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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 5:16 pm 
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I have been given a book by an elderly acquaintance and would like to know it's value. The book is PLYMOUTH ROCK STANDARD BREED BOOK published by American Poultry Association.First edition 1919 second edition (which this one is) 1921. The book is in good condition. It shows signs that it has indeed been read a few times, the second page is tatty and sticky-taped in, other than that it is very good. The pages are starting to yellow a little and I don't know if it ever had a dust cover.

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Contacting the publishers may be helpful?


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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 12:33 am 
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Do you want to know the value of the book as an antique book, or value of the contents?

Try looking around second-hand online stores like abebooks.com.au, bookdepository.co.uk, amazon.com or amazon.co.uk, and seeing if it appears in those catalogues.

If it does, have a look at the prices compared to the conditions.

The re-taped second page significantly reduces its value, unfortunately, as does the signs of having been used. "Foxing" is a term used to describe tattiness of pages (I think).

However, that can get offset by relative rarity and desirability.

You can get books valued - ask at second-hand bookstores about getting a book valued, and get several opinions.

Its value could be anywhere between $20 or $2000, and there's no easy way to determine which end of the scale it's on, unfortunately ...


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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 9:39 am 
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value of contents. I think I have read it more than the original owner. There are things in there that are fasinating such as the use of bark soap. It is also full of invaluable information. It is its money value that I would like to know. I would not like to think some-one chucked it on the tip (when I join my chooks in the happy scratching paddock), because they thought it of no value. I will check the web sites you recommended and see how I go go. Thanks

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Ask Peter Moate at the next Southern Show Jill, he will give you a value.......and then an offer I bet. :wink:

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Jim Finger from Bellsouth deals in old poultry books


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What looks like an original second edition is on ebay for AU $40 (second book down):

http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=The+Plymouth+Rock+standard+&_sacat=See-All-Categories

For anyone interested, the first edition can be viewed (or dowloaded onto Kindle etc) for free on the open library:

http://www.archive.org/stream/plymouthrockstan00amer#page/n3/mode/2up


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