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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 also process your order instantly through our merchant account by calling us at 518-279-9638 from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Mon-Fri (EST). Please note that we do not retain credit card information, which is used solely to process your order (refer to our Privacy Policy for additional information).

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. Note that 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.

Shipping Rates

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). Note: Media Mail shipping is FREE for orders over $50.00.

Priority Mail:  Domestic Priority Mail for most items is only $6.25 (usually 2-4 day delivery) and $6.00 for each additional item.

Express Mail:  $25.00 for the first book, $20.00 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:  $32.50 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 vary widely.

International Express Mail:  $65.50 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.

Rapid Turnaround

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 time.

Delivery Times

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.


Grading Books

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.

New or 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 it was issued with one) 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 jacket).

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.

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