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Doug Taylor November 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I have an 1868 edition of Dunglisons Medical Dictionary. Value?

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Admin November 25, 2011 at 1:22 am

Depending on condition, $50-$100. Thanks for asking.

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Admin January 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Contributor images and videos are in the works. Our site is strictly educational, informational at this point. No commerce please.

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Peter February 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Could you give an approximate value of Charles Darwins The Origin of the Species Vol 1&2 Printed by D. Appleton&co. 1899. I would say the book are in very good condition

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Admin February 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Prices of previous sales range from a little over one hundred to a few hundred USD.

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lynn February 12, 2012 at 2:49 am

i found a Charles Darwin book in good condition,it has no cotent page and no date it just says the origin of species….he write of the date 1859 in the intedution page…and literary classics, inc New York….no pages are missing and i can’t fine this book on any website..is this a one of a kind….thanks

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Admin February 19, 2012 at 1:41 am

Relatively common. It should have an ISBN number you can do a search with.

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Martha Miller February 17, 2012 at 4:03 am

Hello, I have an 1871 Vol 2 copy of The Descent of Man by Darwin which I purchased at a library sale. (The book has a book plate from the Nebraska State Historical Society and their stamp “Withdrawn From Nebraska State Historical Society” – both on the bookplate and the title page. The spine also has a call number affixed.) Any idea of value and a dealer?
Thanks – Martha Vestecka Miller

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Admin February 19, 2012 at 1:23 am

Difficult to assess without publisher and issue. Ideally a first issue from John Murray, London is more desirable. Also the fact that it is just one of the two volume set with library stamps makes it less attractive. It should still be worth some money depending on condition. You should try to sell to a collector rather than a dealer.

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ccharlie powell February 21, 2012 at 2:28 am

I have an 1872 The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. both volumes I and II .. any value?

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Admin February 21, 2012 at 9:14 pm

About $100 for each volume depending on condition.

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jose villasenor March 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

I have a set of books of Jane Austen, V1 through V3 and other titles, but i dont know if there genuine first edition or reprints how can i tell what they are, the binding has come apart the lether is not seeing at all but the art work inside and all the print is legible and without marks or wear, just the binding of the book, would it make it less worthy to fix it or leave as is. There dated 1813, from the Temple Edition with a red lam with a flag? havent seeing that?

thank you,
jose villasenor

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Admin March 27, 2012 at 12:42 am

The Temple edition was published towards the end of the 19th century by J. M. Dent, London. The books are worth a few hundred US dollars.

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Leonore April 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I have a 3 volume set of a first edition publication in English of La Chartreuse De Parme by Stendhal Number 288 published in 1895 by George H. Richmond Company New York in good condition. Can you estimate what this set might be worth should I decide to sell it? Thanks.

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Admin April 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Between $300-$800

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barbara brock May 3, 2012 at 11:09 pm

I have a 1952 First Edition of The Gathering Darkness by Thomas Gallagher, inscribed by the author. There is no dust cover but the book is in good condition. I have seen no other copies of this book online, which seems a bit strange to me.

Can you estimate a value of this book?

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Admin May 4, 2012 at 12:37 am

The book with a dust-jacket is priced at $20-50 by some booksellers. The author’s inscription is a plus but the missing dust-wrapper is a problem.

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Melea June 8, 2012 at 3:12 am

I have a German edition of Albert Schweiter’s Joh. Seb. Bach, 1908. The pages are yellow and the end page (totally blank) have a tear. Is there any value to this book? Other thank being pretty cool! Thank you…

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Admin June 9, 2012 at 12:06 am

Market value between $100-300.

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Melea June 9, 2012 at 2:32 am

Thank you…

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Margot Welch June 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm

We have a 1773 edition of Samuel jOhnson Dictionary (4th edition revised by author). Can you tell me ow much this is worth?

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Admin June 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Could be worth anywhere from $500 to $5,000 depending on condition.

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Lillian June 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I have a 1903 edition of Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson first series. Value?

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Admin July 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Assuming this is the Houghton Mifflin publication, the first printing in good condition is worth over $100.

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Gary July 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Looking at a first edition Training of the Human Plant, 1907, by Luther Burbank. Inscribed by Burbank on front endpaper, dated June 1, 1907. Condition probably very good, small stains. Value? Thanks in advance.

