Really Old Books

Buy, sell and trade really old books

Why am I selling my old books?

Having collected old books for years I find it time to share my passion with other book lovers and so I'm making my entire collection of History, Civil War, Business and other old books available for others to enjoy.

If you want help selling books, then I would consider providing you room on my Really Old Books website as well.

I have to honestly say, parting with my collection of old and rare books wasn't an easy decision. But at my age and under the current economic situation, I have no choice but to open my private book collection to the public for purchase.

What Makes These Books Special?

First off, I am not a book dealer, but a private collector. The books in my collection are special to me and I hope you'll find my old books special too!

I've listed my really old books by category and included detailed descriptions about the books and the topic covered. In some instances, I've gone beyond typical descriptions to provide a fascinating look into the author's work which I hope you'll enjoy reading. This is especially evident in the Old History Books and Civil War Books pages.

Every book is rated for quality and if you're new to collecting really old books, I've added a page that outlines how books are rated along with descriptions of common terms used by book dealers and collectors to describe their condition. I've also included pictures which were made using my computer printer's scan feature and for the most part, the clarity is quite good.

Should you decide to purchase a rare or old book from me, I have a PayPal account that could be used.

In some cases, I will pay for shipping books to you. But most of the time, you'll pay an extra fee for sending them through the mail. I use 'book rates' from the U.S. Post Office. While inexpensive, it is a slower form of delivery. If you just have to have that book right now and don't want to wait an extra day or two for it to arrive, please let me know and we can make some other arrangements to send you your books. I do not ship outside the United States; sorry! But my collection of old and rare books are focused mostly on the USA, though a few books written by famous authors covering South America are available.

Contact me by email if you are interested in buying or selling old books.

Odd But Rare

Below are odd but rare things for sale.

meteor rock  Meteor

I dug this meteor rock up in a dry creek bed east of Prescott Arizona in the late 90s while gold prospecting. It was the most exciting find I've ever had. It comes from the giant Barringer meteorite crater, which, as the crow flies, is somewhere around 17 miles NE of where I found it.

It weighs a lot, about the size of a hardball and is pock-marked like you might think all meteors would be. But don't be fooled, many don't look anything at all like it. I took my space rock to the University of Arizona and some teacher there offered to buy it from me, but I turned him down.

It weighs a lot! I estimate it at somewhere north of two pounds. I am asking $1,000 firm for it. I will even supply a letter detailing where I dug it up.

meteor rock

Three pictures of my meteor: Top Meteor    | Bottom Meteor    | Side Meteor

Rare Hallmark Christmas Ornaments

Note, these are some of the rarest Hallmark Christmas Ornaments that my wife collected over the years - including the boxes they came in. There are so many, I created a page just for these Hallmark Ornaments.

Old, Rare Stock Certificates

Like books, I also collected old stock certificates over the years. These are mostly mining stocks, but there are some from the Civil War era, one in particular is very rare - a Civil War bond from New York.