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    Hello all,

    I'm completely new to the forum and to be honest, know very little about fishing or carp for that matter. I'm here to appeal for help though. My father-in-law passed away a couple of years ago and my mother-in-law has just got round to sorting through his belongings.

    Being a very avid carp fisherman and lover of books on carp, he has an extensive collection of books - mostly first editions and some signed. A very cursory google seemed to indicate that the collection is reasonably valuable, at least a handful of his books.

    I've now been left with the task of selling the collection on request of my mother-in-law and would really appreciate your help - as experts - in at least highlighting which books are likely to be worth over 50 for example. The full list is below as I have it now, recognising that while overall the condition of the books seems pretty good, some are a little dog eared.

    More in hope than expectation, I thank you for your help. Additionally, any views on actually how to sell them would be very useful (ebay? private collectors?)

    1st Edition 1964 No Need to Lie Richard Wall
    1st Edition 1972 Carp for Everyone Peter Mohan
    200 Rod Building Tips K Kettington and N De Boer
    1st Edition 1970 Fishery Management and Keepering Richard Seymour
    1st Edition 1974 Catch more Perch Barrie Richards
    1st Edition 1971 Canal Fishing Kenneth Seaman
    1966 in press Teach Yourself Books - Fishing Tom Rodway
    1st Edition 1974 The Anglers Club Handbook (The Anglers Library) Len Cacutt
    1st Edition 1975 Ivan Marks on Match Fishing I Marks and J. Goodman
    1st Edition 1975 Falkis and Buller Freshwater Fishing F. Buller and H. Falkis
    1st Edition 1980 (English Translation) 200 Carp Tips (An Angling May Guide) Dick Langhenkel and N. De Boer
    1st Edition 1980 Advanced Coarse Fishing Graham Marsden
    1st Edition 1980 Carp and the Carp Angler Geo Sharman
    1st Edition 1978 The Big Fish Scene Ed. Frank Guttfield
    1st Edition 1971 Pike F. Buller
    1st Edition 1974 Carp Jim Gibbinson
    1st Edition 1975 Chub Jim Gibbinson
    1st Edition 1975 Bream Peter Stone
    1st Edition 1974 Stillwater Trout Brian Harris
    1st Edition 1983 Fishing for Big Chub Peter Stone
    1st Edition 1983 Fishing for Big Eels Brian Crawford
    1st Edition 1975 Better Angling with Simple Science Mary M Pratt
    2nd Edition 1974 (and 1976 supplement and receipt) Angling and the Law Michael Gregory
    1st Edition 1983 Modern Specimen Hunting Jim Gibbinson
    1st Edition 1966 Bream Fever Bill Taylor
    1st Edition 1973 Come Fishing with Me Peter Stone
    1st Edition 1978 Gravel Pit Angling Peter Stone
    1st Edition 1976 Fishing for Big Tench Richards and Webb
    1st Edition 1971 Fishing for Big Pike Richards and Webb
    1967(?) The Fighting Barbel Peter Wheat
    1st Edition 1973 Successful Roach Fishing David Carl Forbes
    3rd Imp. 1974 The Fishing Handbook to end all Fishing Handbooks Cliff Parker
    1992 Carp Jim Gibbinson
    4th Edition 1975 Still Water Angling Richard Walker
    ? Advanced Rig Book Korda Developments
    1974 Fly Dressing Innovations Richard Walker
    1999 Cod: A Biography of Fish that Changed the World Mark Kurlansky
    Revised Edition 1972 Life in Lakes and Rivers T.B. Magan and E. B. Worthington
    ? In Pursuit of the Largest Terry Hearn
    1st Edition 1984 From the Bivvy Tim Paisley
    3rd Edition 1975 Trout Flies of Still Water John Goddard
    ? A Dictionary of Trout Flies Courtney Williams?
    1st Edition 1974 Catch more bream Dennis Kelly
    1st Edition 1972 Quest for Carp Jack Hilton
    5th Edition 1981 Gone Fishin' Nino Culotta
    1st Edition 1977 AA Guide to Angling in Gt. Britain AA
    2nd edition 1998 (signed) To Catch a Carp Tim Paisley and friends
    1st Edition 1999 (signed) Gravel Pit Carp Jim Gibbinson
    1st Edition 1981 Rob Hutchinson's Carp Book: Tales and Tactics Rob Hutchinson
    1st Edition 1983 The Carp Strikes Back Rob Hutchinson and Friends
    2nd Edition 1974 Fly Tying Raymond Sugg and others
    NA The Carp Study Group Book 2
    NA The Carp Study Group Book 3
    NA The Carp Study Group Book 4
    1st Edition 1998 (signed) Carp Tales Edited by Paul Selman
    2nd Edition 1975 The Pursuit of Still Water Trout Brian Clarke
    1st Edition 1978 The Practical Anglers Guide to Successful Fishing Kenn Oberrecht
    1st Edition 1981 Carp Fever Kevin Maddocks
    1st Edition 1975 Fly Dressing David J. Collyer
    1st Edition 1998 (signed) An Obsession with Carp Dave Lang
    1998 Beekay Guide to Carp Baits Ken Townley
    3rd Edition 1965 The Freshwater Life of the British Isles John Clegg
    1st Edition (signed) Strictly Carp Martin Clarke
    1st Edition 1992 (signed) Carp and the Storm Tim Paisley
    Reprint 1985 Redmire Pool Kevin Clifford and Len Arbury
    1st Edition 1986 Carp - The Quest for the Queen John Bailey and Martin Page
    One Man and His Rod Catalogue (2 copies)
    1st Edition 1992 A Romp with Carp Albert Romp
    1st Edition 1974 Catch More Perch Barry Richards
    1st Edition 1999 (signed) The Myth Keith Jenkins
    1st Edition 2004 (signed) Memories of Carp Tim Paisley and friends
    1st Edition 1986 Casting at the Sun Chris Yates
    2nd Edition 1999 (signed) Carp Reflections Paul Selman
    2nd Edition 1994 Practical Carp Fishing Julian Cundiff
    1st Edition 1974 Still water Trout (osprey) Brian Harris
    1997 Signed Archie Braddock's Magic Book on Bait Flavouring Archie Braddock

