Help/Advice needed

#1
My old man snuffed it last year, long expected, no dramas.

What he left behind is about five to six thousand books. They range from pre-war stuff onwards, paperbacks and hardbacks. Much of it is theatrical stuff.

Does anyone know of or can recommend a bookish type person who can go through it and value it? A lot of it is charity shop material,some isn't but I wouldn't know which is which. I have his copy of Lt Col A.D.Wintle's book 'The last Englishman' value somewhere between 60 and 120 quid; if only a small percentage is of a like value it will keep my ma in sherry for quite a while.

The house is in north London, I am available for lifting and shifting, and if necessary accomodation is also available.

PM me or post contact points please.

Thanks.
 
#2
Books are fickle. They go up and down in value like a whore's drawers. The 1/6 (old money) paperback that's valued at 30p today could be worth £30 next year.

Once you get rid of them, NEVER check the value of any of them. You will cry.

As an example, look at Devil's Guard:
Amazon.co.uk: Used and New: Devil's Guard
Last year, when I looked, the cheapest you could get it was £44. Now, they're going for as little as £5.31 including delivery. (or as much as £82.80 if you get it from the dealer who evidently hasn't noticed the global price drop).
I'm glad I bought mine from WH Smith.
 
#3
Thanks for that, I appreciate that values may go down as well as up, but it would be nice to have a reliable bloke on the case.

I had a copy of The devil's guard, and I still have The forgotten soldier and Mr Hassel's various novels.

I could be rich!
 
#5
Thanks for that, I appreciate that values may go down as well as up, but it would be nice to have a reliable bloke on the case.

I had a copy of The devil's guard, and I still have The forgotten soldier and Mr Hassel's various novels.

I could be rich!
I'll give you 20p for them! Sven Hassel is a genious. He inspired me to join the ATC in 1982!
 
#6
Sometimes you can get a decent bloke on the off chance by visiting classified sites like craigslist.
I got a MTB relatively easy on craigslist, mind you it's also got a lot of mongs on it too.
 

udipur

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#8
Had a chum who made a mint restoring these books by hand and flogging them to special collectors. Sounds a lot harder than it is, once you pick out the nice lining and get the glue mix right.

You wouldn't have any books by J.R. Hartley, by any chance? Saw a bloke looking for one.
 

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