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History of Books

In classical times, there were great libraries and an established book trade but much of this was lost with the decline of the Roman Empire.  By the 7th and 8th centuries, it was only in the monasteries on the fringes of the old Roman world, in Ireland and in the Byzantine Empire, that the art […]  Continue Reading »

Collecting Books

In classical times, there were great libraries and an established book trade but much of this was lost with the decline of the Roman Empire.  By the 7th and 8th centuries, it was only in the monasteries on the fringes of the old Roman world, in Ireland and in the Byzantine Empire, that the art […]  Continue Reading »

Collectable Books

Old books are not valuable just because of their age but very old books will almost always be scarce and probably valuable for that reason. As a guide, any book is likely to be valuable if it was printed anywhere before 1500, printed in England before 1640, printed in America before 1800 or printed in […]  Continue Reading »

Books That Are NOT Collectable

More Bibles have been printed than any other book. Although copies may be treasured by their owners, very few are of value to collectors. Of course, there are exceptions, such as the first English Authorised (King James) Bible and a variety of early Bibles that are sought because of some misprint, or other oddity. Encyclopedias […]  Continue Reading »