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Book Collecting & Care

Here's a collection of resources related to book collecting. Discover how to identify a first edition, how to protect your books, how to build your library, how to know what your book is worth, and how to live with books. Discover the world of book collecting at your fingertips.
  1. Book Care - Book Collecting (22)
  2. Book Value - How much is it worth? (4)
  3. Book-Building and Book-Making (1)
  4. Choose a Book (12)
  5. Used & Rare Books (5)

Adventures Amoung Books - Andrew Lang
Read "Adventures Amoung Books," by Andrew Lang.

Battle of the Books - Jonathan Swift
Read "The Battle of the Books," by Jonathan Swift (1667-1745).

Bibliomania--Addiction to the Classics
Are you addicted to books? You may go to any lengths to find a particular book. Bibliomania is "a gentle madness," a joy that's been enjoyed by bibliomanics, bookworms, book lovers, book hunters, and other readers throughout history. Read about what famous writers have said about thier passions for books; and then discover why you can derive such a pleasure from reading the classics!

Get an Autograph on a Literary Book
An autograph is a handwritten name, but how do you get your book signed. Here are a few ideas about how you get get your literary book signed by the writer. Read on.

The Art of Book-Making
Read "The Art of Book-Making," by Washington Irving.

What is book collecting?
Find out more about book collecting.

Why Collect Books?
Find out why we collect books.

Find the values of books?

Profile of a Book Collector
“Start at the beginning”--it’s what I’ve always heard. And, with book collecting, I believe that statement to be true. Of the avid readers and book collectors I’ve known in my life, I think a great majority could be said to have been born that way.

Protect Books From Cat Claws
If you have cats that like to scratch, you may find your books in serious danger. Here are a few tips for protecting your books from cat claws. Read on.

Resources for Conservation Professionals
"CoOL, a project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries, is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials." Read on.

Your Old Books
"This guide covers some frequently asked questions about rare books and book values. The answers are meant only as general responses to these questions, and the many possible exceptions are not described."

Find 'Collectible' Books - Local
The process of finding rare and collectible books isn't really a mystery--it just takes time, patience, and practiced knowledge. Sometimes, it also requires that you look at familiar places from a different perspective. Here are a few ideas to consider when you are searching for books in your local area--to enhance your collection!

How do you identify a first edition book?

'The Choice of Books' Part 3

Terms of Use in Book Collecting and Selling/Buying
How do you determine the condition of a book? Here are some ways to describe a book...

'The Choice of Books' Part 5

'The Choice of Books' Part 2

'The Choice of Books' Part 4

Why are attics great places to look for books?
What are attics, and why is it possible to find great books there?

Books About Autographs
An autograph is a person's signature or handwriting. In addition to the novelty of having the autograph of a famous writer, some book collectors specifically seek out books that are inscribed with the author's autograph. You may find a book signed by Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, or another literary master. But, what is an autographed book worth? These books offer an overview and specific details about autographs, including discussions of the value of autographed books. Read on.

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