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Ed Conroy, Bookseller
272 Smith Hill Rd. Troy, NY 12180
(518)-279-9638, 8-4pm EST (M-F)

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We Buy Books

We are primarily interested in hard cover collections of non-fiction in very good or better condition, preferably in lots of 250 or more. Our primary areas of interest are:

  • Scholarly works
  • Higher Level Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers
  • Military History
  • World War II
  • World War I
  • Other military conflicts.
  • History
  • Social and Political Sciences
  • Marxism
  • Communism.
  • Russian Royalty
  • Biographies.
  • Estate Libraries are of particular interest to us.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot make offers or guarantees over the phone or by email. We must see your books and assess them on their merits. We will examine your books and make an appropriate offer. Please note that we do not conduct appraisals or perform book repairs.

Please call 518-279-9638 (M-F, 8:30am to 4:00pm EST) or send us a message describing the books you have to offer. However, before doing so, please review our Book Purchasing Guidelines (see below).

Book Grading and Purchasing Guidelines

We buy books

Although book collections are common, disposal can be problematic as most people are unfamiliar with book grading. Ed Conroy, Bookseller purchases collections provided they meet certain criteria for acceptability.

Generally speaking, we are more interested in a book's condition and description than its history. With few exceptions, books offered for consideration must be in very good or better condition.

The term "very good" has specific meaning in the book world. Here is a condensed set of book grading guidelines which we apply in our acquisitions (refer to our Terms of Sale page for additional information):

We DO buy books that are:

  • As New: A book in the same immaculate condition as when it was published.
  • Fine: Approaches the condition of As New but without being crisp. There can be no defects although extremely minor nicks or scratches ("Near Fine") may be acceptable if the book itself approaches Fine.
  • Very Good: Describes a book showing visible signs of use. There can be no tears on either binding or paper, though a dust jacket with minor defects is acceptable if the book itself approaches Fine. There can be no mildew, stains or odors. "Very Good" is the minimum acceptable book condition we will purchase.

We DO NOT buy books that are:

  • Good, Fair or Poor Condition: "Good" refers to a typical, average used book, one that shows wear from handling but is otherwise intact; a book in "Fair" condition has all pages present but may be lacking endpapers, half-title and/or dust jacket (if issued); a "Poor" condition book is sufficiently worn or damaged that its only merit is as a reading copy.
  • Ex-library: Always noted in inside cover.
  • Book Club Editions: Always noted in front matter.
  • Mass Market Paperbacks
  • Readers Digest
  • National Geographic
  • We occasionally make exceptions for books that are old, rare, distinctive, or books which comprise all or part of a set.



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