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Common Misconceptions About Rare Books

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  1. P. J. Grath says:

    Excellent post. I often use the example of an old violin, explaining to people that just because it’s been in Grandpa’s attic since the 1800s, that doesn’t make it valuable if it was a cheap instrument to begin with, and unless it’s been taken care of over the years it’s probably in pretty rough shape. Strad? Many copies, few originals. Rare. Thanks, Carrie.

    1. You are welcome. I think the violin is a great example, but also even a cheap violin with historical significance can become valuable, which is possibly what leads to people’s confusion.

  2. I agree! Seen too many eager eyed sellers of falling apart Religious Tract Society children’s books that were Sunday School Prizes of Great Grandma.
    Having to explain that even though they are 120 years old they are just as dull as when they were written can be pretty difficult.

    1. You’re comment certainly made me smile. I think people forget the part about how someone has to want them and if they don’t value their great-grandma’s childhood prize who would?

  3. prying1 says:

    There is a difference between “Rare” and “Scarce”. The definitions I heard in comparison of the two is,

    Rare: there are few copy’s and many people want them.

    Scarce: there are few copies and few (if anyone) wants them.

    I’ve found times where I list a book as ‘rare’ and later changed it to scarce…

    1. That’s an important distinction to make certainly.

  4. WritersBlockNZ says:

    I am considering buying a plane ticket to the US just to visit that bookshop. I didn’t know places like that existed. Dream. Come. True.

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