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What Is an Old Book Worth?

Updated on May 11, 2015
Classic children's books from my bookshelf.
Classic children's books from my bookshelf. | Source

The Value of Old Books - Is Yours Worth Anything?

Do you have an old book that you think is worth a lot?

Quite often, a person would came into the public library to ask the librarian about the value of an old book they owned. I handled this question many times in my thirty years as a librarian. Often I had to disappoint the person when I researched what the price was for their vintage book. Not all old books are collector's items or are even wanted by book buyers. (photo on left by Virginia Allain)

Of course, librarians are not book appraisers, but I found a number of useful tools to help someone figure out the value of their old book. Check below to determine what price someone would pay for that old book you have. I've taken several old books through the process of estimating the value so you can see how it works.

An autographed book that I sold for over $200.
An autographed book that I sold for over $200. | Source

Is the Book Signed by the Author?

The author's signature inside a book does not guarantee that it is worth a lot of money. Autographs from very famous people get devalued if they signed massive numbers of books. A personalized signature to a significant person does increase the value of the book. Look at the name of the book owner if it is written in the front of the book or if the name is mentioned in the book inscription by the author. If it is someone important enough, it can enhance the value of the book.

Old Books Price Guide That Lists 25,000 Books and Their Values

Huxford's Old Book Value Guide
Huxford's Old Book Value Guide

This lists books compiled from book sellers' price lists. Excellent for seeing what the experts out there think a book is worth. It includes 25,000 titles. There's also a great list of book buyers, telling what they are looking for and giving their contact information.

 

Hot Auctions for Old Books on eBay - Examples of Desirable Books Selling Online

Take a look at these auctions and it will give you an idea of what book buyers are looking for. If you are planning to sell some old books that you have, check eBay to see what your competition is. If quite a few sellers have the same book, you are unlikely to get much for your copy.

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Start with Bookfinder to Determine the Price for the Book

Bookfinder connects you to the descriptions and prices of over 150 million books for sale from booksellers all over the world, including Amazon and rare book dealers.

It includes new, used, rare. out of print. international. and textbooks.

Just enter the book's title and author or on newer books the ISBN number (found on the book jacket or on the back of the title page). Match your book as closely as possible by date, description, edition and condition to the ones listed. Remember that condition makes a huge difference in value for used and rare books.

(graphic courtesy of glassgiant.com)

Books about Book Collecting - Learn all about it

You can borrow some of these from the public library, but I'm guessing you'll want one or two for your home reference shelf.

Beautiful Old Bindings

I love the old leather bound books or ones with gilt lettering.
I love the old leather bound books or ones with gilt lettering. | Source

How Can You Tell if You Have a First Edition?

A Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions
A Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions

It's handy to have a reference guide like this one.

 

Condition Flaws That Affect the Value of an Old Book

This video discusses the outside condition of the book, but interior problems like a loose binding or foxing (spots on the pages) lower the price as well.

After watching this video, browse the related video topics on the right side of the screen. Those explore the things you need to know about condition affecting book value. This video on the Inside Condition of an Old Book is important to watch.

Evaluating the Condition of Your Book (video tutorial)

Example: An Old Book in Poor Condition

The 88th Division in the World War
The 88th Division in the World War | Source

Why the Book Above Has Little Monetary Value

This book belonged to my great-uncle who served in WWI. Although it dates back to 1918, it has little resale value due to the damage it shows. The family values it because it lists our great-uncle in it.

A copy in good condition might sell for $40 to $80. One can buy a reprint of the book in paperback or even on Kindle.

Some Books Are Sought After Even If They Aren't Old

Does a rare book lurk in this stack? Most of the ones in this batch have little value for resale. They are too common.
Does a rare book lurk in this stack? Most of the ones in this batch have little value for resale. They are too common. | Source

Price Guide for Old Books - Get one for your bookshelf

The Official Price Guide to Collecting Books, 6th Edition
The Official Price Guide to Collecting Books, 6th Edition

If you want to know what prices certain titles have brought at auction, check this guide.

 

Even Paperback Books Can Be Valuable - Check this price guide for collectible paperbacks

Collectable Paperback Books: A New Vintage Paperback Price Reference Second Edition
Collectable Paperback Books: A New Vintage Paperback Price Reference Second Edition

Vintage paperback books can be tricky. My sister sells these on Amazon sometimes for as much as $50. You just have to find the right ones.

