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Ask any question about any old, antiquarian, or rare book

Ask me any question about any book in the comments below:

Do you have a question about a certain first edition? Are looking to find out how to identify whether your copy is a first edition? Or are you looking to find out the value on a book that you have?

Maybe you are wondering about a particular publisher or author? Maybe you are wondering if an auction on Ebay is really what it is described to be?

Maybe you have an old book you can’t find anywhere.

Whatever your question, ask below and I will try to answer your questions as soon as I can.

15 Responses to “Ask any question about any old, antiquarian, or rare book”

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    Samantha Andersen:

    Hello, My husband and I collect old books as a hobby together, and I have one that I am particular curious about, I can’t seem to find any more information on. It is a copy of Camara Obscura by Van Hilderbrant from 1900 it has the portrait of the author in it and is in the orginal dutch. What I find really odd is the book is signed, the signature is hiderbrant, but I know that was a psydoname for Nicolas Beets. So I am curious as to why it is signed hilderbrant or if it is some type of fordgery. Any infomation you could give me would be great

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    I have a book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss. I was wondering what it was worth. “ISBN 0 00 195233 I, 1938 by Dr. Suess” Spelled Seuss on the front, and inside spelled Suess.
    First published in Great Britain 1966, Ninth impression 1978, Printed in Great Britain
    Collins Clear-Type Press: London and Glasgow

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    Sorry, you just have a recent reprint. Not worth much at all.

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    Sounds interesting. I doubt it would be a forgery. It isn’t really valuable enough for people to forge. Probably Beets just signed using his pseudonym.

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    Hello, i purchased a copy of Elizabeth barrett browning poetry (ill assume its old as theres a note written from 1894) but inside there are some old newspaper articles a boat postcard advertisement as well as a party invitation from a company that was operating during elizabeths time. Who do i ask about these things? I hope you can steer me in the right direction as noone around here will even look at it.. Ive had offers of 100-200$ for it or “profesionals” saying they want me to send it to them to look at (not happening) im stuck as to who i turn to to find this kind of information please help!!

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    hi i have a copy of from here to eternity no dust cover it is red also does not have an a by print date so im assuming this is not a first edition can anyone tell me if it might be a book club or same year later printing

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    I recently purchased a book by Trudi Schoop & Peggy Mitchell titled “Won’t You Join the Dance? A Dancer’s Essay into the Treatment of Psychosis”. It was printed by National Press books and is a stated 1974 first edition in good condition with a good but slightly worn dustjacket. Every search I have done for it has yielded varying results but none of them have provided any real description of it’s condition. I am interested in selling this book but am unsure of how to price it accordingly due to lack of sales history (no where on eBay) and also lack of any comparable information. I very much so appreciate your time and consideration to my inquiry, any information would be of a great help to me. Thank you very much and have a great day!

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    Robert Mitchell:

    Hello, I have a hardcover edition of Gone With the Wind, The Macmillan Company, published June 1936, Reprinted June 1936 (twice) July (three times) August (six times) Sept., 1936 (three times.) It is inscribed by Stephens Mitchell ‘With Best Wishes to Dennis Wright, 14 June 1977 Stephens Mitchell.’ The book is complete and intact but in poor condition. Do you think there is any value to this? A good friend passed away and left it to me.

    Thank you for your help,

    Robert Mitchell

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    Robert Mitchell:

    Hello, I have a hardcover edition of Dorothy Parker ‘Enough Rope’ poems, New York Horace Loveright 1926. It has a navy blue leather cover with gold lettering. It is inscribed ‘To Margaret Sanders-and I wish the book was nearly worthy of its binding. Gratefully, Dorothy Parker.’ It is in good condition with rubbing on the spine. Is there any value to this? It was bequeathed to me by a good friend this year.

    Thank you,
    Robert Mitchell

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    As far as the inscribed Gone with the Wind: Stephens Mitchell was Margaret’s brother. So there definitely would be some value but I’m not sure how much. Maybe $50.

    Enough Rope by Dorothy Parker:
    Yeah, there is some value but it’s probably hard to sell. The market for Dorothy Parker books is not very large but her signature seems to be worth something – maybe $100.

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    It looks like your book is worth about $50. Take a look at the following link:

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    Willard: You’d have to give me more info. It’s sound like a may be a modern library edition or something. What is the publisher and date listed?

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    Mandy: I’d have to know who the publisher was? If you take some photos you can upload them to a photo site online and send me the link and I’ll take a look.

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    Leslie Ray:

    I have a 2nd edition 1943 Laura ingalls wilder..These happy golden years..dust jacket is torn but there with the $2.00 price on inside.any idea what it’s worth?

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    Leslie: A second edition (really second printing in this case) of THESE HAPPY GOLDEN YOURS with a dust jacket would be worth about $50. People like the illustrations in the early printings.

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