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LSUAlum2001
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Does anyone know someone stateside who can appraise the value of an old book?
I have, what appears to be an 1885 1st Edition, 1st Print of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. However, it’s in poor condition.

Published by Charles L Webster & Co in 1885 and errors in this book coincide with the US 1st Edition/1st Print.

Some bookseller in the UK has one for sale at the price of $203K but most range between $20K-$40K.
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re: Does anyone know someone stateside who can appraise the value of an old book?
It’s worth exactly how much you can get someone to pay you for it.

That’s only half said in jest. Books are like baseball cards. Rarity and condition control. 1885 is old, but books that old don’t have to be beat to crap, so condition matters a lot.

I’d bet that book had a pretty large first run, so good copies are out there to be bought. Not saying that your copy doesn’t have value, but it may not be as high as you hope. And it’s a fair amount of work to get the rates you see online for a book.

I’d say google around until you find your book for sale in a similar condition and go from there.
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re: Does anyone know someone stateside who can appraise the value of an old book?
Do you have a few minutes? Let me call my friend who is an expert at this stuff.



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re: Does anyone know someone stateside who can appraise the value of an old book?
Sounds like a good time to take a trip to vegas


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re: Does anyone know someone stateside who can appraise the value of an old book?
I sent some pictures to a rare book seller in London after making initial contact over the weekend.

I’ll let you guys know what they say.

Like I said in the OP, the errors that all historians link to a 1st Edition/1st Printing exist in my copy so that can be confirmed.
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