June 6, 2023

Repairing Old Books

Whether to repair or restore a rare book is a question I often think about as rare book dealer. I thought I would share some of my thought process on the subject.

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October 10, 2022

How to find a medieval manuscript treasure

I will discuss in this video the subject of binder’s waste and how you can identify, date, and localize medieval manuscripts found in bookbindings. There are many treasures out there waiting to be discovered. If you have any medieval manuscripts or fragments, feel free to reach out.

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December 22, 2021

What is My Old Book Worth? Rare Book Appraisal

If you are interested in learning the value of your rare books, I made a couple instructional videos that are on Youtube that explain what to look for as well as some rare book pricing databases. If you have any rare books you need me to look at or have specific questions about (yes, I know it gets complicated!), feel free to send photos to WeBuyRareBooks@gmail.com or by text to 646-469-1851.

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November 9, 2021

Some Fun Rare Book Fakes

We do not have as many ‘fakes’ in the world of rare books as we encounter in other fields, but here are some issues with authenticity I have encountered with recent purchases.

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April 28, 2021

Rare Book Auction.

Rare Book Auctions have been flooding the internet and sometimes overwhelming yours truly. I can only imagine how inundated a book collector feels given the deluge of listings. As part of my Youtube Series on what it is like to be a rare book dealer, here is what goes through my mind when hunting for treasures for stock in auctions these days.

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September 25, 2020

Rare Book Provenance Deep Dive

I’ll look at a rare book on Renaissance cosmetics with provenance of the famous Royal Society. The video is about how rare book dealers look for copies of books with unique compelling stories to tell.

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May 13, 2024

Wanted Books of Hours and Medieval Manuscripts

As an ABAA dealer specializing in rare books and manuscripts, I am constantly on the lookout for quality examples of medieval manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts, and Books of Hours. These historical treasures offer a unique glimpse into the art, culture, and religious practices of the Middle Ages. Medieval manuscripts are handwritten documents, often adorned with intricate illuminations and miniatures that showcase the artistic talents of the period. Whether you’re a collector, a historian, or simply an enthusiast, these manuscripts provide a tangible connection to the past, making them highly sought after and cherished.

One of the most captivating aspects of medieval manuscripts is the illumination. Illuminated manuscripts are decorated with gold, silver, and vibrant colors that make the text and illustrations come to life. These illuminations were painstakingly created by skilled scribes and artists, often working in monastic settings. The detailed miniatures in these manuscripts depict religious scenes, daily life, and even fantastical creatures, offering a rich visual narrative that complements the written word. Collectors of illuminated manuscripts appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship that went into each piece, making them prized additions to any collection.

As a dedicated ABAA dealer, I offer free evaluations of medieval manuscripts, Books of Hours, and illuminated miniatures. Whether you are looking to sell or simply want to know more about the historical and monetary value of your manuscript, I am here to help. My expertise and passion for these rare items ensure that you receive a thorough and accurate assessment. Please contact webuyrarebooks@gmail.com or text photos to 6464691851

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May 7, 2024

First Edition Book of Mormon : Astonishing Rise in Value


As an ABAA rare book dealer with a passion for historical treasures, I’m actively seeking early pre-1850 editions of the Book of Mormon and other Mormon-related and early Utah and Salt Lake City materials. Please contact me at webuyrarebooks@gmail.com or text photos to 646-469-1851. Let’s explore two noteworthy auction records that highlight the increasing value of the Book of Mormon over time (records redacted from the RareBookHub.com database)

  1. Auction Record 1:
    • Source Record Number: VESPUCCI-79
    • Description: This 1830 first edition of The Book of Mormon lacks the index issued after its publication but retains its testimonial leaf at the end. Despite some stains and wear, it remains historically significant. Bound in contemporary sheep, this 8vo edition was printed in Palmyra by E. B. Grandin.
    • Price: Sold for GBP 26 in 1957
  2. Auction Record 2:
    • Source Record Number: 523-24
    • Title: The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi.
    • Description: This 1830 first edition of The Book of Mormon, printed in Palmyra, is a prized artifact. It lists Joseph Smith as the “author and proprietor” and includes a 2-page preface. With numerous textual variations, very few identical copies exist. This copy includes unique textual variations and lacks the index pages found in later copies.
    • Price: Sold for USD 120,000 in 2023

These auction records vividly demonstrate the Book of Mormon’s remarkable journey from modest beginnings to highly prized collectible. If you possess early pre-1850 editions of the Book of Mormon or other Mormon-related materials and are considering selling, please reach out to me. As an ABAA rare book dealer, I am committed to preserving these invaluable pieces of history and placing them in collections and Institutions.