 

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Selling Used Books on Amazon

How to Sell Used Books on Amazon: The Stay at Home Mom's Secret Guide to Selling Books on Amazon
How to Sell Used Books on Amazon: The Stay at Home Mom's Secret Guide to Selling Books on Amazon

Once you've determined that you have a valuable book, one place to sell it is on Amazon.

Actually looking up the book on Amazon is a way to check the number of copies available for people to buy and what prices they are asking for those copies.

 

Example - A Popular Schoolgirl

We'll follow one book through the process of determining its value.

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A Popular Schoolgirl Book Cover Post Card by friendlyspirit
Available from Zazzle on a Postcard

When you look up this title on Bookfinder, you'll see 156 copies for sale by book dealers. Some have a publication date of 2008, so the book has been reprinted. Several copies from the 1920s are listed around $150 each. These all have paper dust jackets but our copy does not.

One 1920 copy is listed for $589. I would discount this as a seller putting it out just on speculation. The other copies are much lower in price.

One book listed for $44 seems like a good match for our copy. Here's the description: "Publisher: Blackie London, 1920

Good hardback in grey cloth with blue, black & yellow. Illus by Balliol Salmon Ed.not stated. Inscrip (1920) on ffep; feps browned; some foxing; spine a little browned, with wear to cloth at head and foot. 6 B&W illus, all present. Appears to be First edition of 1920 - gift inscrip dated Christmas 1920; 'A Popular Schoolgirl' is at the top of the list of 21 titles on verso of half-title page and all other 20 books listed were published in 1920 or earlier."

This book cover has been turned into a poster that is available on Zazzle.

Dream & Fate Book Cover ~ Poster. Merchant's Gargling Oil Almanac ~ Dream & Fate Book 1886. Wonderful vintage book cover. Image of a woman in a long flowing gown and an owl seated on a crescent moon.


(graphic credit: Dream & Fate Book Cover Poster by VintageFactor)

Looking up The Dream and Fate Book on Bookfinder

There was only one listing on Bookfinder. The book was described as:

"Lockport, N.Y., Merchant's Gargling Oil Company, 1885. 18 x 12 cm. Orig. decorated wrappers. Illustrated. Attractive colorful covers with on the rear an illustration of a horse tended by two orientals with gargling oil. A few minor defects. With punched hole for hanging string.* Advertising booklet for a cure-all medicine. With an almanac for 1886, moon phases, 'unlucky days', jokes and other amusement."

The price listed was $42.47 which included the shipping cost. This is for a book published in 1885, not 1886. Close enough that we can consider our book to be worth a similar amount. Possibly it was an annual publication by the Gargling Oil Company.

© 2010 Virginia Allain

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      gonzo6110 3 years ago

      I HAVE A BOOK MADE IN 12/25/1885 BY EMMA, CALLED THE BOOK OF WORTH AND WEALTH ,HOW MUCH IS IT WORTH???

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      ABEbooks is useful too, for finding the comparative prices of old books, as it presents a range of prices according to condition and trade knowledge of the seller. Generally, an established bookdealer will have a better idea about value, than a hobbyist selling books

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @gonzo6110: Give it a check on Book Finder. Remember that condition is very important.

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      gonzo6110 3 years ago

      I HAVE A WORTH AND WEALTH BOOK PRINTED IN DEC, 25TH 1885 BY EMMA, HOW MUCH IS IT WORTH???

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I love old books. The smell, the look, and the feel of them. E-books may be convenient but there really is nothing to compare to the feel of a classic page bound book.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I'm not seeing anything online with a general search or on Bookfinder. You might research "misbound books" or "books bound backwards) to see if that adds or detracts from the value of an old book.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've tried every resource to find out if my old book is valuable. It's called The Wreck, published by the Dodd, Mead & Company, Press by Richard Handy in 1880. The strange thing about this book is that it is bound in backwards in the cover. Can anyone help me with this.

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Wow !!!

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      xmusashix86 4 years ago

      GREAT lens very informative!!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @Chocolatealchemy: Thank you for your very kind comment. It made my day.

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      Chocolatealchemy 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I love your Lenses - you're always sharing your knowledge. I have Gerald Durrell's The Talking Parcel in hardback and on Amazon have seen it listed for between £60 to $1,000, so not quite sure what mine would be worth. By the way, the book is a wonderful read for kids ... and me!

