Buy Antique Books – Sound Reasons To Buy Antique Books

Buy Antique Books

Buy Antique Books

We should always buy antique books for the joy that it brings, but here are some points about making some profit at it also. Antique books are becoming more valuable every day, and that is not just based on the rate of inflation. Let me explain what I mean about that in more detail.


In the last twenty years or so, there has been a big rise in the number of people getting involved in antiques. Much of this has been accredited to television, and the popularity of programs like “Antiques Roadshow”. There are some other reasons too, such as more information about antiques appearing regularly in magazines and newspapers. These and other factors combined mean that the number of people who buy antique books is still increasing rapidly. This means more demand!

This means that more and more people are trying to buy some of the same popular titles. Naturally this has the effect of raising the prices that people are willing to pay, and the standard market price keeps increasing.

Take an example of Enid Blyton, one of the most popular novelists of children’s books in the last century. None of her books are antique yet, but many of her first editions are already selling for prices in the region of $6000. People who buy antique books are nearly always looking for these.

Enid Blyton was an English writer, who lived from 1897 to 1968. During the course of her writing career she wrote about 800 books and also frequently wrote in magazines. She wrote many series of books which contained sets of recurring characters. Overall, her most popular series was called the “Famous Five”, which is a series of 21 books about the adventures of four children and one dog. Other series of books are “Noddy” and the “Secret Seven”.

The first of the Famous Five books was printed in 1942, so there is a long way to go (depending on your point of view) before any of them will be classed as antique. The main reason for mentioning them is that they are excellent examples of what to look for when trying to buy antique books of any kind: they are items that are old; that were popular at the time; and still in demand today.

Whenever you are in the process of looking for places to buy antique books, always try to find first edition copies in good condition. Realise that there may have been reprints, and subsequent reprints, of the first edition. This happens whenever the first batch of books sell out. Some books might have been mass produced, whereas other were printed in smaller quantities. Further reprints of books are also known as impressions. Thus there would be a first edition first impression, followed by a first edition second impression, and so on. The first edition continues until the book is changed, perhaps by editing. All subsequent copies are then referred to as second edition.

What an antique hunter needs to find is first edition first impression, which is also known as true first edition. And of course don’t forget, you want it to be in perfect condition. The dust jack should also be present and in perfect condition.

If you have some antique books which are part of a series, then you should usually put some effort into completing that series. It might take some time, as in several years, but the rewards will be worth it. A completed series of antique novels will be worth far more than the combined prices of the individual titles. One fairly common example of people collecting series of books is the works of Jules Verne, who is often referred to as the father of science fiction.

Jules Verne was a French author who lived from 1828 to 1905. All of his works are classed as antiques. He wrote many works throughout his life, 54 novels comprising the ‘Voyages Extraordinaires’ and also he wrote essays, plays, short stories, and poems. Included are some of his most famous titles: “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” (1870); “A Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1864); “Around the World in Eighty Days” (1873). Many people strive to collect his entire works. Individual novels by him can be obtained for a few hundred dollars, but complete sets of the same print edition are often sold for several thousands of dollars or even megabucks. Now that’s a very good reason to buy antique books.

Do make sure that you take proper care of your treasured books. Remember that they are old, and fairly delicate. Certain room conditions will almost definitely cause harm, such as: too much light; too much heat; too much moisture; too much cold. Also certain storage conditions will harm them: storing them at an angle likely to cause strain to the spine; storing them on certain types of untreated wooden shelves; storing them on rusty metal shelves.

Also do not forget some common sense items such as storing them within easy access of small children, this one could well be the worst disaster. After we buy antique books, if we do not look after them properly, well then its just a waste of our time, our efforts, and our money.

If you think it sounds complicated, well, yes it is at first. But like any other pursuit that we follow, we get better at it all the time.

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