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Admin July 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm

At least $200. Special interest groups in botany, horticulture may be willing to bid more than that.

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Hamid August 23, 2012 at 1:35 am

I have a 1890 fifty fifth Second Edition Dictionary For the Pocket French and English English and French. Both Divisions on same Page By John Bellows. Steam,Press, Gloucester.
It is a small sized dictionary with a hardcover in a good condition with a few ink stains. Value? Thanks a lot.

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Admin August 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Earlier editions of this dictionary have been selling for about $20 or less in pretty much the same condition as the one you describing.

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chad September 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I have a 1868 webster’s high school dictionary, does this have any value

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Admin September 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Less than $50.00

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billy morton November 4, 2012 at 1:38 am

i have a copy of charles darwins the origin of species published by Literary Classics inc., printed in New York
but it does not have a print or copyright date It also says printed in the United States of America

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Admin November 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

An early American reprint, probably around the 1910s. No jacket I assume, minimal value.

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billy morton November 6, 2012 at 2:04 am

thank you sir and or madam

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Brian Coope December 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I have a nice copy of Culepper’s Herbal dated 1669, Can you give an estimate please.

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Admin December 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Priceless! Meaning its rarity in the marketplace gives no data to base an estimate on.

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MOSHE PRIGAN December 22, 2012 at 1:11 am

I have 2 paperbooks, one signed older and the second is of lately, of Umberto Eco with some ugly stains on cover and pageedge. Should I give them to a professional book restorator/repairer or leave them untouched, “as it is”? The older one is very expensive in some bookstore but without the stain.
Another hardcover’s dustjacket of Eco’s early years books (very very expensive as signed) is chipped – my same question.
Thank you very much
Moshe

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Admin December 28, 2012 at 1:39 am

Moshe, it all depends on what these books are for. Also, restoring a damaged book will prolong its life.

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Melodie February 6, 2013 at 3:13 am

Hello,
I purchased a book this weekend and was hoping you could tell me something about it.?
There is no copyright inside.
Its by Hawthorne: Best Known Works (Scarlet Letter, House of 7 Gables and Twice Told Tales.)
Its dark blue with intricate silver details on bind.
Inside says ‘Literary Classics, Inc, New York.’
That’s all I can find.
Any info would be great.
Thanks

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Admin February 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

The Literary Classics publisher had published a large series in condensed format from the literature works of Turgenev’s, Hawthorne’s and Voltaire’s and others during the 1940’s.

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roberta berry May 24, 2013 at 2:43 am

1912 original Titanic h cover book red. With the list of the dead in the back and the captain picture blackn white i wanna sell it!!! Approximate value great condition! Also great condition Justine by marque De Sade.

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Jacob Mohr July 2, 2013 at 4:20 am

I have a 13 volume set of Dickens’ Works from 1868, globe edition. (I believe the latter releases feature a 14th book once Edwin Drood came out) I know they released three other editions and that the Globe Edition was the most affordable at the time, however, I can find very little additional information. Any idea of value or a good resource on the books?
Thank you very much!

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Admin July 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm
Nelson July 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm

We have an 1846 Volume 1 Charles Darwin Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World – Volume 1 of 2 Volumes -Hardcover –
Is it rare or valuable – Where could you suggest to get information on this book.

Thank-you

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Admin July 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

Third edition likely. You can try contacting Ian Hodgkins & Co Ltd at enquiries@ianhodgkins.com.

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Mandee August 12, 2013 at 1:12 am

How can you know what year a book was published if there is no copyright information?

Thanks.

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Admin August 16, 2013 at 1:13 am

Great question. In fact it inspired some of our contributors to produce a new article on the topic. Please watch for it in the near future.

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Admin August 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Dan August 30, 2013 at 3:26 am

Hello,
I have a copy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from 1894. It is the Hugh Thomson Illustrated Large Paper (hand made Arnold Paper) with the illustrations on the tissue (or rice) paper that are pasted inside. It was issued in conjunction with what is known as the Peacock edition in 1894 but was actually offered in limited edition (via subscription) prior to the release of the Peacock edition. It is known that 250 copies were printed for England and another 25 copies for America.

