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Book Appraisals

The Library of Congress does not appraise books. However, we realize that this is a topic of great interest to many people and can suggest two places to begin:

  • Your Old Books is a pamphlet written by Peter Van Wingen, former Rosenwald curator. It is a list of questions to ask yourself, putting you on a path to discovering a book's value.  An electronic version is available through the courtesy of the RBMS Electronic Information Technologies Committee (ad hoc), or we can send you a copy. Contact us via the addresses provided below.
  • The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, publishes an annual membership directory. It includes subject and geographical indices to help you contact the booksellers who might be of assistance.

If you'd like us to send you the latest copy, write or email us via the information below:

Rare Book & Special Collections Division
Library of Congress
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Washington, D.C. 20540-4740

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