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This info about the price of an old book is quite interesting to me. I do have a collection of vintage books and one day I do want to invest some time into discovering their worth. You've given a great start is learning how to do that, very helpful information. Thanks.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I find this interesting, since I just listed a book yesterday on tomfolio.com and my own website that I first researched on Bookfinder. What I found caused me to add a section on my tomfolio quiz lens on how I decided on the price for this book published in 2001. The Bookfinder price for a new copy of the revised edition I have (also new) varied considerably. This small paperback book's only claim to fame is that the publisher was bought out and the books they published all went out of print. They were going used at Amazon for only a penny, I believe, but new copies were listed at over $160.00. How would you explain that? I listed mine for under $10.00, but you'd have to go to Tomfolio to find it at such a reasonable price. Everyone assumes Amazon and the other big sites will always be the cheapest place to buy used or new books, but it's not always true. Sometimes it pays to Google the title and author and be willing to drill down past the first page of search results to find all prices of books. As one experienced in working with books, you may be better able than the average Bookfinder user to assess book value. But sometimes an amateur will not find a book listed and then decide the book must be rare and prices it as such. What a searcher doesn't know is how long that book may have been listed and not sold. Most booksellers know that the true value of a book is what a willing buyer will pay a willing seller. Some prices on Bookfinder are ridiculously high, including a number from Amazon third party sellers.

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      momsfunny 4 years ago

      It would be wonderful to discover an old book that is valuable.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I love old etiquette books and have a shelf of those (but not this title).

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @heytoto: Best of luck to you on getting the right buyer for it.

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      Karen Kolavalli 5 years ago from Lexington, Kentucky

      I'm an Amazon bookseller and bought the leftover books (a lot!) after an estate sale for a set price for the lot. So I've been working my way through them to list them on Amazon and came across a children's book from 1955, "The Great Axe Bretwalda" by Philip Ketchum which is out of print but lists on Amazon for $150-$480. Mine doesn't have a dust jacket, but seems to be in much better condition than most of the ones listed. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will sell!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Criag 1880

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      BookEndDesigns 5 years ago

      I picked up 8 (!) boxes of books for $75 from craigslist that people found when they bought a building and didn't want, they ended up being all antique and rare, 2 first editions of Gone with the Wind, an 1850s book of sea charts, several leather bound sets and a handful of very nice first edition children's books that had a lot of value.... I figured after going through it was close to $8000 worth... gotta keep your eyes open for a great find sometimes!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes. "The Bazar Book of Decorum" It's in pretty good shape for being 141. I got it at a yard sale. For free!

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      vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

      Useful info - thanks for sharing!

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      petelovestoread 5 years ago

      great info! thanks for the work

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I bet that's an interesting one to browse through.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Health Home Nursing Emergencies

      issued by : The Canadian Red Cross

      Toronto 1939 and is in a very excellent condition

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      lilblackdress lm 5 years ago

      I have bought and sold a lot of books over the years. One method I used was finding the valuable titles online or pre-ordering at half.com. I sold some of the titles over and over. It helps to specialize in selected niches than you know the value pretty quickly. You can also use phone apps to look up prices. Nice lens!

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      simpsonia 5 years ago

      The Bookfinder link was especially helpful. Thank you!

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      PapaKork 5 years ago

      My mother had an old signed copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (it wasn't signed to her, but to another person). Not sure what it was actually worth, but she let it go on Ebay for $100.00 when money was tight. She really wishes she'd kept it, though.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I've sold some somewhat valuable books on Amazon. It's fun to find nice old books that are also worth something!

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      karMALZEKE 5 years ago

      That is my hobby...finding old, rare children's books. I also check in with abebooks.com for pricing ideas on old, rare books.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Great lens with very helpful information!

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      chwwalker lm 5 years ago

      Interesting lens discovered on Pinterest. One of my aunts goes around to book fairs and such to get cheap books and then resells them on Amazon for just under the Amazon price, and I know it helps their family income a lot. I'd love to do it myself someday as a stay at home mom.

