All About Rare Books
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For an Explanation of Commonly Used Terms
- Please consult our Rare Books Glossary or
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Free Inventory Management Software
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Award Winner Lists
We have compiled the following lists of Nobel Prize winners and children's literature prizes. Watch this section to expand and include additional award lists going forward.
- Nobel Prize Winners
- Caldecott Medal Winners
- Coretta Scott King Award Winners (for author and illustrator)
- Newbery Award Winners
Download free collectors's guides to assist you with the identification and completion in the following areas:
First Edition Identification
See our blog for First Edition Identification, download First Edition Identification Guides below:
- Harper & Brothers
- Alfred A. Knopf
- G.P. Putnam's Sons
- Random House
- Simon & Schuster
- St. Martin's Press
From Favorite Collecting Areas
- Collecting Books of Legendary Authors: Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)
- Collecting Books of Legendary Authors: Saul Bellow
- Harold Budd, his Life and Work
- Collecting Books of Legendary Authors: Umberto Eco
- Collecting Books of Legendary Authors: Ian Fleming
- Collecting Books of Legendary Authors: Gabriel García Márquez
- Collecting Books of Legendary Authors: Ernest Hemingway
- Collecting Books of Legendary Authors: Rudyard Kipling
- Remarkable Fishing Books
- What are Association Copies? Or Collecting Other People's Rare Books
- Download your free Book Restoration Guide
- Download your free Guide to Rare Book Care
- Download a Guide to Historic Libraries
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