Cumbria, GB, United Kingdom
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PRIVATE LIBRARY SALES: the on-line gradual disposal of purely personal possessions; specifically modern books acquired over a lifetime purely for my own study and enjoyment rather than as stock in trade. As a merely casual, part-time and strictly non-professional, non-trading seller this retired private individual, for reasons of age, infirmity and the need to release tied-up capital, is reluctantly disposing, on-line only, of items selected for sale individually on the basis of interest, scarcity and condition. These items, all in my possession for at least a year and probably far longer, are chosen from a still excessively large domestic private library accumulated for purely personal use over the years through inheritance, gift and collection. This library is comprised mainly of individual out of print twentieth century non-fiction titles in a variety of specialist collections, both academic and non-academic. I offer only small minorities of books currently in print or first published since 2005. In the furtherance of both domestic downsizing and capital release the full collections are being subjected to an on-going, long term culling; firstly by selective on line sale, secondly by charity donation and finally by disposal for recycling. Currently the major part of this private library still remains in reserve pending eventual disposal. DISCLAIMERS : FIRSTLY, no part of this diminishing library, including that currently subject to on-going listing for sale, will have ever been originally acquired by me from any publisher, wholesaler, distributor, retailer, dealer or even private person with the sole intention of selling then or later, whether on or off-line. Neither in the past nor currently have books been specifically acquired in order to sell; I have no web site of my own and do not patronise auctions, book fairs or car boot sales etc; I do not advertise off-line or sell books from any source other than my own personal library. As an individual distance seller, listing on AbeBooks, though without trading there, I am merely selectively selling off personal possessions, specifically books. I am not and have never been a book dealer so I am not in the book trade; proceeds from the sale of mere personal possessions, rather than from trade sales, cannot yield any trading profit. I am merely a non-trading private seller; a retired, part-time, non-commercial seller who, of necessity, is running down their own still far too extensive private library. Therefore 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 am not in any trade association and regret that trade discounts are unavailable. I am unable to accept personal enquiries except via AbeBooks. SECONDLY, in the context of AbeBooks's obligatory listing distinction between 'New' and 'Used' books, my own condition grading of 'New' does not imply any particular provenance, my listings being provenance neutral. Thus a proportion of this seller's books, e.g. donated former bookshop stock, is graded 'New' and listed as such solely on the basis of actual physical condition at time of sale regardless of provenance, i.e. regardless of whether or not previously owned since distribution, e.g. even if previously donated or retailed. Mere change in ownership does not of itself necessarily imply any deterioration in physical condition. So previously owned books are not always necessarily regarded here as 'Used' since they may, exceptionally, still remain unused, i.e. pristine, and therefore 'New' despite having been already retailed or otherwise distributed. Thus books which are pristine, ie. unused, unread, and perfect, are listed provenance neutral, as 'New'. Other, 'As New', listings are only seemingly perfect but do actually have some slight imperfection as normally described. Such 'New' and 'As New' items are being listed preferentially to others in inferior condition.
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PLEASE NOTE: This seller's minority of 'New' books are condition-graded as such solely on the basis of actual physical condition at sale, regardless of provenance, e.g. whether or not previously owned; i.e. they are unused, perfect, pristine as published and therefore listed 'New'; mere change in ownership need not in itself imply any change in physical condition; previously ... [More Information]
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