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Unfortunately, the Archives and Special Collections of Franklin and Marshall College cannot research your rare book for you, and will not appraise the value of your rare books. The best place for information on your rare book is your own local library, a reputable rare book dealer, or a library holding a large rare book collection such as the Newberry Library in Chicago, or the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
Bernard, Philippa. Antiquarian Books: a companion for booksellers, librarians, and collectors. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994.
A number of very good websites give information about rare books, and rare book collecting. Please explore the following:
The following professional organizations can provide a wealth of knowledge about your rare books.
American Book Prices Current. New York: Bancroft-Parkman, published annually.
Although these sources may be helpful, one must remember that various factors such as condition, subject, scarcity, demand, etc., all play a part in determining value.
The Northeast Document Conservation Center and The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts have helpful online advice for caring for rare books.
For the services of a professional conservator, please link to the online directory of the American Institute for Conservation of Art and Historic Works.
This page is not intended as a definitive guide or endorsement of any particular publication, source, or internet site. It is intended solely as a aide to research that will provide ideas where to start looking for information about your rare book.
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