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  I have a copy of a book from the Everymans Library. I looked the organisation up online, found they have been around since early 1800. their mission is to make classic and bestseller books available to "every man" at a price one can afford.I found my book, but the spelling they have, as well as the spelling that comes up in a google search is different than the one on the book. They have DOSTOEVSKY, FYODOR, but it is printed on the book, Dostoieffsky, Fedor.   Is that common?

  I also can find no copyright or date in the book itself. I was able to tentatively date it based on their information about the cover, and artwork used on the inside, but I find it odd for that information not to be in the book itself. Does that make it counterfeit or something?

   I know nothing about this field, and I was hoping I could make a few dollars. The website says they are collectible, but how do I price it? And is it worth my time?

  Any help?

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This book was probably not published in the US. It could have been printed in Europe, or Eastern Europe or Russia. The mis-translation of a spelled name is not uncommon.

Most countries other than US did not have "copyright" info or dates in them. And, still some do not include this information. Depends on many things.

I would date your book to ca. 1900 - based on the cover work. The first spelling that you state would be the most commonly found way to find this book.

Go to abebooks.com or Alibris.com - or even amazon.com to find out current prices on your book. Be sure that it is the same copy as yours - the info on both abe and alibris will likely tell you about the mis-spelling and have "Red cloth, hardback/hardbound" etc. So you are able to match it to yours.

Then go from there for pricing yours. Good Luck! Bibiophiles are a strange breed - and you do need to mention any and all flaws regarding this copy if you wish to sell it.


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