Book Valuations

As book valuation experts we are often asked to value books from a single volume right through to large collections or libraries. Our highly experienced consultants offer professional advice to help you achieve the best price.

Certain books are highly sought after and can fetch excellent prices. Condition and rarity is intrinsic to their value.

Books

We provide book valuations for probate and sale purposes. This would include early and rare books, 20th century first editions, fine leather bindings, private press, illustrated works, limited editions, and old libraries. As with most areas of collecting condition is key to achieving a high value.

If you’re thinking about selling your books, a valuation from one of our experts can determine how much they might achieve if sold, either directly to a collector or dealer, or via an auction room. We can arrange an appointment at a mutually convenient time anywhere in the country.

As we work on a commission basis it is in our interest to achieve the very best price for our clients through our vast network of private collectors, dealers and auction rooms throughout the country.

If we broker a sale to a collector or dealer then we charge a 10% commission (no vat on top) on the price achieved. If we arrange the sale through an auction room then you are not charged anything extra, by way of commission, by the auctioneers but out of what they earn they pay us an introductory commission.

Why get a valuation with us?

Recently we brokered a private sale of a hardback copy of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale for £50,000. This was a signed first edition, first issue (without Sunday Times review) in lovely condition, with the original dust jacket. The market for 20th century first edition classics by the great authors is particularly strong at the moment so now might be a good time to check out what you have in your bookcases.

 

If you are looking to sell your books, please get in touch for an expert valuation.

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It’s easy to get in touch, simply give us a call or complete the form and a member of our team will get back to you.

Telephone: 01273 838348
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    I discovered this pair of Castellani bracelets on a routine probate valuation in Hove, amongst a group of costume jewellery. The family had no idea what they were or where they had come from.
Fortunately I knew exactly what they were and entered them into a Bonhams auction where they sold today for £30,000 plus buyer’s premium.
Made circa 1865 in a Byzantine style they are set with sugarloaf and cabochon sapphires and each is marked on the reverse with the interlocking CC mark.
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    I discovered this pair of Castellani bracelets on a routine probate valuation in Hove, amongst a group of costume jewellery. The family had no idea what they were or where they had come from.

    Fortunately I knew exactly what they were and entered them into a Bonhams auction where they sold today for £30,000 plus buyer’s premium.

    Made circa 1865 in a Byzantine style they are set with sugarloaf and cabochon sapphires and each is marked on the reverse with the interlocking CC mark.

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    Another Louis Vuitton trunk sold on behalf of a client to a private collector. This time a wardrobe trunk complete with drawers and hanging rail. A few condition issues but it is going to be sent to France for a first class sympathetic restoration. No more than it deserves.
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#louisvuitton #luxuryluggage #vuitton #vuittontrunk #louisvuittontrunk #wardrobetrunk #ageofelegance #1920s #1930s #nicholasmuston #antiquevaluations

    Another Louis Vuitton trunk sold on behalf of a client to a private collector. This time a wardrobe trunk complete with drawers and hanging rail. A few condition issues but it is going to be sent to France for a first class sympathetic restoration. No more than it deserves.
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    #louisvuitton #luxuryluggage #vuitton #vuittontrunk #louisvuittontrunk #wardrobetrunk #ageofelegance #1920s #1930s #nicholasmuston #antiquevaluations
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    My birthday girl. ❤️

    My birthday girl. ❤️ ...

    Alfred Daniels, 1966. London street view near Charing Cross; oil on canvas; signed and dated; 70cm x 90cm.
A great looking painting in lovely original condition that I saw on a probate valuation this afternoon.
Daniel’s was once described as a “Lowry for Londoners”. Born in Bow in the east end of London he studied at the Royal College of Art. In the 1960s he taught at Hornsey College of Art.
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    Alfred Daniels, 1966. London street view near Charing Cross; oil on canvas; signed and dated; 70cm x 90cm.
    A great looking painting in lovely original condition that I saw on a probate valuation this afternoon.

    Daniel’s was once described as a “Lowry for Londoners”. Born in Bow in the east end of London he studied at the Royal College of Art. In the 1960s he taught at Hornsey College of Art.
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    I always enjoy walking in London because you never know what architectural gems are just around the next corner. This is the Royal Arcade in Albermarle Street which was built in 1879 and is opposite Brown’s the oldest hotel in London.

    I always enjoy walking in London because you never know what architectural gems are just around the next corner. This is the Royal Arcade in Albermarle Street which was built in 1879 and is opposite Brown’s the oldest hotel in London. ...

    Just had a fabulous afternoon tea at the Savoy and this beauty was parked outside.
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#lamborghini #goodwood #goodwoodrevival #classiccar #rogermoore #simontemplar #thesaint #classiccars  #sportscar #sportcars #italianstyling #italianflair #earlscourt #genevamotorshow #sussex #iconic #iconiccars #motorracing #modernclassic #nicholasmuston  #antiquevaluation #supercar #supercars

    Just had a fabulous afternoon tea at the Savoy and this beauty was parked outside.
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    #lamborghini #goodwood #goodwoodrevival #classiccar #rogermoore #simontemplar #thesaint #classiccars #sportscar #sportcars #italianstyling #italianflair #earlscourt #genevamotorshow #sussex #iconic #iconiccars #motorracing #modernclassic #nicholasmuston #antiquevaluation #supercar #supercars
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