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Selling Antique Books, Part II: Eight Ways to Determine Your Books’ Value

Do you have a shelf full of old books? Are you wondering about your books’ value? First, read Part I: How to Tell a Rare Book From an Old Book. Next, go through this list with each book that seems promising.

Fitzgerald. F. Scott (1896-1940), Tender is the Night, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1934, first edition with dust jacket, sold for: $8,295

1. Dust jackets, dust jackets, and more dust jackets!

If there is one single thing that is a make or break for book value, it would be the dust jacket. The value of a first edition copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night with dust jacket is around $6,000. Without a dust jacket….$300. This huge difference in value is largely due to the fact that more than 90% of dust jackets are destroyed, either deliberately or due to their ephemeral and fragile nature. If you have one on a good book, treasure it and be sure to protect it with a plastic sleeve.

2. Who wrote that?

A book is more likely to appeal to collectors, and therefore be worth more, if you have actually heard of the book or its author. Additionally, some books by famous authors are better than others. A first edition of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath in good condition is worth around $2,500. However, his Travels with Charley, first edition with dust jacket, is worth around $100.

3. Where was it published?

The location of publication is an often overlooked but important detail in a list of information about a collection of books. Many titles were published virtually simultaneously in two places, for example, London, and New York. Whichever hits the shops first is the “true” first edition while the other becomes the “first American edition” or “first English edition.” The value of a “true” first is typically always greater. George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four was published in 1949 in both London and New York. The London edition is the “true” first and worth around $1,400. The New York edition is the “first American edition” and worth $250. Location is very important.


4. To err is Human. And it will make your book more valuable!

When certain books are evaluated, the number of “mistakes” in the printing process will elevate their value. Thrifty printers will not throw out a batch of sheets simply because there was a mistake on the page. They will correct it and move on. Those first sheets now form an “issue point” that collectors use to determine how early in the printing process the sheet was printed. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has over seven documented (and corrected) mistakes during the printing process. If you have all of them (or many of them) in your copy, it can be worth over $10,000. Other copies with a few mistakes are usually worth between $500-1,000. These “issue points” can be found in online references to bibliographical information gathered on each book.

5. Leave no page behind!

Completeness in a book is critical. Even simple pages that have no printing on them, called blanks, are critical to the value of the book. Make certain that there are no loose pages or gatherings of leaves that have come out or are in danger of falling out. One lost page can be devastating to a rare book’s value.

6. Please return to…

Look for ownership inscriptions on books. With luck, they will not be on the title-page, as this diminishes value; they should ideally be located on blank pages before the title page. An owner inscription or signature from a member of your own family is always interesting to find, and if he or she was a well-known person, could add to value.

7. With best wishes…

F. Scott Fitzgerald signature | Books value

Archibald MacLeish’s copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1934, Auctioned for $23,500

Always look for author signed books. An author signature (by a significant and recognized writer) can mean an increase in value of ten times or more the ordinary value of the book in most cases. For example, as stated above, an unsigned copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night without a dust jacket might bring around $300. With a simple signature, it could bring $8,000. Skinner sold a copy that was signed and presented to the famous poet Archibald MacLeish. This unique copy brought $23,500 in a Books auction.

8. Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover

Decorative visual appeal can increase a book’s value. A beautifully leather bound book or one with a pictorial gold leaf cover can form the basis for a really eye-catching shelf; these antique books are usually quite collectible. Simple beauty in a cover or binding can be worth $40-1,000 depending on the complexity and execution of the design.

With this list of guidelines in hand, a shelf of antique books won’t seem quite so daunting. Did you find something intriguing on your shelves? 


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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2011 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

964 thoughts on “Selling Antique Books, Part II: Eight Ways to Determine Your Books’ Value

  1. Mr. Stuart Whitehurst,

    You are correct in your statement that after reading your blog that we will look at our books much more closer than I was, and I’m now thinking of some of the books I gave away.Thank You for a little insight.
    Francis P Dunn

    • I have found 2 books I have questions on. The first I have some information on…it is a first edition of Emily Brontes’ Wuthering Heights- edited by Somerset Maugham 1949, published by John C Winston 1949. There are illustrations in the book by ‘Michael’ no last name, and a profile sketch of Emily Bronte by Robert W Arnold. Would you have a value on this book?

      I just recently found a book at a local antique store of The adventures of Sherlock Holmes by A Conan Doyle. It confuses me because it has no title page, I don’t know the year or the publisher. It had a picture of two pistols on the front, back to back and what looks like a bullet in between them. Could you tell me anything about this book?

      Thank you in advance!

  2. I have some books that im curious about, whether they have any value to them. I have an Ernest Hemingway ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’. It says copyright 1940, by Ernest Hemingway, Printed in the United States of America. All rights Reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without the permission of Charles Scribner’s Sons. It was published by Blakiston. There is a facsimile of Hemingways signature stamped on the front cover. It is black with gold writing on the spine. No missing pages. Pretty good shape for its age. Writing on the first blank page, a name and address and another name with ‘please return’ under it. Could someone tell me if there is any value to this book. Thank you

    • Thank you for your comment. Your book likely has a value of less than $100. It is not something we would handle at auction.

      • While in a local antique shop I found a charles Dickens book,The old curiosity shop. It was published by Heritage Press of New York copyright was 1941, there is no dust cover but on the front there is charles Dickens initials. And it came with a hard box that it slips into that’s original to the book, all pages are there and the inside is immaculate, I just didn’t know how to go about pricing it or to just keep it in my own collection.

        Thank you

        Astacia Nordberg

      • I have 2 books from 1893. Called the world’s Parliament of religions.They have many pictures and document the meeting of all the worlds religions. I have tryed looking them up and cannot even find them. Do you know the value?

    • I have a complete world book enclopedia from a.through z.Need to know how much it is worth.

    • We recently experienced a fire in our office where I had several vintage books. Two books that I am most sad about that were ruined by water and mold were The Frozen Deep and Other Stories, Volume 1 and Volume II, published in 1874. Can you tell me the value of these books?

      Thank you,
      Bennie Bock, II

  3. I have a Leather Covered Book, The Name of the Book is “The true Scripture-doctrine of original sin stated and defended” By Niles, Samuel.
    The Book says the 2nd Edition. The 1st was by John Taylor.

    Published in Boston in 1757, Printed and sold by S. Kneeland, opposite to the probate-office in Queen-street.

    The Book has Samuel Dunbar signature. The Reverend Samuel Dunbar, was an American
    Patriot, he was known as the eldest Son of Liberty, compatriot of John Adams and Paul Revere, a mentor of Roger Sherman. 1774 Dunbar bore witness to the birth of liberty. He was instrumental in arranging the meeting between Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and Joseph Warren to write the Suffolk Resolves, believed to be the precursor to the Declaration of Independence. The meeting took place at the Doty Tavern in Canton, Massachusetts on August 16, 1774. Delegates from around the surrounding towns gathered at Doty Tavern, at the foot of the Blue Hill, to hold a “Congress.” This meeting would bring about the emancipation from the tyrannous hands of the king. What would become known as the Suffolk Resolves was first discussed at this meeting. Dunbar, against the advice of family, friends and fellow ministers, attended the meeting and opened with a prayer that was described as “the most extraordinary liberty prayer” ever heard. It would not be hard to imagine coming from a person who once prayed that God would “put a bit in their mouths and jerk them about, send a strong northeast gale, and dash them [the British fleet] to pieces on Cohasset Rock.” Dunbar was the first Clergyman to read the Declaration of Independence from a public pulpit in August of 1776.
    Samuel Dunbar (1704-1783) a Harvard educated parish minister.
    Rev. Samuel Dunbar’s Eulogy Book sold for $600 on Live Auction. His Eulogy was read by Paul Revere.
    So the two questions are.
    1) What is the value of this book?
    2) Having Samuel Dunbar signature make the book worth more?

      • I am inquiring about a book called Quo Vadis A Tale of the Time of Nero by Henryk Sienkiewicz translated from Polish by Dr. S.A Binion and S. Malevsky Published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. New York. The book is Blue Cloth hardback with green, purple and gold on the front. Is has two sets of copyright dates on the inside, 1897, by Henry Altemus, and 1905, by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. If you could provide me with any information I would forever be in your debt. Thank you for extending the courtesy of your wisdom.
        Sincerely, Deborah R. Adams-Flint

        • Deborah, the first was published in London in 1901. All copyright dates are the same. This later edition goes for $15 to $50 on the retail market, depending on condition.

      • I have a book that is not in good condition however all pages are very readable, it is “The Doctrine of the Saints Perserverance Explained and Confirmed” by John Owen, Printed by Leon Lichfield, printer to the University Anon Dom: 1654.

        Inquiring on how much and would it be authentic

        Thanks Andrew

        • Andrew,this book is worth about $350 at auction in good condition and complete. You may email a photo of the title page to me and I can tell you whether it is truly from 1654 or not.

    • I have a lovely book I cannot find reference to anywhere. It is a version of The Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with a biographical sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole and published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co, 1901. What makes it unusual is the cover. It is tightly bound in brown suede and has two multicolored leaves that look and feel handpainted onto the sued. the front cover above the leaves and the spine are both stamped or painted with a gold script “Longfellow”. the letters feel pressed into the suede. the page edges are gilt and red. It belonged to my great grandfather, who was born in 1870s.

  4. I have a first edition Every Horse Owners Cyclopedia, by J.H.Walsh, Ellwood Harvey and John Elderken. It is edited by Robert McClure, was sold by subscription and published by Porter & Coates, 822 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Mears & Dusenbery, Sterestypers and H. B. Ashmead, Printer. Copy write is 1871 and has over 100 engravings within the book. The cover is emerald green cloth with gold and black embellished pictures on the front and binding. As far as I can tell all the pages are there but the binding is loose and worn on the top and bottom. This is a hard copy and has no dust cover. Any help you could give me will be most appreciated. The information on your site was very helpful. Thank you, Diane

    • Diane, Thank you for your comment. Every Horse Owner’s Cyclopedia likely has a value below $100, and is not something we would handle at auction.

  5. I have a book History of The Indian Tribes of The United States..Wrote in 1857 addressed to President James Buchanan By Henry R. Schoolcraft.It’s leather in perfect condition 744 pages some with colored pictures.

    • Richard, The Schoolcraft American Indian Tribes book is one of a six volume set. We sold five volumes six for $650, so one lonely volume would be worth around $150.

  6. I have an old Book of Common Prayer (includes the sacraments and the Psalms of David) printed for the Church of England in 1665 by John Bill and Chriftopher Barker, printers to the King.

    I’ve been trying to find a value for this book for sometime and can’t find anything close to compare it to. I must not be looking in the right place. It is leather bound and well used.

    Can you help me by pointing me towards a website or person who can give me an idea as to the value of this book?

    Thank you.

  7. I found a book that has been in our fanily for several generations and would like to know what the value may be.On the hard cover that is dark blue ,printed is ARLINGTON EDITION between the front and back covers printed is MONA,S CHOICE and on the first page that is blank except it is inscribed with the following DELIA F KEEFE , CHRISTMAS 1889 Can anyone help

  8. I have between 50-100 books copyrighted in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Many are first editions and a vareity of subjects. There are also leather bound and other very interesting features. I am not a book expert, but was wondering where I could go to get a good appraisal of my books. Thank you for your help.

  9. I have a copy of The Seawolf, signed by Jack London. In extremely good condition. No published date, only last copyright date of 1931. Published by Grosset&Dunlap.

    • The first edition of the Sea Wolf came out in 1904, and is collectible. This later edition would not be appropriate for a rare book auction.

  10. I thank you for your insight to on what to look for in old books.
    I was wondering if you could direct me further on value.

    In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do by Reverend Charles M. Sheldon
    New York & Boston H M Caldwell Company Printed
    Copyright 1897 Copy 1899 H M Caldwell Company.

    Oddly, there is inscriptions by Lolo D. Gillispie dated 1904 and another by Donna J. Barrell dated 1936.
    I researched Gillispie, and found that she was a Pioneer woman dentist for 60 years in Galena, KS. Barrell was her daughter.
    The book is red cloth like.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you.

    • Thank you for your comment. Your book likely has a value of less than $100. It is not something we would handle at auction. It’s interesting, and cool, but not collectible.

  11. hey ive got a book, called, i love books, a guide through bookland, by john d. snider, its in perfect condition, without a dust jacket though, when u hold the book closed, its got a red, black like water stains on it, some kind of pattern, idk what this could be. it was published anywhere between, 1942-1958 could u tell me how much do u think it would be worth plz

  12. Hi there–2 books in question–

    1888 3rd print of Seven Oaks by JG Holland
    1909 Darwin – Origin of Species first edition (Harvard Classics II)

    Thanks, nice site,

    • Martin, both of these books are likely worth less than $100 and are not books that we would handle at auction. Best – Devon

  13. I have a book in excelant condition titled Leaders of the 19th century. Copyright 1900. Would it have any value?

    • Thank you for your comment. Leaders of the 19th Century likely has a value of less than $100. It is not something we would handle at auction.

      • I have a first edition of The phantom of the opera published by bobbs and Merrill , 1911. Trying to get a value of the book.

        • I have a hard cover first edition book, 1884: Literature Primers by Edward Dowden, on Shakespere published by D. Appleton and Company. The book is in good condition, can you please give by the value of what this book might be.Thank You

          • G’day from Down Under,
            I was wondering if you ever had any feedback on your book on Shakespere as I also have a copy, mine is dated 1882 but it is not in the best condition as it has some watermarks. I would be interested to hear what, if anything, you have learned about it since you posted almost a year ago.
            Queensland, Australia.

      • I have a book “In His Steps” “What Would Jesus Do?”by Rev. Charles M. Sheldon, D.D., author of “The Cruxifiction of Phillip Strong” “His Brother’s Keeper,” “Robert Hardy’s Seven Days,”, etc., etc. – New York HURST AND COMPANY Publishers, It was my grandmothers. There is a signature inside but can’t make out. W. R. (A or N) Aforniohan W.R.A. fouohan 1899. No jacket but good shape. Label inside – Weinstock, Lubin & Company, Sacramento, California. Any ideas??

  14. I am so happy to have stumbled upon your website!

    I have a leather bound set of The Marvelous Miniature Library. It contains 6 books: Don Quixote (Cervantes), The Arabian Nights (Entertainments), Paradise Lost (Milton), Hamlet and MacBeth (Shakespeare), The Golden Treasury of English Songs, and Love and Other Stories (Maupassant) Each book is 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 x 1 inches and bound in leather with a snap close. All are stamped Made in France. Published by Miniature Dictionary Publishers, Inc., Sole Agent M. Minkus, New York. No dates.

    1. Do you know when these may be been published? and
    2. Would you have an approximate value of this collection?

    Thanks very much.

    • Thanks for your comment. The Marvelous Miniature Library is from 1925 and sells for about $350 retail. It would be below our minimum for auction.

  15. I have a full set of National audubon society AUDUBON NATURE ENCYCLOPEIDAS 1-12 VOLUMES First printing 1964, 1965 Published simultaneously in Canaday by Curtis Distributing Co, Ltd, Toronto. I believe these were printed in Philadelphia – New York by Curtis Books. No slip covers. They are in excellent condition some slight yellowing on the hard cover but no tears inside or out. No writting and no dogears. Can you give me an idea of their value. Thank you.

  16. I have a full set of NEW ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPOEDIA OF GARDENING unabridged greystone press New York copyright MCMLXIV. Volumes 1-13. They have the paper covers but there is nothing written on the covers just a cut out so the volume number conveniently shows through the hole. They are in excellent condition. No torn pages, writting nor dogears. Thank you.

    • Hi Karen,

      Thanks for your comments. Both of your encyclopedia sets likely have a value of less than $100. They are not something we would handle at auction.

  17. We have a 15 volume set of Charles Dickens, Carleton’s Illustrated Edition, New York. They are in good condition (no paper covers) and have been in a box in a closet for the last 50 years. Are they of interest in the antique book market? Thanks.

  18. What determines value of books published before dust jackets?

    I have a good condition Les Miserables two volume set. 227p. and 284p.
    Published in New York, NY copyrights are Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. 1887 and
    Isabel F. Hapgood (translator) 1915.
    They have gold covered top edges and have many page bottoms joined.
    No markings except for a large gift inscription on inside cover and facing page (blank). Possibly never read. Vol II alone has 17 b/w illustrations.
    Slightly marred title on the spine of Vol II.

    Does this have value?

    • The absence of a book jacket that never existed does not affect the value of the book, so for books printed before book jackets were invented… this is a question that cannot be answered briefly.

      The Hugo set likely has a value of less than $100 and is not something we would handle at auction.

  19. I have a 1989 edition of Hiawatha that appears to be covered with alligator skin. It is in very good condition. What would the value be?

    • Pamela,
      Thanks for commenting. Your Hiawatha edition likely has a value of under $100 and is not something we would handle at auction.

  20. Thanks for the great info. I have an 1856 edition of Kit Bam’s Adventures; or The Yarns of an Old Mariner by Mary Cowden Clarke. I believe this is the first American printing. The book is is in good condition with some wear at the top and bottom of the spine. Is this book of value on the antique book market? Thanks.

    • Dennis,
      Thank you for your comment. Your book likely has a value of less than $100. It is not something we would handle at auction.

  21. We are clearing out my mothers house. We found an 1802 Websters Dictionary in good condition. Is this something we should sell at an estate sale or privately if it is valuable? We cannot find a way to approximate the value.
    Please advise. Thank you.

  22. I found a book at a used book store that I have been wondering about. It is The Prose Tales of Edgar Allen Poe, First Series, W.J. Widdleton, Publisher. 1877. The binding is battered and the pages are yellowed with age, but otherwise it is in good shape with a lovely marbled cover. Someone is selling a similar book on Amazon for $155 dollars, but otherwise I cannot find it anywhere. Do you think that is a fair price? Thank you.



  24. Hi. Very informative website. I have also come into a large collection of mostly older books. I’ve only just begun sorting through them, but have discovered 1) a 1914 Tiffany Blue book, 2) an 1860 Boardman’s White Mountain guide with an owner signature of Levi Lincoln Jr., 3) an 1863 edition of Roundabout Papers by Thackery,4) an 1867 edition of Kirby and Spence’s Introduction to Entomology, 5) an 1860 version of “Undine” and a 1936 edition of Gone with the Wind – I’m still trying to research those two. I’ve created a spreadsheet and am entering as much information as possible. Based on the above mentioned and what I’m seeing so far, would you be interested in reviewing the spreadsheet when I’m done? Thank you again for the information posted.

