as with any collectible book, the value is in the condition first. from the description, this copy on eBay has some problems, though it doesn't sound like anything too serious. the loose pages could be tipped back into the book, for example. still the overall condition would be termed only "good" in the lingo of the trade.
booksellers with first printing copies of Beesley's book in similar condition are asking around $200 for their copies.
I have to confess this came as a complete surprise to me - I had not heard this. And I wouldn't put too much stock in it (JMHO here) for this reason - If Lawrence Beesley's book got Walter Lord hooked on the Titanic, why didn't Lord interview Beesley? In Lord's acknowledgment page he makes no mention of this if Lord did interview him and only one sentence to indicate Beesley's book.
However, if you or anyone has any information regarding this I would love to hear it.
Better than that, Tarn, there is footage (brief and the only known I've run across) of Lawrence in "The Making of 'A Night To Remember'". However, I'm not sure if it was Walter Lord or William McQuitty who contacted Lawrence. Daughter Laurien wrote that her father was asked by the producer for his 'angle' of the event in both writing and with a tape recorder (Yow, would I LOVE to hear THAT!); I have seen a portion of the written work, which went on sale through Ken Schultz's group.
Still, if you know something, please let me know your source. Sadly, I can find no voice recordings nor even one color photo of Lawrence Beesley.
My wife who visits Charity Shops, bought me
The Loss of the SS Titanic. Lawrence Beesley,
published by F.A.Thorpe Leicestershire. First Charnwood Edition published 2002. It is in excellant condition. The large print version.
Cost 50p. Are we talking of the same book ?
Apologies, I have come into this discussion way too late and the ebay link is now invalid. I was wondering how old the book is that is being discussed?
I found one for 12 fine UK pounds just this weekend on a second hand bookstall in London, dating from 1929. I was astonished! Have never delved into my purse quicker than I did when I saw it.