Sell Antique Books & Old, Rare Books

For people in the UK looking to sell antique books to trusted, certified and reliable buyers, Burlingtons has you covered from back to front. We are always looking to buy unique antique books and first editions, whether they’re libraries, collections or single books. 

This includes old books and books that are hand-illustrated leather-bound. If you think your books may be worth something, contact us describing details of the books as best you can and we will get back to you swiftly to book a valuation.

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    Sell Old, Rare and Antique Books to Burlingtons


    What separates Burlingtons from other companies or auction houses that sell antique books is our professional and honest approach. We provide a private and personal buying service that starts with visiting your home to carry out a simple antique book valuation. 

    We guarantee that we will find you the most up to date market value for your old, rare and antique books – to ensure you get the best possible price.

    “What a pleasure to have Daniel come to our home! He is very knowledgeable, honest and charming. He paid good prices for silver and jewellery, with none of the hassle and expenses of selling at auction.”

     – Gillian Swinburn

    Antique Books

    Why Sell Your Antique Books With Burlingtons?

    Selling antique books is made easy with Burlingtons’ unique service. 

    We provide a personal, one-stop service for buying old, rare and first edition books in almost any condition. When you go to auction, there’s always a risk that your antique book may not fetch the price it’s worth – or what you were expecting. 

    By using Burlingtons, your antique and rare books are valued in the comfort of your own home – and you are under no obligation to accept our generous offer once it’s made. There are also no hidden costs or deductions with our service, the price we offer for your rare and antique books is the price you will receive, through an instant and secure BACS payment.

    For over 20 years, we have been building strong, new relationships with clients throughout the UK. Our clients trust our experience when it comes to valuing and buying antique books – and you will too.

    We are confident that you will receive a higher and far more accurate price for your books compared to going to auction.

    Burlingtons Ltd have been buying and selling vintage and antique books for years and our experts are on hand to give you the best evaluations possible.

    Arranging to Have Your Antique Books Sold to Burlingtons

    Selling your antique books could not be easier, thanks to our streamlined buying service. All you need to do is contact us, and describe your antique books as best you can so we’re able to determine if they’re something we’d be interested in buying. 

    You can do this either by calling us directly, emailing us or using the form above, detailing your books.

    Here’s how to book your obligation-free valuation:

    • Booking your valuation: Book your valuation by contacting us by calling, emailing or completing the valuation form above. Once we get in touch, and we have agreed to value your item, we will arrange a convenient time and a date to value your antique book at your home.
    • Accepting our offer: Accepting our offer and receiving your payment is so simple! If we want your antique book, we will make a formal offer then and there. Upon accepting our offer, we will transfer you the money then and there through BACS – a swift and secure payment service that lets you receive your money instantly. If for whatever reason BACS is not appropriate for you, we can discuss an alternative payment method. 
    • Receiving your payment: We guarantee that your payment will be made on the same day, while we’re still at your home. We will not leave until payment is completed.

    Now that you understand the way our buying process works, please feel free to contact us to book your valuation.

    Sell Your Antique Books to Burlingtons Today

    Our relationships with dealers, book collectors and interior designers make us well-placed to sell your items, we may also sell your rare books and book collections online. You can avoid the risk of selling your antique books at an auction, where they may sell for less than you imagined – and you could be hit with deductions that will decrease the overall value of your book or book collection. 

    Get in touch with Burlingtons to get a professional valuation and a no-obligation service.


    What antique books are worth money?

    There are several ways we value antique books, the most common factors are:
    – Age
    – Date of publication
    – Signed copies
    – Condition
    – Edition (first or limited editions)
    – And the book itself
    For example, a first edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone book may sell for anywhere between £3,000 to over £5,000 depending on these factors.

    I’m wondering how to tell if an old book is valuable?

    It might be! One of the most important factors that will influence the value of an old book or rare book collection is the overall condition. You may have an extremely old book, but if it’s in poor condition, it will probably be worth considerably less than a good copy. When it comes to the value of certain editions, first editions are typically more valuable than any others. Limited edition books can also fetch high prices depending on their age and condition.