    • I should also mention that I’m finding quite a few books with the author’s signature/inscription in them as well. Most of the books I suspect date between 1820s to 1920s. In any event, I’m trying to “Weed out” books that appear to be less than $100 in value. Primarily, I’m using three tools 1) ABE and 2)EBAY to determine approximate values, and 3)Worldcat to determine rarity. Are there any other tools out there that you could suggest that may help me separate the low-end books from the potential high end? After I’ve sorted everything, I would like to submit the list to Skinner to see if you might be interested. Frankly, I’m certain I am going to need some professional help with what remains after sorting. Thank you again.

    • Glen, Thank you for your comments and I’m glad to hear that you have found our website helpful. The books you have picked out of the collection each likely have a value of less than $100, and are not items we would handle at auction. Best of luck with the collection.

  25. I purchased a box of books at an auction and would like to know the value of one in particular. Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall. Random House. 1959. First Printing. Signed by the author “To Jim from Paule 1959”.

  26. Hi, My mom was given this book to her by a friend many years ago and she has had it tucked away. She gave it to me as she is getting up in age and I was wondering if it is worth anything. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Copyright 1896 and 1899 by Harper & Brothers, printed in the United States of America, I am guessing it is a 2nd edition as it shows the copyright 1884 by Samuel L. Clemens above when my copy was printed and I would guess that would have been the 1st edtion. Thank You

  27. I have a book titled on outside Don Juan, it is intricately tooled leather, with two colors, black and brown. On the inside it says Lord Byron’s Don Juan with life and notes by A.C. Cunningham , ESQ, , illustrations on steel, Philadelphia: published by Jas. B. Smith 1859.
    It was given to my great uncle by a friend in 1895 as is inscribed. I can’t find any information about its value. Any information you could give me is appreciated, thank you for your time.

    • Thank you for your comment. This book was first published in the 1820s and likely has a value of less than $100. It is not something we would handle at auction.

  28. I have a book by T.B.H. Stenhouse – Tell it All-a Woman’s Life in Polygamy. Published by A.D. Worthington in 1875. It has a preface by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It has a green cover with gold decoration. It has illustrations inside with tissue protective covering over each one. It is in very good condition.
    Any value?

  29. i have a 1906 copyright text book by H. De B. Gibbins titled Industry in England in very good condition. Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons 153-157 Fifth Ave, NY. i have found more recent paperback books for sale on line in the $40 range. Curious if anyone knows if any value as the book is really in incredible condition for its age aside from some penciled in notes from an obvious past student.

  30. I have a book PITMANS , PHONETIC JOURNAL , FOR THE YEAR , 1902 , VOLUME 61 . Hardcover binding is worn on the edges and edges are starting to come apart . 1034 pages good cond. yellowed , no ear marks . Any value , any interest ? Thank you

    • Merle, Thank you for your comment. This book likely has a value of less than $100, and is not something we would handle at auction.

  31. the old curiosity shop charles dickens 1894?, boston ways high,by,and folk george f weston jr 1957 any value?

  32. I recently obtained 4 books and would like to obtain their values:
    Thank you!

  33. I have a 1st edition, 1st printing of grapes of wrath and a 1st edition, 1st printing of Sweet Thursday that is signed and inscribed. Thoughts?

  34. Hello. Thank you very much for the informative article and thanking you in advance for any advice you may offer. I was putting books away and found:
    Uncle Remus His Songs and Sayings. New York D. Appleton and Company 1881
    Has the corrected “presumptious” and not “presumptive” No ads in the front but other book ads in the back. Binding is intact. Has gilt gold brer rabbit on brown cover. Ripped blank page but still present.
    Also…I found The Deerslayer. J. Fenimore Cooper. It is cloth bound and says “Gladstone Series” on the outer cover. I only find a reference to this publishing in a Pittsburg Gazette ad in 1889. There is no copyright but it says Syndicate Trading Company and Trow’s Printing and Bookbinding New York. The condition of the paper seems quite old.
    Thank you,
    Adrian Stocks

  35. Hi
    I have first edition first printing of The Garden of the Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, was interested in the value

    • The British first edition, 1935, has a retail value of $450 to $350. Auction values tend to be at about 50% of moderate retail, so it is a book with value. For a Skinner rare book we’re looking for books that have a higher minimum auction value, so this book wouldn’t be appropriate for auction, but it is a really nice book nonetheless!

  36. I have a copy of A Greek-English Lexicon by Henry George Liddle and Robert Scott second edition. It is an A4 size book. I am wondering what this may be valued at?

  37. I have several books that I would appreciate your professional opinion on:
    1. The War reports of General of the Army George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, General of the Army H. H. Arnold, Commanding General, Army Air Forces [and] Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations— Copyright 1947 by J. B. Lippincott Company, First Edition
    2. History of United States Naval Operations in World War II Volumes 4, 5, and 8 by Samuel Eliot Morison
    3. Official History of the War, The War in the Air, Volumes 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 and The War in the Air Maps Volumes 3, and 5 by H. A. Jones

    Thank you in advance for your time and information, Norm Lessard

    • Thank you for your comment. Each of these books likely has a value of less than $100, and they are not items we would handle at auction.

  38. I have the two volume set of Dr. Elisha Kent Kane’s “Arctic Explorations”, published by Childs and Petersen on 1856. I want to donate them to a local auction and was wondering what the value range might be.

  39. I have two books I am interesting in getting a value for. A few websites have ranged from 300-750 dollars, and have left me a little in the dark of what to expect.
    1. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson, 1911
    This is the edition with the misnumbered page for Chapter XVI (says page 23). It is in surprisingly good condition, with no tears or cracks, and only slight to moderate wear on the covers and binding.
    2. Moby Dick, Herman Melville, Illustrated by Rockwell Kent, 1930
    I’ve noticed many different editions of this book printed around the same time, with only slightly different features to the cover and binding. This edition is black, with the illustrated whale head breaching out of water on the cover, and the whale tail along the binding. Hopefully this is enough information to pinpoint which addition i’m referring to.
    Neither book has a jacket, but I believe neither originally came with one. Neither has any writing in the book, or any tears or cracks. Thank you for your time!

  40. I recently came upon a first edition American imprint of Wharton, J. J. S. The Law Lexicon, or Dictionary of Jurisprudence. Printed 1848 “from the London Edition”. Not the Rothman reprint. Published: Harrisburg, Pa., M’Kinley and Lescure, 1848; leather bound, tight, signed by Geo. Fisher (Sydney George Fisher?) & gifted on October 25, 1859 (the first day of the John Brown of Harper’s Ferry trial!?). The front cover is loose. Inside pages are tight with light foxing. Thanks!

  41. Hello- I purchased a copy of ‘The Lady of the Lake’ , by Sir Walter Scott yesterday at a sale containing many nice / unusual items. It is leather bound, with five raised edges on the spine, gold gilt edges, and quite a bit of embossing on the covers. It was published by Porter & Coates in Philadelphia and is undated, but clearly old. I have not looked at each page, as the binding is tight and I don’t want to do damage, but an inside page makes reference to ‘The most notable John James, Marquis of Abercorn’. Also, there are numerous engravings in the book, some with tissue between the pages. I know that this is a famous book that has been printed many times in the past 200 years, but I can’t find any reference to this edition. Any insight as to value that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

  42. i found an old book I purchased in the UK
    “The Ingolsby Legends”. In tolerable condition, but needs some work. It was evidently supposed to be noteworthy due to its being Illustrated with engravings by by John Leach.Published by RichArd BentlEy, MDCCCXL. Any insight to its value would be appreciated.

  43. I have a Pres. John F. Kennedy colorful White House book with personal message to my mother written on the cover and signed by J.F.K., the ink in the signing is a wee bit smeared, but very readable. My uncle Jerry Bruno was J.F.K.’s Advance man. I also have the book Jerry Bruno wrote about Kennedy.I would like to know the value. Thank you, Rosemary Kishline

  44. I have a 1872 book of Charles Darwin entitled Expressions of Emotions in Men and Animals.. with misspelled “htat”. What is the current value of this book. condition is good complete pictures, pages etc

  45. I have a 1964 copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Red cloth cover. No jacket. Book is ion good condition. From a school library. Bonzoi stamp on back. Thank you.

  46. I have a copy of Alice in Wonderland with 48 Coloured Plates by Margaret W Tarrant published by Wardlock & Co Ltd. It has the dust cover , although there is no print date it was probably purchased by a great aunt in the late 1800’s, does this book have any value? Thank you for a very informative site!

  47. I have a copy of The Patent Hat. This copy is or seems to be particularly old.How can I find information and value of this book. I hope you can help me. Thank you.

  48. I have a set of 11 books, Charles Dickens,appear to have been first issued in 1907, but the preface is dated 1843. Are in good condition, but have a library stamp on the inside blank leaf.
    Also a soft green leather edition with gold edging on pages of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte,second edition December 21st, 1847 with a note to the 3rd edition dated April 13th 1848.Has a handwritten name, dated 1936. Also a library stamp. Is there any value to any of these books? Thanks. Donna

  49. I have an 1839 “A Complete Ready Reckoner, in Dollars and Cents, to which are added, Forms of Notes, Bills, Receipts, petitions, etc. together with a set of useful tables,” published in by W. A. J.Eary. New York: Nafis and Cornish.

    Also an 1848 German book: “Der Pfalter des konigs und profheten David, berbeufdt von Dr. martin Luther, mit furzen Summarien oder inhalt jedes pfalmen. Published in Philadelphia by Mentz and Roboudt. Not sure if I have spelled everything right, the typeface is difficult to read. The cover had a lock which has deteriorated.

    Are these of any interest to collectors?

    • Somehow my comment was deleted during a wait on reply. I hope you can tell me about an old book my Dad just acquired. It is dated(MDCCLX)-(1760). Bibliotheca Biographica: A Synopsis of Universal Biography, Ancient and Modern (Vol. III). It is quite worn, as I’m sure such age would do, but it is still intact. I see many new copies/versions of this on websites but not an original.

  50. Great information. I have looked on a few websites for pricing on two old books but without any luck. These are Volumes 1 & 2 of Walks in London by August JC Hare. Published 1878 by Daldly, Isbister & Co. Paper page edges are gold color gilded. Spines are gone but boards & pages are good. Any assistenace would be appreciated.

  51. I have a book titled “The Autobiography of a Newspaper Girl” by Elizabeth L. Banks in 1902. Inside is an inscription from the author saying “To my good friend and Editor, Mr. Scott C. Bone, who will find full particulars of himself in the dedication of this book! s/Elizabeth L. Banks London, November, 1902”

    Any interest or thoughts on rarity or value?

  52. I have beee trying to find information online about the pubplication date or possible worth of a book but I am unable to find any on the particular edition that I have. It is The Poetical Works of Longfellow (Including Recent Poems). There is no publication date, but teh Publisher is Peacock and Mansfield & Co., Ltd. and it was presented to my great grandfather in 1911. It is a Blue cloth covered with 640 numbered pages. Do you have any information about this book?


  53. I’d like the value of the book “Poems” by George Martin ( Marguerite or the isle of Demons) Montreal, Dawson Bros. Pub. 1887 Reverse reads entered according to Act of Parliament of Canada in the year 1886 by George Martin in the office of the Minister of Agriculture. This book is signed.
    I also have Footprints of the World’s History Copyright 1890 Wm Bryan, 1891 H.S. Smith. Reads “sold only by subscription”, is evidently a salesmen’s copy with pages in the back to write customer’s names. Also has several samples of binding that can be obtained. It is lavishly illustrated with tissue paper to protect the full page colored prints/plates. Other illustrations have a small page insert describing the illustration.. I have never been able to find any info on this second book. Any help will be most appreciated.

  54. Cari Bubbico
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    December 11, 2012 at 4:50 am
    Dear Ms. Gray,
    I have a children’s book that is out of print and I know it is valuable. It is Ernest and the Wild West by Ermanno Libenzi. It was published in 1975. My copy is intact, no tears, and the only flaw is that the corner edges of the cover is slightly worn. I have no true idea of its worth nor do I know where it is best to sell it. I would appreciate your expert opinion.

  55. Hi my question is, I have the book, The Side of Paradise Fitzgerald, is without the dust cover but is on.. excellent exelent.. condition, says Published in April 1920 and April 1920 Reprinted, the only problem I have,is that has a sign that I can’t identify yarack Jelke? eparacb Gelke? options?, I would like to send photos so you can determine ,,, but I like to know if the value.. and if this unidentified signature in a book can decrease his value? first edition? thanks

    • Andres, As this book lacks a dust jacket and is a reprint (not a first edition), it is likely worth less than $100 and is not something we would offer at auction.

  56. I have three books in my precence at this time, just curious if they may hold any value, they are: 20000 Leagues Under The Sea / Jules Verne / copy write 1956
    John Browns Body /Steven Vincent Benet / copy write 1927
    American Poet / Edger A Poe (complete poems) /copy write 1943
    Hopefull to hear something back, either way, you have my e-mail, Thank You

  57. Hi-I found a book -actually a lot of old books in my house and there is one in particular- “Collection Universelle Des Mémoires Particuliers Relatifs A L’Histoire De France Tome LXV A Londres Et le trouvé à Paris Rue Et Hotel Serpentes 1790” .
    I am curious to know if this is a valuable book-all I can find on the Internet is about reprints in 2011and 2012 so I am assuming this must be a worthwhile book to be still reprinting it.
    It is in pretty good condition apart from the back covering of the spine .
    Thanks for any info on the book!

    • Hi John,
      Thanks for the comment. The value of this book is likely less than $100, since it sounds like this is volume 65 only of the set. Happy holidays.

  58. I have a few books that I am trying to find info on. 4 of them are by Nelson New Century. I do not see a date in 2 of them along with no copy right date. THE CURIOUS TALE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (THIS APPEARS TO BE 1911, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO VOL. 2, TREASURE ISLAND. All have tissue paper over the illustrations. They appear to be leather bound. But it could be some faux material. They all have the same designs on the spine. They are burgondy in color.
    Thank You for your time.

  59. Hi,

    I’m in the posession of a original german version of “All quiet on the western front” from Erich Maria Remarque. I think the book is from the late 1928, so before WW II. Published in Germany and survived the huge bookburning sessions of the Nazis. It’s from the 501-525 Tausend(thousand in English) series. Do you have any idea of what it would be worth?

  60. I have book in a Czechoslovakian dialect with a printed date of 1724 (yes 1724!) on title page. A person with a rudimentary knowledge of the language told me it is a biblical book. Unfortunately, I rescued the book from an incinerator so the top of the book is singed in one spot going down into the cover and title page about one inch. The cover is in very poor shape and the spine is virtually unreadable. The pages are quite remarkable in their clarity. The title appears to be “Razani” with a lot of subtitles in the dialect. How do I determine if this book has any value? Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Jerry S.

  61. Thank you for your article!
    I have a first edition of “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett(New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1911) great condition, blue cloth lining – no illustration or design embossed on the cover – simply the title. One of the early pages has “From May, December 25, 1911” written in it.
    Presumably a christmas present from May to an unidentified recipient.
    Any value?

    Thanks in advance,
    Phil A

  62. I have stumbled across your webset by luck perhaps? I have a book published in July of 1902 (if my reading of Roman numerals has not failed me) from the Roycroft Shop, East Astoria. The book (well essay) is titled: Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emmerson. I have been tried to find a value on the book before my father died but it appears the prices are scattered all over the place. The edition I own has a green suede cover, a hand-drawn portrait inside covered with vellum, the thick paper is not evenly cut (to me-as an artist-it almost appears as handmade paper). Where would I find a more accurate price on this book?

  63. I have five “little leather library corporation of New York” books, Redcroft Edition. measuring 4″x3″, and I would like to find out their value. Their names are as follows: (1) “POEMS” by Robert Burns; (2) “A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES”, by Stevenson; (3) “MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY”, by Hale; (4) “BALAD OF READING GAOL”, by Oscar Wilde; (5) “THE MAN WHO WAS”,by Rudyard Kipling

  64. icome across an old book with dust cover could you tell me the value of it
    title: dear gertrood by Wendell Ehret
    copyright,1945 by robert m mcbride & co.

  65. I have inherited a large collection of old books. I have found one that came with a dust cover that is not paper but a flower printed cardboard. Blossoms From The Clay by Sheridan Franzell Wood. Signed by him as a Christmas gift 1926. Published by Dorrance and Company Philidelphia. It came with a post card to order new books, a bulletin with his picture announcing his new books and a reprint of an article from The Sunday Vindicator, May 8, 1927 with a detailed story of the author. The book is in excellent condition.

  66. I have a Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, printed by A L Burt publishing company in New York. I can’t find a publishing date or any other notes on illustrations to go by. It is a hard back in fairly good shape, has all the pages and a library stamp on the first blank pages. I have been quoted various prices from various people, few of whom i actually feel have any clue about what they are talking about. Is it an actual first edition? also i have only volume 1 of a two volume series. Any info or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. many thanks!

  67. I have an 1888 Grams unraveled Atlas of the world.indexed published by Henry s. Stebbins publisher Chicago 262 $ 264 Wabash Ave. 1888 , 21st edition revised to november 1st. 1887 Copy write 1887 by George F. Gram Donahue & Henneberry Printer and binders Chicago. it has all the pages for the year it is in good condition the edges are worn and the first few pages are lose but there any ideas? thanks Cindy

  68. I have a 1871 copy of morals and dogma , it’s a first edition but second run , it’s in “good condition”
    Can you tell me the value ? I paid 130 bucks for it !

  69. I have a first edition of “Princess of Mars” By ER Burroughs. Green cloth boards, no dust jacket. Spine is partially torn loose & small piece missing. Book is in overall good condition. What would be the value of this booK/ Thanks

  70. I was going through my mothers old things and found a book by Maurice Shadbolt:Summer Fires and Winter Country. 1966. It also says Among the Cinders 1965 and The New Zealanders 1961,on the title cover Atheneum New York 1966. It’s a hard back book with a dust jacket cover on it. Can you help me with where to look to see if the book is worth something?

  71. I have several of Shakespeare’ plays including:
    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
    published by Avenel Books, a division of Crown Publishers,Inc.
    Library of Congress catalog Card Number 74-28554

  72. What is the value of Being Geniuses Together, Robert McAlmon, Secker & Warburg, London, 1938, 1st ed. plastic sleeve?

