"Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one." ~Augustine Birrell
Allow us to be a resource for you as you work to build your collection. Whether you’re motivated to amass a library of your own for financial reasons, for the personal satisfaction and enjoyment you get from this ‘hobby’, or for posterity’s sake, we have the tools to assist you.
We’ve put together a running Glossary of Rare Book Terms and you can find it here. Collectors know firsthand how important it is to recognize the terminology used in descriptions of books for sale. After all, no one wants to be bamboozled because they failed to understand just what they were buying.
Of course, the process of printing and publishing a book has many steps, and when it comes to collecting rare books, the pre-publication material can be as valuable (if not more so) than the actual book. For example, what do you know about Advanced Reading Copies? What are the terms to distinguish these unique collectible items? Read More >>
Age or scarcity alone are hardly sufficient to make a rare book also valuable. Books are valued for the significance of their contents, their scarcity, their imprint or date of publication, their physical characteristics or condition, or their associations (signed or annotated by a famous author, for instance). The importance of the text and its sources, the condition of the book, and demand for it will determine the financial valuation of an old book. Learn more about the following factors in gauging a book's value by clicking on the links below.
If you’re a novice collector and looking for a place to start your book collection, what should you consider? The process is filled with nuances, and there are perhaps as many ways to go about forming a collection as there are collectors. However, some universal truths are present in the book collecting world. Here, we’ve compiled a brief guide to help you along your collecting ways. Read More >>
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"How many cities have revealed themselves to me in the marches I undertook in the pursuit of books!” ~Walter Benjamin
If you’re traveling, be sure to research accredited book stores in the city you’ll be visiting. The ILAB and AABA provide lists that are helpful. Also, check ahead to ascertain working hours of bookstores you’d like to visit. We’ve traversed the world over in pursuit of collectibles, so we’ve done some of the footwork in the following locations. Click on the links to find personalized book collecting travel guides.
|Buying Rare Books in Italy||Buying Rare Books in Dublin|
|Buying Rare Books in Poland||Buying Rare Books in Finland|
|Buying Rare Books in Costa Rica||Buying Rare Books in Sydney, Australia|
|Buying Rare Books in Mexico City||Buying Rare Books in Seoul|
|Buying Rare Books in Stockholm||Buying Rare Books in Spain|