The Basics Of Book Collecting
  • By Allan M Block Blogging Team
  • Posted October 16, 2015

The Basics Of Book Collecting

Are you interested in collecting rare books? Read this.

Books are special. They can transport us to foreign lands, teach us new concepts, and open our eyes to other viewpoints and thought processes. Some books, however, are more special than others. Rare, older books are historically, academically, and financially valuable.

If you’re thinking about collecting rare books, here are a few things you need to know.

  • Know what to look for. Choose books for your collection that are meaningful in some way. That may be because they’re a beloved piece of literature (e.g. The Great Gatsby, Moby Dick), because they capture important thoughts (e.g. Principia, The Origin of the Species) or because they hold historical importance (e.g. early editions of the Journals of the Continental Congress).
  • Get help. When looking at older books, it’s difficult to find copies in mint condition. By working with a dealer, you can differentiate those that have been repaired well from those that are simply patched up, guiding you to the best copy.
  • Choose a path. Having a focus for your collection can help you refine your tastes and make it more distinguished. Choose a certain subject, author, or time period off which to base your collection.

Once you build your collection, make sure you protect it. For all of your insurance needs in Tarrytown, throughout Westchester County, and in all of New York, contact Allan Block Insurance Agency.