Rare Book Monthly

Articles - January - 2023 Issue

Rare Book Hub: New Services and New Pricing

Clarity in a flash

Rare Book Hub, née Americana Exchange has been a two decade project organized around the idea to building a bridge to the new collector.  In the 1990’s my collecting ambitions were being limited by lack of market information, and the outcome was our commitment to build a worldwide database of auction records.  Knowledge would empower collectors.  It started as a modest project and has turned out larger than we envisioned.  On day 1 on September 3rd, 2002 we launched with 151,400 records that has since become Rare Book Hub’s Transactions+, providing 12,609,268 records as of 12/29/22.  Started as a modest project it has become a long term commitment to provide clarity for collectible paper for libraries, collectors, dealers, auction houses and appraisers.


Scale involves costs and we have today increased our subscription and services prices to reflect today’s 12,000,000 searchable records:


Annual Pricing

Single User: $525

Two Users: $800

Five Users: $1,250

Institution-wide Access: $3,000


As well we have recently added a new service called Batch Valuation that enables members to submit catalogues or collections for matching to Transactions+. Collections of unlimited size can be matched and valued, generally within a day or two, up to a week for very large collections.


Annual memberships include free trials to use Batch Valuation, to be used during their current membership year.


We are also providing 10 day and 30 day Visitor memberships:


10 Days:  $65


30 Days $95


You can view a brief (two-minute) video about Transactions + at this link: https://vimeo.com/77127415


Contact us with questions or for more information at hello@rarebookhub.com, at 877.323.7273 or 415.823.6678. We will arrange Zoom sessions for those interested in a demonstration or a more detailed description.


Our best wishes for the New  Year!


Bruce Evan McKinney

Managing Partner

Rare Book Hub / AE

Posted On: 2023-01-02 18:37
User Name: eav

Dear Sir,

I understand that a large database and new services require a new pricing, however, your database is quantity driven, not quality driven. So yes, you have many auction records, but often incomparable. The various auction houses that contribute to your database in their nature often are incomparable. Some follow the eBay format, some mainly sell prints under the titles of the books from which these prints have been taken and others are just online auctions where booksellers try to get rid of their excess - or unsalable stock. If I will have to find out the value of a certain book, then the price achieved for a very poor copy weighs just as heavy as the price realised for a fine copy. I just get the average price realised, which in many cases will not reflect the true value of a book, whether it being perfect or poor.

ABPC, history unfortunately as of last month, was a quality driven database and as such in many cases quite useful.

Also I am not interested in batch valuation. Apart from the question whether it will result in a reasonably accurate valuation, insurance companies often require a valuation by a certified expert.

As a small collector, with your new, steep price increase, I am not sure whether I will renew my subscription once it expires.

Perhaps you should reconsider your new pricing.

Kind regards,
Eric Veldhuizen

Rare Book Monthly

  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Manuscript Masterpieces from the Schøyen Collection
    London auction, 11 June
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Holkham Hebrew Bible. In Hebrew, decorated manuscript on vellum [Toledo, 2nd quarter 13th century]. £1,500,000–3,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Crosby-Schøyen Codex. In Coptic, manuscript on papyrus [Upper Egypt, middle 3rd century / 4th century]. £2,000,000–3,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Geraardsbergen Bible. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Southern Netherlands, late 12th century]. £700,000–1,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now : Jean de Courcy (fl. 1420). The Chronique de la Bouquechardiere. In French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1480]. £200,000–300,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The ‘Catherine de Medici’ Hours. In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1485]. £120,000–180,000
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Potter (Beatrix). Complete set of four original illustrations for the nursery rhyme, 'This pig went to market', 1890s. £60,000 to £80,000.
    Forum, May 30: Dante Alighieri.- Lactantius (Lucius Coelius Firmianus). Opera, second edition, Rome, 1468. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, May 30: Distilling.- Brunschwig (Hieronymus). Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis, first edition of the so-called 'Grosses Destillierbuch', Strassburg, 1512. £22,000 to £28,000.
    Forum, May 30: Eliot (T.S.), W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, & others. A Personal Anthology for Eric Walter White, 60 autograph poems. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum, May 30: Cornerstone of French Enlightenment Philosophy.- Helvetius (Claude Adrien). De l'Esprit, true first issue "A" of the suppressed first edition, Paris, 1758. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Szyk (Arthur). The Haggadah, one of 125 copies, this out-of-series, Beaconsfield Press, 1940. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Fleming (Ian). Casino Royale, first edition, first impression, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Japan.- Ryusui (Katsuma). Umi no Sachi [Wealth of the Sea], 2 vol., Tokyo, 1762. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Computing.- Operating and maintenance manual for the BINAC binary automatic computer built for Northrop Aircraft Corporation 1949, Philadelphia, 1949. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Burmese School (probably circa 1870s). Folding manuscript, or parabaik, from the Court Workshop at the Royal Court at Manadaly, Burma, [c.1870s]. £8,000 to £12,000.

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