Bookplates – Various Types, Desirability & How They Affect Book Values

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A bookplate is a small printed label which is adhered to a book, most often inside the front cover. They are also sometimes known as “ex libris,” meaning “from the library of.”) They’re most commonly used to identify the book’s owner. However, some bookplates are signed by authors; they are then affixed to the book, […]

Is My Dr. Seuss Book a First Edition?

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Many people collect Dr. Seuss books, which have been hugely popular over the years and the center of lots of happy childhood memories. They’re avidly collected, but, unfortunately, have a reputation for being notoriously difficult to identify as first editions. Here are some books and online resources which will help you find out if your […]

How to Care for Your Collectible Books: 18 Essential Tips

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I recently received an email from someone who asked, “Is there a correct, careful way to handle a book so as not to damage it? That is–is it possible to be both a book collector and a reader of the books or should those two hobbies be completely separate?” The answer is that it’s very […]