Bargain books on the Middle Ages and all related subjects - Contact by email or post & phone
does not operate as a sellers' agent and does not offer an auction
You can get
using the links at the top of this page, but if using conventional
please don't send unsolicited packages as these might be refused by the
information should I supply?
counts as 'medieval'?
about manuscripts and antiques?
will you let me know?
sort of price will I be offered?
the small print...
remainders - anything connected with the middle ages, for an audience
from the interested general reader to the specialist academic (single
welcome: if your lists
are in digital format, you can send them as unsolicited emails using
link at the top of this page - PDF welcome, save other files as RTF
not send any unsolicited
books or other goods for sale - you will be contacted to arrange a
appointment for viewing at your own premises.
should I supply?
I don't expect an in-depth
of what you're offering (but if you've made one, that's always handy!)
If there aren't too many items, then certainly note the author(s) and
but you might also consider mentioning:
- Anything about
editions or collectability
that might be significant, and a few words about subject matter when
not obvious from the titles
- If you want to
more books than
it's convenient to list, state an approximate quantity, with some
of the kind of books included and, if appropriate, any specialist areas
they cover (mention a few titles to indicate the range on offer)
- An honest description
of their condition (doesn't need to be detailed, but if I make an offer
by email, this will be based on what you say, and might be revised
a physical inspection)
- Your geographical
location: I generally
want to be within driving distance of London to view smaller
but (when finances and time permit) will travel within mainland Britain
for larger quantities. I'll usually consider buying smaller quantities
- If you are looking
a minimum or
ballpark price, you should state how much you're expecting: I don't
haggle, so it might save you a later disappointment.
I take a broad
interpretation of 'medieval'
- you can get an idea of the range of material I deal in by browsing
I'm happy to quote for
that are broadly medieval in content but include books on other
subjects, and will usually consider job lots of mixed subject matter.
However, if you are selling in more than one subject area, you might
making time to contact several different specialist bookdealers, as
will usually get you a better return - I'll be happy to advise you on
working in other subject areas.
At present it's not
possible for me
to make serious offers on antiques and precious items such as actual
manuscripts or incunabula - for these try some of the dealers listed on
the other booksellers page.
let me know?
Usually within two or
three days. You probably won't get a
or no the same day - medievalbookshop is a part time business, and some
research is usually needed before giving an answer. It's also a fluffy
little fledgling - growing, but still spending cash-free periods
to the nest until next pay day - so there are times when it's not
to make you an offer at all.
sort of price
will I be offered?
This may vary
considerably, even between
different copies of the same title. Any price that is offered will be
on several factors, including the physical condition of the books,
demand for them, and whether they're currently available in print. Any
price offered will not include the cost of posting your books to
Single items are welcome, but you should consider transit costs - if
you have a heavy book that isn't worth much, you may find
that any payment you are offered will be used up in the cost of
packaging and posting
the book (check the pricefinder at www.royalmail.com).
For a larger
number of books, you may get a
more advantageous rate from a courier company than from the post
office - check your local Yellow Pages.
I would also suggest
secondhand books is much like buying them - most booksellers will offer
what they consider to be a fair price, but you can often get a variety
by shopping around. If you have the time and patience, for your own
of mind get two or three different quotes - remember you're not obliged
to accept any offer unless you make a definite agreement - so check out
the other booksellers page for some
the small print...
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in particular the paragraph on selling