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Worth of Books

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syyskuu 6, 2009, 12:27am

How can I find out what some books I have are worth? They are all circa 1940's and hardback. Is there a way to get valid info on what these are worth?

syyskuu 6, 2009, 10:58am

Try Alibris or Abebooks.

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 6, 2009, 11:02am

How much are some books worth? Exactly how much someone is willing to pay for them. You can find how much certain booksellers would like you to pay for some books by searching the books on abebooks.com.
There are many factors which affect the value of a book, with condition being the most important. Does the book still have its dust jacket? Is the binding worn? Is there writing in the book? Is there...
There is just too much to mention here in this thread. If you want to learn a little bit about book collecting in general, I suggest you download John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors, available online from ILAB.

syyskuu 6, 2009, 2:49pm

A couple of sources of info (not specific pricing, but what's valued)

Collecting Rare Books by Jack Matthews
Book Collecting by Allen Ahearn

Keep in mind that 1st editions are valued differently in different countries. The US tends to obsess over this more than most.

Another problem with books from the period you mention is that, unless they are collectable, they tend not to hold their value very well because the problem with cheaper, low pH paper was not well known, and many mainstream publishers ended up using paper that yellows and turns brittle over time, even for hardcover editions. This began in the late 1800s. Now, many publishers will note 'pH neutral' on the copyright page, and many trade paperbacks since around 1980 are made with better paper than the hardcovers of the middle 20th century


syyskuu 6, 2009, 6:49pm

Thank you all for the responses. These books do not have the jackets or sleeves, but have been on shelves most of their lives...some have not been cracked...my grandmother and her mother had a bookstore and some of these were from that store, not sure why the jackets were removed, but then again my grandmothers aunt also threw away a huge amount of lp covers back in the day because "they added bulk"...so that might be why... Now I am not expecting any of these to have a value to retire on, but as we are not using them, I figure if anyone was/is collecting or wants them, more power to them!

Thanks again!!!

marraskuu 8, 2011, 1:09pm

I'm replying to ressurrect a dormant thread. I wish I knew how to spell ressurrect!

marraskuu 8, 2011, 1:12pm


Now you know.


marraskuu 9, 2011, 4:47pm

Why resurrect? Is there something you're further curious about, dyarington?

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 9, 2011, 5:45pm

Based on what's been added, it seems this thread should be (and effectively is) dormant.

joulukuu 15, 2011, 11:37am

OK with me. Too bad!!