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The Vintage Book Guild

Hello! and welcome to The Vintage Book Guild! This group is for all of those with a love of antiquarian and vintage books! A friendly place to share your knowledge, ideas and the joys of book collecting. Let's learn from each other!

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Comment by vintagerecycling on May 1, 2011 at 10:14pm

some books we have for sale.........and MANY more are coming!!


Comment by vintagerecycling on May 1, 2011 at 10:12pm

@judy you can also try abebooks



Comment by Meryl L Greene on April 4, 2011 at 4:59am
There are many selling sites that we will suggest.  I used to use ebay, but auctions can vary.  I've used different selling site in the past to determine values of books but turn to Amazon.  Amazon provides a variety of sellers, descriptions, and demands perfection in the seller's description (or feedback will hurt you).  A trusted world wide site for buying and selling.
Comment by Judy Carr on April 3, 2011 at 10:23pm

Does anyone have any idea whether these books have any value and, if so, where I might sell them?


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)

Comment by Parker Lanier on March 7, 2011 at 7:07pm
Here is a great collection of Rebecca West ephemera acquired from one of the leading West scholars in the world. Over 25 pieces total. I am pleased to offer this collection for sale. First editions, rare printings, inscribed copies, rare personal letters, trade cards and a real press photo from Wests last marriage. Email me for more information. Will not separate. Immediate payment required. I am NOT an antiquarian book or manuscript expert. Over 50 photos here.

$2500.00 firm

The Thinking Reed  Viking 1936

The Harsh Voice Doubleday 1936

Selected Sandberg poems harcourt 1926 special wartime edition

the fountain overflows macmillan 1957 inscribed all good wishes from Rebecca West 1957

The Judge Doran 1922

Black Lamb Gray Falcon 1941 Viking with slipcase

The New Meaning of Treason specially bound 450 issued for christmas 1964 viking

The Birds Fall down macmillan london 1966

a train of powder viking 1955

rebecca west: a celebration, hardcover, with perfect dust jacket viking 1977

Omnibook Magazine May 1948 The Meaning of Treason excerpt

hg wells and rebecca west yale 1974

paradoxical feminism the novels of r west by Ann Norton PHD inscribed by the author

rebecca west a life knopf 1987

women writers of ww1 penguin 1999

Return of the Soldier 1918 century new york

picasso and the human comedy random house 1954

Henry James by rebecca west 1916 nisbet london

lions and lambs jonathon cape london 1928 green cover

lions and lambs j cape harcourt new york 1928 blue marbled cover sold by Draper Hill Boston 1965

very personal letters. one giving directions to her home from the
nearest train station and one to a colleague discussing Byron

1 cool old tobacco trade card wills & co 1928

very rare original press photo of marriage to henry maxwell
Comment by SharonS on January 19, 2011 at 3:45pm

A Warhol/G Malanga Screen Tests Rare Book


Just listed this on eBay the other day - disbound but very scarce, lots of frameable images.

Comment by Antiques in Bethania on October 31, 2010 at 5:05pm
Yes - I because this copyright is extremely convoluted - case in point all official government records including those which pertain to WWII - and later are now public domain - you can even scout FBI records. However, I would feel safe to say that you can do what you want, use at your will and copyright your own work if it is unique enough to be copyright but you can' do this to the original design - words - etc. Your source is public domain. Another case in pion is that I had friend who just published a book based on - actually used John Allen's famous - As A Man Thinketh to his photography. If you google this - you can see what I mean. Go for it!
Comment by Books and Unusuals on October 31, 2010 at 4:45pm
>>On the items themselves or the books?

I wondering how to find out if the copyright on the books were ever renewed.

an excerpt rom


Copyright Notice
The 1909 Copyright Act and the 1976 Copyright Act as originally
enacted required a notice of copyright on published
works. For most works, a copyright notice consisted of the
symbol ©, the word “Copyright” or the abbreviation “Copr.,”
together with the name of the owner of copyright and the
year of first publication. For example: “© Joan Crane 2004”
or “Copyright 2008 by Abraham Adams.”

On my Lewis Electrical Supplies catalog there is no copyright ©, “Copyright” or "Copr." notice. It just says

compiled and published by Howland Publishing Co.

another excerpt from:

8. A 1961 Copyright Office study found that fewer than 15% of all registered copyrights were renewed. For books, the figure was even lower: 7%. See Barbara Ringer, "Study No. 31: Renewal of Copyright" (1960)
Comment by Antiques in Bethania on October 31, 2010 at 10:39am
On the items themselves or the books? My understanding is that if the authorities if existing on the book itself did not renew - the material is public domain which is why the Gutenberg and Google offer material as public domain. In addition many of these old images can be found on cd's or were used in old magazines, old newspapers etc- I would start with a google search. You should find the info you need within the firs few pages.
Comment by Books and Unusuals on October 31, 2010 at 10:22am
I love looking through these old appliances.

Your comment brings up the question....if anyone has an answer. How does one find out if the copyright was ever renewed on these?

Would they even bother to renew a copyright on a catalogs? At the same time I wouldn't want to assume the copyright was not renewed.

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