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Printed ancient books collection: it is still in a depression of investment value

in 2012, in China, where art collections are increasingly hot, rare ancient books became a topic of focus in the auction market. First, 179 books, nearly 500 of which are collected in guoyunlou, led by the 80 volumes of the song edition of "splendid valley of flowers" and the single edition at home and abroad, were sold at a high price of 216.2 million yuan. They are not only the handed down single edition, but also the largest complete song edition at home and abroad, preserving part of a large number of lost ancient books. Since then, 823 rare copies of Guangyun Lou Cang ancient books with an estimated value of more than 100 million yuan were also unveiled at the 2012 poly autumn auction, of which the most important "Ju song Guangyun" was finally hammered at 30million yuan

for a time, the value potential of the rare ancient book collection market has received considerable attention. However, so far, the ancient book collection market is still an undervalued depression in the eyes of insiders. In the words of Wang De, an ancient book collector, some ancient books should have a much higher value than calligraphy and painting

from personal interests to collectors

Wang De's identity can be called a great collector of ancient books in China. His research on ancient books and his understanding of the market are well-known in the circle, which originally originated from his personal interests. Since high school, Wang de has been very fond of classical literature and other fields. Buying books in Shanghai Ancient Book Bookstore with scholarships in university is his most important spare time activity. Although I studied architecture, I was addicted to ancient books at that time

however, after working, although he worked in a construction unit with higher income and had a stable source of income, Wang de was no longer enthusiastic about buying ancient books for a period of time. It turned out that with the changes in the market in the 1990s until a batch of samples were completed, the price of ancient books in ancient book bookstores soared a lot. Wang de recalled that once he went to see it and found that it doubled. He suddenly felt that why ancient books have become so expensive, which he can't afford in the future. As a result, Wang de was out of touch with ancient books and their market conditions for several years. However, his fate with ancient books did not end there

In 1997, an accidental opportunity brought the ancient books back to Wang De's vision. After working for several years at that time, I found that I was still not interested in the construction industry, which was in the period of hesitation of my career. Wang de told that at this time, he learned from a fellow collector of ancient books that a set of ancient books he had bought for 20 yuan in his early years could be sold for 500 yuan. 500 yuan? Don't make fun of me! Recalling his reaction in those years, Wang De also couldn't help laughing. It was this surprise that made Wang de vaguely feel the great potential of ancient books collection. After thinking about it, Wang de gave up his originally stable job and plunged into the collection and management of ancient books. This time, he really walked into the door of ancient book collection, and finally became everyone in today's ancient book collection step by step

different periods have different concerns

when talking about the specific contents of ancient books collection, Wang de suddenly became eloquent, as if he wanted to give all aspects of ancient books collection a lot of advantages of intuitive and convenient installation in one breath. Manuscripts, letters of degradable composite materials in the synthetic soil of Russian researchers, steles, manuscript transcripts, proofreading, official engraving, movable type, engraving, precision engraving, collotype. Speaking of any of them, Wang de seemed to have endless one, two, three, four

Wang de told that generally, the song and Yuan editions of ancient books are recognized as the best in the circle, and many excellent ancient books in the Ming and Qing Dynasties will be engraved with the song and Yuan editions as models. Of course, the exorbitant price and too little storage make the song and Yuan editions of ancient books become rare treasures that can not be found in the market and can not be reached by ordinary people. For most collectors, various ancient books in the Ming, Qing and Republic of China were the main force circulating in the market. Specifically, ancient books in different periods will have different concerns and popular types with year-on-year growth of 746.23%, which is also closely related to the technological development and timeliness at that time

for example, considering the large-scale collection, collation and collection of ancient books by Emperor Qianlong, the ancient books of the Qing Dynasty 60 years ago were classified as rare books in the industry, and the ancient books of later periods depended on the situation. Among them, the rare book with the seal of the five seals of Qianlong hidden by Qianlong will be several times larger than the ordinary rare book: maybe the latter sells for 35000 yuan, and the former can be millions of yuan

another example is that in the Republic of China, ancient books using traditional techniques such as lead printing will be more popular than similar collections in Xu doming and Qing Dynasties. It turned out that during the Republic of China, due to the introduction of western new printing technology, low-level ancient books have adopted cheap new technology, while only high-level and well published ancient books can still use the old technology, but in disguise, they have produced many excellent works

the rest, specifically white rice paper, prints and overprint copies of the Ming Dynasty; Or the Qing Dynasty's fine writing and engraving books, palace edition books, movable type books, etc., are all the major categories pursued by collectors in various periods. Each one can talk about the origin, characteristics and stories for a long time. As if because he couldn't say it all in one breath, Wang de seemed to have some unfinished business

the price of the version is low.

when it comes to the factors that affect the value of ancient books, Wang de told that the version is the most important, and there is no way to set a price without determining the version. For example, the early manuscript, if copied by hand from the original book and by a famous master, may be worth tens of millions of yuan; For example, the market valuation of Cheng Jiaben, which was printed in movable type during the reign of Qianlong, was about 3million yuan; Generally, there are only hundreds of thousands of yuan for well maintained copies. In terms of image, can Cao Xueqin's manuscripts and early printed copies of the same dream of Red Mansions be the same as those sold in bookstores after liberation? Wang de said with a smile

even for the same version, the price will be further affected by the edition of printing and the quality of paper and ink. The first print is clear, and the later print will gradually blur. Wang de said that in addition to the version, the preserved appearance is also a big difference factor. Further, it also includes the added value of famous collectors, famous writers who have written inscriptions and postscripts, and so on. Although ancient books have countless historical and cultural heritage and irreplaceable value, from the current market performance, their price and market awareness are still low. In fact, in the past, the value of good ancient books was higher than that of calligraphy, painting and porcelain. For example, the price of a set of Song Dynasty print before 1949 was much higher than that of Song Dynasty painting and porcelain. But now, the explosion of calligraphy, painting and porcelain has set off the desolation of the ancient book market, and the due collection and literature research value has not been paid enough attention. In this regard, Wang De also hopes to do his best to let more and more people understand ancient books and pay attention to the real value of ancient books. Of course, the price of ancient books is and will continue to rise step by step. Wang de finally analyzed that such a path of value return can make the collection and circulation of ancient books orderly, and can better excavate and protect the historical and cultural values contained in ancient books

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