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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Buying cheap... (this is just an edit - I forgot to mention the price originally so have just added it...)

I would say that I have got quite a good collection of books to use as references. Yet with some exceptions, a lot of these I've acquired quite cheaply. Reason? Simply their condition.

This one I haven't got round to sorting photos of the pictures yet. It was a pretty good example of one of my 'cheap' buys (though I confess I can't remember how much I paid for it.

Firstly, it's not a book, it's a photo album. Which probably put off a lot of potential buyers. The condition of the front wouldn't help.

Firstly, not obvious but the spine was completely detached on one side. Not obvious now because I  glued it back. Really high tech repair.
Next, the album should have a clasp. Nope, gone, but... who cares? Well, the people who would have paid a lot of money for this if it had a clasp for a start. Me? Not bothered. Nor am I bothered that some of the cells where you insert photos are in poor condition.

So why did I buy it? For the pictures of course. Undated, but look to be 1880s-1890s. And the artist? Looked him up, Richard Caton Woodville Jr. The link shows why the album was a pretty good buy. (Update - Actually didn't mention what I paid for it... £5)


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    1. Do my best. In this case, doesn't even have a market for people removing and framing the pictures - being a photo album, the pictures are already meant to be framing something!

  2. What a find, and what a sad end for the artist.

    1. The stuff is out there, and as long as you are prepared to look and accept things that are useable though less than perfect you can often pick items up for a tenth of the price that's being asked for on AbeBooks.