Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books

Overview

For the experienced collector or someone embarking on a new hobby, this newly revised and updated edition of Book Finds reveals the secrets of locating rare and valuable books. Includes information on first editions and reader's copies, auctions and catalogs, avoiding costly and common beginner mistakes, strategies of professional "book scouts," and buying and selling on the Internet.

An experienced insider in antiquarian book markets offers advice on finding, ...

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Overview

For the experienced collector or someone embarking on a new hobby, this newly revised and updated edition of Book Finds reveals the secrets of locating rare and valuable books. Includes information on first editions and reader's copies, auctions and catalogs, avoiding costly and common beginner mistakes, strategies of professional "book scouts," and buying and selling on the Internet.

An experienced insider in antiquarian book markets offers advice on finding, buying, and selling used and rare books, and provides an index of more than one thousand of the "most collectible" books and authors.

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Antiques & the Arts
...[A] timely and practical guide for serious collectors who wish to make a profit from their hobby....[B]reaks down the process of acquiring and selling rare books...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399532382
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 589,847
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian C. Ellis has been working as a book dealer for more than 20 years, haunting bookstores around the world. He currently specializes in science fiction and mysteries.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Getting started 1
Ch. 2 The book 9
Ch. 3 Edition, condition, and scarcity 39
Ch. 4 Book scouting 66
Ch. 5 The art of book trading 101
Ch. 6 Spotting trends and picking authors 140
Ch. 7 Brave new world : books and the Internet 155
Ch. 8 Auctions and dealer catalogs 186
Ch. 9 Signed editions, autographs, and ephemera 203
Ch. 10 Book repair, restoration, cleaning, and care 218
Ch. 11 The business of dealing 242
Ch. 12 Reference sources 247
Ch. 13 The changing world of books 264
Ch. 14 1,001 (give or take a few) collectible - and findable - books 275
App Identifying first editions 301
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