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Friends of Robbins Library present: What Makes a Book a Collectible
June 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This program will be conducted as a conversation between two professional librarians, David Warrington and Richard McElroy, who also have worked in the antiquarian book trade. They will discuss the three factors operating together that make a book valuable: intrinsic importance, collector interest, and the scarcity and physical condition of the item itself. They will provide a quick overview of the terminology of book collecting and guidelines for answering such basic questions as: How do I know if a book is complete or not? and What is original condition and why is that so important? Sources of collectible books with particular emphasis on the second-hand and antiquarian bookmarket will also be addressed. Finally, they will talk about what determines a book’s monetary value and how to use printed and on-line price guides to get an estimate of what a particular copy of a book may be worth.
The presenters will provide examples from their own experiences and display items from their own collections. Participants will receive a handout listing key resources in book collecting.
Participants may bring to the session one item they may own for guidance on how to determine its rarity and value.