What is a Rare Book?
The Six Criteria of Rarity in Antiquarian Books
by Jeremy M. Norman
As an antiquarian bookseller, I am frequently asked to define “antiquarian” or “rare” books. To some extent these two relatively vague but omnipresent terms are used interchangeably in the trade. Nev...
Browse through the lots in StoryLTD's upcoming auction on 13th -14th December, featuring books dated from the mid-1700s to the early 20th century, maps recording early settlements in India and around the world and photographs including hand-coloured portraits of royal ...
StoryLTD's auction on 13th -14th December, features lots representing over 200 years of colonial Indian history, including old maps, vintage photographs of historical India and gilt bound books on cartography and photography.
For some bibliophiles, the merits of the content are irrelevant: They judge books by their covers. An often-told tale has a collector, a Mr. Locker, taking a rare book with a small imperfection back to a binder. The binder examined the faulty cover and then, looking over his spec...
?Whoever has entered rooms which used to house volumes, maybe over the course of centuries, is aware of the feeling of holding ancient documents and books, and can imagine the emotion to give a new life to works that a long sleep has laid still for years. Through the bookseller?s search there ...
This guide addresses some frequently asked questions about rare and older books and their values. The answers are meant only as general responses to these questions, and many possible exceptions are not described.
Peering Into the Exquisite Life of Rare Books
By Jennifer Schuessler
New York Times, July 23, 2012
For five weeks each summer Rare Book School brings some 300 librarians, conservators, scholars, dealers, collectors and random book-mad civilians together for weeklong intensive courses in an a...
To identify an antiquarian or "old" book you must determine it's bibliographic identity and publishing history. You must calculate the edition of the book and verify the author's bibliographic information to determine whether or not it is antiquarian....