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Your Old Books
I have a few old books and other printed items in my personal library. Where can I find more information about them?
Start with the RBMS online guide, Your Old Books. It addresses questions such as "What makes a book rare?" and "What is the difference between a rare book and a second-hand book?" It also has some information related to old letters, scrapbooks and other non-printed material. See: http://www.rbms.info/yob.shtml
To find a qualified appraiser in your area, try the Directory of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA): http://www.abaa.org/books/abaa/databases/bookseller_search.html