Besides being a treasure trove of rare books itself, the Rare Books and Special Collections Department at the Main Library is the place to go for printed price guides that record the resale value of out-of-print and rare books. Staff of this department can also help familiarize you with websites on which the latest book market values can be searched.
Department hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 to 6 on Saturday; and 1 to 5 on Sunday. All materials must be used in the department's reading room. Call 513/369-6957 or email the department for more information.
Bookman's Price Index ...Citations ... Describing Antiquarian Books Offered for Sale by Leading Dealers (BPI)
This set goes back to sales in 1964, and is currently issued three times yearly. Multi-year indexes make the set easier to use.
American Book Prices Current (ABPC)
This title records chiefly American and British book auctions. Yearly volumes from 1894/95 to 1995 and index volumes up to 1978 are located in the History & Genealogy Department (R018.3 A5), while the latest volumes through 2000 and five-year indexes from 1979 to 1999 are in Rare Books. Each volume is divided into two sections: Part I--Autographs & Manuscripts; and Part II--Books, Broadsides, Maps & Charts.
Mandeville's Used Book Price Guide
This guide comes in five- or three-year compilations. The first two volumes list prices beginning in May 1967. The most current edition has prices through March 1997.
Book Prices: Used and Rare
edited by Edward N. Zempel and Linda A. Verkler
The most recent issue of this guide in the Library is 1997. There are nearly 32,000 titles in this volume, gathered from the catalogs of over 180 book dealers and auction houses.
Book Auction Records: A Priced and Annotated Annual Record of International Book Auctions (BAR)
The library has this set beginning with the 1990-91 yearly volume. This guide is divided into two parts: Part I--Printed Books & Atlases; Part II--Printed Maps, Charts & Plans. Auctions covered include more British and European auction houses than ABPC.
Annual Register of Book Values
The library just started its subscription to this series in 1998. The set contains separate volumes by subject: Science & Medicine; Voyages; Travel & Exploration; Children's Books; The Arts & Architecture; Literature; and Modern First Editions.