I have an old book (or manuscript, painting, cartoon, antique object, miniature book, etc.) and would like to know what it is worth (its market value). Can you tell me?

Answer

The monetary value of objects depends on a number of factors and ascertaining value requires a particular skillset usually found with appraisers. Below we recommend a few resources that may be helpful.

If you’re interested in ascertaining the value of a book for insurance or tax purposes, you should likely seek an expert appraiser. Appraisers can be found by searching on the websites of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of American or the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

If you have a general interest in finding the value of a rare book, the resources below may be helpful:

Your Old Books published by the Rare Book & Manuscript Section of the American Library Association.

viaLibri  & abebooks  are two major search engines for rare book sales. In many cases, you can find items similar to your own listed. However, take caution as there are details that can heavily influence the value of a book and that may not be immediately obvious to a non-expert appraiser.

  • Last Updated Jan 26, 2024
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  • Answered By Lindsay Moen

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