Placing a Value on Old Books

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What would you do if you were cleaning the attic and found an old volume of Oliver Twist? You’d probably wonder how much it was worth. How do people determine if they’ve got a first edition or just an old book?

There are a lot of variables to consider in determining the values of books. What’s the condition of the book? Is it a first edition, first trade edition or first separate edition? Is it signed by the author? Is it a cloth-bound book? Because many of these factors aren’t apparent to the layperson it’s usually best to have the volume appraised by a qualified book dealer. The dealer will want to see the book so you’ll want to find one in your area. Keep in mind that most dealers charge for appraisals.

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) may be able to help you find a book dealer in your area.

You can also visit You can see what prices other books are bringing. This site also has a nice glossary of terms.

Advanced Book Exchange specializes in selling rare and out of print books.

You may also want to visit Tavistock Books. This ABAA member has a page on their web site that focuses on Charles Dickens.