Here is where I hope you can help me. I am 100% confident that the copy I have is one of the 25 printed for America. I can find many examples offered for sale on the internet but ALL of them are definitely one of the 250 printed for England. Some of the ASKING PRICES are absurd to say the least (6,000-11,000 us) and I am aware that a book is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. I would like to know if you are aware of any other EXISTING copies that are also one of the 25 printed for America? There must be another in someone’s possession someplace? I am not necessarily looking to sell my copy but I would like to have an idea as to what its TRUE value might be. I consider my copy to be in very good condition with no rips, tears or markings and in it’s original cover/binding.

Thank you for any insight you can provide.

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Admin September 5, 2013 at 1:13 am

Do you have any photos of the book that you can share?

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Dan September 6, 2013 at 1:41 am

Yes, I have a few photos of the book. However I do not see a way to upload them to the site nor do I see email contact address information on your website. Please provide me with a email address or similar so that I can get them sent to you.

Thanks.

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Dan September 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Here are a few photos I took awhile back of my copy of Pride and Prejudice from 1894. As you know, it’s the Large Paper issue (handmade unbleached Arnold paper) and it was offered in advance sale of the more common “Peacock” version. In the Nov. 3, 1894 issue of “The Athenaeum” on page 591 under the heading of “George Allen’s Announcements” George announces the new edition of Pride and Prejudice (later known as the “Peacock” edition). There is a footnote that reads as follows:…… “The Large-Paper Copies on Arnold’s Unbleached Hand-made Paper, which are all taken up, will be ready shortly.” What he meant by “all taken up” was that all 275 copies (250 England and 25 America) were already spoken for (advance ordered).

The following is an explaination of how I understand my copy to be one of the 25 that were printed for America. Of all copies I can find online for sale or otherwise the title page has only the London Publisher George Allen listed and includes his address of “Ruskin House. 156. Charing Cross Road”. Also these copies have “George Allen” in Gold Gilt print along the bottom edge of the outer spine. As you can see in my photos, the copy I have has listed on the title page ” New york: Macmillan & Co.” and below that it says “London: George Allen” with no address shown. Also the outer spine has no mention of George Allen, I assume because there is more than one Publisher associated with this printing? I also assume, rather than add Macmillan & Co. they decided to just obmit any Publishers name on the outer spine?
Pride and Prejudice from 1894
Pride and Prejudice from 1894 - American Edition
Pride and Prejudice from 1894 - Number of copied printed
Pride and Prejudice from 1894 - Chapter I
I can not seem to find (using the internet searches) one reference to a known copy that is one of the 25 printed for America. I have spent countless hours searching the web and have found all sorts of good information regarding this 1894 Illustrated Large Paper Copy but everything leads to photos and descriptions of the ones printed for England. I understand that essentually its still just one of 275 books printed and that there is virtually no difference between a England and an American copy but these were considered to be “limited edition” so therefore AN EFFORT WAS MADE to distinguish between the ones printed for England and the ones printed for America by making a few changes to the title page and the outer spine. And reference was made to the effect inside the book that “250 copies were printed for England and 25 copies for America.” I am interested in knowing how many other of the “American copies” are in existance? Since I can not find reference of any online I would assume that there might not be many “known” copies still out there? Also would anyone have a general idea as to what the value of the book might be?
Thank you in advance for any insight that you might be able to provide me regarding this book.

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tammy piecha September 11, 2013 at 12:20 am

I have a complete volume set of Charles dickens, Dickens works. They are from the 1800’s. I also have a set of grimms fairy tails, copyright 1925. How can I find out the value?

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Admin September 13, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Please read our post on this topic – http://www.rarebooksdigest.com/2011/04/28/determining-a-rare-book%e2%80%99s-fair-value/
Also you can provide more details such as title/author/publisher/year of publication/other special attributes etc. for our expert appraisers to base their analysis on.

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J. Liston January 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I have a copy of Darwin’s seminal work “The Origin of Species” (it’s title lacks the “On”) that seems to be the similar to a previous above poster. Your advice to him that it was a common copy of the work and that there should be a ISBN number that would help him trace the book. However, in my copy there is no date stamp or ISBN number to be found anywhere in the volume. The only defining marks printed in the book are it was printed by Literary Classics, INC | New York. There is an inscription inside the front cover that reads “Alice Brusadin, April 1944″ written in ink.

