Sell Us Your Rare Books

Nelson Rare Books is purchasing single rare books or entire collections, estates and libraries.  We buy and sell globally!

We offer free evaluations and are able to make immediate cash payment on the books that we buy. (Please note we do not perform appraisals). 


In most cases, if you send us a photos of the books' binding and title page, and signatures (if applicable) and we are able to make offers immediately. Sometimes, for higher priced items, we will need to see the book in person, in which we are happy to pay to have the book shipped to our location for review.


Contact us for more information at, use our Contact Form, or give us a call at (609) 474-0640.


Please note that we do not buy, textsbooks, magazines, comics, self-help books, most bibles, dictionaries, most paperbacks, books published after 1950 that are not signed or first editions with dust jackets, incomplete sets, or modern ex-library books. 


Specifically, we are happy to consider purchasing any important or rare book but we are particularly interested in the following areas:

  1. British literature 1600 - 1945 (for books published after 1850, we prefer first editions)
  2. American literature 1700 - 1945 (for books published after 1850, we prefer first editions)
  3. Books published before 1800
  4. Signed, inscribed or association, or copies signed by or owned by, authors or important persons published 1600 - 1945
  5. Books and ephemera owned by authors/poets/artists or have other interesting provenance
  6. Kelmscott Press, Doves Press, and other fine presses of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
  7. Pre-Raphaelite artists/poets/writers, William Morris, and John Ruskin
  8. Sir Walter Scott
  9. Elizabeth Gaskell
  10. Aesthetic Movement
  11. Gothic Revival
  12. Gothic Literature
  13. Architecture pre-1920s
  14. Books about books

Additionally, we are always buying the following specific authors/persons/publishers/presses:

  1. Ackermann publications
  2. Allingham, William
  3. Arts & Crafts style bindings
  4. Ashbee, C.R.
  5. Ashendene Press
  6. Austen, Jane
  7. Barrie, J.M.
  8. Beardsley, Aubrey
  9. Bronte Sisters
  10. Bulwer-Lytton, Edward
  11. Burne-Jones, Edward
  12. Burns, Robert
  13. Browne, Thomas
  14. Browning, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett
  15. Byron, Lord
  16. Carlyle, Thomas
  17. Chesterton, G.K.
  18. Cobden-Sanderson
  19. Cockerell, Douglas
  20. Conrad, Joseph
  21. Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
  22. Collins, Wilkie
  23. Cooper, James Fenimore
  24. Crane, Walter
  25. Cruikshank, George
  26. Dallaway, James
  27. de Sauty, Alfred
  28. Dibdin
  29. Dickens, Charles
  30. Doves Press
  31. Dowson, Ernest
  32. Dryden, John
  33. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
  34. Eliot, George
  35. Elston Press
  36. Eragny Press
  37. Essex House Press
  38. Fielding, Henry
  39. Ford, Ford Madox
  40. Fore-edge Paintings
  41. Gaskell, Elizabeth
  42. Greenaway, Kate
  43. Hand-colored plate books
  44. Hawthorne, Nathaniel
  45. Hogarth, William
  46. Housman, Laurence
  47. Hunt, William Holman
  48. Illuminated Manuscripts
  49. Irving, Washington
  50. Johnson, Samuel
  51. Keats, John
  52. Kelmscott Press
  53. Kipling, Rudyard
  54. Long Beach Island books and ephemera
  55. MacDonald, George
  56. Macpherson, James
  57. Melville, Herman
  58. Meredith, George
  59. Milner, John
  60. Milton, John
  61. Morris, William
  62. Newton, A.E.
  63. Pope, Alexander
  64. Pugin, A.W.N
  65. Ricketts, Charles
  66. Riviere bindings
  67. Rossetti, Christina
  68. Rossetti, Dante Gabriel
  69. Rossetti, William Michael
  70. Rowlandson, Thomas
  71. Ruskin, John
  72. Sangoski & Suttcliffe
  73. Scott, Walter
  74. Shaw, George Bernard
  75. Shelley, Percy & Mary
  76. Smith, Jessie Willcox
  77. Southey, Robert
  78. Sterne, Laurence
  79. Swift, Jonathan
  80. Tennyson, Alfred
  81. Thackeray, William Makepeace
  82. Trollope, Anthony
  83. Vale Press
  84. Walpole, Horace
  85. Waugh, Evelyn
  86. Wilde, Oscar
  87. Woolf, Virginia
  88. Wordsworth, William

Also, if your collection piques our interest we can come to you in the vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Main Line, Delaware County, Chester County, Cherry Hill, Evesham, Marlton, Medford, Mount Laurel, Moorestown, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Voorhees, Princeton, Hamilton, Pennington, Lawrenceville, Stafford, Long Beach Island, Bordentown, Lambertville, King of Prussia, Ambler, Jenkintown, Merion, Cheltenham, Dresher, Elkins Park, Media, Swarthmore, Haverford, Chadds Ford, Malvern, Kennett Square,  Ardmore, Narbeth, Wayne, Villanova, Gladwyn, Radnor, West Chester, Langhorne, Newtown, Yardley, Doylestown, Buckingham, New Hope, Washington Crossing, and the surrounding areas.

Again, please note that we do not offer appraisals for taxation, estates, insurance, or any other purpose or reason.  When we make a offer to purchase books, is not and cannot be considered an appraisal and is nothing more than the offer that we make to purchase your books.