Do You Have Books to Sell?

Like all booksellers we have a constant need for stock to replace the books we sell.

We always need: better out-of-print monographs, exhibition catalogues, museum catalogues, private collection catalogues, selected periodicals and certain auction sales catalogues, in any language. Condition is important, but we don’t pay much attention to dust jackets. We can also use recent review copies and better museum and library duplicates in very good condition.

Whether you have only a few volumes or want to divest yourself of your entire library, we will be happy to hear from you about your books.

The factors that determine the value of nearly everything else help determine the value of your books, and what you can expect to be offered for them. Basically, the laws of supply and demand apply. In other words, the sooner we can expect to sell books we obtain from you, the greater the percentage of the retail price you will be offered. Scarcity is of course a big factor, as is subject matter. For instance I have had a wonderful, enormous sales catalogue with numerous plates illustrating one gentleman’s comprehensive collection of Danzig furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries. I venture to say that there are not many books on this subject. I also venture to say that not too many people are interested in this subject. Conversely Rovinski’s catalogue (1894) of the etchings of the pupils of Rembrandt isn’t very common. To say the least. But we could sell a copy very easily, with a telephone call.

To put this in booksellers’ terms (my terms, anyway), is a book going to sit on the shelf or will it walk out the door in a reasonably short amount of time? To put this another way, are five, ten, or more copies on offer "on the net" right now?

Which is a rather roundabout way of saying this: we will pay very good prices for very good material.


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