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If you have rare books, maps or manuscripts, and you are wanting to sell, then you've found the right place. We buy rare material and offer a range of options.
This site also aims to provide basic information that will help you to understand how the rare book market works. Over the years, we have discovered there is a great need for a source of information that provides true, realistic, and practical information for those who are looking to sell rare books. We hope you will find information here that will be of help to you!
Direct Sale To Us
We are happy to buy your rare books, maps or manuscripts. Our offers are always transparent and accompanied by relevant information regarding the intrinsic value of your book as well as informative on your range of options for selling your book(s). This is the fastest and easiest way to sell your rare book (or related antique), and clients receive payment with a matter of days.
Pros: Fast and easy, amount is certain.
Cons: Typically less money and no opportunity to get more.
This option is always going to be the most fair method of selling for the seller. We are affiliated with one of only a few auction houses worldwide which deals exclusively with rare books, maps and manuscripts:Addison & Sarova Auctioneers. Addison & Sarova is rated a Platinum auction house in one of the world's largest and most exclusive family of auction houses.
At auction, sellers give their books an opportunity to bring the maximum market-certified price. In other words, your book(s) is presented to a large, diverse, and educated bidding public, and the final price that the book achieves is "certified" by knowledgeable bidders placing competing offers.
Pros: Typically gets you the most money for your book; Allows the market to price your book and is most fair to the seller; Exposes your book to thousands of interested people from all over the world who make offers by bidding; Is commission based.
Cons: Requires typically 3 to 6 months from time of consignment until the auction is held and the funds are paid.