  73. Reader’s Digest Best Loved Book for Young Readers Vol. 6: Little Women – Tales of Poe – Mutiny on the Bounty – Messer Marco Polo [Hardcover]
    Louisa May; Poe, Edgar Allan; Nordhoff, Charles; Hall, James Norman; Byrne, Donn Alcott ( 1967)

    2. Lady of courage;: The story of Lurleen Burns Wallace [Hardcover] League Press; 1st edition (1969)

  74. Addition to no. 2: Signature in book of George C. Wallace. Publisher: League Press [1969], Montgomery, Alabama
    Binding: hardcover, red
    Edition: 1st
    (separate but is included is a “In Memoriam” program, on stature, )

    • Thanks for the comment. Reader’s Digest books and these other books from the 1960s are not something we would handle at auction and likely have a value of less than $100.

  75. I have a book called “Butterfly at Niagra” and cannot find any info on it. The authors name is not on the book and the only printing info is as follows:
    Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1899, by ROBERT CARTER AND BROTHERS, In the Clerks Office at the District Court of the U.S for the Southern District of New York.

    • Thanks for the comment. The value of “Butterfly at Niagra” is likely less than $100, and it is not something we would handle at auction.

  76. I have a book titled The Badminton Library – Tennis, Lawn Tennis, Rackets ,Fives – London – Longmans, Green, and Co. 1890 Illustrations by Lucien Davis, c.m. Newton.
    There is a photo of Hampton Court covered by tissue paper in the front of the book. Can you please tell me if this is worth anything. Thank you

  77. I have a book titled Mister Jelly Roll by Alan Lomax, drawings by David Stone Martin, published by Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York – Published in 1950 and is a first edition. Can you please tell me if this is worth anything. Thank you.

    • These books are not something we would handle at auction. Mister Jelly Roll likely has a value of about $60 retail and The Badminton Library may be worth $50 to $200 retail.

  78. Hello,

    I have a book called ” A Treatise on the Geography and Classification of Animals” by William Swainson, Esq.
    Printed in London for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green and Longman, Paternoster Row,
    and John Taylor, Upper Gower Street. 1835

    The book is leather bound and imprinted in gold on the front cover with “West Riding Proprietary School, Wakefield
    surrounding an imprint of the school building.

    Thank you for any information you can provide.

  79. Hello,
    My mother has a full set of Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedias from the 1960s in perfect condition. They seem to be leather bound (or some sort of very durable binding) and have gold leaf on them. I’m wondering if these have any value and if encyclopedia sets in general ever have much value, or will become more valuable as they cease to be printed?

    I also have 5 boxes of vintage books that my senior in-laws want me to sell. They include titles like Nights With Uncle Remus (1881), Pilgrim’s Progress (1896), and Walden (1942). They are mostly in “good” condition.

    Also, do Christian Bibles ever accumulate much value? Is it solely based on the beauty of the binding and colored/quality illustrations, and age?

    I have really enjoyed and appreciated your tutorial. Thanks for an very helpful website!

    • The set of encyclopedias and your other vintage books are likely worth less than $100, and are not something we would handle at auction.

      Bibles need to be very special to be valuable. Also, collectors are interested in first editions of different Bible translations, and other landmarks in Bible scholarship.

      We’re glad to hear that you enjoy the website!

  80. Charles Dickens; The Old Curiosity Shop and Master Humphrey’s Clock; H.M. Caldwell Co. Publishers New York-Boston; Berkeley Library

    Green fabric cover with an art nouveau floral design, imprinted with burgundy and gold

    Do you have any idea when this book may have been published?

    Thank you.

    • Thanks for the comment. The value of this Charles Dickens book is likely less than $100, and it is not something we would handle at auction.

  81. I have all five of the Cooper’s Leather Stocking Tales. It was published by the John W. Lovell Company of New York, 150 Worth St, Mission Place. It does not give a year when they where published. These books appear to be quite old. I was wondering if you can determine what year they where published and the value of them.Thankyou for your time.


  82. I have a copy of Narratives and Adventures of Travellers in Africa. The book is in poor shape, with fading on the cover,spine and back, and the binding inside has separated. I could not find a date anywhere, though the cover says Alta Edition. What does make this book interesting is that it was bound backward. Does this make a book any more valuable?

  83. Sir are you familiar with a metric ( or Metrik – PROSODIAE)of Martin Luther in Latin, Greek and Hebrew language?

    The Metric ( or Metrik – PROSODIAE) book is the work of Johannes Claus Hercbergensis, the famous grammarian and mathematician, published by the 1525 in the Gutenberg printing at Wittenberg. Metric is presented to Philipp Melanchthon along with Luther to translate the Psalms from Greek and Latin into German. Philip gives the book Martin Luther 1541 year, luther on its last page make notes about it in Latin. Apparently the book was in the City Library in Subotica – Serbia ( at that time Kingdom of yogoslavia)until 1941 when Subotica was occupied by Hungarians. After that this and number of other valuable books has gone missing!

    The book was a leather-bound the size of 10 times 17 inches, with 332 pages.

    Any information about this book will be greatly appreciated.
    Also do you know how would one go about searching for such book?

    I have a copy of the local newspaper form 03/17/1940 showing Title page of the book as well as Luthers note on the back. There is similar book in the Austrian National Library (OSTERREICHISCHE NATIONALBIBLIOTHEK) catalog# +Z156649401under. Thanks to Google Books I have complete pdf file of the Austrian book.

  84. I have a red letter new testament bible Lic. by the Crown, for william collins and son in 1931. the cover is wood with a templer cross on one side. any value ?

  85. Hi my name is Rick and I have this old book from 1849 called Schiller’s. Lay of the bell. Fridolin

    • Thanks for the comment. The value of this old book is likely less than $100, and it is not something we would handle at auction.

  86. You mentioned that a book with a ‘typo’ may be of value. I have a book titled: The Blve Flower by Henry VanDyke. This is what is engraved on the front cover. The title page and each page of the book have ‘The Blue Flower’. It is published by Charles Schribner, copyright 1902. What are your thoughts?

  87. Can you tell be approximate value range of and or direct me perhaps to a Biblical specialty site for:

    Clarke’s Bible Commentary
    Complete 5 volume hard cover set.
    by: Adam Clarke
    published for: Methodist Episcopal Church, 200 Mulberry-Street.
    publisher: Lane & Scott, New-York, 1851
    printer: Joseph Longking 1851

  88. I have “The complete works in prose and verb of Charles Lamb”. Edited and prefaced by R. H. Shepherd. New York: John Wurtele Lovell. This is from the private library of E. M. Randall of Baker University signed and dated November 24, 1882. Please tell me a value

  89. I have a copy of Old Testament Stories Comically Illustrated, by Watson Heston, that I am contemplating selling. The cover is not in great shape, and the binding is very loose. While there are a few pages that are soiled by time, the illustrations show very little signs of fading and are in overall great shape. The book was a gift from the first dean of the Duke Law School, and has an inscription from him(not sure if this hurts the value or not).

      • I have an antique book Love-songs of childhood by eugene field copyright 1894 and one hundred narrative poems by scott, foresome and company copyright 1918 and some other antique books in very good condition im curious of the worth

  90. I have a copy of The Youth’s Companion or an Historical Dictionary by Ezra Sampson, Balance-Press, Hudson, Printed fro the author 1807. All pages intact with no tears. Any thoughts?

  91. We have a 1938 copyright “Kidnapped” by Robert Louis Stevenson, Whitman publishing Co. blue with red lettering, ln fair condition. Any ideas on it?

  92. We have 6 books by Sinclair Lewis-Work of Art,1934-Babbitt,1922=It Can’t Happen Here 1935,-Ann Vickers,1933-Main Street, 1920-Arrow Smith 1925. Collier Pub. Co. All Blue with gold print Sinclair Lewis imprint on front with sig. under print.

  93. I have a copy of Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert…dated 1892 by Bibliotheque-charpentier printed in french. Edition Definitive reference Marie-Antoine-Jules Senard date of 1857.
    Book is bound in brown leather and marbled colored front and back.
    Is this a book of any value?

    • Valerie – Thanks for the comment. The value of this book is likely less than $100, and it is not something we would handle at auction.

  94. I have a copy of Libery Hyde Baily Beginners Botany, hard cover, no dust jacket. The publishing date is sept. 1910. I have not been able to find a copy for sale anywhere. Is this book worth anything?

  95. I am not a book collector but I enjoy antiques. I currently have a book that I believe is an original print (as in printed in the year indicated) from 1916 titled Tasker Jevons; The Real Story. After reading the information on this website, I believe there is an “ownership inscription” signed in 1918. I currently have this book for sale on eBay. Am concerned I may be either ripping myself off by charging too low ($60 bid / $100 buy now) or perhaps even charging too high which would decrease the chances of a successful sale. The pictures of the book can be viewed on my ad at http://www.ebay.com/itm/350754589242?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

    • The value of this book is likely less than $100, and it is not something we would handle at auction. Good luck with the sale.

  96. One of the oldest books I have is titled: Magicians Own Book or the Whole Art of Conjuring….illustrated with over 500 wood cuts, and intended for amusement for one thousand and one evenings. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 18 Ann Street. 1863. Front and back cover OK. The spine is in bad shape. Any value?

  97. I have a 1877 agamemnon of aedchylus translated by robert browning, with half of the pages uncut at the top. Any value?

  98. I have Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens published by Frank F. Lovell and Company. The pages are yellow how much is this worth?

  99. while cleaning out the school library, we came across STRONG’S EXHAUSTIVE CONCORDANCE OF THE BIBLE. It is in excellent (like new) condition with a dust cover. I believe it was purchased in 1970 and cost the school $15.75. It is worth hanging on to, or should we “weed it out”? It has never been checked out

    • Thanks for the comment. The value of this book from your school’s library is likely less than $100, and it is not something we would handle at auction.

  100. I have a 14 page book called A Letter Describing The Wreck of the S.S. Ville Du Havre November 23, 1873 from Mrs. Mary Adams Bulkley of Rye, New York to her mother Mrs. Adams of Augusta, Georgia. Written at Sea November 28, 1873.

    I need help determining the value. Thanks.

  101. I have been trying to look up a book now for a long time. I can not find it any where. The book is called “Bubbles and other stories”. It was published by Brethren Publishing House, Elgin< Illinois in 1908. I would like to find the value to know how safe of an area I should keep it in. Thank you for your help!

    • Thank you for your comment. Your book from 1908 likely has a value of less than $100. It is not something we would handle at auction.

  102. I have two books from North Carolina, one is a text book from 1910 called Our Republic A History of the United States and the second called John Chavis published in 1931.

    • Thanks for the comment. These books from the 20th century are not something we would handle at auction and likely have a value of less than $100.

  103. I have a Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales book with Illustrations by W.Heath Robinson. it was handed down to me in 1962. The person I got it from received it in 1930. Is there any value to this book.

  104. Don’t know if I should just toss this book or keep it.
    Brown leather with copyright, 1922 by George T. Bisel Company
    The writer has been lecturing for a number of years in the School of Commerce of Temple Univ. on the subject of this volume.
    Temple Univ. Sept. 15, 1922 Louis W. Robey
    Is it worth anything?

  105. i have the book in darkest africa by h.m.stanley 1890 i think it is the trade version of volume 1 on the spine it says division 1 it has an introduction by j.scott.keltie librarian to the royal geographical society it is titled mr stanleys africa career and has charles scribners sons..onthe cover is stanley standing up being saluted by a half naked native the first normaly blank page says this leaf not tobe bound with the volume .half way down says conditions of pubpication and this edition, specially prepared for subscription only.will be compleated in twenty two parts,at 2/s. each or insixdivisions .cloth bound ,at 9/s.each and is not obtainable from ordinary booksellers. next page si stanlsys portrait a woodcut and face on can you help please

    • Thanks for the comment. The value of this H.M. Stanley book is likely less than $100, and it is not something we would handle at auction.

  106. I have 6 paperback books from the Riverside Literature series. The publisher is houghton mifflin & co . Dates range from 1893-1904. Do these books have any value? Thank you so much for your help.

  107. Very informative article. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise.
    My sister has three books she would like some information on please.

    The first is called “Bush Boys” by Mayne Reid, illustrated, with a publication date of 1855, she thinks it is a third edition. She said it was published by the Worthington Company. She says it is in fair condition.

    Second book is called “Green Mountain Boys” by Judge D.P. Thompson, fair condition, published date 1839 by Lovell and Corele Group (?), and inscribed to the Minister to Chile, a Mr Herman Allen.(I believe he served in 1824 in Chile.)

    The third book, “Gentleman from Indiana” is possibly a second edition. The copyright has 1899 first then 1902. It was first published by Phillips (Mulbrey?) then later by Doubleday. It is in worn condition.

    Thank you for your help in these matters.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the article. These books are not something we would handle at auction and likely have a value of less than $100.

  108. I have a not great condition book (some of the binding at the bottom is torn off and pages very yellowed) Arlington Edition of David Copperfield. Cover is hard and intact but a 1 cm gash and edges worn. Published New York; Hurst and Co. but no date written. Inside Back cover has an ad for Sohmer and Co. pianos. Worth keeping or selling I`m wondering.

  109. I have a few old books that I am wondering if your auction would be interested in. 1. Aunt Jo’s Scrap Bag Volume 2 by L.M. Alcott 2.Websters Handy Dictionary illustrated. not sure of the exact copyright. it says 1877 by G. & C. Merriam then under it says 1905 by Eloise W. Wood and Mrs. Abbie Wood Steward and under that has a W. P. 39. 3. Holy Bible & Hymn Book. I see nothing of dates. It is a Bible that my grandmother had. Appears to be a black leather cover w/the tips of the pages red. There is no date anywhere other than handwritten is Harley Pursley born Apr 23, 1916. 4. Holy Bible hard cover from the New York American Bible Society instituted in the year MDCCCXVI 1894.

  110. I have a copy of Henry Noel Humphries, ed., Parables of Our Lord, D. Appleton &Co, 1847 with paper-mâché binding. One page is free from the binding but it is otherwise very good condition. Can you please give an idea of the value? It was the property of my husband’s 3G grandmother.
    Thank you.

  111. Hello:

    My father was a once-upon-a-time book “collector”, who lost interest in collecting. I’ve just started sorting through two or three hundred books, most old and probably not rare. Haven’t noticed any dust jackets. Most were not bought as collector items, I think.

    One peculiar book
    is quite old and in what I’d guess to be “fair” condition. It is entitled “Spectator” with no author. The title page has inscribed in ornate hand writing “James Lomax 1787”. Perhaps Mssr. Lomax was a real character, or perhaps a fictitious name inscribed by an ambitious book dealer. Nothing against any book dealers, by the way.

    Spectator “Volume the Eight” was published in London, “printed for J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper”. On the opening page of text is displayed “Spectator no. 556…Friday June 18, 1714.

    Honestly, I read a lot but I wouldn’t want to read this: lots of poetry, fiction and I don’t care what else.

    Can I retire on the proceeds from the sale of this masterpiece?

    Many thanks for your informative articles!

    Yours truly,

    Mark Humphrey

    • Mark,

      You won’t be retiring on the proceeds of this sale, unfortunately. These books are worth about $50-$100 retail, and are not something we would offer at auction.

  112. I have a true first edition of Gone With the Wind, May 1936, McMillan. Book is in excellent shape. However, it has a fake dust jacket marked Facsimile Dust Jackets L.L.C. at the bottom. Should I try to sell it with or without the fake cover? What is an estimated value either way?

    • Carol,
      A good copy of a first edition without the original dust jacket is worth about $300 at auction (though it’s not something we would offer at auction) and a good copy with an original jacket in good condition would potentially be worth more than $3,000.

  113. I have a Robert Browning “Browning’s Complete Poetical Works Cambridge edition. Green cover with gold emboss. Copyright 1895 by Houghton, Mifflin and Co. Boston and New York Riverside press Cambridge. It has been stored in a musty basement for years.

  114. I have a 3 volume set of The Illustrated Poetical Works of Longfellow, copyright 1879 by Houghton Osgood. Two of the volumes appear to be signed. I plan to donate these to the Poetical Society, but would like to know what their value might be? Thank you.

  115. I have a German copy of Das Kapital from 1883–Otto Meissner Hamburg. It’s a soft cover, which looks beat-up. The pages appear to be all there (and I can see only one handwritten pencil note on the inside–in German.)

    Can you tell me what it may be worth?

  116. I have the following books :
    Robert Schuller 18 Volume Collectible set.
    The works of zane grey-64 volume hardcover set

    They are in great condition like new. Is it of some value ?

    Also, is there a place where I can sell these books ? Should I approach an auction house with the books and ask for valuation ?


  117. I have the following book:-
    Wuthering Heights Etc E & A Bronte
    Dark green spine with green mottled hardback cover. Signature and date of 1889 on owners page. Published by Smith Elder & Co 1889. Second story in book is Agnes Grey. Good condition with some worn edges .

  118. This book has been donated to the Newseum but have always been curious about its potential among collectors.

    This was a first edition of “Why England Slept” signed by the author John F. Kennedy with a personal greeting to my uncle who was a friend of the family. This was given as a gift at the time of its publishing.

  119. I have a first edition copy of Midnight Weddings by Mrs. Meeke, which I hear is very rare, published London, 1802 by T. Dobbs. It has the publisher stamp in the front of the book, the pages are readable, the cover is a bit old and worn. Any thoughts?

  120. Hello – I have many first editions of Anne McCaffrey’s work. The older books are signed (I followed her around book fairs in the 70s and 80s). I am interested in an evaluation of my collection for estate purposes. I am also interested in selling the duplicates I have and possibly the entire collection.

    Can you help me or refer me to a source that can? My collection includes some special Easton Press editions and 95% is As New to Good. All have their dust jackets which are protected with sleeves and the books have been in climate comtrolled storage for some years.

    In the past I was a regular at book fairs in CA and NV, assisting a friend with selling rare books. I have been out of that loop for some time and have lost touch with my contacts.
    Thank You…Sam

  121. I am curious about an unusual book I found in my father’s book collection: Chinese Mother Goose Rhymes, translated (each page shows the Chinese rhyme and English translation) and illustrated by Isaac Taylor Headland of Peking University, published by Fleming H. Revell Company, copyright 1900. All pages intact.

  122. I have what I believe to be a first edition copy of Practical Electrical Measurement, by James Swinburne form 1888. It is in very good condition. the spine is in fantastic shape and the whole book is in better condition than some of my son’s school books. any ideas on the value?

  123. I have 12 books published in 1904 of Shakespeare. Hamlet, Loves Labours Lost, As you like it, The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Alls Well That Ends Well, and Cymbeline. Preface and Glossary by Israel Gollancz M A. They are leatherbound I think, and in very good condition considering the age. Are these worth anything more than sentimental value?