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      RareBooksDigest 5 years ago

      We have written quite a few articles about rare books and their value. There are some introductory artciles like Rare books 101 and 102, an article as to how a rare book gets its value. Check the site www.rarebooksdigest.com

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      kingsrookie lm 6 years ago

      Great work here Vallain, Glad I friended you on Google Plus!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      as an ex-bookseller I'd say you are sharing some excellent advice here. Though there are a couple of points I'd like to raise -

      1) Many books are priced high as few other copies are available, this does not mean they are in demand at all, but can purely by down to one seller speculating with a high price, and others following them.

      2) Although a book can be priced high when looking for other copies they can also be priced low, or even appear on 'wanted book' lists for low prices in attempt for booksellers to acquire books well below the market price. A number of these were on my 'watch list' and I would often be able to buy them for £5 and resell for £50 within a week. Though many times I would buy and then be informed by the seller that it was no longer available!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Great resources for book collectors. I wish I knew what happened to all of my grandmother's books she read to me when I was a wee one.

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      Paki Bazar 6 years ago

      nice topic i enjoyed it reading

      keep it up

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      WaynesWorld LM 6 years ago

      Neat lens. My sister has our mothers soft leather covered book of poems from 1912 by an author last name is Rice.

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      LisaMarieArt 6 years ago

      I've just recently started collecting vintage books so this info is very useful. Thanks for the link to Bookfinder.com. It's a pain trawling through site after site so it's a God send! :)

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      Gayle 6 years ago from McLaughlin

      Even though I have been a librarian for many years, I have learned so much about the value of old books. Didn't know about Bookfinder.com! Thanks Virginia!

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Very informative lens

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      profilesincolor 6 years ago

      Nice, informative, thanks! :-)

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Coming upon this lens was perfect timing. I had recently found myself wondering about resources for determining the value of vintage books. Many thanks for providing these excellent links and resources. Very helpful information that I can immediately apply.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Oh this lens is a great lens! I collect old books and once found three books written in 1790's about the French Revolution. Ten years ago I took the books to an Antique Road Show, he told me they were worth nothing because I didn't have the fourth book...I said, I have three and someone only has one. I researched the internet a years later and found out that EACH book was worth $300+ so much for the Road Show! ha ha

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      @ellagis: I agree, the feel of an old book in my hands is special. They even have a certain "old paper" smell to them.

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      Very interesting argument. From time to time, I have wondered "how much could its value be?", looking at an old book in my house. Honestly, I don´t think I have such so great values, but I love old books, and I like to have some of them. They have a "mystic halo" around them, haven´t they?

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      Cool lens.

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Well done! An Angel blessing for you

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens.Thanks for sharing. strategic planning software

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      djroll 6 years ago

      Great information. I have a few very old books that I cherish.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      @gottaloveit2: Actually $100 is a pretty high price. It's a very rare book that ends up being worth thousands. Ultimately you have to decide if you value them more and if so, keep them for their sentimental value.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      I have a bunch of very old books (circa early 1800s) from my grandparents. Sadly, they're only worth around a hundred each. I'll just keep them instead as they're beautiful in my eyes. Great lens.

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      Helene-Malmsio 6 years ago

      In 1987 I bought a set of 2 books that were 200 years old. They cost about $200 then, in great condition. Now they unfortunately are not as in good condition, but I still love the way they have f instead of s (or is it the other way around - lol?) in the old way of writing.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I have a couple old Arabic books that are around 300 plus years old, written by hand :) I got them from a box that an old lady was selling :)

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      Luminosity LM 6 years ago

      I have a number of them in my online bookstore.

      Great page thanks for sharing.

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      KatBar 6 years ago

      Yes I have a few I have packed away. Must dig them up and do some research. Thanks for the great idea.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this article. I don't have any old or rare books; but I do have a book I bought in the late 50's which I treasure and have found this book being sold on Amazon used for almost 300 dollars. I thought that was an interesting find.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Great information, very interesting

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      Showpup LM 6 years ago

      I have a 1902 copy of Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain. Seems common enough and not of super-high value by that fact alone but this copy is in near perfect condition (no stains, wear, writing... I found NO scuffs, marks or anything anywhere. Kept under lock and key by my Grandpa for many decades.) and most pages not even cut (never read). Wonder how much this effects the value? Really enjoyed your lens.

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      Love this lens. I am going to put a link to it on my "Book Care and Repair" lens. If a book is a valuable one, it should be handled with care and should be repaired correctly. Thanks for assembling this information.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      A very useful lens. Blessed by a squid angel.

