Editions - American Literature - 20th Century Literature
we specialize in:
Shakespeare & Co
Titles we specialize in:
A Farewell To Arms
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Men Without Women
The Fifth Column
The Grapes Of Wrath
The Lost Generation
The Old Man And The Sea
To Have And Have Not
Winner Take Nothing
Private collections of books first appeared in classical Greece.
It is estimated that in the city of Rome at the end of the third
century there were around 30 public libraries. The advent of paperback
books in the 20th century led to an explosion of popular publishing.
The value of a book depends on its physical condition. Years of
handling and storage take their toll on the dust jacket, cover,
pages, and binding. Books are subject to damage from sunlight, moisture,
and insects. Acid from the papermaking process can cause the pages
to gradually turn brown and ultimately crumble. Collectible books
prices and values vary.
Demand – Copies Available - Current Condition
- Author Popularity
Look for a solid rectangle, at rest or upright
Look for right angles from cover to spine
Look for in tact jacket, pages and binding
Look for edge wear, stains and tears
Look for previous owner's written name
Look for water, sunlight and insect damage
The size of a book is based on the printing area of a common flatbed press. The pages of type are printed on a sheet of paper the full size of the press, folded and edges trimmed.
Quarto: folded twice, forming four leaves (eight
pages) up to 13"
Octavo: folded three times into eight leaves
(16 pages) up to 9 ¾"
Sextodecimo: folded four times, forming sixteen
leaves (32 pages) up to 6 ¾"
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Album: A book for collections of memorabilia
Diary: A book for writing daily events and information.
Reference: A non-fiction book providing specific information
is a book.
Almanac: A reference book with information on many topics
is called an
Handbook: A reference book with tables or lists of data and
Manual: A book with technical information about how to use
Encyclopedia: A book or set of books with articles on many
Dictionary: A book listing words, their etymology and meanings.
Atlas: A book that is a collection of maps.
Paperback: A book with a flexible cover that tend to be less
Galley: A pre-publication promotional copy or bound proof.
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