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PRIVATE LIBRARY SALES: on-line disposal of personal possessions; specifically books acquired over a lifetime purely for my own enjoyment rather than as stock in trade. In furtherance of both domestic downsizing and capital release my library is subject to long term disposal by, firstly, selective on line sale, secondly, donation to charity and, finally, waste recycling. As a merely part-time seller this retired private individual, for additional reasons of age and infirmity, is reluctantly offering for sale, solely on line, books selected individually on the basis of interest, scarcity, condition and potential sale value. These items, all in my possession for years, are chosen from a still excessively large domestic private library accumulated through personal gift, private collection, donation of former bookshop stock and inheritance. They are mainly out of print, twentieth century non-fiction titles, both academic and non-academic. Currently the majority of titles still remain in reserve pending eventual disposal. PLEASE NOTE : FIRSTLY, neither in the past nor currently have books been acquired with sale specifically in mind. No part of this diminishing library, including that currently subject to listing for sale, will have ever been originally acquired by me from any publisher, wholesaler, distributor, retailer, dealer or even private person with any specific intention of selling on. I have never in the past bought and do not now buy books to sell and therefore I have never been a book dealer as such. Any book listed for sale will already have been in my ownership for two years at least and usually for far longer. All books sold will have come from no other source than my own personal library. Though a collector years ago I no longer attend auctions, book fairs, car boot sales etc; books still occasionally acquired elsewhere for my personal use are not listed, if at all, until at least two years after acquisition. I am merely a private, non-employed, retired, part-time seller who, out of financial necessity, is running down, as a part-time occupation, their own extensive private library. I am merely selectively selling off personal possessions, specifically books. Since proceeds from the sale of such possessions cannot yield any trading profit I am not trading as such and therefore OBD is not registered as a business. Offers, whether from the public or trade, of books for me to purchase are neither solicited nor accepted. As an amateur, private seller I regret that trade discounts are unavailable. SECONDLY, books are necessarily condition-graded here regardless of age and position in the distribution chain. The AbeBooks search page All Conditions filter distinguishes between 'New' and 'Used' books; despite 'New' normally implying merely a book's newly distributed status rather than its condition. 'New condition' is not defined by AbeBooks but there can only be the antonym of 'Used condition', ie. unused, so perfect as published. Since 'Condition' literally refers to only physical criteria that binary distinction is logically applied here solely on the basis of the absence or presence of physical evidence of use, handling or deterioration; i.e. without further reference to origin, retail status or age, none being conditions as such. Absence of such evidence, which here solely defines a 'New' book, can occur regardless of origin, status or age; variation in any does not necessarily correlate with change in physical condition and thus, exceptionally, an originally 'New' book, though since retailed and long out of print, may still remain unused and therefore 'New'; so here my listings do not acknowledge any difference in condition. So all 'New condition' listings are, unless otherwise qualified, unused, ie. brand-new, perfect, pristine, mint, unopened, unread and origin, status and age neutral. Such books in unused 'New condition' and those in As New (used here for apparently New) condition are listed preferentially.
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PLEASE NOTE: My listing use of 'New', ie. unused, does not imply any particular age or provenance. Thus a small proportion of this seller's books, e.g. donated publisher's/ bookshop stock and unopened gift books MAY be graded 'New' and listed as such solely on the basis of actual physical condition at time of sale regardless of printing date; and regardless of provenance, ... [More Information]
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