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TITLE AND AUTHOR, ETC. CONDITION
Famous Men and Great Events of the 19th Century Illustrated (author page missing) Poor Condition
The Story of Our Civilization (Our Oriental Heritage) by Will Durant Published by Simon & Schuster - New York - 1935, Copyright 1935 Fair 1878 - Illustrated with charts, maps, portraits, Undated Good Condition
Under Other Flags Lectures, Speeches) Fair Condition
The Library of South Africa Illustrated with original drawings and photographs under direction of George Spiel, Copyright 1899 by George Spiel Fair Condition
History of the United States Clark Ridpath, A.M. sketches and diagrams Fair to Good Condition
Three Small Red Leather Books:
Poems by Robert Burns
Enoch Arden by Tennyson
Barrack Room Ballads by Kipling Fair Condition
Ben-Hur, A Tale of The Christ, Bu Lew. Wallace - 1st Ed 1880 Good Condition
Emerson’s Essays L. Allison Co.)
A Short History of the United States Channing (1901), with Maps and llustrations Poor to Fair (For School Use) By Edward Maynard’s English Classic Series No. 235-236, With Explanatory Notes
Hill Monument Oration and Other Patriotic Selections Copyright 1906 - New York Good"Washington’s Farewell Address - Webster’s First Bunker (First Series), By R. W. Emerson (New York: Wm.
Abraham Lincoln, The Man of the People 1914 Edition Fair Condition
Political Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson, With a Biographical and Critical Introduction Publisher Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. (floral cloth hard cover with pages gilded in gold) Fair to Good Condition, by Eugene Parsons (Copyright 1885 & 1897)
Longfellow’s Early Poems, With Biographical Sketch Haskell Dole (Copyright 1893) Publisher Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. (floral cloth hard cover with pages gilded in gold) Fair Condition
The Poems of Adelaide A. Procter (Complete Edition), With an Introduction by Charles Dickens Crowell & Co. (pages gilded in gold only at top) Fair - May, 1858, Publisher Thomas Y.
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe" COMMEMORATIVE EDITION Copyright 1904 Funk Wagnalls Company (Set of ten books - all books are 4" x 6") (Also Extra Volumes II and IX) Fair to Good Condition
The Best of the World’s Classics - Restricted to Prose
by Funk & Wagnalls) Volumes I, III, IV, V, VI, IX & X only - all books are 4" x 6" Fair(Copyright 1909 By Nathal (By Norman Hapgood), prepared especially for schools by John (Four Books in One Volume), Superbly by William Jennings Bryan (5th Ed) 1905 (Travels, (Many Portraits)
ABEbooks has a lot of listings, but they don't appear to be the most "casual seller" friendly for old books (modern books they are very user friendly). I have a collection of old (early 1900s) Minstrel and Plays that I am preparing to liquidate - most in pretty good shape following ABE guidance. I put a few on my IAntique Profile.
Judy, a starting point in determining if you have a 1st Edition (and this is very basic info, and not the only thing to rely on) is check the publishing and copyright dates. If they're the same with no mention of other dates, that's good. On books that are a bit newer, you'll sometimes see a list of consecutive numbers with the copyright info (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 etc). If only the '1' is missing, it's a first edition.
Which printing it is also affects the value. a First printing of a first edition is the highest, 2nd printing of a 1st edition a bit less, and so on. It also depends on how many were printed overall. Sometimes the binding and/or color of the boards changed with later printings, as well.
These things, along with condition, rarity and market demand will determine what a book is worth, and it fluctuates. I've sold many 20th century books for more than antique ones, simply because there was a demand at that particular time.
Here's a brief primer on first editions:
Besides AbeBooks and alibris, this is another good site:
You can also do a search under Google for the title and author, and click 'shopping', then sort low to high price (or the other way around) to get an idea of what the asking prices are for different titles, but be sure that whatever you're looking at matches what you have because there often is a very wide range of pricing within a title.
Hope that helps a little bit :o)