Leather Antiquarian & Collectible Books

Feed Your Inner Antiquarian With Leather Bound Books

Book lovers know that you cant judge a book by its cover, but theres no denying that shelves stocked with leather books give a room a classical, elegant, and scholarly air. All those who see them know that their owner is someone erudite and with refined tastes. Leather books simply look cool, so heres what you need to know as you go about shopping for them on eBay.

The sort of books that generally come in leather format

As with non-leather bound books, you can find all sorts of books, from all sorts of genres, for sale on eBay. You should know, however, that if you insist on beautifying your office, study, or any other room with leather books, you will most likely be purchasing classics of of one kind or another. Everything from literary classics Dantes Divine Comedy to beautiful, but chilling editions of H.P. Lovecrafts Necronomicon can be found for sale in abundance on eBay.

Its not only classic fiction that comes bound up in leather. Plenty of non-fiction books, which have stood the test of time and been deemed worth commemorating are available in leather bound volumes. Find Winston Churchills collection of pre-war speeches called While England Slept, Sun-Tzus The Art of War, religious works by C.S. Lewis like, The Great Divorce, or even authentic American Civil War-era leather bound bibles and other antique books.

The condition in which you can find leather books

Leather books vary in their conditions depending on the kind of book you wish to purchase. There are plenty of newly or recently printed editions of classic books available shrink-wrapped with beautiful, shiny leather covers. However, if simple glitz isnt enough for you and your antiquarian itch is harder to scratch, you can find decades or centuries-old editions of leather books for sale on eBay, including original editions of books published in the 19th century or even earlier. Such older books will obviously not be available in anything close to new condition, but what they can offer you in terms of historical significance is of great value in itself.

Which publishing companies print editions of leather books?

You can find a regular output of leather books from a number of different contemporary publishers. Some include:

  • Easton Press - Consistently puts out very handsome editions of a large number of classic books, both of fiction and non-fiction
  • Barnes & Noble - Publishes a series of beautiful-looking books of both fiction and non-fiction, including the King James Bible, the complete works of Shakespeare, and the collected writings of Nikola Tesla
  • The Franklin Library - Mainly publishes leather-bound editions of fiction classics with gold-rimmed pages, like Virgils Aeneid and Rablais Gargantua and Pentagruel