I have a 1953 hardcover of Saul Bellow's "The Adventures of Augie March". Is it valuable?
If it's a first edition*, first issue copy, it could be worth anywhere from $200-$500. "Augie March" was indeed first published in 1953 and should state on the copyright page, "Published by The Viking Press in September 1953". To insure it's a first issue, the bottom of the copyright page should also read, "PRINTED IN U.S.A. BY THE VAIL-BALLOU PRESS, INC." and the top of the book's pages will be stained orange. As Bellow's book gained readership, it quickly went back to press for a larger printing. The more prevalent - less valuable - second issue edition reads "PRINTED IN THE U.S.A. BY H. WOLFF, NEW YORK" and has no top stain.
I assume your copy has a dustjacket (if it doesn't, your book is worth between $30-$50 regardless if it's a 1st or 2nd issue). The first issue dustjacket carries a $4.50 price on the front flap and the back flap advertises "The Short Novels of John Steinbeck". Subsequent printings added reviews to the jacket.
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* The book shown here is the current edition and sells for $16.00.