Library is bound to have book prices

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January 08, 1995

Q: I found three history books in my attic. Each has a 1925 copyright. The titles are "Discovery and Exploration," "Reconstruction" and "Developing Nations." All have gold-leaf pages. Are they worth anything?

A: Books of this type are usually not worth much. The value is probably in their content. Anyone researching book prices can find information in "American Book Prices Current." It is available in most libraries.

Q: My 89-year-old aunt left me her collection of postcards that date from 1909 to 1910. Many of them are from Germany. Some are quite unusual and ornate and all are in good condition. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

A: Postcards from the early 1900s generally are in the $3 to $10 range, but there are exceptions. For instance, Wiener Werkstaette postcards have been known to fetch at least $2,000.

Susan Brown Nicholson's "The Encyclopedia of Antique Postcards" is just teeming with information for postcard

enthusiasts.

Letters with picture(s) are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 490, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556.

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