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Old 09.08.2015, 15:54
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Antiquarian books

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Following my mother's death 3 months ago, I find myself left lumbered with a pile of very old books, four leather-bound volumes of Pearsons magazines etc. A load of them were my grandmother's, others who knows? Clearly my mother never quite knew what to do with them either as a lot of them have pretty much lived in tea chests and subsequently boxes for the last nearly 40 years... They're mostly hardback, so not something the churches want for their bazaars, and I flat refuse to just throw away books.

Does anyone have any ideas where I could dispose of them usefully? Any recommendations for dealers? Any collectors out there? They are all in English and are located in Switzerland. (eBay/ricardo/tutti etc not an option - I don't have the sort of time that would require!)

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Old 09.08.2015, 16:13
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Re: Antiquarian books

There's the Bücherbrocky in Zürich..

http://buecher-brocky.ch/index.php?id=90
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Re: Antiquarian books

I used to be an avid collector of antiquarian books, until I saw the prices they were asking at the shops in Zurich and I was forced to find a cheaper hobby.

I'd be very interested in having a look - and I'm sure I'm not alone: why don't you hold an informal "garage sale", set a time, advertise on EF and elsewhere, lay all the books out, and let people come and have a look?

Otherwise, there's no harm in offering them to St Andrew's for their next book sale. Not everyone who goes to their events is looking for Dan Brown and Jackie Collins...
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Old 09.08.2015, 17:49
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Re: Antiquarian books

Thanks DB. I'd already thought of a sort of a garage sale for the other items I need to sell as they are about to clog up my classroom (deadline on clearing her flat, congenital objection to just binning decent stuff, and Switzerland currently shut down for the hols) but if books are your "thang", I'd be delighted for you to come and have a look at them. Drop me a PM and we can co-ordinate
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Re: Antiquarian books

This thread deserves a bump. If anyone is interested in early to mid 20th century books on all kinds of subjects (novels, vintage cars, drama, biography, WWII and so on), you'd be crazy to pass up a chance like this. There are several original Penguin paperbacks from the sixties, bags upon bags of other paperbacks, several boxes of leather bound beauties (somewhat depleted now ) and all sorts of good stuff.

Contact eng_ch by PM if you live or work anywhere on the Pfnüselküste - I promise you that you won't be wasting your time!

(It was great to meet you, by the way - next time I might even let the family out of the car, too... )
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