If you choose Booksappraised.com for your book appraisal, I will personally do the research. Because I have 35 years experience full time in the antiquarian book business, I will able to complete the appraisal in a more efficient and timely manner than someone with less experience. The reasons for this are simple. An inexperienced person will have to look up prices and research every book. An experienced appraiser like myself would only have to check prices on 25 - 50% of the titles, thereby saving the client hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. For tax related appraisals it is particularly important to have your appraisal prepared by someone with experience in the business and a long history of appraisals submitted to the IRS or to insurance companies.
I am able to testify in court in support of any appraisal that I perform. In some cases where the dollar amount is very large, an insurance company may question an appraisal. To appear in court or to give a deposition my fee is $250 per hour plus any travel expenses incurred. In most cases this applies only to insurance related appraisals.
Freeman's Auction Company. Book Department. Philadelphia Pa.
Independent bookseller. 1979-2010.
Former member Pennsylvania Booksellers Association
Former member. International Society of Appraisers.
Former member. Reid and Wright Antiquarian Book Center. New Preston
Former member. New Jersey Booksellers Association.
Have issued between 250-300 book catalogs
Have performed over 270 formal, written appraisals.
Owner of the following Web Sites:
Former owner of Booklore, Tucson Arizona
Former owner of Beattie Rare Book Gallery, Wayne Pennsylvania.
Former owner of Chester County Books, Parkesburg Pa.
Present and former clients.
Stockton College. Galloway NJ.
Columbia University. Avery Library
Harvard University. School of Design
Winterthur Museum and Library.
Hagley Museum and Library. Delaware
Getty Museum and Library
American College of OBGYN. Special Collections.
The Library Company. Philadelphia Pa.
University of Pennsylvania. Fine Arts Library
Hall of Fame of the Trotter. Library.
Society of the Cincinnati Library. Washington D.C.
University of North Carolina. Health Sciences Library
Medical College of Georgia. Library
University of Arizona Library. Special Collections
Wellcome Institute. History of Medicine. Library. London.
The Doctor's Library. William Sukovich, MD. Charlottesville Va.
Rittenhouse Book Company. Philadelphia Pa.
Trade references. Booksellers and companies who know me and who can attest to my experience in the business. I have not performed appraisals for them.
Ed Glaser Rare Books. Napa CA. (Former ABAA president)*
Tom Congleton. Between the Covers. Gloucester City, NJ (Former ABAA president)
Norman Kane. Chapel Hill, NC. (ABAA emeritus member).
Catherine Barns - Authographs. Philadelphia Penna. (ABAA member)
Ray Boas. Walpole NH. (ABAA member).
Tamerlane Books. Havertown Pa. Jack Fries. (ABAA member).
Caliban Books. Wilkinsburg, PA. John Schulman. (ABAA member).
Web Dordick. Somerville MA. (ABAA member).
Steve Finer Rare Books.
The Family Album. Kinzers PA. (ABAA member).
Douglas Harding. Wells, ME (ABAA member).
High Ridge Books. Rye, NY. (ABAA member).
R & A Petrilla. Roosevelt NJ.
Doe Run Valley Books. Judith Helms. Chadds Ford PA.
Thomas Maculoso Fine Books. Kennett Square PA.
Michael S Hollander. San Rafael CA. (ABAA member).
Kelmscott Bookshop. Baltimore MD. (ABAA member).
George S MacManus Co. Clarence Wolfe. Bryn Mawr PA. (ABAA member).
J.B. Muns. Fine Arts Books. Berkeley CA (ABAA member).
*ABAA. Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America.
Bucknell University B.S. 1969.
Samuel T Freeman & Company. Book Department. Apprentice to
Joseph Molloy. Evaluating rare and antiquarian books. 1980.
AB Bookman sponsored bookselling & appraisal seminars. 1981-83.
Denver Colorado seminars for booksellers and appraisers. 1984-85.
Upsala College. East Orange New Jersey. Summer appraisal classes
Clarion University. Philadelphia Pa. History of Books & Printing. 1988.
Free Library of Philadelphia. Summer program. Rare books & values. 1990.
The University of the Arts Library. South Broad St., Philadelphia. Series
of four classes on fine art books. 1991.
Performed appraisals for clients who donated collections to:
University of Chicago (philosophy books)
University of Colorado (photography books)
Hillsdalle College (Important literary first editions)
Tin Can Sailer's Museum & Library (Naval History collection)
University of Memphis (Science fiction collection)
Cornell University (Indonesian Law books)
Stockton College (Collection of Hellenic studies)
University of Kansas (French literature)