Any idea of the original publishing date of this book and it’s relative value, if any. Of course there is the value that a biology nerd like myself found a 70-year old copy of “On The Origin of Species” in great condition for $0.50 in a thrift store.

Thanks in an advance for you help,

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Admin January 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm

I believe the book you are referring to can be viewed at the following location:
http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/32093276#page/7/mode/1up

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Geoff Harman June 10, 2014 at 5:41 am

Hi – I have a red leather bound, gold edge, Poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oxford University Press, 1914 book.
Any idea of price?
Thanking you.
Geoff. New Zealand

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Admin June 16, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Some of the 19th century collections of Emerson’s works are quite scarce and valuable.

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vincent June 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I am in posssession of 11 hard cover books by Ralph Waldo Emerson one of which is titled English Traits it is copywritten 1883 1884 the others are of similar times,is there a value for these books in xf condition ?

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Aileen Duke June 26, 2014 at 7:40 am

I have an 1856 edition of Webster’s Dictionary in fair condition. What would it be worth and where would I sell it?

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Admin June 29, 2014 at 3:19 am

Dictionaries have not appreciated in value relative to other old book categories with the exception of 18th century dictionaries which are quite valuable. A 1773 dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson sold for $7,725 last year on-line.

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Peter Graham July 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I have an 1877 copy of Twice – Told Tales by Charles Dickens . Its Harper & Brothers , US . Can’t find out any information about the original publication or value . Can you help ?
Thanks .

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Admin July 26, 2014 at 1:20 am

Harper & Brothers published Harper’s Monthly Magazine, which was established in 1850 and re-printed most of the tales of Dickens.
Twice-told Tales was originally published in London by Bradbury & Evans in 1846 with the title “Pictures from Italy”. First edition in good condition is worth over $1000.

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pete gomez September 22, 2014 at 1:42 am

I have a copy of the origin of species by Charles Darwin first edition published by Literary classics Inc New York the Jacket of the book was put on upside down any value for this book?

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Admin September 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Not really.

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Dan Lukawy October 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm

I have a copy of the 1899 edition of Flowers Of Piety size about 2 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches. in near mint condition. The black and gold cover still shine and pages are all intact, spine has never even been cracked. Also still in the original black box lined with cloth (box well worn but still completely intact).
Curious to find out an approx. value as there is no appraisers near me to go to. This book was given to my grandfather when he was a kid by his dad and purchased brand new back then, has been in family since.

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Admin November 2, 2014 at 2:26 am

Flowers Of Piety had quite a few publishers. Who published your copy?

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Eric November 3, 2014 at 7:45 am

I’ve been unable to find the definitive word on this, but I’m curious about the value of an 1899 copy of The Origin of Species. It’s the green cover (I believe there’s a brown cover version as well), fifty-sixth thousand (is this the number of copies printed in this edition?), published Lonon: John Murray, Albemarle Street. Printed by William Clowes and Sons. There is no dust cover. Can you offer any help?

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Russ Campbell November 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

I have the first volume of Johnson’s Dictionary, 2nd edition and would be interested to know its value

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Admin November 12, 2014 at 2:09 am

Second American edition? Which publisher?

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Russ Campbell November 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

I believe that it is the first volume of the English second edition. It appears to have been published by the following:
J. and P. Knapton; T. and T. Longman; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; A. Millar; and R. and J. Dodsley

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Kellie S. November 23, 2014 at 5:15 am

I have a collection of very old magazines, the oldest dating back 101 years old, that I’ve always been curious about. Would you happen to know the value of (or could possibly lead me in the right direction as to where I might be able to find out more info about):
“The Literary Digest” (the earliest edition I have is dated November 29, 1913 Vol. 47, No.22 and I believe the oldest editions I have may be from 1923). I have about 2 dozen publications from them dated within that 10 year time frame, most of them between 1913 and 1918.
I also have several other magazines like “The Delineator” which the dates range from 1921-1929, a few “Good Housekeeping” magazines with the oldest dated October, 1918, a few “Vogues” from around 1931, a “The Ladies Home Journal” from July 1921, and several other types of magazines published in the 1920’s.
I love all of the ads- from buying a Roadster or Studebaker for $960 to the 1920’s Cosmopolitan where the first 10 PAGES only had ads for private, boarding, and military schools for children! :-)

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Michael November 27, 2014 at 3:39 pm

i NEED a copy of 1894/1895 Pride & Prejudice… peacock edition.
400$ MAX …..

please ASAP Anyone….

michaelbazinet@live.com

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Robert Allan December 10, 2014 at 1:01 am

I have a copy of Joseph Yahuda’s Hebrew is Greek that I am prepared to sell.

