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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

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

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

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?

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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Collecting 19th Century Antique Sulfide Marbles

Even though I specialize in selling antique books, I can't help but love antiques in general. Recently I got hold of a collection of antique sulphide marbles, some of the most unique marbles I'd ever seen. First produced beginning in the mid 1800's through the 1930's,...

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