The first edition to be published, has to be signed by the author, and possibly, has to have a remarkable layout. Getting rare and antique acim would test collector’s skill and knowledge because there are a lot of details to look into to avoid acquiring a book which has a poor value.
There is always a need to take into consideration the condition of the book before selling or buying it; in order to get the ones with the highest value, the collector needs to look for books that are clean, has crisp pages, and if achievable, the one closest in its original form. Antique book prices may not be as high as expected if there are scribbles on the pages or the pages are dirty and have been ripped off. If you have a collection of old books or you intend to make this your concentration area for antique hunting, might as well do some research to gather facts about values. This will help you to obtain a price that you can ask for in the area you wish to sell the book or a price that you can afford in places like antique stores or thrift shops.
You can also take another step in understanding antique book prices and that is to ask the help of an antique appraiser who specializes on the values of rare books; you can be oriented about the comparison of different costs once you are able to show your acim to the appraiser in person. No one wants his or her collection of old books to go to waste and it is crucial that full attention is permanently given in preserving the books’ condition because any form of damage would for sure decrease the value of the book. Keep your books in an area with a stable room temperature; ideally not too hot or too humid, make sure to handle books properly and have a table ready specifically if the books being carried are too heavy and be mindful to always clean the shelves to keep books from getting dust and dirt.