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Logan January 18, 2015 at 8:24 pm

What is the value of a 1903 copy of Pride and Prejudice that says, “PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN AT THE PRESS OF THE PUBLISHERS.” ? Thanks!

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Don Dodds February 14, 2015 at 4:26 am

1897 Specimen copy of Twice Told Tales by Hawthorne. Can you tell me the value?

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Manny April 3, 2015 at 6:20 pm

I have a 1868 Websters high school dictionary. Any value to it?

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Admin April 12, 2015 at 10:58 pm

Not much interest in old, scarce dictionaries.

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Ann Fichtner April 26, 2015 at 2:41 am

I have Johnson’s dictionary 1773, both volumes. Unfortunately my grandmother was compulsive about writing her name in books. Would a name inside the front cover greatly affect value?

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Admin May 25, 2015 at 2:03 am

Any type of writing besides an author signature or author notes are likely to affect the book’s value. Sometimes writing from a significant previous owner may add to the value if it is considered an important contribution. The good news for you is that older volumes are less devalued by previous owner signatures than modern editions.

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Christina May 7, 2015 at 10:41 pm

I have a copy of pir vilayat’s sufi masters. I am wondering what it’s worth and have not found it anywhere so far. Can you help?

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Admin May 25, 2015 at 1:40 am

Hard to tell without publisher/year of publication. 1971 edition with a dust jacket is quite valuable.

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Edward May 10, 2015 at 6:10 pm

I have a copy of pride and prejudice with no date. It’s signed by a woman I believed to have lived in the early 1800’s. It’s a dark crimson color with a small design in the middle of the front cover and was published by the henneberry co in Chicago. It might be missing a page but I just can’t tell. Thanks

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Admin May 25, 2015 at 1:34 am

The Henneberry Company first appears in the Lakeside Chicago city directories in 1901, located at 409-429 South Dearborn.The company was initially known as Donohue & Henneberry. The publisher’s original location was 407-429 Dearborn St. in Chicago’s South Loop. The company was known for inexpensive editions of popular works of fiction.

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Sandy Thomas May 31, 2015 at 8:53 pm

Hi,
Can you tell me the approximate value of a book I just picked up at an estate sale.

The Popular American Dictionary of the English Language by Donahue and Henneberry & Co 1890.

Thank you,

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Hiko Hillman June 9, 2015 at 2:20 am

Hello i have a webster’s pocket dictionary, it looks old. It doesn’t have a year when it was printed. It say’s it was condensed from the original dictionary by Noah Webster, LL.D. Then it has typed below by William G. Webster (son of Noah Webster). It has gold type covering around the out side of the pages. Can you help out it would be well appreciate thanks.

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Harvey June 26, 2015 at 6:24 pm

I have a copy of 1868 High School Dictionary of the English Language by William Webster and William Wheeler. Published by Ivison, Blakeman, and Company. Front and back covers are pretty worn out and pages are yellowing, but not real bad.

I also have a copy from 1925 of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos. Published by Boni and Liveright. In pretty decent condition.

Any value to these 2 books?

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Admin June 29, 2015 at 12:59 am

The 1925 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes may be quite valuable depending on edition/printing and on whether it still has its dust jacket.

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Kathy June 30, 2015 at 5:44 am

I have “A Journal Comparing sn account of the loss of the Brig Cimmerce, of Hartford (con.) James Riley Master, Upon the western coast of Africa, August 28th 1815″ etc. by Archibald Robbins. It is the eughteenth edition published 1825 bySilas Andrus NY. The cover is brown leather, maps included. and the blank page states Alexander Flemmings , his book. Do you know the value?

