Rare signed first edition Ian Rankin book for sale

Ian Rankin. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Ian Rankin. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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A RARE signed first edition of crime writer Ian Rankin’s first published novel is expected to make a killing at auction this week.

Rankin penned The Flood between 1983 and 1984, and when it was published two years later only a few hundred copies were produced.

It was published by Polygon, then a small independent publishing house owned by Edinburgh University Students Association.

The book will go under the hammer at Bonhams’ Scottish Sale in Edinburgh on Wednesday. It is expected to fetch up to £500.