  124. I have a hardcover titled Miracle Mongers and their Methods, A Complete Expose, by Houdini. Publisher E. P. Dutton & Company Copyright 1920. 240 pages, several black and white pictures and a picture of Houdini opposite title page.No dust jacket. Covers are a dark tan with black printing.do show some wear on edges and corners, pages have slight browning..page edges have browning,all inside pages are intact, tight,no tears,very clear and clean.. front cover has a slight “warp” to it that isn’t noticed unless holding book with pages facing upward.. but other than that this book is in very good condition. I do plan to sell it but have no idea of value. Thanks so much. Love your site.

    • Thank you! Miracle Mongers is currently available for $350-$150 in the first edition without the jacket on the retail market. Auction prices for books tend to be about 50% of a moderate retail price.

      • Thank you so much for your helpful response to my question about the book I have. Very much appreciated !!

  125. I have the bible designed to be read as living literature the old and new testaments in the king James version 1949. Arranged and edited by Ernest Sutherland Bates. Copyright 1936 by Simon and Schuster, inc. 1230 Sixth Avenue, New York

  126. I have poems of passion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox Chicago-New York: W.B. Conley Company, Publishers, 1897. Copyright 1883.

    • Gregory – Your bible and copy of Poems of Passion are both not of high value and are not something we would offer at auction.

  127. Wondering about: 1. Old Rose and Silver, by Myrtle Reed,G.P.Putnam’s Sons, New York and London,The Knickerbocker Press.1909. 2.An Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism, with especial Reference to Chinese and Japanese Phases, William Montgomery McGovern, London, Kegan Paul,Trench,Trubner&Co Ltd, New York: E.P.Dutton & Co, 1922

  128. I have a book that i picked up at a garage sale that i’m trying to determine if it has any value. It is titled “Life Of napoleon” Alta Edition. New Edition and illustrated. Translated from French to English in 1792. Published in Philadelphia: Porter & Coates. Two Volumes in one. The inside page says Life And Campaigns Of Napoleon Bonaparte. Translated from the french of M. A. Arnault and C. L. F. Panckoucke. Thank you for your time.

  129. I have a number of late 19th century books that are in excellent condition with decoratively etched covers, most with gilded bars for the title.My husband and I collected them mostly in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Is there a market for these books and how would I learn more about them?

    THank you for your consideration.

  130. I have an 1890 original printing of ”The Sayings of Poor Richard: The Prefaces, Proverbs and Poems of Benjamin Franklin Originally Printed in Poor Richard’s Almanacs for 1733-1758” collected and edited by Paul Leicester Ford. In the bibliography for 1890 it said that there were 100 limited edition copies made, how can I tell its that one? The only images I can find on the web are the exact same (only 2) but do not specify.

    Can you help me, please and thank you!

  131. I have a 1890 Caxton Edition of The Imitation of Christ with essay by Thomas Chalmers, and a Life of the Author by C. Ullmann, Chicago: Donohue, Henneberry & Co. 497-425 Dearborn St. I can’t find anything on the Internet. Please give me some idea of it
    s value

  132. I have a complete set of American Peoples Encyclopedia with a copyright from 1965, a Compton’s Precyclopedia from 1977, a “Good Time’s Together” from 1958. Are any of these worth a substantial figure? They are in fabulous condition with slim leather covers.

  133. Could you tell me the possible value of the following book:
    Dali, Max Gerard, Editor, cloth binding with gold foil dust jacket, 271 illustrations, Published by Harry Abrams. 1968. Excellent condition


  134. Hello, I have found an old Dickens Oliver Twist that does not have a date but has Lupton Publishing Co New York as the publisher–It has a green hard back cover and has Federal book co on the bottom outside on binding. Would you happen to have any idea of it’s value? I cannot find a copy on Abe books or Amazon. ~ thank you.

    • Meri,
      Thanks for the comment. The value of this book is likely less than $100, and it is not something we would handle at auction.

  135. I have 3 books that are dated back mid 1800s mark Twain Christian science it was copyrighted in 1899 from Harpers and brothers publishers with a signature from T. L. Ewing in it. The second book is the pioneers and patriots or America by John S. C. Abbott it has a signature and date on it from 1879 it was published by Dodd and mead in 1875 and the sparrowgrass papers by Frederic S. Cozzens dated back to 1856 and has signature and date on it all from the old feather and ink on it looking to see what they are worth

  136. Could you tell me the possible value of the following book: Webster’s collegiate dictionary 1909 ,Copyright 1883 Thin paper edition de luxe

  137. I am having trouble with a book that I was hoping you could help with. I have a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo that was printed by Donohue, Henneberry and Co. The book has no date but says it is the complete and unabridged edition and has 1046 pages. On the cover Cristo is spelled Christo. It does have a couple of problems, the cloth on the top and bottom of the spine is a little worn and the binding is coming apart to the point that the first few pages are almost falling out. Any help you can give me is much appreciated, Thanks.

  138. I have 4 first edition Zane Grey books, The Mysterious Rider, The Call of the Canyon, Riders of the Purple Sage, and Fighting Caravans. None of them have dust jackets and one’s spine fell off (which is still kept inside the front cover), but I was wondering if they had any value. I also have a 1922 To the Last Man by Zane Grey.
    Thank you 🙂

  139. hi. I have 3 books handed down from great grandma: 1)one thousand and one nights: or, the Arabian nights’ entertainments. advance edition Donohue, henneberry & co. 2) last days of Pompeii geo. m. hill co. no copyright 3)tale of two cities 1914. thank you for your time. didn’t know where to start.

  140. I have a full 5 book, 10 volume set of “Stories by American Authors” published by Charles Scribner’s and sons Copyright 1884. Published by Canton Press in 1991 just after the factory was built. It is signed buy the original owner of the book in the first book (not on title page). All tissue paper in front of photos are intact. They are in pretty good shape, with one page folded in half down the center. They there are old fingerprint throughout the books, but all pages seam intact and together. Slight wear on cover. There are obvious ink fades, missing letters and smears as well. What can you tell me about these books and what are they worth?
    I also have a copy of “Le Mie Prigioni” byS. Pellico, Copyright 1909. I understand this is his previously unprinted biographical accounts from prison. Printed in Paris France.
    “Droll Stories” by Balzak, Bound for Modern Library by: H. Wolf
    “The Philosophy of Rhetoric” Campbell condenced by Greenville KLeiser, Copyright 1911 By Greenville Klieser, Printed in the United States.Funk and Wagnalls New York and London

    • Jeanni,

      I have carefully reviewed the list of books you sent. Thank you for taking the time to compile this information. Unfortunately, your book collection is more of a reader’s library and does not contain books that are very valuable or collectible on their own. Many of us select and accumulate books, fewer collect like a bibliomaniac. The best course of action is probably to call in a generalist, who buys houses full of books just like yours.

  141. i have 5 j fenimore cooper books 1)homeward bound 2) the 2 admirals 3) the wing and wing 4) afloat and ashore 5)the redskin and 6) the ways of the hour…..they look old and were published by the co-operative publication society new york and london…can some one give me some sort of value for these.

  142. I have a 2nd edition of Marlowe. A Drama in Five Acts by Josephine Preston Peabody. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company. The Riverside Press, Cambridge Copyright,1901, By Josephine Preston Peabody All Rights Reserved Published November 1901 second edition In the front cover are stamped 1) Gift of The People of the United States Through the Victory Book Campaign (A.L.A.- A.R.C- U.S.O) To the Armed Forces and Merchant Marine 2) Post Library Camp Hood, Texas 3)Post Library Fort Douglas Utah 4) Property of U.S. Army Post Library Fort Hood Texas, On backside of cover page 1) “Property of U.S. Army” 2)Ape 29, 1942 3)Donated Book Ninth Corps Area 4)some Library hand written numbers. Final ‘written’ The Riverside Press Electrotyped and printed by H.O. Houghton & Co. Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A All pages are intact, no tears, little wear on cover. Real good condition for age.

    • Cheryllyn,

      I have carefully reviewed the list of books you sent. Thank you for taking the time to compile this information. Unfortunately, your book collection is more of a reader’s library and does not contain books that are very valuable or collectible on their own. Many of us select and accumulate books, fewer collect like a bibliomaniac. The best course of action is probably to call in a generalist, who buys houses full of books just like yours.

  143. I have a collection of Shakespeare books (38 of them), copyright date of 1901 by the University Society. Am wondering if they are worth anything.

  144. I have several books
    Old Yeller hardback library of congress #56-8780
    Robin Hood 1943 hardback

  145. I have a book called historical register containing An Impartial Relation of all Transactions, Foreing and Domestic with a Chronological Diary and this is the original volume 3 for the year 1718 and is printed by H.M and fold by T. Norris and it is really old book and hard to read . I just wanted to know if it worth anything

  146. Hi…Wonderful Site. I have found a book from my Great grandfathers collection which I find interesting. The book is: Burns Poems by Robert Burns, It’s a hardcover book- made of Red plaid tartan silk, dated 1906 (MCMVI). Each page has a red, thin lined border around it. It also has gold Guilded page edges. It says Printed at Glasgow University Press by Robert Maclehose. It also lists this information: David Bryce & son,NY:Frederick A Stokes Company… Can you tell me if this book has any value. Thank You…

  147. I have a brown leather book by Irving Knickerbocker. Titled History of New York from the Beginning of the world to the end of the dutch dynasty 1867 authors revised edition. It says only 110 copys made. Can you please tell me what its worth? I also have a book titled The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines in A Series of tales by Mary Cowden Clarke. Two series on on, with illustrations in photography from pictures by T.F.Dicksee and W.S.Herrick, and Steel Portrates from 1881 I would also like to know what its worth please

  148. Dear Sir,

    I have two books that I have had over 50+ years and am curious if they are worth anything. One book is “Richard Carvel” written by Winston Churchill in 1899 and the front cover page has “Cornelia Wetmore Chapell, July 3rd, 1899” written on it. The second book is “Lorna Doone” (Volume I and II) written by R. D. Blackmore (with Illustrations by Frank T. Merrill) written in 1893. Both books are in good shape. Thank you for any information you might be able to give me.

    • Churchill’s Richard Carvel retails for $50. The first edition of Lorna Doone was 1869, this edition retails for about $200 in good condition. These books are not something we would handle at auction.

  149. Hi. I have a nathaniel hawthorne book called “the wonder book”. It says lenox july 15,1851. Published at h.m caldwell company in new york. The book does not have a dust sleeve but is in very good shape. It is about 4×6 in size. Hardcover. Is it worth anything?

    • Mandy, This is a later edition, circa 1920. 1851 is the copyright date. Copies of the Caldwell edition sell for $20-$30 on the retail market. This book is not something we would handle at auction.

  150. I have the book “Patients Have Families” by Henry B. Richardson, M.D., F.A.C.P. Published by The Commonwealth Fund, 1945. This book is also signed, “To Margaret Housden from Harry Richardson” I also have “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. This book is illustrated, or as it is printed in the book “Deorated By John Lockwood Kipling, C.I.E.” Published: Garden City New York Doubleday, Doran & Company, INC. 1928. This book is red withgold embossing on the spine and a gold circle with a elephant and swastika on the cover. This book also has handwriting that is a little hard to read “”Jadzioni Staayaskiemn aby kuchs zwieneta B. Fcjgin. Pittsburgh, Pa. 10-24-29.” Thankyou

  151. Many books from grandfather’s home. I’m checking to see if there are any I shouldn’t ‘repurpose’ into lamps, shelves, etc…
    The Gentle Infidel, by L. Schoonover, NY, cover
    Rest and BE Thankful, by H. MacInnes, US, cover
    Money to Burn, By Peter Kyne, NY, 1926, No cover
    The Enchanted Hill, By Peter Kyne, NY, 1924, no cover
    Troubled Waters, by William Raine, Maine, no cover
    The Discarded Daughter, by EDEN SOUTHWORTH, NY, no cover
    The last of the Plainesmen, By Zanegrey, NY, 1908, no cover
    The secret of the StormCountry, By Grace Miller White, NY, 1916, no cover
    The hollow of her hand, By G. McCutcheon, NY, 1912, no cover
    Soldiers 3, The story of the gadsbys in black and white, by Rudyard Kipling, MacMillan company 1908, no cover
    The age of fable, By Thomas Bulfinch, Boston,1855, no cover
    George Washington an historic biography, By Horace Scudder, Boston, 1886, no cover
    Tha swiss family robinson, Jouhann wyss, NY 1899, no cover
    ploughed under the story of an indian chief told by hmself with an itroduction by Inshta Theambra, NY 1881, no cover
    The last of the Mohicans, by J. Feniomre cooper, NY 1872, no cover
    Speeking pieces for little scholars and older pupils, Ellin peck, Boston 1890, no cover
    ford v-8 car and trucks, By victor page NY 1948, no cover
    where the red fern grows, By willson rawls, NY, 1961, co cover
    bethlehem structural shapes, 1938
    a week by themselves, By emilia norris, ny, no date, no cover
    Maine beautiful, wallace nutting, Massachusetts, 1924, no cover
    the history of the town of bowdoinham 1762-1912, By silac adams, Maine 1912, no cover
    dangerous days, by mary rineharnt, ny, 1919, no cover
    the girlscouts rally, By kathryn gult, 1921, no cover
    heart of the sunset, by rex beach, ny, 1915, no cover
    the ramrodders, holman day, ny, 1910, no cover
    the pride of palomar, by peter kyne, ny, 1921, no cover
    the valley of the giants, by peter kyne, ny, 1918, no cover
    the rider of golden bar, by william patterson white, boston, 1922, no cover
    the thundering herd, zayne grey, ny, 1925 1st adition.
    the live oak boys, by elijah kellogg, boston, 1883, no cover
    the shepherd of the hills, harrold bell wright, ny, 1907, no cover
    the harvester, by gene stratton- poter, ny, 1911, no cover
    the vanishing american, by zayne grey, ny, 1925, cover
    the border legion, by zayne grey, ny, 1916, no cover
    aunt jane, by jennette lee, ny, 1915, no cover
    the blythe girls hellen’s strange border, by laura lee hope, ny, 1925, no cover
    websters scholastic dictionary, ny, 1966. no cover
    the light that failed, by rudyard kipling, double day, 1915, no cover
    the lurtiss field mystery, by harrison bardwell, 1930, ny, no cover
    drusilla with a million, by Elizabeth cooper, no cover
    at the foot of the rainbow, gene stratton poter, ny, 1907, no cover
    the light of western stars, by zayne grey, ny, 1914, no cover
    the keeper of the bees, gene stratton porter, ny, 1925, cover
    light in the sky, agatha young, ny, 1948, cover
    cappy ricks or the subjugation of matt peasley, by peter kyne, ny, 1916, cover
    a comprehensive dictionary of the english language, joseph worcester, lld, 1888, no cover
    treasure island, by robert louis stevenson, ny, 1947. cover
    ralph raymonds’s heir, by horatio alger, chicago, no date-inscription 1926, no cover
    the harvester, by gene stratton porter, ny, 1932?, no cover
    life’s handiecap, by rudyard kipling, double day, 1912, no cover
    the wild olive, by the author of inner shrine,ny, 1910, no cover
    peony, by pearl s. buck, ny, 1948, partarl cover
    the ledger of lyng dog, by william george weekley, ny, MCMXVII, cover
    family fortunes, by gwen davenport, ny, MCMXLIX, good cover
    live with lighting, by mitchell willson, boston, MCMXLIX
    toward the morning, by hervay allen, ny, 1948, cover
    brief gaudy hour, by anne boleyn, philadelphia, MCMXLIX. good cover
    the enchanted hill, by peter kyne, ny, 1924, no cover
    scetches of the history of the town camden maine, by john locke, hallowell, 1859, no cover
    the merical of the bells, by russel janney, ny, 1946, good cover
    little orphan annie- 9 books, by harrold grey, 1926-33, ny, no cover, good condition.
    the children’s dickens, by hodder and stoughton, no date (posssibly same date as orphan annie, no cover
    gasoline alley, by frank king, 1929, the rilley and lee company, no cover
    the boat builder (series)square and compasses or building the house, by oliver optic, boston, 1885, no cover

    curise of the casco 1921, the young deliverers 1892, arthor brown 1892, the fisher boys 1892, island glen 1892, john godsoe’s legacy 1892.

    • Cammie, These books are not valuable, just the regular old books that people have to read. Please note that books with no covers from the 19th and 20th centuries are of little to no value, even if they may have some value in good condition. For an idea about what kinds of books end up in a rare book auction, check out our most recent catalog, from the June first auction.

  152. I have a book that I would like to sell but have no idea of value. 587 pages… Title is Life of Luther by Julius Kostlin with illustrations from authentic sources, translated from German, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York 1883. Hardcover (dark brown with black printing and design on front cover..spine has MARTIN LVTHER in a goldtone square…black & white picture of Luther 8th inside page…author’s dedication to “my dear wife Pauline”…the last pages are a three section fold out of a facsimile of Luther’s will.covers show wear especially edges,top & btm of spine & along spine edge,front cover is very clear,page edges have browning and all inside pages and tight,no tears,very clean,legible. Thank you for your help.

  153. I have a couple sets I am wondering about the worth of:
    1. The Complete works of Charles Dickens hardback 14 volumes published by Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, copyright 1904.

    2. The Works of Honore De Balzac hardback 19 volumes published by John D. Avila, Avila Publishing Company, University Edition, Philadelphia, copyrighted 1901.

    3. Library of the Worlds Best Literature, hardback 46 volumes, published by The International Society, New York, copyright 1897 by R.S. Peale and J.a. Hili.

  154. I recently picked up a manuscript titled Autobiography of Erastus Johnson (later published in 1938 Autobiography of Erastus Johnson a chronicle of pioneer life on the east coast and the west coast). The manuscript is in great condition and has pencil corrections throughout and author notes (typed) making reference to a second manuscript printed for the authors daughter however after contacting a descendant and learning what she had found in her genealogy research and the interest herself and members of the society bearing the families name had for obtaining the 1938 editions I need to seek a professional opinion. It is believed that this manuscript predates the 1938 edition by at least 22 years given the watermark Tyrone Linen on the cover page and it’s trademark registration by Graham Paper Co. St Louis Mo. (The author mentions his last visit to his family in St. Louis Mo.) Where many of his immediate family are laid to rest. Many questions and mystery surround the author of this book and the origins of it’s penning. The University of Berkeley in California has the manuscript from 1938 and Edward Copenhagen of Harvard special collections showed some interest in obtaining it. I know that it is probably only valuable to a descendant however there is definitely an interest. Thank you!

    • It’s hard to put a number on something like this, because the author and work are both obscure and somewhat marginal. It’s not going to be hugely valuable on the open market, so if you have some universities that are interested, it would be fine to entertain their offers. You wouldn’t be giving up an incredibly valuable piece, and it’s the sort of thing that would be best served in an institutional library.

