Your rare books

Please note that we can only answer queries that relate to items in our collections.


  • cannot provide information about your books (unless comparing items bibliographically with books in our collection)
  • cannot provide valuations

If you would like to have your book valued, we advise you to contact a reputable bookseller: see the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) website to locate a bookseller near you. Searching for your title on bookselling sites such as ABE can also give an indication of current value.

We are often asked what is a rare book, or, is my book rare? Answers to such queries with other general advice on caring for your books may be found in an excellent website produced by the Rare Books & Manuscripts section of the American Library Association: your old books.

Please note that private work is not undertaken by our Conservation studio.
Information on conservators working privately can be found through the Conservation Register at

You can also find general advice on the care and conservation of a range of different materials or objects at Each fact sheet gives an overview of the materials involved, what can go wrong and why, what owners can do to prevent and alleviate deterioration, and examples of some of the situations in which it is particularly beneficial to ask a conservator for help and advice.