Kendal, United Kingdom
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PRIVATE LIBRARY SALES: the on-line, gradual disposal from home of purely personal possessions; specifically modern books acquired over a lifetime purely for my own study and enjoyment rather than as stock in trade. In the furtherance of both domestic downsizing and capital release my library is the subject of on-going, long term disposal through, firstly, selective on line sale, secondly, donation to Age UK and Oxfam and, finally, waste recycling. As a merely casual, 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 value. These items, all in my possession for years, are chosen from a still excessively large domestic private library accumulated through inheritance, donation and collection. They are mainly out of print, twentieth century non-fiction titles, both academic and non-academic; I offer only a small proportion either currently in print or published since 2010. Currently the majority of titles, shelved or boxed, still remain in reserve pending eventual disposal. PLEASE NOTE : FIRSTLY, I am unable to provide trade discounts as explained below. 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, either then or later. I have never in the past bought and do not now buy books to sell and therfore have never been a book dealer. Any book listed for sale will already have been in my ownership for two years at the 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 casual, private seller, an unemployed, retired, part-time seller who, out of financial necessity, is running down their own still far too extensive private library. I am merely selectively selling off personal possessions, specifically books. Since proceeds from the sale of mere personal possessions, rather than those from trade, cannot yield any trading profit I am not trading and therefore OBD is not registered as a business. Offers, whether from the public or the trade, of books for me to purchase are neither solicited nor accepted. As an amateur, private seller I therefore cannot be in any trade association and I regret that trade discounts are unavailable. I am unable to accept personal enquiries except via AbeBooks. SECONDLY, my books are condition graded regardless of origin or age. Given the listing distinction between 'Used' and UNused 'New' books on the basis of 'condition' only, that distinction is logically made here solely on the basis of physical evidence of use, handling or deterioration rather than origin or age. The obligatory absence of such evidence in the case of 'New' books is independent of both; variation in either 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 all listed books which are in unused condition, ie. perfect/pristine being unopened and unread, are listed here New, origin and age-neutral. Such books in Unused, New condition as well as those in As New (i.e. apparently New) condition are selected for listing preferentially to others in inferior condition.
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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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