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Antony July 26, 2015 at 2:38 pm

I bought a book of Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species and The Descent of Men…published by Literary Classics, distributed by Randon House and bound by H. Wolff… Also, its manufactured in New York….any value?

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utpal July 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

I have an 1964 first edition of readers digest Dictionary & encyclopedia in three volume, printed from oxford university. Value?

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Tammy Nillo August 2, 2015 at 9:35 am

“The book of Jesus”, copyright 1949 by Ellen G. White. Its in excellent condition with no visible wear n tear. Can u give me an estimated value?

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George August 4, 2015 at 6:27 am

McBeth 1899 hard back, real good condiction value? And a couple of other rare books some with the name Mary J. Bell written in felt pen signed to her but looking for whom she was/is.

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Debbie Bartlow August 12, 2015 at 11:48 pm

The Training of the Twelve, AB Bruce, 1894, very good condition except for loose spine. Brown hardcover. Does it have good value?

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Debbie Bartlow August 12, 2015 at 11:57 pm

The Holiest of All, Andrew Murray, 1898. London, James Nisbet &Co. blue hardback, very good condition w one loose page

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Janice Kossey August 21, 2015 at 10:02 pm

I have an 1894 edition of The Descent of Man – Darwin. Very good condition. Value?

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Admin September 13, 2015 at 1:24 am

John Murray second edition selling for $200.

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Janice Kossey August 21, 2015 at 10:04 pm

I also have 1897 Volumes 1 and 2 of Origin of Species – Darwin. Mint condition. Value?

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Admin September 13, 2015 at 1:30 am

John Murray London edition is of higher value than the D. Appleton & Company of New York edition. $200 or more.

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Priscilla Sides September 6, 2015 at 8:25 pm

I have a 1908 copy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Published by Cassell and Company, LTD. Is in fair condition, has both front and back covers, hard back. It has some wear and tear, looks like there is a small amount of water damage. Could you give me an approximate value?

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Admin September 13, 2015 at 1:11 am

Water damage reduces the price significantly especially on a reprint. Cassell and Company has published prior editions of Pride and Prejudice.

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harriet Kutell September 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm

I have a Pocket Medical Lexicon published 1883

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Robert September 28, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Hello there,

I have a three volume set of the novel Ivanhoe by Walter Scott.
The volumes are dated 1820 and i believe are 1st editions.
They are all in very good condition.
The marbled boards are good as are the leather spines.
There is one problem though! Volume one is missing its second last page.
I wanted to ask you how would this affect overall value for this set of books.
Thanks for your time.

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Bob Murdock October 10, 2015 at 3:48 pm

I have an entire collection of hard bound Harper’s Magazines from the 1800’s in excellent condition that belonged to my grandmother.
Any value for these?
Many thanks!

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Admin November 1, 2015 at 2:26 am

In excellent condition, early volumes are quite valuable.

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Megan October 12, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Hello,
I purchased a “The Origin of Species” book in mint shape. It was published by literary classics, has 375 pages, and has a blue cloth-like cover with gilt on the spine. There is no publication date. In the Appendix, they mention the dates of when the first and second edition of the book was published. Any idea of year of publication/edition, if not where to look to identify this information, and what it may be worth? Thank you for your time.

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Admin November 1, 2015 at 2:23 am

Literary Classics reprint around 1910, no significant value.

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Carlin October 20, 2015 at 10:55 pm

Hello, I have a copy of the Forgotten Books of Eden Edited by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr first edition, published 1927.
Could you give me an approximate value?
Thanks for your time.

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Admin November 1, 2015 at 2:02 am

First edition, limited to 2500 copies with it’s dust jacket around $100.

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bryan November 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

I found a set of three Bibles with family Records of the weatherill Family In Pennsylvania I found them here in Florida doing a clean out of an estate it has weddings births and deaths dating from 1844-1890 sign to Samuel Wetherill from his sister 1859 are these worth anything Am i technically allowed to sell them

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Debra November 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm

I have a hardcopy book (no dust jacket) and it is titled “Christmas Stories” by Charles Dickens. Published in Chicago by Donohue, Henneberry & Co. No.407-425 Dearborn Street. I have been unable to find any information on this book and would like to know a publishing date and what it would be worth. Many thanks.

