"Electronic books are a bad thing because they cannot be accumulated on shelves to remind you of your past, to impress your neighbors and colleagues, and to help prevent divorces thanks to the sheer bother of arguing over who owns what."

- J.P. Donleavy

Photo by Thomas E. Kennedy
Limited, signed edition of
The Ginger Man audio book read by J.P. Donleavy. To place an order, email me and I will put you in touch with distribution.

Authors make their living primarily from royalties on the sale of new, in-print books, and this site encourages those interested in the work of J.P. Donleavy to purchase new books from bona-fide book dealers; however, when one wishes to obtain titles that have gone out of print, there is no choice but to purchase used copies.

Both new and used sources are given on this page with no endorsement of any particular bookseller or dealer group. While intentional fraud and mislistings are rare, care must be taken when transacting to ensure that you know which edition you are getting, its condition (if used), shipping & payment details and so forth. When contacting a seller, get as much specific information as possible on the edition. Often important details such as condition of the dust jacket, whether or not the edition is price clipped, and even which printing the edition is may be omitted from a seller's listing.

A so-called "first edition" that is a later printing is not as collectable as a first printing and should not be priced as high. Also, know how true first editions, limited editions, and first printings of new editions differ. For example, the first true edition of The Ginger Man is the Olympia Press ed., published in Paris in 1955. The Franklin Library edition is a limited, signed edition, not a true first edition. The Delacorte Press edition, NY 1965 is the first US and first hardcover unexpurgated edition, and so on.

It's a simple fact that copies of any book that are signed by the author are more valuable than copies of that edition which are not signed. Forgeries of Donleavy signatures do happen, and well-meaning book sellers may not know they are offering fakes. Fortunately, Donleavy's signature has not varied much over the years and it's not hard to identify. Click here for a sample of a Donleavy Signature.

JPD signs a book at his recent art exhibition at the National Arts Club, New York. Photo by Charles Ruppmann.
First Editions: A Field Guide for Collectors of English and American Literature

Compiled by K. Anthony Ward - Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - June 1994 - ISBN 1859281281

Good source to identify true first editions. Contains JPD books.
To purchase books by J.P. Donleavy, go to the Buyers' Guide.
Guide to First Edition Prices 2006/7

by R.B. Russell - The Tartarus Press, UK - ISBN 1872621951

Contains JPD books.

Links to Purchase New, In-print US Edition Donleavy Books

Barnes & Noble.com

Links to Purchase New, In-print UK & Irish Editions of Donleavy Books

Lillyput Press (Ireland)


Lillyput Press (Ireland) (publisher of a extensive catalog of J.P. Donleavy e-books)
Amazon Kindle Books
Compendium E-book Page (info on all of the available J.P. Donleavy e-books)

Links to Purchase Used & Out-of-Print Donleavy Books

Abebooks.com (advanced book exchange)
Powels Books

Greenfield Books Ltd. J.P. Donleavy Collection
: Member: ABAC/ILAB, 217 Academy Road, Winnipeg, MB R3M 0E3 Canada. Collection is available as a whole or by individual book. Many rare and signed items. Contact Michael Park, Toll-free: 866-263-BOOK (2665).

Links to Book Pricing Comparison Searches


Helpful General Book Trade Links

Bookwire (a division of Bowker, Inc. who publishes the Books In Print directories)

Links to Primary Information on Book Collecting

A Primer on Book Collecting

For a price, rare editions can be restored and custom cases can be made to house them. The work of the Craft Bookbinging Co. is truly amazing. Below are some examples of their expertise.

Antique Bible, before and after.
The Ginger Man - J.P. Donleavy 1955 (Box)
This first edition (1955) paperback needed protection and its rarity demanded a fine leather box to house it. The box was, of course constructed of acid free binder's board and covered with vegetable tanned Nigerian goatskin then decorated with 23K gold. The inner case is lined with silk moire.
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