  155. We are cleaning out my elderly father’s house and came across two boxes of books. Here is a partial list of what we found:

    1. The Stolen White Elephant, Etc., by Mark Twain, Boston, James R. Osgood and Company, 1883.

    2. The Testament of Beauty, by Robert Bridges, Oxford, At The Clarendon Press, 1929.

    3. The Woodlanders, by Thomas Hardy, New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers, unknown publishing date.

    4. The Belles-Lettres Series, D’Avenant, Section III. Love and Honour and The Siege of Rhodes, by Sir William D’Avenant, D.C. Heath & Co., Publishers, Printed in USA, 1909.

    5. Comstock’s Chemistry, Elements of Chemistry, by J.L. Comstock, M.D., Published by Pratt, Woodford & Co, New-York, 1846

    6. Familiar Studies of Men and Books, by Robert Louis Stevenson, London: William Heinemann, Ltd., 1924, Printed in Great Britain.

    7. French Mediaeval Romances, translated by Eugene Mason, London: J.M. Dent&Sons, Ltd., New York: E.P. Dutton & Co, unknown publishing date.

    8. Familiar Quotations, Bartlett, H.M. Caldwell, Publishers New York and Boston, unknown publishing date.

    9. Homeri Odyssea, Edidit Guilielmus Dindorf, Pars I, Editio Quarta Correctior, Lipsaie. Sumptibus Et Typis B. G. Teubneri, MDCCCLVI.

    10. The Collected Works of Henrik Ibsen, Volume VIII, An Enemy Of The People, The Wild Duck, New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1920.

    11. The Complete Plays of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Collins’ Clear-Type Press, London & Glasgow, unknown publishing date.

    12. Amelia, by Henry Fielding, Vol II, G. Bell and Sons, Ltd, 1914
    13. The Problem of Economic Instability, by Emile Despres, Milton Friedman, Albert G. Hart, Paul A. Samuelson, Donald H. Wallace, Reprinted from American Economic Review Vol. XL, No. 4, September 1950.

    14. Opera, by Edward J. Dent, Made and Printed in Great Britain for Penguin Books, Ltd., 1949.

    15. Socialism,Utopian and Scientific, by Frederick Engels, Translated by Edward Aveling, New York, International Publishers,

    16. The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne,
    no 16 of Everyman’s Library, J M Dent and Sons, E.P. Dutton & Co, 1927

  156. We have three more books with dust jackets:

    The Spirit of Zen by Alan W. Watts Jphn Murray, Albemarle Strret, London 1955

    Haiku Volume 1 by R.H. Blyth printed in Japan

    Hauiku Volume 4 by R.H. Blyth Hokuseido, 1952

    Thank you.

    • Beth,

      Thank you for the comment. This is a group of reading books, with retail values in the $50 and less range. These are not books we would offer at auction. The books that are parts of sets (volume VIII only, etc.) have no commercial value.

  157. I have several books I got from my grandmother’s estate. The most interesting to me is a copy of Pilgrim’s Progress, dark red, from A.L. Burt Company, publisher. I can’t find the copyright, but it is inscribed with my Great Aunt’s name and address with the date, Dec. 16 -22. It also has a small pink receipt tucked in the cover; bearing “memorandum of purchase” from Carson, Pirie, Scott and Co, Chicago with the date Dec. 16 – 22, in the amount of 1.00. Another is a hardcover “Rollo on the Rhine by Abbott, copyright 1858. There are a few others that may be of value but these struck me as the most likely. Any thoughts?

    • Colleen,

      It sounds like you’ve got some regular books, nothing really valuable. Pilgrim’s Progress came out in 1678. In most cases, books without imprint dates are later reprints. Rollo on the Rhine is a five volume set, and as a complete set has some value in the first edition (Boston: W.J. Reynolds, 1853-1855), in good condition.

  158. Two leather bound best selling classics series, short stories, one by Edgar Allan Poe ‘Tales of Mystery’ and Lewis Carroll ‘Alice in Wonderland’. After seeking many avenues, I have only found a few red leather books by the same publisher, however they have different covers in the fact that the gold lettering and design on the binding exterior edge of the book has more design and lettering varies. All are published by Award Books Inc. New York, N.Y.
    I have been unable to find any documentation on the publisher or dates of printing. While these books do have “Published by Award Books Inc. N.Y., N.Y. they have no publish or copyright date?

    My question, are the turn of the century? Any value status with them?

    All pages are present and in great shape, the bindings of both books however have let go for the most part.

  159. Hi, what would be the value of a 1897 version of Dante’s Divine Comedy? It was published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. in New York. It is leather bound and in very good condition.

  160. i have some books that i received from a friend and was wondering where i would go to find their value. I have some books that are dated back to the 1800’s and a bible that is from 1900.Please let me know where i can find out the value of these and other books that i have .

    Thank You for your time
    Debbie Bridgeo

  161. Hello,
    I have come across a book from Lithuania – and in Lithuanian text
    It is:
    Stasys Santvaras – Laivai Palauztom Burem
    Copyright 1945

    And on the cover page is an inscription, which either seems to be a love poem or poem with the authors signature- it is handwritten in the Lithuanian language and is very difficult to interpret.
    I am Very Curious and intrigued.
    Any Thoughts?
    Thank you in advance for any help

    • Laurie,
      Thanks for the comment. The value of this book is likely less than $100, and it is not something we would handle at auction.

  162. I have the full set of the Harvard Classics – published by PF Collier and Son Company New York
    Volume 1 has a copyright of 1909

    All of the volumes are a burgundy color -and are in very good condition
    They were my grandparents – can you give me an idea of their value?


  163. Looking through some of my parents old boxes I came across alot of old books, one seemed very interesting, it’s Alice in Wonderland. It is in a hardcover book in a red box with a faceplate on the box saying “ALICE IN WONDERLAND . By Lewis Carroll With all the original engravings as drawn by Sir John Tenniel THE PETER PAUPER PRESS”. The book has two blank pages, no with no copyright information, the title page is pretty much the same as the faceplate on the box with the exception of including the publisher as “Peter Pauper Press . Mount Vernon”. What I found interesting was the last page of the book says “THE TEXT OF THIS EDITION HAS BEEN SET IN THE BASKERVILLE TYPES, AND IS PRINTED ON SPECIALLY-MADE CANTERBURY PAPER AT THE PETER PAUPER PRESS IN MOUNT VERNON, NEW YORK”. Your insight would be appreciated.

    • Paula,
      This copy of Alice in Wonderland is not of high value and is not something we would offer at auction. The value is likely less than $100.

  164. I have a third edition of “Common Place-Book to the Holy Bible, or, The Scripture’s Sufficiency Practically Demonstrated” published in 1725. It has a broken spine (single split) but all the pages are there. Owners of the book were Morgan Rees (no date), J Needham 1749 (Hope it’s John Needham, Roman Catholic Priest and Scientist in the Royal Society), James W Knight 1808, Lizzie Barkley Doty 1911 (Handed down from Robert McCulloch Barkley) and lastly a typed and taped label of Richard Overdorff. What might this book be worth? Should I get the spine repaired or leave it as is? Please advise. Thank you very much.

  165. I came across an antique leather bound Jane Eyre C.Bront book but it is in French. I am unable to locate a copyright anywhere on it. Cover page reads Charlotte Bronte (Currer Bell) Jane Eyre Tradut De L’Anglais par R. Redon Et J. Dulong. Editions Du Dauphin 43, rue de la Tombe – Issoire Paris (XIV)

    • Kelly, Thanks for the comment. The value of this book is likely less than $100, and it is not something we would handle at auction.

  166. Hi, I have a book “the Original Mother Goose Rhymes in Black” with illustrations by by J.F. Goodridge. The book has “creepy” little goblin looking creatures, the cats have teeth, they talk about people scratching their eyes out, etc. It reminds me of the creatures on “Fairyland Lustre” China. Do you have any comment? Thank you in advance.

  167. 1892 Cheap Edition of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer’s Comrade” by Mark Twain. Published by Charles L. Webster & Co. Just wondering if it is of any value. Thank You

  168. I have “inherited” a copy of
    Saunders’ Question Compends No. 5
    Essentials of Obstetrics Arranged in the Form of Questions and Answers prepared especially for Students of Medicine by
    William Easterly Ashton, M.D.

    Third Edition, revised and enlarged.
    W. B. Saunders,
    913 Walnut Street.

    It is in pretty sad shape, but for a book that’s 122 years old, I guess it’s not too bad. All the spine is there, but it’s torn in the middle; all the pages appear to be there although they are edge-worn and loose from the binding.
    The cover is darkish blue w/gold embossed lettering.

    There are ALSO inside it, two 4-page publications:
    Extract From the Introduction in the Opening Number of “The Climatologist.” August 1891
    The Climatologist. A Monthly Journal of Medicine Devoted to the Relation of climate, Mineral Springs, Diet, Preventive Medicine, Race, Occupation, Life Insurance and Sanitary Science to Disease.
    Edited by John M. Keating, M.D.
    Frederick A. Packard, M.D.
    Chas. F. Gardiner, M.D.

    Do you have any thing to share about the book and/or journals. Also, can you recommend a good book restorer?


  169. I have an 1829 copy of Sir Walter Scott’s Rob Roy, hardcover, illustrated, dust jacket not applicable, in excellent shape. (Date is referenced in Introduction). I’ve seen 1829 version in on-line searches, but not from this publisher. It’s marked M.M. Caldwell Co. Publishers, New York and Boston, and is printed with Berkeley Library on the cover page. The cover is red cloth with lovely gold detail, and is embossed over the front and spine with the letter “B”. Thank you!


  171. I recently purchased the following:
    The Constitutions of the United States, According to the Latest Amendments: to Which are Prefixed, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federal Constitution, with the Amendments. Philadelphia: Printed for Robert Campbell, 1800.
    Leather Bound 1800 edition. It contains the 1787 Northwest Ordinance, which was the de facto constitution of the Territory and the basis for the free state legal philosophy of Abraham Lincoln and other abolitionists.
    Original Owner signature dated 1809.
    I bought the book based solely on the rarity. Any thoughts on value? Hopefully, it’s worth more than I paid.

  172. I have just inherited several books from my father and would love to know their worth.

    1. Complete set of Joseph Conrad leather bound book set, special edition, published by Doubleday, Doran and company for P.F. collier & Son

    2.set of Robert Louis Stevenson books, leather bound Medallion Edition, published in 1912 by New York Current Literature Publishing Co.

    3. LeAtherbound set of 3 books: Lee’s Lieutenants series by Douglas Southall Freeman, published 1944 by Charles Scribner’s Sons

  173. Good day,

    Your website is very helpful. I have found many answers to most of my questions, but am stumped with two of my late grandfather’s books. Perhaps you could help?

    1. “Origines Sacre, Or A Rational Account of the Grounds of Christian Faith, As to the Truth and Divine Authority of the Scriptures….” By Edward Stillingfleet, London, Printed by R.W. for Henry Mortlock at the sign of the Phoenix in St. Paul’s Church-Yard near the little North-door.1663 (*I can only find copies of this online in educational institutions)

    2. This one is Greek: “Septuagint Greek Old Testament,” M. Christianus Reineccius, S.S. Theol. Bacc. Consil. Saxo-Weissenf. Lipsiae MDCCXXX (1730). Apud Bernhardum Christoph.

    Thank you very much!
    Kristin Campbell

    • The Stillingfleet title is early, but common on the rare book market, and frankly not the most interesting read out there. At auction, it would probably sell for about $100. Some Greek Septuagints can be very valuable, but the really collectible ones were published about 200 years earlier. Yours would be worth about $50 on the retail market.

  174. I have a complete one volume edition of Les Miserables, English translation, Hurst & co. publishers, NY., no dust jacket. All pages are intact, but the publication date is missing. I did some homework on the publisher’s advertising in the back and have estimated the publication date to be roughly 1899-early 1900’s. I’m curious to know if it’s worth anything and if it’s something worthy of auction.
    Barbara Bessol

    • Generally, books from the late 19th or early 20th century with undated title pages are later reprints, and not first editions. The publisher, issuing a title with proven popularity, has intentionally omitted a date in order to extend the shelf-life of his wares. The first edition of Les Miserables in English was published in New York by Carleton in 1862. It came out in a five volume set, all volumes dated, and is worth about $3,000 in mint condition. We just sold one in our June first auction: https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2658B/lots/199

    • Books without publication dates are very often reprints (not first or early editions). It might also be useful to take a look at the copyright page to help determine the period of publication. But unfortunately, 19th and 20th century books without publication dates are usually reprints.

  175. I have two books that I am having restored in period binding, pages washed etc, by a very well known restoration specialist in Alabama. Both are by the author Sir William Hope. The first book, printed 1692, “The compleat fencing master” I can find information to get a rough value. The second is where I am having trouble finding a value for the book. 1724, “A vindication of the true art of self-defense”. The actual title is much longer. I can only find some sparse information on this one, but would like to get a rough value as well, one to make sure I am spending money wisely on the restoration and two to possibly sell at auction. Any help would be appreciated.

  176. Hi, I have a book ‘Poems’ by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. It a compilation of her poems of passion, miscellaneous, pleasure, philosophical, cheer and sentiment. I believe it is an edition de luxe limited to 500 copies, printed on hand made paper, bound in vellum and its signed by both the author and artist. The cover is a dark embossed green suede which I’m guessing is vellum and is inscribed by Harvey ‘To while away the dreary hours, I hope you never have any’ which is sweet but I assume unrelated to the writer. I know its a late 1800’s edition although it has no date printed and was produced in London by Gay and Handcock. Any idea on value would be appreciated. Many thanks Diane.

  177. Hi, I found a book named “The Picture Book of Wisdom” the cover also says in Pastime Pasters. It was written by S. Markstein & copyrighted in 1915. It is bound, but the cover is not attached. Otherwise it is in good condition. It is a children’s book illustrated with stamps. All the stamps are in excellent condition & only 1 is missing. Do you have any idea if it may be of any value? I can find really no info on it except the S. stands for Solomon & that it was published by Picture Paster Publishing Co., INC located at 345 Fifth Avenue New York. Patent pending is also printed under the publishing company name.
    Thanks for you for any assistance you can provide. Andrea

  178. I have a book my grandmother gave me. The tittle: The prince and the pauper. Author: Samuel L. Clements. The book does not have a copy right date. It does have on the title page: tThe Goldsmith Publishing Co. Chicago New York. It also has manufactured in The United States of America. Also has notes at the end of the book. I was curious if this book has any value.

  179. I have the “I KNOW A STORY” THE WONDER-Story Books. It is written by Miriam Blanton Huber. The copyright is 1938 Row, Peterson and Company. Do you have any idea if this book is of value. it is still in very good condition
    Thank you for your time

  180. I have book titled ” The Ladies Letter Writer”. It was published in Philadelphia, by Porter & Coates. It has a picture of a women on the front and she is sitting at a desk writing a letter. The hard cover is in yellows and reds. It was my Aunts book and I wonder if it has any value. Thank You

  181. I have a first edition Grapes of Wrath. Purchased the book from Asprey in 1996. Includes dust jacketand plastic cover. Full description describes very good condition of jacket, pages and spine.

  182. Mitchell’s Guide to the Game of Chess, copyright 1920, published 1937 by David McKay in Philadelphia, written by David A. Mitchell. bound in red cloth, no dust cover. pages in very good condition, small water damage on the front cover. please tell me, is this book worth anything? thank you so much.

  183. HI!

    I have a book written by Edward Payson Roe. Published 1886 by Dodd, Mead and Company. The title is ” HE FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE”.The binding has become worn but it is still pretty in tact. There is also a signature of an owner from Farmington,Maine on one of the blanks. Do you think this is of value? Thank you!

  184. I have The Carpenter’s New Guide: Complete Book of Lines…By William Johnston & Peter Nicholson, 1848, Grigg, Elliot and Co., Philadelphia, does it have any value?

    Also, Memoirs of Maxillian de Bethune, Duke of Sully, Prime Minister to Henry the Great, London, 1761, Volumes II & III. They belonged to Latisha Beauchamp Proctor (there is a bookplate), signed 1763.

  185. I have a book that I would like to know if it is rare.
    Red Hard Cover, Bronte Works Jane Eyre written in gold on outside and on inside it says The Works of Charlotte Bronte (Currer Bell) An Ilistrated Edition in Four Volumes Jane Eyre
    Philadelphia Henry T Coates & Co, It is dedicated to W.M. Thackeray, Esq.
    Thank you for any info you can give me.

  186. Hello, I purchased a brown leather bound book, cover says Shakespeare Illustrated, when you open the book it says An Art Edition of Shakespeare classified as Comedies, Tragedies, Histories and Sonnets. Each part arranged in chronological order. Including also a list of Familiar Shakespearean Quotations of Charles and Mary Lamb and Mary Seymour and others. Arranged and compiled by C.A. Gaskell, Chicago: US Publishing House, 1889. But the odd thing about the book is the back of the book has an attached blue Shakespeare Illustrated hard cover. It’s odd. I would give it a fair condition rating because of some spotting, frayed pages, and the spine of the book has some fraying. No missing/loose pages though. Can you tell me if this book is worth anything?

    Thank you for your time.

    • Heidi,
      Thanks for the comment. The value of this book is likely less than $100, and it is not something we would handle at auction.

  187. I have a first edition inscribed dedication copy of “Napoleon’s Marshal, The Life of Michel Ney” by John T. Foster, William and Morrow Company, New York, 1968.

    The dedication reads, “For Wyatt Blassingame, a true friend who introduced me to the joys and sorrows and deep satisfaction of professional writing. In appreciation of more than twenty years of help, advice, and encouragement.”

    There are two inscriptions.

    Under the dedication is the inscription, “Wyatt, of all the books I’ve ever done this has been the most difficult, but it was the one I most wanted to do. John”

    On the title page is, “For Wyatt and Gertie. We’re all looking forward to seeing ya’ll soon. John Foster Aug 26, 1968”

    The book has the dust cover and both it and the book are in very good condition.

    I was just wondering if you had a comment on the value, thank you!

  188. Hi
    I have a Book made in 1887
    Gold Pages, the cover is something soft and like velvet …

    The Book it’s all written in Greek: ELLAS is called …
    I wish to know how much is it because i have it from my gran gran mother

  189. My book it’s write something like this:
    IN GERMAN Jacob Falk

    Constantinists Zappa

    And in GREEk :



  190. I have a book called Arrowsmith. Printed in the USA. Copyright 1925, by Harcourt,Brace,And Company Inc.
    it says “The first edition of ARROWSMITH consists of 500 copies on handmade paper, numbered and signed by the author. This book is a red cloth hardback book, with gold lettering. I have no clue of the value.

