Selling dating book
When considering the purchase of a book for your collection, the condition of the book and the dust jacket are crucial.You can make money selling vintage Ladybird books if you are familiar with the basic descriptive terms used by used and rare booksellers to communicate a particular book’s condition.Ten years ago, you could get a whole box of Ladybird books for £1 at car boot sales or pick them up for 5p in charity shops.But with the internet, and particularly e Bay, prices have shot up over the last five years.Also worth a look are specialist online book shops dedicated to Ladybird Books.
1963 – 100 1965 – 120, 135, 140 1966 – 150, 160, 170 1967 – 190, 200 1968 – 210, 220, 225 1969 – 230, 240, 250, 260 1970 – 270, 280 1971 – 290 1972 – 300 1973 – 320, 330, 340 1974 – 350, 360, 370 When it comes to sourcing these books, the possibilities are endless.
While those without prices can also be approximately dated by examining the logos on the cover or the colour Endpapers – a leaf of paper at the beginning or end of a book, typically one fixed to the inside of the cover.
To find out if you’ve got your hands on a Ladybird first edition, check out uk where you can type in the title of the book in question (so long as it was printed between 1940-1980).
People are starting to see what they can get for their old books and it’s getting harder to find great bargains. Even charity shops like Oxfam, which have book experts on hand, expect higher prices, so you have to be careful that you don’t pay over the odds.
To make money selling vintage Ladybird books you should go for first editions as they fetch the highest prices as due to scarcity.
The most obvious starting point should be your own childhood library.