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May 7, 2024

Seeking to Buy: 18th Century American Newspapers and Historical Paper

As an ABAA rare book dealer, I have a great interest in American historical paper. I’m especially looking to acquire 18th-century American newspapers for clients and Institutions. Below is a list of some of this publications. If you have any of these newspapers from the 18th century or similar publications in your possession – individual issues or bound volumes or runs – and are interested in selling, please contact me : webuyrarebooks@gmaiil or text photos to 646-469-1851

  1. Boston Gazette (Boston, Massachusetts)
  2. The Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  3. New-York Gazette (New York, New York)
  4. The Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg, Virginia)
  5. South-Carolina Gazette (Charleston, South Carolina)
  6. Newport Mercury (Newport, Rhode Island)
  7. Maryland Gazette (Annapolis, Maryland)
  8. The Connecticut Gazette (New Haven, Connecticut)
  9. The New Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)
  10. The Georgia Gazette (Savannah, Georgia)
  11. The Providence Gazette (Providence, Rhode Island)
  12. The North-Carolina Gazette (New Bern, North Carolina)
  13. The South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (Charleston, South Carolina)
  14. The Maryland Gazette (Baltimore, Maryland)
  15. The New-England Chronicle (Boston, Massachusetts)
  16. The New-York Mercury (New York, New York)
  17. The Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts)
  18. The New-York Journal (New York, New York)
  19. The New Jersey Gazette (Burlington, New Jersey)
  20. The Pennsylvania Journal (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  21. The Virginia Gazette (Norfolk, Virginia)
  22. The Boston Evening-Post (Boston, Massachusetts)
  23. The Providence Gazette and Country Journal (Providence, Rhode Island)
  24. The Charleston Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (Charleston, South Carolina)
  25. The Maryland Gazette (Frederick, Maryland)
  26. The Salem Gazette (Salem, Massachusetts)
  27. The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut)
  28. The New-York Chronicle (New York, New York)
  29. The Pennsylvania Chronicle (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  30. The Massachusetts Gazette (Boston, Massachusetts)
  31. The New-Jersey Gazette (Trenton, New Jersey)
  32. The New Hampshire Gazette and Historical Chronicle (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)
  33. The Pennsylvania Packet (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  34. The Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia)
  35. The New York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (New York, New York)
  36. The Maryland Journal and Baltimore Advertiser (Baltimore, Maryland)
  37. The American Gazette (Williamsburg, Virginia)
  38. The Virginia Gazette (Richmond, Virginia)
  39. The Connecticut Courant (Hartford, Connecticut)
  40. The Independent Gazetteer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  41. The New-London Gazette (New London, Connecticut)
  42. The Maryland Gazette (Westminster, Maryland)
  43. The New Hampshire Gazette (Exeter, New Hampshire)
  44. The Virginia Gazette (Winchester, Virginia)
  45. The Salem Mercury (Salem, Massachusetts)
  46. The New-York Gazette and Weekly Post-Boy (New York, New York)
  47. The New-Jersey Journal (Elizabethtown, New Jersey)
  48. The Essex Gazette (Salem, Massachusetts)
  49. The Georgia Gazette (Augusta, Georgia)
  50. The South-Carolina and American General Gazette (Charleston, South Carolina)

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December 23, 2023

“How Much is Your Old Bible Worth?” – Expertise in Valuing Antique English Bibles Pre-1700

Your Trusted Source for Historical Religious Texts and Bibles

As a experienced rare book dealer and a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA), we offer unparalleled expertise in the acquisition and valuation of rare, historical, and antique religious texts. Our primary focus is on English Bibles printed before the year 1700.

The Legacy of Early English Bibles: A Dealer’s Perspective

  • Tyndale Bible (1525): The groundbreaking English translation of the New Testament from Greek by William Tyndale.
  • Coverdale Bible (1535): Celebrated as the first complete English Bible, comprising both the Old and New Testaments.
  • Geneva Bible (1560): Preferred by English-speaking Protestants in the 16th century, known for its detailed annotations.
  • Bishops’ Bible (1568): A significant precursor to the King James Version, reflecting the religious authority of its time.
  • King James Bible (1611): A seminal translation commissioned by King James I, celebrated for its lasting impact on English literature and religious studies.

Our Services: Assessing the Value of Your Precious Texts

Are you wondering, “How much is my old Bible worth?” As a dedicated rare book dealer, we are actively seeking to purchase English Bibles printed before 1700. We offer competitive market prices, with thorough evaluations based on each item’s condition, rarity, and historical importance.

Free Expert Appraisals: Uncovering the Worth of Your Historical Texts

Own an early English Bible or related historical texts? We provide expert evaluations and appraisals at no cost to you. Send detailed photos to webuyrarebooks@gmail.com or contact us at 646-469-1851 for a professional assessment. Discover the potential value of your historical treasures with our specialized and comprehensive service.

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December 10, 2023

BUYING Inscribed First Editions and Significant Literary Works

Seeking Inscribed First Editions and Significant Literary Works – Top Prices Offered by an ABAA Rare Book Dealer

As an established ABAA rare book dealer, I am currently buying inscribed first editions and important works of literature. I am looking to acquire these unique and valuable items, offering competitive prices for the right pieces, often higher than can be obtained through rare book auction.

When evaluating inscribed first editions and significant literary works, I consider several critical factors. The author’s significance, the book’s condition, the rarity of the inscription, and the edition’s historical and literary importance are key aspects of my assessment. The context and content of the inscription can greatly enhance the book’s value, especially if it provides unique insights into the author or the work itself. My expertise in rare books ensures a thorough and accurate appraisal of these items.

As a member of the ABAA, I conduct all transactions with the utmost professionalism and integrity. If you possess inscribed first editions or essential works of literature and are considering selling them, I offer free evaluations to help you understand their market value. This service is designed to provide you with a knowledgeable and transparent assessment of your items.

If you are interested in selling your rare literary pieces, please contact me for a prompt and fair evaluation. Send photos of your items to WeBuyRareBooks@gmail.com or text them to 646-469-1851. My commitment is to offer top prices for important books. This is an excellent opportunity for you to sell your inscribed first editions and significant literary works to an experienced and serious dealer.

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