Round and about the Book-Stalls; A Guide for the Book-Hunter


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 Excerpt: ...way into the market at anything less than its value, while the occasion of its appearance is rare in the extreme. A single leaf of any of Caxton's works is worth 1 as a curiosity, and, in fact, all his books and those of many other printers anterior and subsequent to him are nothing but curiosities. I think, therefore, we may leave all 15th century books (though many of those printed abroad are not of much pecuniary value) with the remark that there are no bargains to be made out of them, since the possessor is more apt to overvalue than to undervalue any example he may have. Books of the 16th century are, however, legitimate objects of search, and with regard to these great discrimination has to be used. If printed abroad they may be of value, though the chance is against their being so; if printed in England the rule is precisely the reverse, and so far as works of this description and date are concerned it is better never to pass one by without being quite certain that the price asked is too high. As English-printed books of the 15th century are exceedingly scarce and valuable, so these 16th-century books will some day be worth far more than they are now. Time is slipping along, and their numbers are decreasing yearly. Buy, therefore, whenever possible, always remembering the probability that the price asked will be either as much as or more than it should be, or else considerably less. The sum demanded is really of very great importance, for we may be very well certain that no one would ask as much as 1 for a book unless he had satisfied himself as to its actual worth. If he asks pence the chances are at least even that his knowledge is limited or non-existent. Book-hunters who beguile their leisure moments in searching costermongers' barrow...


J Herbert Slater
Paperback | 26 pages
189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
Publication date
01 May 2012
Publication City/Country
Miami Fl, United States
Illustrations note
Illustrations, black and white