How to Read Our Catalogs

Phil Barber, Post Office Box 8694, Boston, Mass. 02114-0036
Telephone (617) 492-4653

We take considerable pride in preparing accurate and complete descriptions of all the items we offer for sale. We have adapted standard bibliographical conventions to be more fully descriptive of old newspapers and other ephemeral items. We feel that this policy offers our catalog readers the best opprtunity to understand what the item is, what it contains, and what it looks like. Over the years we have gathered a substantial library of reference books and periodicals, which allow us to accurately assess the rarity, historical importance, collectibility, and current value of our catalog items.

Below is a typical catalog listing, with each of its various elements linked to a definition. Simply select each highlighted part of the example for a detailed explanation of what the term means. Select "GO BACK" in your browser to return to the example.

Elements of a Full Catalog Description

GA-9. [Cuba]. The Globe-Democrat, April 23, 1898. [St. Louis, Mo.] "LAST DEMAND ON SPAIN" "To Withdraw Her Army and Navy from Cuba" bold Pg.1 heads, large graphic of Old Glory, full detail on the war fever in the "yellow press". 14pp folio; sound fine, some disbinding irregularity, minor edge tear . . . . 17.50

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