I found this hard cover book and wasn't really sure on what it was. So I called a friend and he said it was "a rare edition" and that I could get quite a bit of money out of it.

Front Cover Inside Cover

the back cover and the inside are printed with the following:

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. Special Reference Work. 4th Edition, August, 1979. Hard Cover.

An alphabetical compendium of all the monsters found in advanced Dungeons & Dragons, including attacks, damage, special abilities, and descriptions.

By Gary Gygax 1977, 1978 -TSR Games

Gently used. Binding is in perfect condition. No rips, tears, or folds.

Over 350 Monsters This book provides a complete alphabetical listing of all "monsters" encountered in the various works which comprise the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game system. It is an invaluable aid to players and dungeon masters alike!


This isn't rare at all. This is the Monster Manual from the 1st edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. It's worth about $5–$25 (US) on eBay, depending on condition. I got mine there for about $12, a few years ago, and prices haven't changed. Yours looks to be in fairly beaten condition, so you're unlikely to get anything much for it.

Although it's not valuable monetarily, it's a source of valuable insights into the history of D&D monsters, since this book is the first version of many monsters that appear in later editions.


This is from the First Edition AD&D and is the most commonly found printing available. If you look at the title page, directly below where it says "Monster Manual", you'll see "4th Edition, August 1979" - that indicates you have one of the more commonly found versions of this book. Most have sold on eBay for around $8-$10 US. Sorry, it's older, but not worth a lot. If you can find a 1st printing, that would be a different story! :-)


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for?Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.