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Treasure in Your Attic

Imagine that you're cleaning out the attic and find an old volume of The Hound of the Baskervilles.  One of the first things you'd probably wonder is how much it was worth. How do people determine if they've got a first edition or just another book?

There are a lot of variables to consider in determining the value of a book. What's its condition?  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 BookFinder.com. 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.

 



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