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      msmiles 6 years ago

      Thank you for this, it was very informative!!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Alan - Your book will be worth more than the ex-library ones, for sure. Other important considerations are the condition of the binding, loose pages, or other defects. Look on Amazon too where books are listed with a used or rare copy.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Virginia, I used your link to Bookfinder to check on my soft-bound copy of Don Blanding's "In An Old Hawaiian Garden," and it's worth about $150.00. How cool is that?! I'd never sell it, but it's nice to know what it's worth. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hello, i have a book which is a first print dated 1909 by duffield & company, the book is titled The vicar of wakefield:a play done by marguerite merington. i have found reprints of the book with a value, but cant find one on a first print, inside it says published october 1909, some of the sites offer old reprints from a ex-liabary but i can't find out if i have a rare book or not and price as to what it is worth. thanks.

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      Wonderful lenses. I like to write about antiquarian books. Must add this lens to my links for my antiquarian books. Thank you. Oh and I have squidliked and favourited this lens.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I love old books (well old anything usually) but have a hard time parting with things despite their value. I have a set of 4 large leather bound fairytale books from 1908 which I adore and wouldn't sell for anything. Always fun to see if you got a hidden treasure though.

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      Great lens...we have oodles of old books (or are they?) on the ranch where I live. It will be fun to find out if they are worth anything...

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      @ideadesigns: This sounds most worthwhile, making out-of-print books available again. My librarian instincts say "very good!"

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Once I found a book on a street sale on slide rule. I paid .50 for it and resold this on ebay for $16. I used to go to antique stores to look for some but now I have given up as I have no more space. I love old books.

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      ideadesigns 7 years ago

      I work with a nonprofit that buys very rare books and they can be costly! We redesign the covers and have them republished so that they become available again. What a great lens to share thanks.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      @paperfacets: Many thanks for critiquing it for me. I can't figure out why the directory doesn't work, as it is turned on. I'm having trouble with the eBay link too. Only 3 clicks on eHow the first month, but on other lenses ehow gets lots of clickouts.

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Virgina,

      This is very good advice and a good looking lens. Look at all the FB links it has, so the public thinks so too. As you think of little things to add use that for updates. I think you should turn the directory on in the intro. Maybe a link list to good sites on the web would help with some keywords. You might think of that. Do the eHow get every many clickouts?

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: #1- Bookfinder shows a variety of these (date and condition) from $5 to $200. Try to match yours as closely as possible in date, binding, condition to get the truest estimate.

      #2 - Bookfinder lists one for $35 (your's may be higher or lower depending on the condition)

      #3- Bookfinder shows a volume 2 for $48. It lists the 1925 Architectural Construction at $103.

      The link for Bookfinder is listed above on my webpage.

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Very helpful information here.. thanks! I would love to know how much my old books are worth.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have some old books and was wondering if they have any value?

      1. The New Century Book of Facts

      THE CONTINENTAL PUBLISHING COMPANY

      Copyright 1925 thru 1941

      2. THE LIFE AND WORKS OF FLAVIOUS JOSEPHUS 1957 EDITION

      Translated by William Whiston, A.M.

      3. ARCHITECTVRAL CONSTRVCTION

      VOLVME ONE

      VOSS AND HENERY

      Copyright 1925

      Thank You

      Bill Thomas

      cell #901- 581-5060

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      David Dove 7 years ago

      Excellent source of info, thank you.

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      TriviaChamp 7 years ago

      A very interesting lens. I have quite a few old books that I should probably check out. Kudos.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Great information for helping someone work out the price of an old book - well done and blessed by a passing Squid Angel :-)

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Info on Old Books. I've given many away without thinking they may be valuable. Thanks for these resources! :)

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Any old books that I've come across probably aren't valuable, although there are a few upstairs in the "archives" that would be worth checking out. Thanks for the tips!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      @OhMe: That sounds like an interesting book to me. My husband's family immigrated from Canada to work in the Maine mills.

      Thanks for the blessing!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have a good many old books so will definitely check out the link to find out what they may be worth. The one that I was told was the most valuable is a very small book about Life In Mill Communities. I am anxious to find out about it. Thank you for this information. Blessed.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      @jptanabe: It isn't always the oldest books that are valuable. Sometimes a nondescript book turns out to be fairly rare and consequently worth more.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Interesting! I doubt any of my books are valuable, but you never know ...