Selling Secondhand Books
If you have items that you wish to sell, please email us
with details of the items for sale and your location.
Please record all faults to avoid misunderstandings. Check our
book descriptions page
for guidance. Please also say where you are located so we can see if it is possible to collect the books (if there are a lot of them) or if they will need to be posted. You can book a collection of a large parcel (up to 25 kg - around 25 books or more) by DHL from Parcel2Go for less than £10.
We buy both single items and large collections. Although we prefer to deal by post where practical, if you have a lot of items for sale, we may be able to come and look at them.
You can phone us too on (07526) 831682. Email is better if possible as it is easier to avoid mistakes and we are likely to be able to make a more considered (and generally higher) offer.
We will respond to all requests with either an offer, or a polite refusal if we are not interested.
We are the largest seller of secondhand books by the Folio Society in the UK. We generally offer around £4 a volume for bulk purchases of Folio Society books published since 1990 in nice condition (pro rata for boxed sets). See below for more details. We also offer around £8 each for Easton Press volumes.
We also buy non-fiction (the more unusual the better) and first edition fiction. We do not want items in poor condition, and we rarely buy items without dustwrappers (the paper cover) if they were issued with one for anything after about 1930. We also very rarely buy paperback fiction. Paperback non-fiction is of interest though, particularly quality material of a serious or academic nature, rather than layman books. Items generally not required are Reader's Digest editions, encyclopedias, book club editions, most fiction reprints, most fiction post-1970, most fiction without dustjackets and most fiction uniform sets. We pay a premium for items in fine condition, particularly children's books, with bright covers, without cover damage and inscriptions.
See our book collecting articles for more information about buying books for resale, and information about particular authors and subjects.
We buy all titles. As a very rough price guide, £1-2 for pre-1980 books; £3 for 1980s books, £4 for 1990s books, £5 or more for more recent books, and pro rata for sets.
We are always interested in Folio Society Limited Editions especially the following:
The Surinam Album
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer
Night Thoughts by Edward Young
Lord of the Rings leather bound limited edition
The Hobbit leather bound limited edition
The Silmarillion leather bound limited edition
The Diary of Samuel Pepys (11 volume Limited Edition)
Doctor Johnson's Dictionary
The Temple of Flora
The Life of St. Edmund, King and Martyr
The Queen Mary Atlas
The Luttrell Psalter
The Holkham Bible
Tractatus de herbis. British Library Egerton MS 747
The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote
The Benedictional of Saint Aethelwold
The Fitzwilliam Book of Hours
War and Peace
The Bird Paintings of Henry Jones
The Four Gospels
Shorter Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford Classical Dictionary
Oxford Thesaurus of English
The Letterpress Shakespeare
We are also keenly looking for the following volumes:
The Complete Anthony Trollope (1990s, 48 volumes)
The Folio Society Nonesuch Dickens Leather Edition (in maroon leather covers)
Paradiso by Dante
Purgatorio by Dante
The History of England (12 volume set)
All PG Wodehouse Boxed Sets
Northanger Set of Horrid Novels (1968)
Marlborough, his Life and Times by Churchill
The World Crisis by Churchill (5 volume set)
Swallows and Amazons Boxed Sets
A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell (4 volume boxed set)
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (3 volume boxed set)
Graham Green (6 volume boxed sets)
Evelyn Waugh (6 volume boxed set)
George Orwell (boxed sets)
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake (3 volume boxed set)
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (all boxed sets)
Please note though that this is just a sample, and we buy ALL Folio Society books in nice condition at the right price.
Easton Press and Franklin Library
We buy all Easton Press and Franklin Library titles.
Modern First Editions
AMIS, Kingsley pre-1960
AMIS, Martin pre-1980
BECKETT, Samuel pre-1960
BETJEMAN, John pre-1960
BOWEN, Elizabeth pre-1940
BURGESS, Anthony - pre 1960
CHANDLER, Raymond - All titles
CHRISTIE, Agatha pre-1960
DOYLE, Arthur Conan - particularly Sherlock Holmes of course.
FITZGERALD, F. Scott
POWELL, Anthony - All titles EXCEPT 'The Fisher King' and 'Oh how the wheel becomes it'. Also any literary criticism about Powell, particularly 'The Dance to the Music of Time' series.
Very Good or Fine copies of most pre-1970 first editions by most popular writers are always considered. Also early reprints in dustwrappers may be of interest.
Very Good or better copies in dustwrappers on most subjects, the more obscure the better. Topics sought include the following, but the more unusual the better so if you have books on taxidermy or puppetry please give us a call:
First World War
Second World War
BLYTON, Enid - Secret Seven, Famous Five, Five Find-Outers, 'Adventure' series, 'Mystery' series.
BRENT-DYER, Elinor - All titles, particularly the Chalet School series.
BUCKERIDGE, Anthony - All titles, particularly pre-1960 Jennings.
CROMPTON, Richmal - All William titles.
JOHNS, W.E. - All titles, especially Biggles of course.
RICHARDS, Frank - All titles.
ROWLING, J.K. - first editions in dustwrapper.
SAVILLE, Malcolm - All fiction titles, particularly the Lone Pine series.
GILES Cartoon Annuals
GILES Cartoons (Numbered 1-10, i.e. 1946 to 1956).
GILES 'SPECIAL' - NUJ.