Please Note: We deal only with rare, antiquarian, and collectible books typically with values in excess of $500. .
Examples of Books We Do Not Buy or Broker:
(Please do not submit the following)
Text books. This includes modern text books as well as 19th century "readers." While there are a very small number of old text books that may hold some value (e.g. old architecture books).
Partial, or incomplete sets. If you have 1 or 2 volumes from a larger set, or a book that is lacking text or illustrations, then the value is always severely diminished, even if the book volume is hundreds of years old.
Modern fiction. Most modern fiction books, about 99.99% of them, are worth exactly $0. There are exceptions such as first edition, first printings of novels by Hemingway, Faulkner, or Nabokov. Some limited editions can also be of value.
Self-Help. South Beach Diet, modern Political books, Get Rich at home wearing your pajamas type of books, etc.
Encyclopedia sets. With the exception of a few encyclopedia sets printed prior to 1900, most are worth very little.
Magazines. With the exception of art journals and similar publications, most other magazines are not of sufficient value to submit for sale...this includes the National Geographic, Playboy, etc.
Comic Books. While many comic books hold value, we are not comic book dealers and we do not purchase this sort of material.
Examples of Books We Do Buy or Broker:
Most books printed prior to 1800. We purchase most early printed material, and this is our primary focus. Based upon the volume of submissions and emails we receive, about 95% of books that are submitted which are printed after 1800 are not of sufficient value. However, about 85% of books printed prior to 1800 are of sufficient value.
Some books published between 1800 and 1900 except for those matching the descriptions above. While most books from this period are not of high value, a good portion of them can be. For example, exploration books from this period are usually valuable whereas most of the fiction and text books are very common and generally worth very little.
Books printed after 1900 are usually not of sufficient value, but some examples of modern printed books that we may buy are: Illustrated childrens books (early 1900s), Limited or Private editions, Art books, 1st Edition/ 1st Printings of popular titles of well known authors such as Hemingway, Faulkner, or Tolkein.
Some art exhibition catalogues and art books in general. Many are not of value, but quite a few are.
FINALLY: When in doubt, submit the book for our consideration! It will take us very little time to determine the value of any book, and you may submit as many as you wish.
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