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We Buy Books
We pride ourselves on being a family business that has bought and sold books for more than 40 years. If we can't buy your books ourselves we will be delighted to offer you advice on how best to dispose of them and realise their value.To understand our heritage and values please read About Us.
Things to look out for when you are trying to assess value
Book sellers are interested in books for a variety of reasons. However, in most cases their preference is for a proof copy or first edition. Its felt that these, early editions, bring the collector closer to the author. The idea is that this would have been the edition that the author first saw and held. It's also true that there are first editions than subsequen editions, so they have more value.
The first thing to do to identify a first edition is to look at the dates on the title page. If there are a number of dates, or something like "reprinted" is written, then its not a first edition. Other give aways are if the copywrite date is before the published date. Unfortunately, however, whilst these mehods are good at weeding out what is not a first edition, they are not difinitive methods of identifying the true first edition. Spotting a first edition is, unfortunately, not always easy. The most reliable method is to find a bibliography or to go on line and search for "title+first edition". There will be a mass of results, some of which will describe the salient points that mark the particular title as a first.
Once you've identified a book as a first edition you can go on line to see its value. But beware - often there are many prices for the same book. In this case the top prices are not likely to be achievable. Think about if you were buying the book: which one would you buy? Once you've identified this then you have probably found the price that an experienced dealer would try to sell it for. But hold on - that does not mean you will be able to sell it at this price. Typically a dealer will not buy a book for more than a third of the price that he expects to sell it for. The thinking is that it may take ages to sell and that the dealer needs to make a profit!.