Antique Book Prices

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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How can you know whether you're getting your antique book for a good price? Where can you find a listing of current prices for antique books? Who decides what to charge for antique books, and are the prices ever negotiable? If you've never looked at the antique book market before, you'll want to understand these concepts before you buy.

The answers to the above questions are a lot simpler than you might think. First of all, if you go on the Internet and get some ideas about what is being charged for the types of books you're interested in, it will help you to realize that, if you believe a book is worth what you are paying for it, you are getting it at a good price. You may be willing to pay more for a specific book than someone else would, but that doesn't mean you didn't get a great buy.

Antique Book Price Guidelines

If you know nothing at all about what antique book prices are, you are likely to pay too much for a book once in a while, but you will learn. Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive, up-to-date, universal price list available. This is because prices are constantly changing. A book may gain significantly in value within hours, or it may lose some of its value because someone found a dozen copies no one knew about.

The answer to the last question is that individuals decide what to charge for antique books. Reputable online or local vendors certainly have a good idea of the fair market value of the books they offer, but they always have the option to go higher if they think they can get more or lower if they want to sell the book. Antique book prices are often negotiable, however, and it never hurts to offer less than the vendor is asking. You may be surprised at the response!


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appraising old books

Would you be able to please give me an idea of what they might be appraised for.

1. a Harvard Classic #13 Aenie by Virgil by Collier, NY 1909; the book is green with a raised shield and scroll work in the book. It happens to be an old library book in fair to good condition.
2. The Words of Abraham Lincoln (For use in Schools); NY, Cincinnati, Chicago, American Book Company, Western Publising House 1898 ; a bit water stained here or there in fair condition
3.Rape of the Lock by Pope; Ginn & Company; Boston, NY, Chicago, London,1906 ;Anthem Press; spin has been taped and pages are in fine condition
4.Greek Architecure by T. Roger Smith and Greek Sculptuer by George Redford
Meadville Penna, Flood and Vincent; Chautauqua Century Press 1892; a couple ripped corners and library copy stamped on inside; outside is in fair condiditon

Thanks for your opinion= hollyburgessmartin@yahoo.com

Personal memoirs of gen'l w.t. sherman

I have volumes 1 &2 of the above title. Copyrighted 1890 by w.t. sherman written by himself. New York Charles L. Webster & co 1891. I would like to know the value of the two books if possible. The pictures and signatures are covered by tissue paper. I also have the personal memoirs of p.h. sheridan.

Personal memoirs of gen'l w.t. sherman

I have volumes 1 &2 of the above title. Copyrighted 1890 by w.t. sherman written by himself. New York Charles L. Webster & co 1891. I would like to know the value of the two books if possible. The pictures and signatures are covered by tissue paper. I also have the personal memoirs of p.h. sheridan.

Old Book

I have a book ""UNFORGOTTEN YEARS" written by Logan Pearsall Smith first edition published 1938. It has a letter in it from Little,Brown & Company Pulbisher 34 Beacon Street, Bosten, written Dec 21,1938 about a statement on page 294 this was not caught before the copies were sent out. There also is a slip of paper with the date Jan 3 1939. I am interested in the value of the book and where I can sell it. Thank You

marie_mazza@yahoo.com

antique books

i have a copy of '' when knighthood was in flower" by charles major that was written in 1907 that i am looking to sell.if you could tell me how much it is worth, i would greatly apreciatte it.
j10mccormack@yahoo.com

OLD BOOKS

I HAVE FOUND SOME OF MY WIFES OLD BOOKS LIKE GONE WITH THE WIND 1938 ZANE GREY SEVERAL HARDBACK BOOKS EARLY 1900`S ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER ETC. WOULD LIKE TO SELL AND KNOW WHAT THEY ARE WORTH, ALL ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.

BRANKIN@WHITERIVER.ORG 417-294-0531