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jenifer November 21, 2015 at 11:45 pm

I have the blue book magazine vol 46 no 2 December 1927. Beginning a new novel of Tarzan by Edgar rice Burroughs. I was just wonderin what the value of it would be?

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David December 6, 2015 at 2:17 am

I have a leather bound pocket-size book, “Cleaveland’s Pronouncing Medical Lexicon,” 33rd Edition, published 1889. Can anyone advise as to the possible value?

Regards

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Cathy Doten Rooney December 6, 2015 at 10:27 am

Seeking approx estimate on set of books written by Charles Dickens published in 1858 perhaps 4 to 5 say volume lV need to get to be exact, as i placed them in safe place while moving. I know David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol, Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations are included in this set, how can I find a correct value?

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Denice January 29, 2016 at 9:50 pm

I have a book titled American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster (and two others) published in 1872. In my opinion it’s in poor condition, but wondering if you can help me with a value.

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Tim February 15, 2016 at 4:47 am

Hello, I have a Charles Darwin book with no publishing date, no edition, too old for an isbn number. Pages don’t line up vertically on the side but is in a pattern. Cover is navy, gold lettering on the side. There’s imprinting on the from with “ks” or “bs.” Literary classics, inc. New York. Any information really? I just inherited it

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Mike Lester February 18, 2016 at 2:49 am

What is a good copy of The Delineator May 1910 worth.
What an interesting website.

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larry peters March 12, 2016 at 1:33 am

Hi,
I purchased a copy of Emma (Jane Austen) a few years back. I have searched online for information about this particular edition with no results. If you could shed some light I would appreciate it.
Here is the description:
Hardcover with dark red (leather?) binding and greenish marbling on front and back cover.
Publisher Derby and Jackson in 1857. The last 6 or 7 pages appear to be a list of the publisher’s catalog.
Thanks

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Susie Wayson April 4, 2016 at 10:15 pm

Just came across an 1868 edition of The Story Without an End. Has the 15 beautiful chromolithographs of Eleanor Vere Boyle. The cover is bevel-edged and green with a very intricate spider web holding a dragonfly in gold embossing. Is this a first edition and any idea of the value? Fair condition but the actual illustrations are in very good shape.

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Cheryl Goodchild May 15, 2016 at 12:46 pm

I found a copy of Pride and Prejudice that is really old. It was printed by Cassell & Company La Belle Sauvage it has a colour plate on the front of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth and inside 3 black and white drawings by C.E. Brock. It is not the peacock edition. Help please

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jeff bulman June 2, 2016 at 3:53 am

i have a what looks like a late 17oos historian s dictionary Ive never seen any book like it this is what it says the historian’s pocket dictionary; annexing dates to the memorable occurrences; from the earliest period of history to the present time also the sovereigns of England and Scotland distinguished painters, &c. eminent men of all professions. at the bottom it says London printed for j.Murray no. 32, fleet street and g.and t. wilkie, no 71 st Paul,s Church yard please can you tell me anything about it and if it is worth anything as i would like to sell it its in very decent shape its just very old its bin in my family for many years thank you

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Brian Good June 16, 2016 at 5:54 am

I have a very old copy of Pride And Prejudice printed by Cassel & Company, Limited, La Belle Sauvage, London. No date. It has four full-page illustrations by C. E. BROCK being. My reasons for marrying are (frontpeice), I have been most gratified indeed my dear sir (p 90), Will you do me the honour reading that letter (p 184) and Miss Bennet I insist on being satified (p 330).
It is not in good condition, brown pages, spine loose loks well loved but in one pice and all readable.
Lots of research and the closest I can come in discription is a follows: In 1913, Cassell and Company, Ltd. published a Pride and Prejudice edition (E 137 in Gilson). Apparently, it included a “frontispiece in colour and three other plates in black and white half-tone inserted,” all of them new (Gilson, 1997). Unfortunately, a copy of this edition seems untraceable.
Please help

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Dana June 28, 2016 at 4:32 pm

I have a hardcover edition of Origin of Species that says 6th edition , Jan 1872, published by Rand, McNally & Company. This edition is two volumes in one and the cover has white flowers on it and I have not seen this before. I am looking for a value for this book. Few dings on the cover, no tears in the pages and no spills. Quite good condition

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Ken White June 28, 2016 at 11:51 pm

Good evening. I have 5 books from Charles Darwin 1897 Edition from Appleton Publishers in New York. All are in good condition with a red cloth binding. The books are the 2 Volume Set of “The Origin of Species”, “Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals”, “Life and Letters of Charles Darwin I” and “Descent of Man”. Curious as to the value. Thanks for anyone’s help.

