if anyone collects all the books in a certain version, issue date or by some other criteria of their own choice?
I have a set of the books in paperback, in what I refer to myself as the current covers. These are listed as Harper publishers, and have the facsimile Agatha Christie signature emblazoned along the spine and across the top of the front cover, above a stylised drawing of an image representing the story (like the pictures you can select on here to put on your profile). Publishing dates all pretty much in the past 10/12 years or so.These are the ones I read, and re-read on a regular basis. The working set!
I also have a complete set of the white, paperback Fontana books with the covers showing the Tom Adams artwork (from the 1970's), and quite a few (though by no means all) of the wonderfully evocative 1950's Pan paperbacks, with their bright, bold, primary coloured covers and images that are so of their era.
Now none of these books have any great value. The older books were all bought second hand over the years for no more than a couple of pounds (or should I say NZ Dollars) each. The working set probably cost me the most as these were bought new, in ones and twos but at the full cover price. I started reading her books when I was about 13 years of age (so late 1970's), and have built up my gradually over the past 35 years or so. In addition to the novels and stories I have also bought or been gifted many books either about Agatha, her inspirations, her houses, the actual crimes often used or referred to in her books etc, etc etc. I have a wonderful book (long out of print) solely about the Tom Adams covers mentioned earlier and with comments by the artist himself about how/why he painted the images he did. Again, not valuable but to me priceless.
I also have the complete ITV David Suchet 'Poirot' and BBC Joan Hickson 'Miss Marple' adaptations on DVD together with some of the stand alone alone films of her books (such as 'And Then There Were None', 'Death on The Nile', 'Murder on The Orient Express' films from the 1950's, 60's and 70's) and of course the Margaret Rutherford films. So I guess you could say I'm a bit of an anorak when it comes to Agatha Christie. My biggest regret is that Greenway House was only opened to the public by the National Trust after I left the UK, but a visit is top of the list of things to do when I go back to the UK.
So do you collect anything related to Agatha?
"One does not recognise the really important moments in one's life until it's too late" Agatha Christie