Answered By: Cathy Cranston
Last Updated: Jan 18, 2019     Views: 73

While we are expert in judging scholarly value, we deeply regret that we are unable to appraise the dollar value of books, manuscripts and collectibles. In general, value depends first on the condition of the item (only an authentic item in very fine condition is likely to be valuable) and second on the number of collectors who are or might be interested in it (the more collectors, the more competitive a market is likely to be). We can recommend the following resources for estimating value of books and other objects:

Your Old Books,” published by the Rare Book & Manuscript Section of the American Library Association. Click on “Publications” on the left; then click on “Pamphlets & Brochures” in the list; then click on “Your Old Books.”  A helpful guide to options.

eBay and other online auctions
viaLibri and the following websites that offer large databases of used and rare books currently for sale
Bookfinder ; Bookfinder4U ; AddAll ; abebooks ; TomFolio ; Biblio ; Marelibri
Antiquarian Booksellers Association of American ; International League of Antiquarian Booksellers offers free access to a large data base of books currently for sale and free service in estimating the value of older books. It also offers much more comprehensive services on a subscription basis.

PBA Galleries Instant Appraiser Click on “Instant Appraiser” in the top tool bar to access their “BiblioBot” software.

For specific advice on miniature books, visit the Miniature Book Society pages. Note the “dealers” page; this will give you links to booksellers who specialize in buying and selling small books. Most booksellers do not handle them, but it may be worthwhile to discuss them with the manager of a nearby antiques and collectibles mall as small books are often attractive “novelty” items. The University of North Texas is digitizing their sizeable collection of miniature books, and you may find their web site useful:

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