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This Month’s Featured Auctions: June, 2019

This Month’s Featured Auctions: June, 2019

Featured Antique Book Auctions Each month, we highlight our featured rare and antique book and ephemera auctions, highlighting certain items of interest to collectors. Check out our current auction listings for these and many more items. Complete 6 volume set of The...

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Is My Old Bible Worth Money?

Is My Old Bible Worth Money?

Pointers 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 condition and...

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Want to sell old books? It’s all about condition (almost)

Want to sell old books? It’s all about condition (almost)

As with all items in the world of antiques, the condition of an old or antique book greatly determines how valuable it is. When antique book collectors choose new pieces for their libraries, condition plays a big part. In general terms, the desirability of an antique...

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1898 German Pop-Up Children’s Fairy Tale Book

1898 German Pop-Up Children’s Fairy Tale Book

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we'll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our past auctions. This item has been sold. This early and quite rare German pop-up book entitled "Im Marchenlande" by Therese Scheref contains six beautiful...

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Hauntingly Beautiful Antique Portrait of Actress Anna Held

Hauntingly Beautiful Antique Portrait of Actress Anna Held

Captivating antique cabinet card of French actress If you've ever seen the 1980 film "Somewhere in Time" starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, you'll immediately understand the concept of someone falling in love with a long-ago portrait. The movie tells the...

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Old Books Re-Imagined as New Artwork

Old Books Re-Imagined as New Artwork

An artist creates his works from the ruins of old, unwanted books like dictionaries, encyclopedias and textbooks, taking an exacto knife to the old pages and carving away.

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What is vellum binding on an antique book?

What is vellum binding on an antique book?

Vellum is essentially calfskin binding. The word is derived from the Latin “vitulinum” meaning “made from calf”, leading to Old French “vélin” (“calfskin”). In terms of antique books, vellum refers to a parchment made from calf skin, as opposed to that from other...

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