Free Rare Book Evaluation
What type of books do we buy? This is certainly one of the most common questions that we receive. Our speciality is in old and rare books, specifically early printed books before 1800 including incunabula, early Bibles (pre-1800), manuscripts, archives, natural history books, color plate books, books on travel and exploration, fine sets, limited editions, first editions of important literature, rare Judaica, rare Hebraica, rare Chinese and Japanese books, rare Indian books, rare art books, illustrated books etc. We also actively purchase important scholarly books in all fields including art monographs as well as paper items, ephemera, diaries, photo albums etc. Many times we purchase entire libraries en-bloc. If you only have some books that are of interest to us, we are always happy to give you free advice as to where we believe the rest of the books can be sold.
We offer immediate payment. If you can provide quality photos of the book(s) binding and title page with date, we are often able to make offers based on those. Sometimes, of course, books do need to be seen in person, and in that case we are happy to provide you with our company insured Fedex account for reverse charge (upon request)
How do you value books? Our evaluations are based on many years of experience buying and selling rare books and manuscripts to many clients and University libraries, museums, and special collections. Additionally, we rely on common pricing resources such as the American Book Prices Database for auction records, a German auction database, other price reference tools, bibliographies, and an assessment of rarity from databases such as Worldcat that list known Institutional copies. We are happy, whenever possible, to supply you with recent auction records – which offer perhaps the best perspective on what a book can be reasonably sold for. This is not the same as prices that appear on internet book engines as such prices may be high retail prices and not reasonably reflective of the prices for which a book can be readily sold for.
While we cannot make legal appraisals, we do offer free evaluations for rare books, and can make immediate cash offers if you wish to consider selling them. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 469–1851. We are also happy to meet you if you wish to stop by (by appointment only at 1510 Lexington Ave 9D NY, NY 10029). Sending us a list of titles and dates as well as any photos is often a good place to start.
We also maintain a sister site RareBookBuyer.com dedicated to free evaluations of old and rare books