Rare Books and Manuscripts

Book Collecting and Publishers Websites

Your Old Books  This RBMS guide addresses some frequently asked questions about rare and older books and their values. The answers are meant only as general responses to these questions, and many possible exceptions are not described.

English Language Books in Print

Books In Print BU ONLY
FirstSearch Web version of Books in Print.

Search 2.5 million titles by author, title, subject, keyword, ISBN, or publication date. Also try Amazon.co.uk for books from the United Kingdom.

Search over 1 million titles by author, title, keyword, or category (e.g., Biography).

Books and Book Collecting
Multi-purpose web site for finding in-print, out-of-print, domestic, and foreign books.

Out-of-Print Books

The Internet's most popular service for buying and selling out-of-print, used, rare and antiquarian books.

Alibris--Books you thought you'd never find.
A single, secure and reliable source to shop the inventory of thousands of booksellers around the world.

The largest booksearch site with 3 million old books, used books, rare books, out-of-print books, antiquarian books, offered by over 1000 booksellers around the world.

Search engine that scans top book databases to find new, used, rare, and out-of-print books.


The World's Largest Marketplace for Old, Rare & Out-of-print Books

Sources for Publisher's Codes

Both of these book sources give the chart for Harper & Brothers letter code system and Zempel has a pretty detailed entry on Doubleday.

First Editions:  a guide to Indentification by Edward N. Zempel and Linda A. Verkler.

A Pocket Guide to the Indentification of First Editions by Bill McBride.


Modern Line Numbering An informative site form the Beinecke Library catalogg manual that explains many of the publisher's codes.

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