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Book History and Appraisal

Unfortunately, UNI Special Collections is not able to appraise books at this time. Below are some links that may assist with the process of finding a qualified appraiser. There are also informational links on book history and continuing education resources for people who are simply interested in learning more.

What Makes an Old Book "Rare"?

Antiquarian Booksellers: Resources for Estimating Market Value

​Auction Houses


Book History and Textual Studies Resources

  • The Iowa Center for the Book, located at the University of Iowa, defines itself as "an interdisciplinary program for the study and practice of the traditional and non-traditional arts of the book as well as the study of the book as a cultural artifact." The site offers information on the Center's activities and programs of study.

  • Book Arts Press home page offers information about the well-known Rare Books School at the University of Virginia.


Rod Library Special Collections and University Archives 
University of Northern Iowa 
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-3675 
Telephone: (319)-273-7295
Fax: (319)-273-2913 


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