Regency Antique Books
We provide the same exceptional service you’d expect at a major auction house but with the attention to detail that only a small business can provide.
We’re a family-run virtual auction house with a love of antiques and auctions that goes back over 50 years.
Meet the Owner
Hi, I’m Chris.
I grew up in London, surrounded by some of the world’s most historically rich places, including book shops. My favorite haunt as a kid was Davenport’s Magic, the oldest such shop anywhere on earth.
My book collecting began there at Davenport’s, with carefully selected volumes on card magic and legendary magicians. The shop’s proprietors were magicians and rare book collectors themselves. Their mentorship and passion for the history of magic and literature from the past lit a fire in me at that young age – to this day, I still love to practice card mechanics and collect magic books on this topic.
In 2010, after many years of working as a professional chef, I decided it was time to hang up my apron. I got out of the kitchen and into the library. I conducted antique book auctions in England, gradually amassing a clientele based all over the globe.
When I relocated to the United States in 2014, I brought my business with me, establishing Regency Antique Books with my wife in Phoenix, Arizona.
Here in America, I’ve gotten to broaden my horizons and meet an entire nation full of so many other folks who love antique books just as much as I do!
“I love rare books. I love the histories they embody, and the stories they tell – not just the ones written within them.”
ARTICLES ON ANTIQUE BOOKS & MORE
Tips on finding the value of antique Bibles "How much is my old Bible worth?" We get this question a lot about antique Bibles, and though the answer isn’t in black and white, the bottom line is that the value of an old Bible very often depends on age, condition and...
How to Handle Book Collections or Home Libraries Say you’ve walked into an estate liquidation situation, ready to evaluate and catalog the properties when you come upon a collection of old books - maybe even a full library. With an entire house to deal with during the...
The Internet's Stumbling Block: Using AbeBooks and Amazon for Pricing One big stumbling block in buying and selling books in the age of the internet is the dependence upon websites like AbeBooks and Amazon for evaluating worth. This is a scenario we run into often...
It's (almost) all about condition. As with all items in the world of antiques, the condition of an old or antique book greatly determines how valuable it is. When antiquarian book collectors choose new pieces for their libraries, condition plays a huge role. The...
This collection of Marilyn Monroe photos sold at auction for $4,000 in August, 2020 We were proud to represent this collection, offered in conjunction with Marilyn Monroe's 94th birthday. A collection of 19 exquisite oversize photographs of Marilyn printed by the...
This JFK signed book sold at auction for $3,300 in July, 2017 This signed book, a 1957 edition of John F. Kennedy's American classic, "Profiles in Courage" was sold at auction in July, 2017 for $3,300 and remains one of our favorite rare book auctions. The book was...