All Books Are Guaranteed
We guarantee the condition of every book to be as described in our web site. To
obtain a refund, please (a) first contact us via email or phone us at 518-279-9638
to obtain a Return Authorization Number, then (b) return the book in its original
condition, postmarked within 10 days of the delivery date. You are responsible for
the cost of return shipping.
We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, checks, money orders, and
institutional purchase orders. You may use your credit or debit card through PayPal,
our primary credit processor. If you already have a PayPal account, you may also
use your existing PayPal balance.
If you prefer to conduct business one-on-one,
we can process your order through our merchant account by calling
518-279-9638 from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Mon-Fri (EST). We use
credit card information solely to process your order (refer to our
If you prefer to pay by check or money order, or if you are a business or institutional
customer and require a separate invoice and corresponding purchase order, select
the appropriate option in the shopping cart at checkout time. You will receive a
receipt for your online transaction, followed by an order acknowledgement with shipping
information and other details. We will notify you in advance if additional
postage is required for overweight or oversized items.
Quality Shipping at Reasonable Rates
We package books carefully to withstand the rigors of shipment using heavy-duty
materials (we seldom hear of any book being damaged in transit). We do our very
best to keep your costs low and never apply hidden or "built in" shipping
charges. We will always combine shipping when purchasing 2 or more items. In rare
cases where an item is oversized, overweight, or requires special packaging, we
will always advise you before fulfilling your order.
Media Mail shipping is FREE for orders over $25.00.
Our shipping fees are low and apply uniformly. Some books and sets exceed standard
shipping weights and may require additional postage. You will always receive an
updated order acknowledgment showing your exact shipping cost. Here are the rates
for various delivery methods (the same rates appear in our shopping cart):
Media Mail: $3.99 for the
first book, $3.00 for each additional book (usually
7-14 day delivery).
Priority Mail: Domestic Priority Mail for most items is only
$7.25 (usually 2-4 day delivery) and
$6.00 for each additional item.
Express Mail: $31.00 for
the first book, $27.00 for each additional book.
US Express Mail provides reliable next-day deliveries, but there are exceptions
and not all locations guarantee next-day service.
International Air Mail: $25.50
for the first book, $22.00 for each additional
book. All international orders are shipped by Air via the USPS unless otherwise
specified. Most items will arrive within 10 business days, though delivery times
International Express Mail: $65.00
for the first book, $45.00 for each additional
book. Overseas express mail generally takes 3-7 business days but delivery times
vary widely and cannot be guaranteed. In addition, please note that although we
provide required customs documentation, overseas orders may be delayed by customs
and we have no control over this.
We ship 6 days a week, with most orders going out in 24 hours. You will always receive
a confirmation message via email, followed by a dispatch notice when we ship your
order. Our online package-tracking system lets you check delivery status at any
Delivery times cannot be guaranteed, they are estimates based on the carriers'
stated transit times. Although we ship promptly, we cannot control the actual
time it takes to deliver your shipment. For example, the method chosen, the distance
involved and holidays & weekends may all have an effect on transit and delivery
time. Package tracking information will be provided for Priority and Express shipments.
We guarantee the condition of every book to be as described in our web site. When
you see a grade in one of our book descriptions such as Fine/Near Fine,
this dual condition refers first to the book itself, then to the dust jacket. In
other words, "Fine/Near Fine" means the book itself is in "Fine"
condition, and the dust jacket is in "Near Fine" condition. The grading
system always works from the inside out; e.g. book, dust jacket and slip case if
the item has one.
Every book is described exactly as it is with respect to physical condition, text,
cover, jacket, edition, and other attributes. For more than 25 years, we have applied
a standard set of grading guidelines to our books when appraising condition. We
have consistently applied this grading system to our entire inventory to insure
you always know precisely what you are purchasing.
AB Bookman's Weekly (aka Antiquarian Bookman), one of the most well-respected journals
in the book-selling trade, listed the following categories for judging book conditions.
Their criteria has become the industry standard and it is the grading standard to
which all of our books conform.
As New can be used only when the book is in the same immaculate
condition in which it was published. There can be no defects, no missing pages,
no library stamps, etc., and the dust jacket (if one was issued) must be perfect
without any tears. (The term "As New" is preferred over the alternative
term "Mint" to describe a copy that is perfect in every respect, including
Fine approaches the condition of As New, but without being crisp.
For the use of the term Fine there must also be no defects, etc., and if the jacket
has a small tear, or other defect, or looks worn, those should be noted.
Very Good can describe a used book that does show some small signs
of wear — but no tears — on either binding or paper. Further defects
are so noted.
Good describes the average used and worn book that has all pages
or leaves present. Further defects are so noted.
Fair is a worn book that has complete text pages (including those
with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title, etc. (which must be noted).
Binding, jacket (if any), etc., may also be worn. All defects must be noted.
Poor describes a book that is sufficiently worn that its only merit
is as a Reading Copy because it does have the complete text, which must be legible.
Any missing maps or plates are noted. This copy may be soiled, scuffed, stained
or spotted and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, etc. We offer very few books
designated as Poor.
Ex-library and Book Club editions must always
be noted as such no matter what the condition of the book.
Binding Copy describes a book in which the pages or leaves are
acceptable, but the binding is very bad, loose, off, or nonexistent.