Books & Manuscripts

Pingel Rare Books specializes in the appraisal and purchase of Books & Manuscripts. We provide free appraisals upon request.

Many criteria are to be taken into account in the evaluation of antique, modern and manuscript books such as provenance, dimensions, period or state of preservation. It is by considering all these factors and with a thorough knowledge of the art market that it is possible to make a reliable estimate of the value of a book.

How does the valuation of my work proceed?

We will collect the information on your work that you will have provided us by telephone, email or via the contact form. On the basis of this information and the photographs we will carry out a free estimate which we will send to you by email under 48h. Finally, we will be able to propose you a solution adapted to the sale of your object.

Do I have to go to the auction to have my work appraised?

No need to come to receive your estimate! We make an estimate on the basis of the information that you will have sent us. The photos give us information on many criteria and allow us to refine the estimate of your work.

Do you make estimates at home?

When it is necessary, for example in the case of an inventory for sale, we can travel to carry out estimates everywhere in France.

What is the cost of the estimate ?

The estimation of your works is totally free but the communicated values are indicative and they cannot, in any case, be used for any purpose. It will be necessary to proceed later to a visual expertise of your object to confirm its authenticity and its value.

How can I sell my work at the best price ?

There are two ways to sell your object at the best price: to contact a specialized dealer and to go through an auction. Specialized dealers allow you to make a fast, secure and confidential transaction. It is very important to use a dealer who is a member of a union such as the SNA or ILAB. Unions establish professional standards and codes of conduct in the trade. These rules govern the business practices of dealers who belong to the union and allow private customers to deal with them with confidence. Auctions allow an object to be sold over a longer period of time and with no guarantee of results. Nevertheless, with the right advice and in the right circumstances, an auction can be the best solution to sell your XXX.

Whatever solution you choose, Pingel Rare Books will help you in your selling process!

How does the sale of my book work out?

1. Estimation of your book by our experts based on photographs. You can send us your information and photos by phone, email or via the contact form.

2. Deposit of your work for an in-depth expertise. The expertise allows us to confirm the estimate made on the basis of photographs.

3. In the case of an amicable sale, we will issue an invoice and pay your work immediately. In the case of a sale, your object is put on sale according to the calendar of the sales to come and payment by rib 5 weeks after the sale.