I have a number of books that are from my great grandfather's collection. These books are priceless in my eyes because of the family connection. I cherish the bookplates inside that say "from the library of" and bear his ever so elegant signature, I would never sell them.
That being said, I am somewhat of a book hoarder and I have piles of books from various locations and trips that I need to sell. Now if the books aren't modern enough for an ISBN number you have to search by individual book. Here comes the fun part!
So I am using a 1927 edition of Advanced Geography by the Macmillan Company to use as my test book. Its old and doesn't have an ISBN so it fits the bill. So I entered the book title, year and publisher - Presto! Comparative pricing :)
1- Book Finder - Easily found my book, there was a seller who priced it at $23.00
2- Amazon - could not find my book :( I recently met a bookseller who said 80% of books are sold on Amazon but most of them are modern - vintage and antique books are harder to value and sell.
3- Biblio.com - Easily found my book, and it had the most comprehensive information, including pages, publishers and contributors. Very nice. Similar copy valued at $20.00
4- Addall.com - I really liked this search site because it searched halfprice, amazon, abebooks and others showing three books from different sites. If you only use one site I would go to this one! Copies from $20-23.00
Now you could search through the internet for hours or simply box up the books you want to get rid of and take them to a bookseller. Sam Wellers takes rare and and vintage books and so does Capital City Antiques. A quick solution to overstuffed bookshelves and leaves you room to peruse for more! We will explore book arts next week as my tribute to NATIONAL BOOK MONTH continues!