We want to buy books and will travel locally to view large collections too bulky to be brought here. However, it is best we price books here with access to our tools of reference. Although primarily interested in rare and older books, we’re keen to buy or sell good and unusual books from all eras. The only criteria is that the book should be interesting, decorative or informative. They do need to be in good condition but if the book is shaky but rare, warranting the attention of a binder, we can get that done. We’ll buy books of all description, in large lots or small, and at all
levels of price. We play a straight bat when appraising books - paying a high proportion of the selling price and, for rarities, we’ll pay the current going rate (based on prices achieved at London book auctions. This makes good financial sense, as for the vendor there are no lotting fees and commissions. There is no problem if the books fail to sell at auction. For us, it means we do not have to race around the country attending auctions.
Way’s Bookshop are longstanding members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the senior association governing the book trade. There must be thousands of ‘traders’ in books, especially in cyberspace, but only a few hundred members of the A.B.A. within the British Isles, are elected for their integrity, professionalism and knowledge. If confronted with something outside our expertise, we admit defeat, but will know a specialist to consult, or the route to take to achieve the best results.
We just cannot value books by e mail or on the phone and please, do not send unsolicited parcels. Books have to be seen to be assessed as condition is important and they have to be checked, collated and researched if rare - this all takes time. It is often helpful to ‘phone for our e mail and send digital photographs.
Please … do ‘phone ahead if bringing books to sell, in case we are away that day. It’s also a good idea to check if they are worth bringing too.
There is parking in the wide driveway and sometimes space at the rear of the shop.