WHAT’S MY BOOK WORTH?
Another common question is “How can
I find out what my book is worth?”
Determining the value of old and rare books can be difficult. The value of a books depends upon several variables,
including desirability, scarcity, condition, provenance (previous ownership),
and whether the book is signed by its author.
One of the best Internet resources to help you understand the value of a
rare book, and the characteristics that enhance its worth is the Rare books FAQ of the American Library
Association’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section.
The only sure way to determine the value of your rare book is to
have it appraised. Why appraise your
book? You may wish to have it appraised
for insurance purposes, tax purposes, or resale purposes. Appraisals should be done by a professional
appraiser or rare books dealer. The
State Library of Pennsylvania cannot provide an appraisal for your rare book,
but we can help you find professional appraisers. There are three good web resources that can
help you locate an appraiser.