Kendal, United Kingdom
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PRIVATE LIBRARY SALES: on-line disposal from home of personal possessions; specifically books acquired over a lifetime 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 accumulated for their content through inheritance, private gifts (including former bookshop display stock) and collection and all in my possession for years, are chosen from a still excessively large domestic private library. They are mainly out of print, twentieth century non-fiction editions, both academic and non-academic. Currently the majority still remain in reserve pending eventual disposal. PLEASE NOTE : FIRSTLY, neither in the past nor currently have books been acquired with sale 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 anywhere with any specific intention of selling on. I have never kept separate retail premises. I have never in the past bought and do not now buy books to sell and therefore I have never been a book dealer. Any book listed for sale will already have been in my ownership for at leat two years, though usually for far longer, and 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 sometimes acquired for my own personal use are not listed, if ever, until at least two years later. I am merely a private, non-employed, non-professional, 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, selected books are listed here 'New' regardless of any criterion other than actual physical condition. The AbeBooks search page All Conditions filter negatively opposes 'New', ie. UNused, against 'Used' books; despite 'New' arguably being a merely temporal concept implying a pre-retailed book's recent publication rather than a condition. 'New condition' is not otherwise defined by AbeBooks but can only be the antonym of 'Used condition', ie. unused. Since any 'Condition' can only relate to physical criteria that binary distinction is logically applied here solely on the basis of the observed absence or presence of physical evidence of use, including handling or deterioration; i.e. regardless of age or origin, neither being conditions as such. Therefore a 'New' book is defined here solely by the absence of such evidence and regardless of either of the above. Variation in either does not necessarily correlate with change in physical condition and thus, exceptionally, though ex display, or even pre-retailed or long out of print, a book may still remain unused and therefore 'New'; in that case my listings will not assume any difference in condition from New. So regardless of age, origin, pre-retailed, ex dispay etc, IF they are still obviously unused, such books are listed 'New. Such books in unused 'New' and those in As New (here seemingly New) condition are listed preferentially to others in inferior condition.
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PLEASE ALSO NOTE that on my listings all books and their dust jackets/wrappers are graded independently of each other (a 'fine' or even an 'as new' book might, though rarely, have a 'poor' jacket). Jackets may have any tears closed from inside with scotch tape; and if described as "protected" ... [More Information]
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