  191. I have a Book Called
    New School of Algebra
    By G.A.Wentworth
    Boston, USA
    Ginn & Company, Publishers
    The Athenrum Press
    Copy Right noted as 1898
    By George A. Wentworth

    My Grandmother passed away about 4 years ago retired from Working in the School System for 30 years. When she passed away, upon inheriting her estate-we found many school books dated back to these dates. Is there any value to them?

  192. Hi. When my Mum recently moved to a care home, I was sorting through her vast book collection and came across a smallish old leather bound book simply entitled ‘Longfellow’. Our local bookshop/antique and collectors items owner said he hadn’t seen one bound like this before and offered £10. I feel he might have been holding back… What do you think?

  193. Hello, I cleaned out an old bookcase and came across 6-7 books published prior to 1899. The oldest I found is “Elements of Logic” Published by James Munroe and Company Boston and Cambridge, 1852.
    The book I am most interested in is “Helen Keller The Story of My Life” Printed at the Country Life Press, Garden City, NY.
    The copywrite dates are 1902,1903,1905. Miss Keller signed this book for my Grandfather April 23, 1936. The only part of the dust jacket remaining is the cover. It is torn at the edges and wrinkled but the cover photos can still be made out. We were always amazed the someone that was blind could write so clearly. I am wondering if there is any value to these books or what you can tell me about them. Thank you for your time.

  194. The Three Musketeers, by Alexander Dumas on the cover, with picture of the Three Musketeers standing, in color. On the inside says “Adapted for juvenile readers by, Carolyn Sherwin Bailey. Illustrated by Harold Brett. 1920 Milton Bradley company. The preface in the book explains that parts are not in this book based on the original 2 volumes because it would be of no interest to young boys and girls. Any value to this book?
    Thanks Robert DiSpaldo

  195. I have an old book I inherited; it is the direct lineage of Cyrus McCormick. I can find information on/from it online but no available copies. I am curious of how many may have been printed/rarity, value, etc…
    I know that the value of collectibles is based on condition and I can’t send a pic at this time it is fully intact, good pages but it needs to be rebound

    “Ancestral Record and Biography” L. J. McCormick- Chicago, 1896
    Leather bound and signed sticker inside front cover
    To: Mrs Harriet McChesney Dunn(handwritten)
    .with the compliments of:
    Leander J McCormick(pen signature)
    Any info would be appreciated

  196. Among a lot of antique books that I bought at auction recently were three written by Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie) mainly on the subject of Oscar Wilde.They are “Oscar Wilde A Summing Up” Richards Press.Very good condition repress from 1950.”The Autobigraphy Of Lord Alfred Douglas”London Martin Seeker second impression 1929,good condition all pictures and pages pages but some pictures loose.The most interesting of the trio is I think “Oscar Wilde And Myself”London John Long Limited 1914.It dosen’t state which impression it is.There are a number of stamps and a library slip from The University Of Salford Library stating it was deposited by The Lancashire Record Office from the Thomas Hope Floyd Bequest.There is a signature in pen on the inside cover page by Thomas Hope Floyd and dated June 6 1923.I’d like to know how much these books might be worth.

  197. Hello. I enjoy reading your replies here. I have.. (from my amature internet researching) – what i believe to be a very rare book. It from McLoughlin Brothers. New York. Title is ..”The Doings Of The Alphabet” From my research – its from 1885 . It is a 16 page illustrated alphabet book , chromolithographs. I have tried for hours to try and find a single one for sale or has been sold. I can only find one – in the museum library of a university in Florida. And ones made in the 1950’s as a reproduction of the original . I am wondering the value and also wondering how rare the book may be .Also if it would be auction material. Thanks in advance..Jason

  198. Hi
    I have a Holy Bible with wood cover with crosses on front and Jerusulem on the back. side is leather with Holy Bible at top and Jerusulem at bottom. Londow and Glasgow Collins Clear-type press. Licence says the following: In terms of Her late Majesty’s Letters Patent to Her Printers for Scotland and of the Instructions issues by Her late Majesty in Council…..Dated at Edinburg, the Fifth day of January, Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-six. It also has colored illustration throughout old and new testaments. Would you be able to provide estimate value?

  199. Book appears to be in German (I think). James Broderne Missouris meat rykthbara roof are och mordare
    Frank och Jesse James
    Published in Minneapolis
    J. Leach,an & son Forlaggare
    The book has no cover and is held by staples in sections. I cannot tell if it is complete or not?

    Any ideas?

  200. i have inherited some hard covered books that was given to my great grandmother in 1867 . Dickens WorksIllustratedOLiver Twist. and about 20 others,They also say Riverside Editionstereotyped and printed by H..O. Houghton and company. Can you give any kind of info.?

  201. Hello, I have a book The Cricket on the Hearth By Charles Dickens. I found it at an estate sale on Long Island, NY. I did some investigating to find out about it. It was published by Frank Moore Lupton (1854-1910) who started his own publishing company, in 1882. He incorporated in 1892 and changed the name to “F. M. Lupton Publishing Company.” The name changed to “The Federal Book Company” in 1902
    1897-The Elite Series, 12mo size. These books are thread sewn (not wired). Printed from large type on good paper, and bound in very attractive covers.The cover from 1897, matches my book. Could you approximate it’s worth? The book is in excellent condition. Thank you.

  202. I have a collection of old books from my mother & father-in-law’s estate. The six “The Encyclopaedic Dictionary” caught my attention.
    Copyright 1894
    Syndicate Publishing Company
    Philadelphia, PA
    Edited by: Robert Hunter, AM., F.G.S.
    Assisted by: Prof. Chas. Morris Phila Academy of Natural Sciences (& more Specialists’ names listed)

    Is there any value to this collection?

    • Thanks for the comment. These encyclopedic dictionaries are not something we would handle at auction and likely have a value of less than $100.

  203. 30 volume set of Goethe’s Saemtliche Werke in German published by J.G. Gotta’scher Verlag in 1850. Partial leather covers in good condition. Any value?

  204. I have 11 Charles Dickens books that has copy write of 1926. Are these something I should look further into?

  205. I’m interested in finding out more about a book my grandmother had and treasured. It is The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. There is no publishing date. Printed by Oxford University Press.
    75 illustrations by Cattermole and ‘Phiz.’ Blue cover with gold printing on the outer binding. There is a preface on pages 7-8 by the author explaining how the book came to be.
    On the last printed page it shows John Johnson, printer to the University. It is in good condition.
    On the title page, it says,
    The Works of Charles Dickens
    Complete Edition in Twenty Volumes
    With Illustrations by Cruikshank, ‘Phiz’ &c.
    Does this have any value as a single work or must it be part of the twenty volumes.?

  206. Hello,
    I have 2 books William Shakespears complete works volume 1 and 2 and it says chicago W.B Conkey company 1897both volumes are in condition , with an introduction to each play, adapted from the shakespeare primer of professor Dowden . And illustrated. Not sure of the value?

  207. Hello. I have a leather bound book called Poetical Works of Robert Burns. It has gilt-edged pages, and although there is no publication date, it was published in Edinburgh (W.P. Nimmo, Hay & Mitchell). It is not in perfect condition, but is complete, showing signs of many readings. Any thoughts as to potential value? I also have a first edition with dust jacket of Shirer’s The Collapse of The Third Republic (Simon & Shuster 1969). Thank you in advance for any assistance you may offer.

  208. I Have Several Antique books that I’m trying to get information on. I have a late 1800s to early 1900s In His Steps “what Would Jesus Do?. If you could give me some help with this. I have been unable to find any book that resmbles this one. Thank you

  209. I have an 1860 Derby & Jackson single volume edition of Don Quixote. Is this a first American edition(printing)? It is probably in fair to good condition for a 153 Y.O. book. Any thoughts on approximate value? Thank you.

    • Eric,
      Thank you for your comment. This edition of Don Quixote likely has a value of less than $100. It is not something we would handle at auction.

  210. I have 3 very old books and wanted to know there value. The first one is Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, copyright date 1945. It’s a hardback book in excellent condition and it’s a Junior Library Edition.
    The second one is Catherine The Great by Katherine Scherman, it’s the First print copyright date 1957. The book is a hardback book in excellent condition with a book jacket that has wear and tear.
    The third one is The Borrowers by Mary Norton, copyright date 1953. This is also a hardback book in excellent condition with a book jacket that has wear and tear.

    Thank you,
    Elisa Silkwood

  211. I have Vol. 1,2,3 of Monograph of a Pheasant by William Beebe. I do not know the whereabouts of the 4th volume. These are first editions and I believe is numbered 526 of 600. Is there still value without the fourth volume.

    Thank you.


  212. I have a 1876 The Works of Charles Dickens Household Edition, Hardcopy, one of three in a set. Two others listed below. Original Illustrations by E. A Abby. Published in New York by Harper & Brothers Franklin Square
    Christmas Stories, signatures as well.
    The Old Curiosity Shop -1872 Pictures and Both in Great Condition.
    David Copperfield – 1872 Illustrations by Barnard and with a portrait of the Author
    Beautiful Green with Gold inscriptions on cover

    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 1939, great condition with signature of first page, not title page. The Viking Press New York.

    The Call of the Wild by Jack London Published in 1912 I believe, Norwood Mass by Berwick and Smith Co. All pictures included on.

    All 5 Hardcopies and good condition.

    Thank you very much for your time,
    Craig Montgomery

  213. I have a first edition book. Natur und Kerz. Published in Berlin, 1875. Cant find much info about this book. I would like to find out any info about it and possibly sell it. Thanks. Ricky.

  214. I have an unrevised proof of “The Song Of Bernadette” by Franz Werfel. Viking Press. It says Publication Date April. Price $3.00.

    Red paper spine, thin paper cover with 2 smaller papers glued on it. One is the Viking Press paper with the information above, the other is what looks like a newsprint paper with information about the book. The last 3 pages have separated from the binding, but they are present, although those 3 pages have frayed edges.

    Interesting to look at – any value? Thank you!

  215. Looking through some books which belonged to my Uncle. Would you be able to assess if there is any value in them? Greatly appreciative. Thanks
    Walks in Rome, vol 1& 2 by Augustus J. C. Hare ( Fifteenth Edition) published in 1900 in good condition

    The Life of Abraham Lincoln by J.G. Holland, 1866. Binding is worn

    The Dworak Specialized Catalog of U.S. Air Mail Covers- 1930-First Edition in good condition


  217. I have many old and perhaps rare books/ collection..one is a collection from 1884 the Friendly Edition Shakespeare there are about 25 books altogether and whats odd is that many of the pages have not been cut.. meaning( im sure you know) that for instance pages 49 and 50 are still together this is a constant occurance throughout all these editions.. just wondering what a set like this is worth.. also
    I have the two volume set from 1864/65 of The AMerican COnflict by Horace Greeley both are in almost excellent condition. ive seen them for as little as 40 and as high as 600 for the pair.. is there a reason??
    Thank you so much for all the work youre doing here for so many..

  218. Hello,

    I am an antiques collector and found a book at a yard sale that I could not pass up.
    The title is Sir Gawain & The Green Knight. It is a 1903(mdcccciii) and is a first edition. I say this because it has print that says “No. 1”. It is a small book and was printed by BALLANTYNE, HANSON & CO. London and Edinburg. It has a very interesting cover with a Royal gentleman riding a horse and a dog running if front of him. In the background is a castle.
    I like to know the value of my antiques and have not been able to find the value of this book. Can you help?

  219. Hi Devon,

    I’ve been googling a book and am struggling to find out much about it. It seems to be “The Count of Monte Cristo” but it’s actually titled, ” Prisoner of If” on the spine and on the inside, “The Prisoner of If OR The Revenge of Monte Cristo”. Publisher info appears as: London, Geo. Peirce, Printer, 310,Strand.

    I can only find a few references to it and it seems to have been a very early translation from 1846. It’s not in great condition but it has me curious as to its rarity. Any ideas?

    Thanks for your time,


  220. I have a second edition copy from New York 1881 Jane Eyre. It is my favorite thing regardless of value. Beautiful green and black cover, great smell and feel of the pages. How would I find out what the value is?

  221. I have a leather-bound copy of “A Short and Plain Exposition of the Small Catechism for the Use of Grown-up Children and Other Illiterate Persons of the Roman Catholic Communion Who May Not Have Time to Peruse nor Means to Purchase Larger Books of Instruction”
    By Rev. William Gahan, O. S. A.
    Published in Dublin by T. M’Donnel, No. 50 Essex Street. 1797.
    I collect older and antique religious books and this is my absolute favorite despite value, but it is about the only one in my collection for which I have not been able to find a value and would love to know.

  222. I have a book I found in a shed years ago and would like to know if it is worth anything. title workshop receipts by ernest spon. it has London and new York 1875 very good condition

  223. I have 15 volumes of Charles Dickens, green cover, no published dates, nice illustrations, published by the Werner Company, Akron Ohio, I am having difficulty finding the value.
    I would like to sell them.

  224. I have 6 first edition Nancy Drew books. They are blue hard cover and 4 are in good shape and 2 fair. Any idea what they are worth or where I could take them to find out?

    Thank you.

  225. Hello! My grandmother was a collector of many things, and one was old books. She has given me over 100 old books ranging from the mid 1800s to the 1950s. I have picked out some that I think may be worth something substantial, could you help with giving me an estimate? All are hardcovers of course:

    Brown Shakespeare Illustrated, by Charles & Mary Lamb & Mary Seymour, Chicago: US Publishing House. A handwritten inscription says “Sacramento, Cal Feb. 10th, 1895.” Copyrighted 1889
    Light blue Complete Shakespeare with Temple Notes, The World Syndicate Publishing Company Cleveland, OH and NY, NY, no copyright date.

    Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, published by Grosset & Dunlap NY, written inscription reads Eva Davis 10/5/25. No copyright date.

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, C. 1890, Pub. Boston & NY Houghton, Mifflin & Co., The Riverside Press, Cambridge.

    Tennyson’s Poems, The Complete Poetical Works, Alfred Tennyson, Pub. Chicago: Donohue, Henneberry & Co. 407-429 Dearborn St., C. 1897.

    Thank you so much for your help!!

  226. I purchased Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll. With Forty-Two Illustrations by John Tenniel. Chicago: Donohue Brothers, 407=429 Dearborn Street. Nothing is noted about what year this was published. The cover has a floral pattern with gold designs throughout it. The binding and 1/4 of the cover and backside have a lite green color with a color design printed on top. It looks old, but then looks can be deceiving. I bought the book to give to my daughter at her Alice in Wonderland Bridal Shower. I’m just curious if it is worth anything. To Samantha it will be priceless, it is her favorite book. Thank you, Marlene

  227. i have a “bookkeeping for today ” c 1932 for about 60 +/- years i think.. it has a beautiful hand drawn picture in the inside back page of the book of a lady with a hat and a mink stow on -waist up picture …i believe its an early drawing from valerie coombes although not directly singed . she is an artist in Ireland. i think the book was hers in school or college,her name on inside of covers, not for sure what year she drew it . you could see the picture on you tube the title is “message in a bottle – valerie coombes ” in this video it looks like its signed but its not photo shopped it in so no one would copy it. any value ?

  228. Hello.i was hoping you could help me out with my book it is writing in german its called karussell der liebe published 1943 by willmy verlag it never had a cover since it was made it was going to be burned in germany but was saved and hidden the book is of humor

  229. I have this book and would like too sell it but have no idea what the value of it is. Was hoping you could tell me.
    Title: The 42nd General Hospital in World War II
    Authors: United States. 42nd General Hospital
    Date: 1944
    Publisher: Printed in Australia for 42nd General Hospital, by Truth and Sportsman Ltd., Valley, Brisbane

  230. I have a copy of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, 1913, and the book is completely intact. The book cover is plain except for a small indentation in the middle with something written on it, and gold decorations all down the spine.
    Is it worth anything?

  231. I have a poem book that I picked up at an Estate sale a while back, the title is (Favorite Poems) by Hurst And Company Publishers in New York I found the book on line but I don’t know if it has value or not.Its dated 1871-1919acording to what I wrote from the internet, in the front there is a picture of a Roman scene its poems are old and the childrens poems are in bigger print then what the front poems are,i do believe its a Antique Poem book. what to do I don’t know.

    • This book of which I speak of also has no copy wright date could it be the first book of Favorite Poems

      Thank you

      • This book is not of high value and is not something we would offer at auction. In general, books without copyright dates tend to be reprints. The publisher leaves off the date so that the bookseller’s stock doesn’t look dated if a book has gone unsold for a number of years.

  232. I have a small religious book called The Book of Common Prayer, And Administration of The Sacraments; and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America; Together with The Psalter, or Psalms of David….Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1865. Hard leather with clasp that works. I don’t know what it’s worth.

  233. Hello,

    I have a red miniature edition of alice in wonderland , published in London by Macmillan and Co in 1918, it has a golden stamp on the cover of alice holding a pig and john tenniel illustrations inside.
    I was wondering if an approximation could be given on how much it is worth?

    Thank you.

  234. I came across the book The Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott. It’s copyright is Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. 1883 & 1888. It has a green cover with gold lettering & detail. All the pages are there. It’s well worn & has been written on inside. I can’t seem to find much information on this particular version. Might it be worth anything? Or do you have any info on why this version seems more rare than others? (It looks like this: http://bit.ly/1f4n4YB – but the one I have is very worn & used)


  235. Hi, I have a handbook (no cover jacket)that belonged to my grandfather, who was a spy. The book is a French phrase book, dated Sept. 28, 1943. The cover says “Restricted” and there is an American flag symbol on it. Book is in fairly good shape. On the inside cover, he wrote “from Africa 1944”. The first page in the book says its from the War Department, Washington, Sept. 28,1943. In the upper right hand corner of same page, there is
    TM 30-602. I don’t know if that means anything.
    Could you tell me the value of this book please? no pages missing and in pretty good shape.


    • TM 30-602 is a standard French phrase book issued to American soldiers during WW2. The idea was to give the GI’s some idea of common phrases and language so they could communicate while in a foreign country. It has a value of around $20-$30. While it isn’t worth a whole lot, it is a really interesting piece of history.

  236. I have a copy of ‘Jane Eyre’ that does not list a publication date, but contains a dedication page to W.M. Thackeray and the pertaining preface by Currer Bell. It is published by Hurst & Co and the text type is very hard to read as the print is uneven — bolder in some places and fainter/cut off in others. It appears to be a fault of the printer rather than external damage as it is consistent on every page in the book. The preface is dated, but the date is not quite legible for the above reason. It looks like December 18–. There are no missing pages, but there is no dust jacket. The cover has a greenish floral design stamped into it, as does the spine. Can you tell me if this book might be worth anything?

