Our Antique Book Appraisal & Evaluation Process
Wondering how we appraise and evaluate the antique books you want to sell? Here’s our typical process.
When you submit a book for our appraisal, we ask for some basic information: Title, author, date of publication, and condition and available photos.
Pictures say a thousand words, so if you’re able to supply photos of the antique books you want to sell, it helps to give us a much better understanding of your item and will help the process of your antique book appraisal move quickly.
Once we have a clear idea of the books you would like to submit, we’ll get to work and with our expertise, research your antique books to determine an estimation of price based on recent or archived auction results.
Pricing results are not determined by simply using marketplace websites like AbeBooks as this tends to be an untrue reflection of the current market values for antique books. Those types of websites are essentially a catalog of “asking prices” chosen by merchants who want to sell antique books and are not always a great representation of what a book is actually worth.
The four key points we look for when evaluating a book:
1. Age of the book – Just because an antique book is old doesn’t mean it automatically is valuable. This rule of thumb can be surprising to folks trying to sell antique books. You could have lets say
2. Rarity of the book – A rare book doesn’t always mean it’s a valuable book. For example, through the years, we’ve carried several dozen old books which would be classified as being rare, but which in actuality didn’t achieve any significant value. This is due to the fact that although the books were indeed rare and hard to find, they were not particularly collectible or highly desirable.
3. Collectability of the book – Certain authors or subject matters always have a following and a base of collectors; if an antique book is in high demand, it tends to be worth more money. Same goes for First Editions; a first or early printing often commands a greater value.
4. Condition of the book – As with all antiques, condition plays a big part in evaluation. For example, if an antique book is in poor condition it might only be worth 10% of an identical copy in very good condition. There are some exceptions to this rule and here’s when rarity comes into play. If you have an exceptionally rare book then even if it is in poor condition it could still hold a lot of value.
If your antique book meets these general qualifications, then its a good bet that we’d be interested in purchasing it from you. Depending on various factors, we’re typically prepared to offer between 50% – 70% of the fair market value for your antique books while cutting out the strain and expense of going through the auction house process.
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