Buying Rare Books

Emblem are always looking to buy rare books. We offer very competitive prices for appropriate books. All you need to do is contact us with details of the book or collection you are looking to sell. We will need to know the following information,

If the book meets our requirements, we will contact you for more details.

Selling Books

Rumpour at Nightfall

Emblem sells rare and collectable fiction and poetry. We are particularly interested in 18th and 19th century books, and have a world-renowned stock of latter 19th century women’s writing. Of particular interest are first editions, private press editions, and author signed copies. We also provide a restoration service, and consultancy on investment in rare books. We issue printed and illustrated catalogues of rare books twice a year. We also exhibit at book fairs in the UK, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

Valuing Books


If you possess books you wish to sell then a formal valuation the most appropriate course of action. Emblem undertakes written valuations for insurance purposes or personal interest. We can appraise a single books or collections.

If you wish to have a book valued, a free initial verbal assessment of whether the book is likely to have sufficient value to merit a full valuation is recommended. If you decide to go ahead with the valuation, Emblem will provide you with an estimate of the cost before the valuation is carried out in full. Fees for valuation work are charged at a half day rate of £300.

Book of the month

The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene

Heart of The Matter

1900 copy. One of only 50 published in this edition. Excellent condition in its original blue cloth with publisher’s device stamped on cover. This book represents an excellent investment, and is expected to appreciate in value by 6% over the next three years.