  237. You sure appear to have become the go to place to get a basic idea of a book’s value! I am unable to resist the opportunity to have a go as I have not been able to find any info any other way and wonder if you have any knowledge on the following set.

    History of England During The Reign of George III ; Vol I,II.III,V & IV

    By Robert Scott Esq J.Robbins and Co Albion Press 1824

    I can see that you have been inundated with requests like this and so appreciate any possible feed back very much.

    • In good condition (full leather bindings, no scuffing, all boards attached) about $400-600 on the retail market, in lesser condition, about $150 retail. This is not something we’d offer at auction, but it is nice.

  238. Hi,

    I have a manuscript that is signed and dated by Pat Conroy for the Great Santini. It is dated Feb, 23 ’03 Columbia S.C. It has notes throughout the manuscript and is signed. I have pictures that I can send. Does anyone have a rough estimate of what the value of this piece would be? Please contact me at my e mail address. Thank you!


  239. I have read many of the previous questions and answers and still have a question for you. I was given the 2 volume set of Ulysses S. Grant’s personal memoirs. In doing research I have come to understand that the signature is a print and that they are worth between $1200.00 – $2200.00 (I looked at the sites that you have recommended to previous posters). My question for you is, are mine worth any more because they are stamped on the inside with a stamp stating that they were property of the US War Library? Thanks.

  240. I have a leather bound book that belonged to my grandmother, entitled, SELF KNOWLEDGE and GUIDE TO SEX INSTRUCTION, written by Professor T. W. Shannon, A.M. and published exclusively by The S.A. Mullikin Company in Marietta, Ohio, Copyrighted in 1913.
    There are 629 pages in this book.
    Do you think there is any value to this book?

  241. I have a book that I would like to have an estimate of value:

    Front cover information:

    The Constant Couple: or a Trip to Jubilee. A Comedy. Acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane, By His Majesty’s Servants. The fifth Edition; with a New SCENE Added to the PART of Wildair; and a new PROLOGUE. By Mr. George Farquhar. London Printed for John Clarke, under the Royal-Exchange; and sold by W. Feales at Row’s Head over-again Clements-Inn Gate 1732. Where may be had Variety of Plays.

  242. Hi I have a book called music story series only have the one book which is English music with a date of 1906. It is signed by William hayman Cummings.

    I also have a complete set I believe of Shakespeare mini books I guess they are they are the 9th edition.

    Do you think they have any value to them

  243. I have the following book I would like to find out about:

    Title: The Snake Pit
    Author: Mary Jane Ward
    Manufactured in the United States of America by H. Wolfe, New York

    Copyright, 1946, by Mary Jane Ward
    Published simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited
    Also has Random House New York listed

    Small writing on the 1st blank page
    No dust jacket
    Binding is Tight, no loose or torn pages

    Thank you.

  244. I have 2 books which I would like to get valued.
    One is Herrick’s Poems (Hesperides: Poems by robert Herrick edited with notes by Herbert P Horne and with introduction by Ernest Rhys. Published in London by Walter Scott publisher. I cannot find a date of publication. it is small and leather bound with gold scrols on the front.
    The second book is Brown’s popular guide to the Isle of Man with 70 engravings and a Map of the island, sixteenth edition and known as “The Popular”.

  245. I have a first edition of a book called “the meddling hussy” written by Clinton Ross in 1897. The book is signed and dated by the author. The author wrote a note to whomever he gave the book. It’s not a popular author, but I’m wondering what the worth of the book would be.

  246. I have “The Americans’ Guide Book in France” orignial pamplet written by Baundry de Saunier, published by Office National Du Tourisme “Paris” in 1918. Can you please indicate the current value and in 4 years at the 100-yr mark? Thank you!

  247. I have a 1847 copy of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. In really good condition Published by A.L. Burt. How can I find out what its worth and where the best place to sell it is?

    • I also have a copy of Love and Other Stories From DE Maupassant Translated by Michael Monanhan. Im not sure on the year I think the other is worth way more but I figure I may as well check this one to. Thanks

  248. I have an old library copy of Victor Hugo and his Time by Alfred Barbour. It is actually a library discard, published in English apparently in 1882. It also has an apparent page and a half inscription, from Paris in 1899 by Victor Hugo. Does this have any value?

  249. I have a book written by Rev. John Leland called Discourses on Various Subject Vol 2 published in 1768. Is there any value in this book? The pages are hand made with a watermark to prove authenticity.

  250. I have a copy of Longfellow Poems published in 1901 by A.L. Burt. It is in fair condition. The binding seems to be a cowhide-leather. I was just wondering what today’s value of this book is. The damage to the book in the binding and some of the corners of the pages are folded forward a little. All writing is in good condition.

  251. I have a book of Longfellow’s Poems II with a red cover embossed and Gold embossed (mostly off) Nelson written on the side binding together with the name on the bottom. There is however no page with published date details. We are trying to determine what date this was published. How do we work this out as searches on internet are fruitless. It isn’t for worth that I am interested just to see if it is the oldest book I have as I am 13yo.

  252. I have in my position one of the original Hard Back Copy of the Book ‘Ben Hur’ in excellent condition. Written in 1959. The book contains original paintings of scenes from the Movie Ben Hur. Need to know the approximate value of this precious treasure.

  253. While cleaning out a section of the huge horse barn which was part of the original Vanderbilt Summer Colony in Oakdale, NY
    I came across a copy of ‘BOOKS, EPISTLES AND PAPERS” written by James Nayler.
    Published originally in 1716 in London, my copy was released in 1829. It’s a bit dog-eared, but an original hard bound copy.
    I’ve found many paperback versions, but not much info on bound originals, and so am investigating value for this copy in my possession. Any input will be appreciated.
    Ger Lee

  254. I have a hardback copy of John Luther Long’s Madame Butterfly copy right 1898. I wondered if it is worth anything.

  255. Hello,
    Cleaning out my dad’s library, found a book Milton’s Poems, from 1886, hard cover from Donohue and Henneberry. Appears to be in good condition, thoughts?

  256. Thoughts on a Milton’s Poems from 1886 Donohue and Henneberry? I have looked at the other sites you have recommended before asking, just can’t seem to find an estimated price.

    • Natalie, Although uncommon, this edition of Milton’s Poems was published about 200 years after the first. As a later reprint, it would not be valuable to rare book collectors.



  259. Hello,

    I have a book–Christ Triumphant and the Christian Ideal by P.C Schilling, D.D. in Good condition that I am trying to find a valuation in order to sell. This is a 1917 copy published by Stratford, Co Publishers.

    Thank you,


  260. Recently found these old books at my parents. I dont know anything about them and would like your opinion about them.
    The First Battle- W.B. Cronkey Co. Chicago 1888 Campaign of 1896
    William Bryant signed photos of W.Bryant, his wife and others.
    Swanns Way- by Marcel Proust1928
    Studies In American History F.X. Sadler1919
    Blue Jackets Manuel 17th Edition Capt John V.Noel Jr
    The story of Modern Science Henry Smith Williams 1923
    The Way of Indiviuation Rashcher & Cie,AG, Zurich 1965
    Labelle France Adolphe De Monuert Allyn & Bacon 1916
    Essentials of Albegra D C Heath & Co Boston, NY
    Secretary of State Board of Health To Honor Cyrus G. Luce 1887

  261. Two books I own have me stumped. First is a 1901 copy of Bushido The Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe. The boards have issues but this book has the dust jacket and I have found no other copy with the dust jacket (fragile as it is.) Second is The Scenerys and Customs of Japan by Bokujo Koizumi, Tokyo. Some fraying to boards and hinges but intact and complete. Can you help?

  262. I have a 1604 first edition of Sir Francis Bacon’s “Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Human)”. It has the original binding (which needs repair) and all the pages. It is in fairly good shape except for the split binding. Any thoughts on its value?

  263. I have two series of books I am curious about…
    The first I have at leat 8 of: The French Classical Romances Complete in Twenty Crown Octavo Volumes (written in English) Copyright, 1902 by D Appleton & Company

    Titles include: Renee Mauperin Goncourt
    Peirre and Jean Maupassant
    Madame Bovary Flaubert
    Memoirs of Two Young Brides Balzac

    We also have a series “Harvard Classics” Shelf of Fiction Selected by Charles Eliot Published by PF Collier & Son Company New York Copyright 1917

    Thanks for info about these books!

  264. I have an original Ledger from SteamBoat Friendly, 1888 that I purchased when I bought out a Flea Market. It even has some hand written notes from some of the merchants that they were delivering to. Many of the merchants became founders of towns (Mer Rouge, La-Monroe, La ect) and Politicians. My questions is how do I find the value and where to sell the Ledger?


  266. I have a book dated in Feb. 20, 1879 or 1797 cant really remember sogniture in inside is Mary J. Thruas. Book is titled Artist Biography “Titian” can you give me any information on it

  267. I have a book titled “The Daily News Cook Book”
    There is no page with published date or author
    But there is a greeting on the 1st page dated 1915
    I believe the cookbook was given as a gift
    It is in good condition
    Any idea of value ?

  268. I know that having only one volume of a two-volume set decreases the value, but I’m curious to know what my 1871 first edition volume 2 of Darwin’s ‘Descent of Man’ might be worth? Ads for Mr Murray’s bookshop at the back of the book are dated January 1871 also. I bought the bought about 35 years ago in a charity shop for a couple of dollars!

  269. i have a book called the princess published in 1896 arthour alfred lord tennyson what would be its worth

  270. I have a 1878 the pearl of great price in real good condition the cover has water spots. Pages are all good no tears of serious folds. The binding has is well intact. Could you give me an idea on what it could be worth? Thank you

  271. Out of curiousity what value if any would a 1958 hard copy of John’s Steinback’s the Grapes of Wrath be worth. The book is in one piece and fairly well maintained.

  272. i have a few book I’ve been wondering about:
    Sketch Book by Henry Alken London published 1825
    The Beauties & Defects in the Figure of the Horse in a series of Coloured Plates by Henry Alken London published 1881
    The World of Christopher Robin by A.A. Milne New York 1958
    The World of Pooh by A.A Milne New York 1957
    Ships Company by W.W. Jacobs New York 1911
    More Cargos by W.W. Jacobs New York 1897
    thank you!

  273. I have all 12 volumes in hardback in great condition but have been unable to locate them with the correct publisher listed. Can you give me an idea of their worth?

    The Works of Henry Fielding in Twelve Volumes
    New York – Thomas Y. Crowell & Company Publishers
    Copyright 1903 by The University Press
    University Press – John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, USA

  274. I have a copy of Speeches by Hon. Joseph Wheeler of Alabama 1st Session 49th Congress and it’s a first print 1886, and I was wondering if it had any value to collectors.

  275. I have a copy of Scott’s Poetical Works (full title: The Complete Poetical and Dramatic Works of Walter Scott) that was published by Routeledge when they were still at Broome St. This particular edition was printed by Woodfall and Kinder in the UK though. The book is 640 pages long, with the text in double rows and a red line bordering each page. The cover is a red cloth binding with a black and gold art nouveau design, and it is also blind tooled on the back and has gilt edges. Could you tell me when this book was printed? And roughly how much it might be worth?

  276. A Boy of the First Empire by Elbridge S. Brooks 1895
    This Solid Flesh by Bradford Smith 1937 First Edition
    The Last Four Weeks of the War by Edmund N. Hatcher 1891
    The Luck of the Roaring Camp and other sketches by Bret Harte 1897
    Forget Me Not Edited by Fredric Shoberl 1833. Some pages missing. Some tissue paper on photo pages.

  277. I have a three volume set of books dated 1826. North’s lives of the North’s. London henry colburn. Also complete set of coffee table 1860 audubon books birds of America etc. also north American sylva set. 1837 three books lady montegu’s works, 1-12 volumes professor Wilson’s works mdccclxvi and many more from grandmother thanks for looking bill

  278. Hi , I have 3 books I would like to know about first is calledeter and his puppy 1960s sandles no. 2311a, the question and answer book 1960s odhams books. The next is 100 bible stories by James roe vicar of st marks , Bromly , Kent 1968 . YWP LTD. hope to hear from you Leanne


  280. I have a book in really good condition from 1856 called “the itinery or the rainbow side” by mrs. C. M. Edwards. Published by carloton and porter. Worth anything? I also have a signed edition frlm 1937 to 1939 called ye must be born again by hyman appelman.

  281. here are the books I’d like to know about, Good Luck Story Book 1900 by Mclaughlin Bros NY. also two edgar allan poe 1904 special edition. signed on front cover. any help you can give me as to their possible value would be appreciated.

  282. I have 2 books that I was wondering what the value would be for them. They are from the 1800’s Little Women and Little men. Some people have told me they can get very expensive I have seen some from $3,000 – $5,000. What do you think?

    • Cayla, Thanks for the comment. Your copies of these books are likely not of high value and are not something we would handle at auction.

  283. Hello I have a Book I found when cleaning out a house its copyright is 1928 BY D. Appleton and Company and the Book is Number Six Joy Street. I have been looking all over the internet to try to find out about what it is worth the cover is a form of cloth the ink on the pages is slightly raised the pictures in the book look great one page though has come loose from the binding. please any help would be appreciated
    miss berry

  284. I have an old book of American Poetry Printed in 1882. The name is Golden Poems edited by Francis F. Browne. Jansen, McClurg & Company 1881. Published inn 1881
    Also copyright 1881 and print date of 1888 in Chicago. The book is in good shape… no pages falling out & etc. It does have personalization with art an dedication dates in pencil dated Dec. 25th 1887. Is there any way to value this charming tome?

  285. Hi There,
    I have a couple of interesting books I am wondering if you would be so kind as to give me a rough estimate of their value please.
    The first book is a leather bound book named Sweet By and By written by S.Fillmore Bennett dated 1887 London.
    It appears to be a religious book with illustrations.
    the book itself is in very good condition and is complete.
    The second book is called, Fables Illustrated Stories from real life, by Mrs George Cupples. London Dated 1883.
    This book is complete but has a small section missing from the front cover and some small humidity marks throughout most of the pages.
    Finally is the bible, it contains both the old and new testaments translated from the original greek. Oxford Dated 1828.
    This a small book measureing 85mm x 145mm x 50mm.
    This bible is complete but has some wear on the cover.
    Thankyou for your assistance with these books.
    Kind regards,

  286. Following are a few of the books in my collection:
    (1) “Henry James” (1916) – 1st edition by Rebecca West.
    This was her very first book and is in
    excellent condition w/dust cover
    (2) “Obscure Destinies” (1932) – 1st edition by Willa Cather
    excellent condition w/dust cover
    (3) “Robert E. Lee” – The Southerner (1908) 1st edition signed
    by the author, Thomas Nelson Page
    (Book does not have the dust cover)
    (4) “Indian Fights on the Texas Frontier” (1927) by author
    Floyd J. Holmes. 1st edition, no dust
    cover. Very Good conditon.

  287. A friend of ours has an original volume of Histoire de Constantinople V8: Depuis le Regne de L’Ancien Justin, jusqu’a la fin de l’empire (1685) French edition
    It is in very good condition. We were wondering what the value might be?
    Thank you.

  288. I have what looks to me to be a leather bound book with Byron in gold on the spline and front, a flower design in the lower right corner.Name of book is Selected Poems of Lord Byron
    edited by Matthew Arnold; biographical sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole ;New York
    Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. publishers.
    Copyright1884 and 1893 by T.Y. Crowell & Co.
    I find no bent or torn pages, no writing,and all pages are present and attached including the blank pages.Please advise on estimated value. Thank you.

  289. Hello,,

    I have a copy of Aphrodite, Privately Printed 1926. With the following message ” This edition limited to 650 copies of which 600 copies are for sale. Number of this book is 278.
    I also have Vol. 1 & 2 of Conquest of Peru by William H. Prescott, print 1850 and appear to be leather bound.

    Are you able to advise the value of these books?

  290. Book: The Maid of Orleans (with a number of SubTitles)

    By Friedrich Schiller

    Printed for Subscribers only (book club??)

    The Weimar Edition: #383 out of 500 copies

    The book is from a collection out of my Grandfather’s library. No dates anywhere. This one is is fair condition.

    Please advise….Sherry

  291. I have a Longfellow I’m looking to learn about.I’m also interested in learning if it has any value. Details: small book “voices of the night”,1895, hard cover not leather, no dust jacket, there’s a torch with a ribbon and wreath in the center on cover in silver.silver border decoration on front as well. It says Longfellow on the spine with II written under it. There is a personalized message indicating it was a Christmas gift written and signed 1895. Published Henry Altemus (manufacturer), Philadelphia.there is a typo on a poem title the word Skelton is written sklleton there are blank pages at the beginning and the end of the book.includes Spanish student poem.

  292. i have a 279 pg. goverment class book by andrew young in almost perfect condition with what appears to have signatures in the back and sum writing in the front that are signatures with dates that say set 16,1890 how much is a book like this one worth ?

  293. I have a leather bound 1924 “Conscience The God Within” collection of poetry from J W Russell. I have been researching this book and have only been able to find it in 3 Universities. I found one new edition on amazon starting at $100. How much for my first edition? I’d love to sell it as it is just sitting in a plastic bag on my bookcase. I have already checked these sites: abebooks, alibris, biblio, addall.

  294. I have a 10-volume set of the works of Sir Walter Scott, copyright 1834. The covers are all intact. Any ideas on worth and advice on how to sell? My husband recently died, and I am moving into a much smaller space and must part with most of my books.

  295. I have a book, Twinkle, Little Movie Star, By Lorraine Maynard, 1927 The Century Co., I have searched everywhere possible to find any info on this book. I found it only in libraries such as Congress, Harvard, ect. It has no cover, not sure if it came with one, but good condition. Any info would be appreciated.

  296. I have 8 of the set of 10 (missing books 7 and 8) of The Literary Digest History of the World War by Francis Whiting Halsey. Funk & Wagnalls. 1919. All in excellent condition.

  297. Hello,

    Any idea if this book is of value?

    Extracts from the Manuscripts of Agnes Heatly Robertson
    Extracts from the diary, letters and miscellaneous writings of Agnes Heatley Robertson. Printed for private circulation 1895

    *It contains a signature of what appears to be one of her relatives and was signed 1921

  298. Devon,

    I have a set of 9 books;
    Title: The Art Galleries of Europe; St. Botolph Society (highlighting various galleries)
    Copyright 1905 by L.C. Page and Co.
    Leather (partial) and Marbled paper covers – Most in Good condition

    I don’t know if they are of value in the Antique Book world, but they are really quite lovely.

