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Antiquarian, Rare & Collectable BOOKS

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

If you are someone you know is an Antiquarian, then you probably know just how hard it can be to find some of the rare and hard to find books. There are even certain subjects that can be harder to locate than others which can be very frustrating at times when the item that you are looking for is something that you have been itching to have. Trying to find books in people can be just as difficult such as the book Vuillard, His Life and Work. You may have looked everywhere for this book just to find out that a certain site does carry it but, they just happen to be out of it by the time you get to the site. This can be heartbreaking.

Getting What You Need

Once you find a place that carries a wide variety of what you may be looking for, you may then have a ton of questions. These could include:

  • How do I purchase from your site?
  • What categories do you have to select from?
  • Do you have a waiting list that I can sign up on?
  • What lists do you have to choose from?

There are many different categories that an Antiquarian can collect from that are rare or just a collectable. You may decide that you would like to collect from a particular writer or from a particular year. The beginning of a collection can be very exciting and going on the search for a particular item is seen by many as a treasure hunt. If you are a parent and are looking for a book that you thought was special as a child such as The Story of Babar the Little Elephant, you may go on a hunt if you want it for your child. Or you may be looking for a book of rhyming stories such as Downy Duckling.

How Do I Know What to Collect

If you are an avid book reader and love the thrill of a good crime, thriller or mystery, you may be intrigued by those written in a long ago time. One example is The Brading Collection by Patricia Wentworth or the mystery Latter End. If you are new to this adventure, you may be wondering:

  • Are there others that collect such as I?
  • What exactly is an antiquarian?
  • Can I get rare books about cooking?
  • Are there collectable books on health and family?

Getting the answers to these questions can be very important if you are looking for books from a certain era, on a particular subject or for entertainment or educational purposes. These are all things that can affect your ability on how easily you will be able to find just what you are looking for. You will also find that some books are more expensive than others. But, on occasion, you will be able to find one that is a lot less expensive than you ever thought possible.

History VS Current

If you are a history buff, you may be looking for books such as Michael Mansfield the Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer or perhaps Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: The Official Biography would be of great interest to you. If you are interested in the old west, you may even like to read Masters and Commander: The Military Geniuses Who Led the West to Victory. Or, maybe it is possible that you are just an avid collector and you prefer to collect books that are rare and hard to find.

Being an Antiquarian means that you can be a collector of rare books or even art work. It can be very beneficial to do a little research to find what is hot. You may even have a few questions such as:

  • What books are great to see what I should be looking for?
  • Are there books that can list the value of certain items?
  • How can I learn about the history of  being an Antiquarian?

There are so many questions that need to be answered that having a group discussion or even one on one conversation with someone that can help you out can feel like a blessing. There are many other fields that are rare and collectable as well such as business, comics, fiction, computing, horror and especially religion. Religion has changed so much throughout the years that to go back in time and read the history of how it all began can leave you mind with more questions that you ever thought you could wonder about.

Maybe your passion is about foreign countries or about our past or maybe even our present leaders. There are many books that are very rare and hard to find about certain leaders in our past. It is even possible that some of our current day leaders have made such a big impact that their information can be considered rare and hard to find as well.

If you are a health buff and are collect information about being or getting healthy and how things have changed over the years, then maybe Getting Well Again can help you out. This was a bestselling classic that will probably always be a popular item to find. Or what if you want to eat healthier and start to grow your own foods. Vegetable Growing Month by Month could be a great addition to your collection. Or maybe How To Store Your Garden Produce: The Key to Self-sufficiency is more up your alley.

No matter what your preference is, finding the books that hold your heart desire is always exciting and wonderful. By having the opportunity to speak with someone that has the knowledge to answer your questions, you will be able to save yourself money from buying a book that is either worthless or going to be of no interest to you. But also remember that many years from now, one or maybe even a few of the books that you decide to collect could one day become a rare and hard to find item.