The Perfect Bookcases for Antique Books

first edition books wood shelves

I grew up in a home where two 10-foot tall bookcases made of dark mahogany always took up a corner of the living room or office. These majestic book cases were perfect for putting virtually anything on display, but not everyone has a family heirloom from a family lumber business with over 9 decades of …

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How to Date Antique Books

old hardcover book to date

I spent a lot of time with 20th century American literature when it came to antique books, which made it much easier to date them as even books in the early 1900s generally would have a copyright page from most major or even mid-sized book publishers. This made my search for publication dates easy as …

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Best Way to Display Antique Books

first edition books wood shelves

Even if you’re not going to read an antique book, and there are good reasons for not, showing them off is a major part of having an impressive collection. The problem is that many common ways of stacking, shelving, or otherwise showing off books can actually cause wear or damage over the long-term, especially on …

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Are Old Books Valuable?

Golden Censer engraving

One thing that has been interesting to watch with the growth of flipping channels, shows like American Picker, and the explosion of YouTube (and society’s obsession with side hustles) is watching something like antique book flipping, something that used to be incredibly niche, going very mainstream. This is to the dismay of some of us …

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Sinclair Lewis Antique Books

This is a topic that is extremely close to my heart, and with good reason. Sinclair Lewis first edition novels are valuable collectibles, as this oft-forgotten author’s influence on American literature and American society can’t be underestimated. In his time he was a literary giant, someone everyone during the times of Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and …

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What’s the Difference Between First Edition and First Printing?

first printing page antique book

If you’re going to make money buying and selling first edition books, or “book flipping” collectible books, then you’d better learn the difference between a first edition and a first printing! While this might not be a big deal for readers, it’s absolutely huge for book collectors, book hounds, and antique book sellers. A first …

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