    THank you,
    Tom

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    Hi TCM,

    Sorry for your bereavement.

    Have you considered approaching specialist book sellers e.g coch-y-bondhu? I anticipate they would offer a dealer price with a view to selling at a higher price (not sure what the mark up would be) but it would save the aggravation of selling books individually and arranging p + p. Unfortunately, I don't know fair asking prices for them but there's a few I wouldn't mind which means others would buy them as well I'm sure. Alternatively, check out their website and see what kind of prices some of these books are fetching.

    Good luck

    Steve

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    Values can vary massively on single titles depending on condition and whether or not the books have dust jackets where applicable and the condition of these. If in tip top condition then you have a few valuable books not least the one first mentioned. Not too sure of the values of many of them though tbh but you have at least three books worth three figures. PM sent. I'd google or search ebay to sort the wheat from the chaff, then list the biggies/certain sellers individually for sale and bundle the rest as a job lot. That way you should get a decent return on the valuable ones and save yourself poncing around with the ones worth ten or fifteen pounds.
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    The carp study books I think can fetch good money as can obsessions with carp if it's good condition and first edition casting at the sun I would say would be fairly valuable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuietlyAvinEm View Post
    Values can vary massively on single titles depending on condition and whether or not the books have dust jackets where applicable and the condition of these. If in tip top condition then you have a few valuable books not least the one first mentioned. Not too sure of the values of many of them though tbh but you have at least three books worth three figures. PM sent. I'd google or search ebay to sort the wheat from the chaff, then list the biggies/certain sellers individually for sale and bundle the rest as a job lot. That way you should get a decent return on the valuable ones and save yourself poncing around with the ones worth ten or fifteen pounds.
    Some very good advice here, as has been said the first book on your list very notable.

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    There are some interesting and collectable books there. It depends what you want to achieve . If you want to get the most money for the books then I suggest to list them individually on Ebay auction but of course there is more work involved.

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    Having reread this thread I'd like to show my PM as my PM sent quote may of sounded as though I was sniffing around for a possible bargain.

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    Hi chap,

    Sorry for your sad news.
    Spend a little time researching mate. The Dick Walker book is possibly worth hundreds. Casting at the sun first editions can fetch 200 also. I paid that ten years ago but I was an ebay mug. Rod Hutchinson can fetch a ton. Lots of others probably worth fifty pounds maybe some much more so get googling past prices items were sold at.

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    There are some (at least a dozen) very desirable books on that list. I would contact a reputable sporting bookseller and go from there.

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    Contact RedHerring (Dave Gawthorn), an avid book collector and font of knowledge.
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    Try to sell them as a job lot. If there are some desirable ones then make the potential buyer, buy the lot so you're not left with the ones not too valuable.

    I'd go with a book shop like advised above
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuttifrutti View Post
    Try to sell them as a job lot. If there are some desirable ones then make the potential buyer, buy the lot so you're not left with the ones not too valuable.

    I'd go with a book shop like advised above
    A book shop would pay about 3 quid each for those.

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    I'm no expert but as mentioned No need to lie 1st edition is worth lots as is Casting at the sun, also Carp Fever, The Carp Strikes Back and A Romp with Carp all being first editions. That is a serious collection of fishing books.
    Smell my fingers!

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