Rare Books Neighborhood

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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If you love to read, you've probably had the experience of holding an old book in your hands and wondering about all the people who read it before you. Sometimes, when you look closer, you realize that the workmanship on its leather cover or the delicate, intricate print on onionskin pages can be really exquisite. It's no wonder that most people who collect rare books do it for the sheer joy of owning unique treasures.

I had a copy of a rare book when I was in high school. It was one of a box of very old books given to me by an elderly lady who lived in a huge Victorian house at the end of our street. It was Jane Eyre, dating from 1906 and the most beautiful book I have ever seen. Unfortunately, while I was at college, my parents moved and gave away a lot of what they thought was old "stuff," my book among them. I still wish I could find that book--it was a real treasure!

Antique Books Years Later

I'm not going to tell you how long ago I was in college, but you get the idea. Whenever I go anywhere near an antique store or old book store, I look for my Jane Eyre. I even have a small collection of other issues of the same novel. Maybe you're not looking for a specific title, but, if you've read this far, you probably love old books. You will find much pleasure from owning rare old books.

Maybe you're interested in learning how to recognize a great rare book when you find one. Maybe you just want to be able to obtain a rare book or two, older versions of books you cherished when you were younger, and you want to get them at the right price.

Owning a Rare Book

Just because a book is old doesn't necessarily make it a rare or valuable book. Like any other treasures people seek, a rare book can come in many forms. For example, the first edition of Action Comics is a rare book. Most rare books, however, are much older than the comic. They are rare because so few of them have survived the decades or centuries since they were printed.

If you become the owner of a rare book, especially if you obtain it because you love the story, it could literally delight you for the rest of your life. Rare book traders, even when they sell books they particularly like, often have collections of their own. There's just something about owning rare books. Once you've entered the world of owning rare books, it's very easy to get hooked.

Rare Books and the Internet

It has become commonplace for people to search for objects and services on the Internet. There you can find everything from diet programs to heavy machinery. You can also find rare books online. This option is great for many collectors who aren't able to travel to areas where rare books are usually found. It can also save a lot of time.


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