Rare Book Collection Big Game Hunting For Sale

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  1. John Bayly

    John Bayly New Member

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    Sale: 600 First Edition books that range from the Anglo Boer war to Big Game Hunting.

    Authors include Theodore Roosevelt, FC Selous and Dr. L Potgieter

    Valued at USD100 000
     

  2. IvW

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    At that price you will have to provide more details.
     

  3. spike.t

    spike.t AH ENABLER SPONSOR Since 2013 AH Ambassador

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    yup......:D....but my credit card is twitching!! o_O......maybe not :whistle:....if they are going as one lot then i wont even ask for a list, as would probably get too depressed seeing books i would want individually as i only buy on specific subjects and areas/countries.....cheers mike and welcome aboard :D Beers:
     
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  4. spike.t

    spike.t AH ENABLER SPONSOR Since 2013 AH Ambassador

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  5. John Bayly

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    Hi. Yes very serious. I have over 600 titles. I bought the collection 2 years ago from the late Dr. Lucas Potgieter who wrote some of his own titles. I have a detailed spreadsheet of all titles and authors. The collection is stored in a seaworthy container at my house.

    I am very happy to discuss further details over the phone. 0828084273
     

  6. John Bayly

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  7. John Bayly

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    Cheers. I do have a spreadsheet of all titles. I'm happy to negotiate
     

  8. siml

    siml AH ENABLER AH Legend

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    @spike.t, I know the book collection, it's probably the best book collection in South Africa.

    @John Bayly, good luck, I hope they go to the right buyer.
     
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  9. Bullthrower338

    Bullthrower338 AH ENABLER AH Legend

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    It doesn't take long to get to that price with the right first edition books in good condition. Good luck selling them, hope they get a good home!
    Cheers,
    Cody
     

  10. John Bayly

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    Hi. Yes the books are in very good condition still. I paid R1.2 mil for them. There is even a signed first edition by Theodore Roosevelt

    I'm starting up a new business so need to sell books urgently to help fund it. Sad to have to let them go
     
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  11. cpr0312

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    Best of luck @John Bayly , sounds like you have some gems in that collection.
     

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    This has to be something special.

    Good luck with the sale.
     

  13. wesheltonj

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    If all or none, not a buyer. If selling off individually interested. The teddy Roosevelt very interested.
     

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    I would be interested in Selous if you're up for parting it out...
     

  15. MartyJ

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    Like many, if you must sell them individually, I'm sure that gentlemen on this forum will buy them. Please keep us posted.
     

  16. Red Leg

    Red Leg AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    Books are a frustrating investment. When dealing with collectable books like many of these seem to be, condition is every bit as important as edition and title. That can swing the value enormously - and rare book collectors are as critical of minute variances in condition as coin and gun collectors. Should any be in Africans, they will have little market interest in the US or Europe regardless of rarity. You also are, unfortunately, located in tough spot to get a buyer to look them over. If there are enough rare titles and editions, someone like Ludo Wurfbain might think the trip was worthwhile. Also, a book dealer might offer you a commission deal - though that certainly won't address your need for quick turnover. Finally, remember selling them all to a reseller means the you will get a wholesale offer. Not knowing the titles, condition, edition, etc. I have no idea what that wholesale offer would be. Though typically, it will be 50-60% of their retail value - that might reach your 100K goal - or it might be less - likely far less. The surest way to achieve a retail return is selling them individually through something like this forum and ebay. That, unfortunately will take time, work, and some will likely never sell.
     

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