BOOKS: Sources for Book Values and Book Collecting

Pricing Guides


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Digital ID: 1103855

American Book-Prices Current.  New York: Bancroft-Parkman, 1894/95-

Latest 10 years of annual editions in *R -*GK
1950 – within 10 years of the present  in K-10 8913
1895 -1949 in *ZAN-13351   

This annual compilation indexes the prices realized at auction for literary properties (books, manuscripts, maps, charts, autographs, broadsides) sold in the United States and in the principal London and European auction houses.  Includes author, title, edition, place and date of publication, size, binding, condition, location of sale, date of sale, catalog number, and price.  A two-volume index appears every four years.  [The CD-ROM version, covering 1975 to the present, is available in the Rose Main Reading Room (315) in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, and combines this information with flexible online searching.]

Book-Auction Records. London: H. Stevens, 1902 – 1997.

1968/72-1997 in *R-*GK
1902-1967 in *GK

British counterpart of American Book-Prices Current. Began as a guide to London auction houses, expanded to include Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Dublin, and eventually covered the principal New York auction houses.  Does not include manuscripts or autograph letters; maps, charts, and plans are recorded in a separate section. Entries reproduce auctioneer’s catalogue descriptions, including sale-date, lot number, price, and buyer. Annual volumes are arranged alphabetically by author.  Five-year cumulative indexes.

Bookman’s Price Index. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1964-      

1964 – present in *R-*GK                                                                  

Annual index of antiquarian and rare books compiled from the published catalogues of approximately 50 recognized booksellers in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles.   Includes books and periodicals.  Listings are alphabetical by author and, where no author is given, by the first word of the title.   Contains a listing of represented dealers.  Useful for comparing listed prices and to research price history.  Cumulative indexes.

[Note: Jahrbuch der Auktionspreise *R-*GK lists auction results in Germany and other European locations. L’Argus du Livre de Collection. Repetoire Bibliographique *R -*GK  92-456, lists auction results in France.]