Used Very Good
Reader’s Digest’s Extensive History of Ancient Man to Modern Civilization.
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The majority of books we list are rare and vintage, meaning books published prior to the International Standard Book Numbers(ISBN pre-1970).
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Learn More about Rare Books!
What is vintage ephemera?
To collectors ephemera are vintage printed or written items which originally served some specific purpose and were not expected to be retained or preserved, like photos, hand written notes, or ticket stubs.
What is provenance?
A record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality. Many vintage books have book plates or hand written names from their previous owners. From beautiful calligraphy to detailed book plaques, the majority of older books have book plates or hand written names enshrined from previous owners.
*We consider these books to be unique, with their own history. Previous owners' paper ephemera and provenance go hand in hand, many times by helping us authenticate first editions. If we see a letter in the book from 1973 and the first edition was published in 1973, we know it's likely authentic. Not every book contains ephemera, consider yourself lucky if you find one that does!