    Please give me your input.

    Thank you, Sherry

  299. I have a book Report of the Secretary of Agriculture 1893 printed in Washington Government Printing Office 1894. Any value? Thanking you in advance, Linda Johnston

  300. I found a book a few years back. It has some outside damage to it. However I love history so I have just kept it around for years. From what I know it is autographed by the author James M. Kelly and addressed to his granddaughter S.A. Fredrick. There is a 2nd signature I can not make our when you open the book on the book name. I can find little out. The book is a series of reports. This one in refrence to is titled Reports of Cases in Law and Equity Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia in the year 1846. By James. m. Kelly counselor ar law and state reporter. Volume 1. Printed in New York by Edward O. Jenkins. No. 114 Nassau Street 1847. From what i know there is 4 known of. One in SC and 3 in Georgia. My question is the book I have being autographed by the original reporter of 1847 of much value compared to the other 4 copies in colleges and Atlanta Museum? Any information will help. I am so curious of the history of this book and his grandaughter?

  301. While going through my parents books, we found The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I did a little research and it has “pieces” spelled correctly on page 81 and no box around the publishers advertisement on page 2. Hardcover, but somewhat poor quality and the dust jacket is poor. All pages are there and all 24 color plates, but the book is starting to fall apart. We also have the other books for the set, but I haven’t done any research on them. they are in very good condition. Should I invest in getting the original professionally redone? What would this set be worth?

  302. Great post thanks! Love my old books and have been an avid collector for years. Please tell me that I am not the only one that loves the smell of old books? lol The older the better in my book…sorry bad joke 🙂 Cheers, Tony.

  303. I have a 1835 naturalists libary entomology vol.II beetles BOOK WITH 32 PLATES & A UNDATED NATURALIST’S LIBARY VOL.XIX MAMMALIA VOL II WITH 38 PLATES

  304. Good morning
    I have a book by Shakespeare “Hamlet” reprinted in the year 1893.
    I was wondering what the value of this particular works would be?
    Thank you for your time and consideration.

  305. Hello I have been having issues finding the value of my book I am only finding reprints.
    It is a first edition 1919 of Astronomy and the Bible by Lucas A. Reed. Your help would be gladly welcomed.

  306. I have Alice in Wonderland and through the looking glass. It has a number 2792 on the bottom of the cover. Mcloughlin Bros is the only name on it. No dates can be found anywhere. It is hardcover with no dust jacket. There is a rabbit on the top left corner, Alice is holding a flamingo and the wizard (I think) is with her. Any idea what the value would be?

  307. i have the following with a stamp of H M forces “the works of william shakespeare” 1564 : non sanz droict 1616 – the shakespeare head press – odhams press ltd MCMXLIV, hard cover bind.
    please let me know if you need any more information of the book.

  308. I have a small hardbound book entitled “Poems” by Edgar Allan Poe and published in 1895 by Henry Artemus in Philadelphia. Any idea on possible worth? Thanks.

  309. I have a leather-covered first edition of “The Works of Victor Hugo”, published in 1928. It says One Volume Edition on the title page, and was published by Walter J. Black, Inc.

    Curious about value?

  310. I have an old book that is dated 1796 and the title is Statens Ven. and is by Johannes Boye It is in very rough condition and is missing the cover , When is try google translator for the words it says it is Danish language , It seems to have all of the pages, , I would like to know if it has any value , thank you very much , Robert Lane ,

  311. I have a collection of books published by the Harper Brothers. There is no year in the books, but they are the “Works of Edgar Allan Poe” and it is a ten volume set. They are green books with gold writing on the binding. All of the books are in good condition but one book struck me as interesting. When looking at the book, with the binding upright, i opened it and the writing was upside down. The binding on the book is opposite of the writing inside. The pages are all intact so nothing was pulled out and flipped. Please let me know if you know anything about this. Thank you very much.

  312. Hi, I was wondering if you can help me. I have a 1630 fourth edition revised of George Carleton’s A Thank full Remembrance of God’s Mercie in what I would describe as very good condition, the binding in totally intact, and there are no pages missing. Would this be worth anything at all or is it just a beautiful thing? Thanking you for your insight 🙂

  313. I have an 1832 copy of Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography. It is a small volume that also includes many of his essays. What is the value?

    • Ryan, Thank you for your comment. Your book likely has a value of less than $100. It is not something we would handle at auction.

  314. I lost some Danish books from the 1800’s that were passed down through my family, in a house fire. I have names, publisher, etc., but am having a hard time finding a value for the books for insurance purposes. Do you know where I might be able to obtain assistance in this matter?

    • Denise, Unfortunately, Skinner cannot provide appraisal services for items that have been destroyed. There are several associations of professional appraisers that you can contact that can provide the appraisal you seek. The Appraisers Association of America is a good place to start.

  315. I have several old books one is hawthornes wonder book copy rite 1879 cambridge printed at the riverside press. it’s signed inside to pauline m bauer christmas 1885. with a merry christmas and then some initials and junior

  316. I have several books that were my grandfather’s from when he was a boy. One is a Sherlock Holmes, US published by The Mershon Co. with no date (probably around 1900). It is a red hard cover–but the unique thing is the cover title is published as SIGN OF THE FOUR, not THE SIGN OF THE FOUR. The inside is published correctly. I wondered if this gave the book a higher value.

    Thank you.

    • Cindi, The first edition of The Sign of Four was published in London by Spencer Blackett in 1890. This edition is valuable and collectible. Sometimes small typographical differences (called “points” by bibliophiles) are used to identify a first edition and distinguish it from a second edition which may have the identical publication information and date on the title page. The first edition is not more valuable because it has a certain typographical error that was later corrected. It is more valuable because it was printed first. The typo is just a way of distinguishing that feature. Stamps and coins are sometimes more valuable when they produced with errors, but this is not often the case with books.

  317. I have my grandmothers 19 set of Dickens. They are dark blue leather, published by P>F> Collier, in New York. They are about 6″ by 4″ or so. I cannot find any date of publishing anywhere. The first book is Oliver Twist with 19 illustrations. The first page is a pic I beleive of Dickens dated 1870. Some of them have a few loose pages and a few spots inside. Alot of them look like they have not been read. I’m not sure what other info you need, could you help?? Thanks Sally

  318. i have got an old book in very good conditions. english atlas, 1.vol, asia, by John Ogilby, published 1673. please advice about the value. sincerely harald gleinig

    • Harald, Please file an evaluation form that includes either a verbatim transcription of the title or a photograph of the title page.

  319. I have a copy of Jane Eyre, a Franklin Illustrated Edition, published NY 1884, by R. Worthington.
    Does this book have any value?

    Thank you.

  320. I feel out of place with the wide variety of old books people are asking about on here, but when I looked up my book online I found the prices to be far too varied to be comfortable with. I have a 1978 copy of Papa’s Pizza: A Berenstain Bear Sniffy Book. Why is it apparently worth so much, and what is a believable value?

    • Ken, Sometimes books are offered on the internet at outrageous asking prices. When selling at auction, prices will be based on what the market will bear, this does not apply to retail prices. When buying, only deal with a reputable auction house (like Skinner) or a dealer who is a member of a professional association like the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) or International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).

  321. Hello! I have a second edition Jane Eyre published by Books, Inc, New York, Art-Type Edition Any value? Thanks

  322. Hello! We have a John Dryden The Poetical Works published by Belford, Clarke & Company. The cover appears to be leather on the front is Dryden’s Poems, looks like a horse (unicorn?) on the cover and on the binding looks like a boy sitting on a shelf holding a flute? Any value?

    Thanks Marla

  323. I have a signed a copy of “The Green Book” written by Muammar Al Qadhafi. I truly believe it to be an original as it was found in a box of books that were once owned by an I.U. professor who specialized in Middle Eastern Studies and traveled to that area frequently.

    I was wondering if you feel that this book would warrant an evaluation and if so, how much would it cost?

    Thank you, Bob LaGarde

    Bob LaGarde

  324. I have a collection of Don Quixote books. Many are very old. One set says Don Quixote Von La Mancha, published by Stuttgart, 1837 volume one and 1838 volume two. They once belonged to a German professor so he must have collected every one he could find but they are mostly in German and maybe a few Spanish. I love the font used in the printing and I had thought to use the pages in a craft project but they are too pretty to cut.

    Can you tell me anything about these two volumes?

    Thanks, brenda

  325. I have an old book which writed by hand in Arabic about 100 years ago or maybe more older. How much does it coast? Thank you in advance.

  326. l have a book on sir Alfred Mannings first publish 1950 AN ARTISTS LIFE ,in it printed TO MY WIFE, with 140 illustration by the author signed front page and last page printed by Richard Clay and Company ltd Suffolk
    can you please verify if it had a limited edition and of what value

  327. Hello I have a 1937 De Luxe Edition of Moby Dick published by Garden City Publishing Illustrated By Rockwell Kent the book is in really Nice Cond Does it have any value

  328. I have an antique book titled “Poe’s Poems” The Complete Poetical Works of Edgar Allen Poe with memoir by JH Ingram. Chicago & New York: Belford, Clarke & Co. 1887. the book is blue gray and the pages are lined in gold. there is some were to the binding at each end. I am trying to get an idea of the value of this book but cannot find any information really on the web. Any ideas?

  329. Hello,

    We got a book from a rummage sale with a copyright of 1886 and 1896 by Houghton, Mifflin & Co. from the Riverside Literature Series. It is the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. It’s surprisingly in very good condition and I have a hard time believing that this might be the real thing. It also says Numbers 19-20 on the top, if that helps as well. Please ask me any more questions about it or email me.

    Thanks a lot,

  330. I have a copy of little women, that has been passed down to me by my Grandmother, a lover of literature. The binding is gone, it’s held together by the binding threads, but all pages are in tact & present. On the page in front of the title page there is an inscription “to my loving niece Nita. Xmas,1905. Aunt Murty.” Any thoughts? It is published in Boston, by Little. Brown & Company, w copyright by Loisa M. Alcott 1880, and John S.P. Alcott 1896. This is very valuable to me personally, but am wondering the $$$ value, if any.

  331. I have 16 volumes of old law books titled “Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice” which are leather bound. They cover a variety of different topics ie Contributory Negligence to Decrees. Published in 1895-1896 era for the books. E.M Webster is also written on the bindings. They are in good to fair condition. Some staining of the covers and some discoloration on the edges of the pages. I have had trouble researching for info on these. I keep finding reprints. Help on the value of these? Thanks!

  332. I have the following book. 18 Poems by Dylan Thomas, first edition, 1934, no dust jacket but signed by the author ………… “Dylan Thomas 1937”
    Published jointly by the Sunday Referee and Parton Bookshop.
    Black cloth binding, title gold blocked on spine.
    I would like to sell this book if the price is right. Can you please advise. Photos available if required.

  333. I have a complete set of the world book of knowledge……is it worth anything? or shall i just donate them to the local library?

    • Justin, Donating these books to the local library would be fine, they are not valuable.

  334. Hello, I have a book, Little Women,was wondering the value, But this book was a gift to Annnie Churchill from her mother on Nov 23rd 1873 A.D.any help would be apprecated. Thank you, Melissa

  335. HELLO, I HAVE A Vintage 1961 BETTER HOMES & GARDENS How To Sewing Book.The book is bound backwards,when you open the front cover pages are upside down and starts with the last page not the first. its in great condition. is it more valuable because of this.


  336. My friends in afghanistan has found a very antique book, the book main cover is made of iron and the leafs are of leather, it has a writting which we dont understand. The main cover has christian cross on it. Also it has few drawings showing jesus christ. I can send you the detailed video link of the book
    Waiting for your prompt reply through email. Thanx

  337. I have an old book -1918 copyright – ‘Mary Jane / Her Book, by Clara Ingram Judson. It’s in quite good condition and I can’t find any reference as to value in my searches. I have many more old books – can you suggest where to seek values please?
    Thank-you, Heidi S.

  338. Hello, I recently became the owner of an antique George Eliot book. It has no publish date. The title is Mr Gilfil’s Love-Story from Scenes of Clerical Life and the publisher is William Blackwood and Sons Edinburgh and London. At the bottom of the first page it has Vol. II. and the cover feels and looks to be leather with two owls stamped on it. It is a rather small book measuring only 6″ tall and 4″ wide. The pages are gilded and there is a pencil mark inside as it was gifted to someone in 1899. Any help you can provide would be appreciated.
    Thank you, Rebecca Stepp

  339. Hi I have a book that I would like to know the value of it is The works of William Shakespeare Leicester square edition 1875 edited by Charles and Mary cowen clarke. It has the dust jacket and is in good condition.

    Many thanks

  340. I found your advice to be very informative. I was attempting to find the value of book that’s been in the family for quite a few years, but I couldn’t get a listing due to the Publishing Company that is listed – I am hoping you might shed some light…?

    Philadelphia: The Rodgers Company wasn’t in business very long. From 1894-1898. The book I have appears to have been ‘bound’ in America by them? Title: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland
    listed as NEW EDITION.
    Some of the research I did to find book/publisher match has led me to believe I have what was considered a ‘pirated’ book?

    I’m lost at this point because I cannot locate or confirm one way or the other. If you can help or advise, I thank you in advance.


  341. Hello I found a few books in my grandpas basement when i was cleaning it out. The first is The leading facts of American history 51# 1890 It says 51# i am assuming that that is the copy number? what is the value if any of this book. the second book I found is Practical wireless telegraphy 1917 does that book have any value. Thank you very much for your time!

    Best regards

  342. Hi

    I wonder if you would comment about a book I have. The title is The Glorious Sufficiency of Christ, by Rev. Cornelius Tyree. Dated 1879 American Tract Society. It’s a hardcover. Decorative on front and back. I have searched and only find it available as print on demand. Is there any value? Thanks


  343. Hi,
    I have an original block printed hard cover copy of Ships and Haven printed in 1897 by Van Dyke. Excellent condition. Does this have any value at auction. Thank you.

  344. Hello, I have an old Treasure Island book or what seems to be old. It has a green worn hardback and no dust cover that I’ve ever seen. The pages are delicate and brown and I can’t find a publisher’s date. It was published in Akron, Ohio from the Saalfield Publishing Co. I don’t know if its worth hardly anything or a lot and so that’s why I thought I would ask. Thank you for your time and consideration.


  345. I found an old book very worn hard copy called Katharine Hepburn in The Little Minister copyright 1935 Engel-van Wiseman Incorporated New York New York Printed in USA. Just wondered if this old book may be worth anything. Thanks, Pam

  346. Hi,
    I have a copy of “The Favorite Works of Mark Twain” DeLuxe Edition published in 1939 by Garden City Publishing Co. The thing about this book is, the cover is backwards & upside down. You open the book & the end of the story is what you see. Is it possible that this is a first edition error, or misprint??

  347. I have a volume entitled Les Miserables by F.C. de Sumichrast, Associate Professor of French in Harvard University. It is indicated to be an abriged text book with introduction and notes, for use in colleges and schools. It is published in french, save for the Introduction and Prefatory Note, recorded as Cambridge, December 30, 1895.

    Copyright, 1896 by F.C. de Sumichrast. The Athenaum Press, Cinn and Company Proprietors, Boston, U.S.A.

    I would geatly appreciate any information that you could provide.

    Thank you,

  348. I have a Robert Browning (poems) Walter J.Black,Inc NEW YORK COPYRIGHT,1932 The cover is not in very good shape .What would you estamate the worth to be from the description i gave to be?

  349. I found a 1927 Hymns of the Christian Life. It is not in perfect condition. I was curious to see if it is worth anything. Thanks

  350. Good morning,I have a set of nine Charles Dickens books published by the American Publishers Company of New York, 310-318 Sixth Avenue, New York, with no publishing date. The books are stamped with an owners initials and last name on the first blank page.I believe the publishing company was only in business a year or so and owned by John Wurtele Lovell in the late 1800’s. The books in this collection are:

    – Martin Chuzzlewit
    – David Cooperfield
    – Dombey and Son
    – Child’s History of England and Miscellaneous
    – Nicholas Nickleby
    – Christmas Stories and Reprinted Pieces
    – Bleak House
    – Our Mutual Friend
    – Great Expectations and Uncommercial Traveller

    They are in fairly good condition although the pages are very fragile.

    Could you please give me an estimate of what the books might be worth.


    • Lisa, Sets are collected when they are signed, limited edition, or with special features, and in excellent leather bindings. Otherwise, they have little value.

  351. I have a book that is titled “1940 Title Leaves” then below that it reads The Gerlach-Barklow Company * Joliet, Illinois. I purchased it at an estate sale a few years ago. It’s a brown book with photo’s (postcard size) and descriptions of the photos/paintings. I was wondering if this book is of any value? On the front it talks about the calendars they prepare and this apparently is a sample book to show customers for ordering calendars? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

    • Debbie, That’s not enough information to make a judgement about the value. It’s likely not very valuable, but with more information I may be able to help. Can you take a photograph of the title page and email to me? books@skinnerinc.com

  352. Good evening Devon….

    I have 19 out of 20 volumes of The Immortal Series Published in 1905 by Robert Arnot with Maison Mazarin. Very good to Excellent condition.

    Blue hardcover with gilt designs….NOT leather.

    ‘Edition Deluxe” which probably means it’s one of many (?) but thought I’d ask anyway.

    I’ll wait for your input…. Thanks! Sherry

    • Just found several others (I’m gradually sifting through my Grandfather’s books) that I’m a little confused about.

      Emerson’s Works (apparently a set…I only have 3)

      1.) Natural History of intellect – Copyright Edward W. Emerson 1893
      2.) English Traits – RWE 1856 & 1876/Copyright Edward W. Emerson 1884
      3.) Poems -Copyright RWI 1867/1876 – Copyright Edward W. Emerson 1883

      All 3 published by Riverside press in Cambridge..I’m just not clear on whether these are the editions Emerson’s son, Edward, published or something that came later. Books are in Good condition.

      But I think you’ll know. Please advise, S.C.

      • Sherry, As a decorative set, if they are in very good condition, The Immortals should sell for $600-800 at auction. Can you send photographs of these and your other books? books@skinnerinc.com

  353. I have a paperback book from my father, Ten Boys’ Farces with an Introduction on Impromptu Dramatics. Published Water H. Baker and Co; 1916. Is there any value?

  354. Hi,
    I have a book The Family Mark Twain published by Harper & Brothers – last copyright 1935. It is hard covered with Mark Twain’s signature on cover.

    I am interested in selling this and would appreciate any advice as to it’s value. Thank you.