Appraisal Resources

John Tenniel, Tea Party illustration.
John Tenniel. Tea Party illustration, for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 1865. Case 4A 878.

The Newberry does not offer appraisals of books, maps, or other library materials. We can, however, help you devise search strategies for finding information about particular items.Please contact us if you have any questions.

Reference Tools

These sources will assist you in finding past and current market values of some items.

Ahearn, Allen and Patricia. Collected Books: The Guide to Values. 1991. Call Number: Wing Z 987.5 U6 A36 1991 (second floor).

American Book Prices Current (ABPC) on CD-ROM. (Annual. 1975-2006.) This CD contains two databases—one for autographs and manuscripts, and one for books—that provide data from auction sales reported by American Book Prices Current (ABPC) from September 1975. Available on a computer in the third floor reference area. The print version of ABPC is also available on the third floor, in the book pricing area.

Antique Map Price Record [on CD-ROM]. Compiled by Jeremy Pool. Cambridge, MA: Map Record Publications, c2002. Each successive CD-ROM is cumulative from 1983. Call Number: Map Ref CD-ROM GA 197.3 .A57 (ask Map Reference Librarian for assistance).

Book Auction Records. (Quarterly. 1941-1995.) Call Number: Z 482 .77 (third floor reference area, book pricing area).

Bookman’s Price Index. (Semiannual. 1964-2007.) Call Number: Tech Serv folio Z 482 .098 (third floor reference area, book pricing area).

Book-Prices Current (1888-?). Call Number: Z 482.1.

Rosenthal, Jon K. Antique Map Price Record & Handbook. Annual, biennial. Amherst, MA: Kimmel Publications, 1993-2000. Call Number: Map Ref GA197.3 A57 (Special Collections, fourth floor). Superceded by Antique Map Price Record [on CD-ROM].

United States Cumulative Book Auction Records. Annual. New York: Want List, The Book Trade Weekly, 1941-date. Call Number: Z 482.916.

You can find additional price guides by searching the online catalog for the subject “Books—Prices.” The Newberry also has books on collecting antiquarian books. These can be found by searching the online catalog for the subject “Book Collecting.”

Internet Resources

Please note: this list does not constitute an endorsement of any business or individual by the Newberry or by any member of its staff. It is offered for convenience and informational purposes only.

Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America
The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America provides some information about evaluating rare books, along with a link to a web form that will help you find a local appraiser.

Bibliobot
Bibliobot is an online appraisal service created and maintained by PGA Galleries, a San Francisco auction house. Enter relevant information about your book into the web form, and Bibliobot will give you a range of possible values.

Map History / History of Cartography
Includes a directory of antiquarian map dealers.

MapTrade Mailing List Home Page
MapTrade is an online discussion group for antique map collectors, dealers, and enthusiasts, and a good place to post questions.

Online Booksellers
If you’re interested in finding ballpark prices for your book, sites such as AddALL and viaLibri will search across hundreds of web sites to find similar items for sale.

Your Old Books (Rare Books and Manuscript Section of ACRL)
The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) provides answers to frequently asked questions about old books. Includes a bibliography and links to helpful Internet resources.

Chicago-Area Appraisers & Dealers

Please note: this list does not constitute an endorsement of any business or individual by the Newberry or by any member of its staff. It is offered for convenience and informational purposes only.

Mary Beth Beal (specialist in antiquarian books, manuscripts, and maps)
3919 N. Claremont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
P: (773) 539-0105
E: mbbeal@ameritech.net

Chicago Rare Book Center (specialists in antiquarian books)
703 Washington St.
Evanston, IL 60202
P: (847) 328-2132
E: info@ChicagoRare.com
www.ChicagoRare.com

Glenn Elliot Ferdman (specialist in Judaiaca and Hebraica)
8855 LaVergne, Apt. 1B
Skokie, IL 60077
P: (773) 590-5742
E: gferdman@outlook.com

Thomas J. Joyce Company (specialist in antiquarian books)
400 N. Racine, #103A
Chicago, IL 60622-5838
P: (312) 738-1933
F: (312) 243-6252
E: tjoyceco@comcast.net

Kathleen Lamb (specialist in books and photographs)
1539 W. Birchwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
P: (773) 761-7626
F: (773) 761-7681
E: kathleenlamb@sbcglobal.net

Kenneth Nebenzahl (specialist in atlases and maps)
P.O. Box 370
Glencoe, IL 60022
P: (847) 835-0515
F: (847) 835-0519
E: knebenzahl@msn.com

George Ritzlin Maps & Books
1937 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201
P: (847) 328-1966
F: (847) 328-2644
E: maps@ritzlin.com
www.ritzlin.com

Harry L. Stern (specialist in antiquarian books, atlases, and maps)
777 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2805
Chicago, IL 60611
P: (312) 337-1401
F: (312) 214-2510