Our history provides an indispensable lens through which to view the present and future, so it's no wonder that the discipline holds much allure for collectors of rare and antiquarian books. Books about history often provide a second context beyond the words on their pages, illustrating the biases and attitudes of the era in which they were published.

Collectors may build collections around a specific historical event, such as the Civil War; a significant individual in history; or the history of a particular country, region, or city.