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J. Williams July 21, 2016 at 8:40 pm

Hello, I purchased a book a few months ago. I might have paid more than its worth but I enjoyed it’s sweet, profound story. It is: *St. Therese* THE LIFEOFTHELITTLEFLOWER by the REVALBERT H. DOLAN, O.CARM. National Director Of The Society Of The Little Flower 5th edition, 1926. Chicago, Illinois. Could you please give me some idea of what it might be worth? Very good condition. I would appreciate direction. Thank you! J. W.

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Connie October 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Have Thousand and one nights dated 1856 vol 2 also kid napped Robert Louis Stevenson dated 1925

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Tammie November 10, 2016 at 1:59 am

I have a hardback book – The Freemason’s Monitor – published in 1868 by R.W. Carroll & Company Publishers. The author is Thomas Smith Webb. There is a handwritten sticker label inside the front cover of the book that says: T.G. Pike, Laurel, Ind, bought March 1869. The book/pages are intact, well read and cover is in fair condition. How can I find the value of this book?

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Charlie November 18, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Hey there .I have a copy of Higher English by J.N. Patrick copy right 1897 .any clue on value ? Great condition

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Elisabeth November 21, 2016 at 7:01 pm

I have an 1894 American edition of Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice. It is the Peacock Edition and in very good condition. In my research to determine its history and value I have found numerous 1894 editions published by George Allen. I have also found many 1895 editions, that state, “The first edition in this form was printed in October, 1894. Reprinted March 1895″. Frustratingly, I have only found one other 1894 American edition and it was in very poor condition and the seller offered no pertinent information in their listing. On the title page of my Peacock Edition it states: 1894 ( in the tail of the Peacock); New York: Macmillan & Co; London: George Allen. There are no other publication dates listed. Any information you can give me on what appears to be a first American edition would be appreciated. Thank you.

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David November 28, 2016 at 5:17 am

I found a copy of Ivanhoe, A Romance …. Cassell and Company MCMII 1907 Is it worth preserving? I can’t find much on this book and for the age it’s in pretty decent shape. Thank you for any thing on this book including value.

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Charice Gwinn December 12, 2016 at 5:48 am

I have a old book. Its titled, What would you do, love? A. Novel.
By the author of “what will the world say?”
Chicago: Belford, Clarke & Co. St. Louis: Belford & Clarke publishing co.
1881. Hard cover brown, with a 13 prong star on front and back.
what is it worth.

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Donna Gunyon February 2, 2017 at 1:19 am

I have a copy of Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, published by the MacMillan Co. It says ” Copyright, 1900
By the MacMillan Company
Set up and electrotyped. Published September 1900″ on the page just before the contents. Could you please give me an idea of its worth? Thank you!

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KIMberly CASAUS February 11, 2017 at 7:37 pm

I purchased the lady of the lake by Sir Walter Scott printed 407-429 Dearborn street. Could you tell me it’s value?

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Paul February 28, 2017 at 4:21 am

Ive a book called coronation 1902 is its worth anything

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Rheta March 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm

I believe I have a rare book, a small book called The Hidden Garden of Prayer. It was written for children, first published in 1931 The book is written by “Edward D. Sedding”. IT IS ALSO SIGNED by “E.D. Sedding, S.S.J.E., Yours sincerely in Christ”. It appears that he wrote many other prayer and hymn books, ie;

Missionary Stories – 1921
Hallowed Be Thy Name – 1950+-
The Flame of Prayer – 1934

I have little information.:

Sedding became an ordained priest in 1909 and went to serve under Frank Weston as “The Bishop of Zanzibar”. From 1919 to 1923, the Reverend Edward Douglas Sedding was a Vicar of Freeland Church, Oxford. I believe that Edwards father and uncle were church architects.

On the first page of the book, there is another penned signature… “Victoria C. Ratcliffe, 1933″, I believe, the owner of the book at that time.

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