Frequently Asked Questions
Are all the items you sell “antique”?
Yes, with the exception of reference books, all of the items we offer for sale are original antique books, maps or prints published at least 100 years ago.
Do you sell reproductions?
Do you buy books, maps and prints?
Yes, of course! We buy individual books, maps, atlases, and prints. We are also interested in globes and topographical drawings. We offer extremely competitive prices and pay promptly. We can pay in pounds, US dollars or euro, and, for higher value items, arrange collection anywhere in the world. We will not pay for books, maps or prints until we have examined them. If you wish to offer something to us for sale, please email us.
Do you provide a guarantee?
Yes, each item is fully described and carries our unconditional guarantee.
Do you offer a certificate of authenticity?
Yes. Please ask for one when placing an order.
Do you have a shop I can visit?
Yes. For gallery hours, address and directions, please see at the bottom of the page.
Do you offer appraisal/valuation services?
Yes. We are happy to offer free valuation of books, maps and prints that are brought to our shop during our regular business hours. We regret that we are not prepared to provide valuations by email.
For larger collections and written appraisals, we offer a formal appraisal service for £120 per hour, with a one-hour minimum. This will include a written valuation and a formal qualifications letter, which can be used for insurance, tax and estate purposes.
Do you ship to all parts of the world?
How do you ship antique books, maps and prints?
We pack and ship in-house or via Mail Boxes Etc. or, for specialist packing or high value items, Art Logistics.
Books are sent wrapped in acid-free tissue, recycled bubble-wrap, and purpose-built recycled cardboard boxes. Maps and prints may be sent either flat, in bespoke packages, or in thick recycled cardboard tubes. If you have a packaging preference, please specify your choice at the time of shipping.
When will my purchase arrive?
- US, UK and Europe: overnight
- Africa: 2 business days +
- Asia: 2–3 business days
- Australia: 3–5 business days
Sending via Art Logistics, please contact us for an estimated delivery time.
Are all shipments insured?
Yes. All items we sell are shipped fully insured for the purchase price of the item. If an item does not arrive, you will receive a full refund. If a package arrives damaged, you will receive a full refund upon return of the item in question. For a complete description of our return policy, visit our Terms & Conditions page.
What is your return policy if I am not satisfied with my purchase?
If you are not satisfied with a purchase for any reason, you may return the item within 7 days of receipt for a full refund (or purchase credit, if you prefer). For a complete description of our return policy, visit our Terms & Conditions page.
Are there special framing requirements for antique prints and maps?
We recommend the following general guidelines: Mounting: Use archival, acid-free material only. The artwork should be tipped-in, or hinged, to the mat using a reversible archival tape or similar system. A map should never be glued, heat-mounted, pressure-mounted or taped flat to the backing board. Framing: We recommend glass or Plexiglas coated to protect against Ultra-Violet light.
Do you offer framing, binding, and conservation services?
Yes. We are happy to arrange bespoke book-binding, hand-made picture frames, and specialist conservation work for works of art on paper. We have good relationships with several local craftsmen and we are more than happy to discuss your requirements and make recommendations as to the most appropriate course of action for your work of art.
How do you determine the date of an antique map/book/print?
Many antique maps/books/prints include the date of publication, either in the title or where publication information is included. These dates often refer to the first year the book, map or print was offered for sale or the year the right to print the book, map or print was obtained. Such dates are not entirely reliable. Many books, maps and prints were issued for more than one year without changes. For these items, we need to look at the content of the item or other clues for more accurate dating. The dates we list are usually accurate to within 10 years. We make best efforts to use our available reference tools to accurately date each item we offer for sale. If you have concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask.
What is the difference between original colour, contemporary colour and modern colour?
Most maps and prints printed prior to 1870 were printed without colour, using black ink. However, many publishers added colour (typically watercolour, but occasionally gouache) shortly after printing and before the maps or prints were bound or mounted on linen for sale. Learn more here.
How do you establish a value/price for your material?
Value is a function of the desirability of subject matter, historical importance, condition, beauty, age, size and rarity. While there is no set formula, each of these factors plays a role in valuation. Printed material, almost by definition, was produced in some quantity. In all but a few instances, any given printed item will have been offered for sale more than once over the years, meaning that there is the ability to evaluate prior sales as an indicator of value. In most instances, there are recent sales and current offerings which a dealer or collector can look to in order to provide guidance on valuation. We have an extensive database of historical pricing information, as well as auction and dealer catalogue records, going back over 100 years.
I am just starting to collect. What advice would you give a new collector?
We have written a guide that can be read here, or feel free to contact us.
Why don’t you wear white gloves?
Wearing cotton gloves to hold or turn the pages of a book or manuscript actually reduces manual dexterity, and increases the likelihood of causing damage. See more here.