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Do you fancy yourself as a book collector?

Book Finder

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The Book Detectives

Still looking for that elusive title? Something you recall reading as a child perhaps or maybe that final book in a trilogy? Whatever the reason, we are always delighted to assist you in finding a copy; be it new or second hand, if we don't have a copy in stock we will do all we can to find it for you.

Book finding services

It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for a reading copy or a rare collector’s edition, we can help. After four decades in the secondhand and antiquarian book market, we have developed contacts throughout the UK and indeed, across the world who can help us acquire that rare or elusive title you are looking for.

What old books are worth money?

This is a frequent question and is virtually impossible to answer. To put it plainly if it is saleable it is worth money. The criteria for saleable is a ‘moveable feast ‘and can depend on several factors including changes in fashion, current trends and popular interests. We are always reviewing our needs and top sellers so therefore could be interested in any types of book. Valuing books is an art and books and a book is only truly worth what somebody is prepared to pay for it. With so many books listed on the internet it is worthwhile remembering that anything listed at a price on the internet has not yet been sold.

Can you find first edition books?

The simple answer is YES. If you are looking for a first edition of a particular title then, if we do not have a copy in our shop, we would be only too happy to try and source a copy for you.

How do I know if my book is a first edition?

Identifying a first edition is generally quite easy. The reverse of the book’s title page is normally where the printing history is listed and if there are no other dates other than First Edition and a date it is likely to be a first edition. However, there are many books that are undated and will require an expert to ascertain the date. If you are uncertain, you are always welcome to bring your book into our shop in Arundel.

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Simply complete the Book Finder request below with as much detail as possible, we will then refer back to you with details of any titles available.

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