Rare book dealer to share insight, estimates in ‘Value of the Book’

Have you ever looked at an old book on your shelf and wondered how much it might be worth? Wonder no more. The Friends of the Connecticut College Library will host “Value of the Book” on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in Hood Dining Room of Blaustein Humanities Center.
At this entertaining interactive program, Ray Rickman, a longtime rare book dealer in Providence and the former host of “Bestsellers” on Rhode Island Public Television, will discuss some of the features that can make a book valuable — or not. He’ll also provide a rough estimate for up to three books brought in by attendees.
“One of the most frequent questions I get as a special collections librarian is ‘How much is my book worth?'” said Benjamin Panciera, the director of special collections at Connecticut College. “Maybe it's a Bible that has been handed down for generations. Or a ragged copy of a Charles Dickens novel with professionally colored illustrations. Or a limited edition, numbered and signed by the author. The Friends of the Library is pleased to have the opportunity to bring in a professional with experience making many evaluations who can break down this subject for people.”
A former Rhode Island state representative, Rickman lectures throughout Rhode Island and beyond on a broad range of historical and cultural topics pertaining to American literature and African-American history. He also founded The Rickman Group, a Providence-based management consultant firm, offering advice to companies and nonprofits to improve their strategic, financial and operational position and performance.
“This should be a lighthearted and fun program,” said Panciera. “Because the question ‘How much is my book worth?’ often yields the answer that, unfortunately, it doesn't carry a high monetary value ... but you never know. There are some surprise treasures hiding out there on our bookshelves.”
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Panciera at Benjamin.panciera@conncoll.edu.

September 25, 2014