Wanting to sell your Bible?
STOP: Please do NOT call us or email
us until you READ THIS PAGE.
Selling Us Your Ancient Bible
We understand how great the temptation is to think “I don’t have time for all this”, and to pick up the phone and call us (or email us) saying, “Hey, I’ve got this old Bible I want to tell you about, and see if you want to buy it from me.”
We are asking you… please do not do that.
We are flooded with inquires every day from people who want to sell us their Bible, and because over 90% of these Bibles are not of interest to us, and we have very limited staff to handle these inquiries, it is absolutely necessary to pre-qualify your Bible BEFORE you call or email us.
Offering your Bible for sale to us is a quick and easy process, involving just two simple steps.
STEP ONE is to read the one paragraph below about the century in which your Bible was printed, to see if your Bible might be of any significant value. Most people never have to go past Step One. Step One will take you LESS THAN ONE MINUTE to do. Please do it.
Then, if applicable, proceed to STEP TWO, and answer just a few basic questions about your Bible. It is not necessary to email us any photographs.
It is that simple! Ready? Let’s begin…
STEP ONE: PRE-QUALIFYING THE BIBLE YOU WISH TO SELL
You do not have to read all of this… just skip down to the CENTURY in which your Bible was printed, and read only that one little section. It takes less than one minute.
If your Bible was printed in the 1900’s, Read This:
There is almost no chance that it is worth more than $100, and most likely not more than $20. It’s just not old enough. We would NOT be interested in purchasing Bibles printed in the 1900’s. Also, we could not “refer you to another dealer”, as we are not aware of anyone who deals in such material. Please don’t be offended… we are sure it is a lovely Bible, and may have great sentimental value to you… but it has no significant “market value.” There is no need to contact us regarding this type of Bible. Again, please do not contact us about Bibles printed in the 1900’s, as we do not buy or sell Bibles printed in the 1900’s. Thank you.
If your Bible was printed in the 1800’s, Read This:
There is very little chance that it is worth more than $300, and most likely not more than $50.
It’s just not old enough. Exceptions to this that are worthy of mention are:
• An 1843-1846 Harper Brothers N.Y. Illuminated Bible
• An 1841 English Hexapla Parallel New Testament
• An 1833 Noah Webster Bible
• An 1808 Jane Aitken Four-Volume Bible
• An 1800 Giant Macklin Bible Seven-Volume Set
We deal only in Bibles starting at $3,000 each and up, so we would NOT be interested in purchasing Bibles printed in the 1800’s (with the above listed exceptions). Also, we could not “refer you to another dealer”, as we are not aware of anyone who deals in such material.
Please don’t be offended… we are sure it is a lovely Bible, and may have great sentimental value to you… but it has no significant “market value.” There is no need to contact us regarding this type of Bible. Again, please do not contact us about Bibles printed in the 1800’s, (except for the exceptions listed above), as we generally do not buy or sell Bibles printed in the 1800’s. Thank you.
If your Bible was printed in the 1700’s, Read This:
If your Bible was printed in the 1700’s, AND it was printed IN AMERICA, it may be valuable if the pages are all present and in good condition. If you wish to sell a Bible printed IN AMERICA in the 1700’s, proceed below to STEP TWO.
If your Bible was printed in the 1700’s, and it was printed IN ENGLAND or ANY OTHER EUROPEAN NATION (Germany, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, etc), it is unlikely that your Bible is worth more than a few hundred dollars, because… believe it or not… as old as the “1700’s” may seem to you… that’s just not very early for a European printing.
But, let’s go just one step further to clarify:
If your 1700’s England-or-European-Printed Bible is NOT in the ENGLISH LANGUAGE… there is virtually no chance that it is worth more than a few hundred dollars, and there is no need to contact us regarding this type of Bible.
If your 1700’s England-or-European-Printed Bible IS in the ENGLISH LANGUAGE… there is a chance that it might be valuable if it is a very large or ornately illustrated Bible. If, however, it is simply a plain, old, regular-size Bible from the 1700’s… that is really not old enough for such a Bible to be worth more than a few hundred dollars, and there is no need to contact us about this type of Bible.
If your Bible was printed in the 1600’s, or 1500’s, or 1400’s, Read This:
If your Bible was printed in the 1600’s or 1500’s or 1400’s, it may be valuable if it is complete and the pages are in good condition. ENGLISH language Bibles of the 1600’s and 1500’s are particularly in demand. If you wish to sell an English Bible of the 1600’s or 1500’s, proceed below to STEP TWO.
GERMAN and LATIN language Bibles printed in the 1600’s, usually have little market value. For a German or Latin Bible to be of great value, it really needs to be from the 1500’s or earlier, with the pages complete and in good condition. SPANISH Bibles likewise need to be from the 1500’s to be of great value. If you wish to sell a foreign language Bible from the 1500’s, proceed below to STEP TWO.
If you DO NOT KNOW when your Bible was printed, Read This:
The date of printing, and place of printing, and printers name, and type of Bible, are most frequently found PRINTED on at least one of the following three places:
1 The General Title Page (just before Genesis Chapter One)
2 The New Testament Title Page (just before Matthew Chapter One)
3 The Colophon (the last page of scripture at Revelation 22).
Please note that ancient HAND-WRITTEN dates and family records commonly written inside Bibles do NOT tell us the date of printing of the Bible.
If your Bible does not have any Title Page or Colophon date… and you still cannot tell when it was printed, or you just don’t know what you have… then WE cannot help you.
We suggest that you take your Bible to the nearest MAJOR UNIVERSITY and ask for assistance from the Head Librarian or the Librarian in charge of Rare & Special Collections. The Librarian may be able to offer you “identification assistance” services or “authenticity verification” services, though they will not be able to appraise your Bible.
Please do NOT call us asking us to “help you figure out when your Bible was printed”, because that cannot be done over the phone or via email. Once you are able to determine when your Bible was printed, scroll back up this page and read about that century of Bible printing, to see if your Bible might be of significant value.
STEP TWO: ABOUT THE BIBLE YOU WISH TO SELL
Please answer the ten questions below. You may “cut-and-paste” the questions into an email window, and then answer them. You may email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do NOT email us any “attached file” containing answers or photos of your Bible. We do not need photos and we cannot open email attachments.
Ready to get started? (Hint: Answers to the first three questions are usually found on the Title Page of the Bible). Here we go…
1 DATE and PLACE of Printing?
2 Name of PRINTER?
3 TITLE and TYPE of Bible? (King James Version, or Geneva, or German, etc?)
4 HEIGHT and WIDTH and THICKNESS measurements?
5 TYPESET in ordinary "ROMAN" type (like in a modern book) or in "GOTHIC BLACK LETTER" type (a very fancy calligraphy-like type style)?
6 TYPE and CONDITION of BINDING (Leather? Cloth? Clasps? Covers loose or detached?)
7 CONDITION of pages and mention of any missing pages
8 Whether it contains an APOCRYPHA, CONCORDANCE, BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, GENEALOGY, PSALTER, or other extra features
9 Did you follow “STEP ONE” above before answering these questions?
10 What is your TELEPHONE NUMBER… in case we have other questions?
11 What is your asking price for the Bible you wish to sell?
Note: If your answer to the last question above is, “I don’t know… make me an offer”, please be advised that we cannot do that over the phone or via email, because we need to examine the Bible in-person to confirm its value. Please at least give us some idea of how much you want for your Bible.
After you email us the answers to the above questions about the Bible you wish to sell, we will respond to you either the SAME DAY or the NEXT DAY. Thanks.