Alcuin Books


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Alcuin Books

We are members of the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America) and the ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers), the only two recognized groups for appraising books, autographs, and ephemera.

Alcuin Books began in California as a specialist in rare and scholarly book. Our first open store opened in Phoenix in 1991. We have been in Old Town Scottsdale at 4242 North Scottsdale Road since 2003 with a parking lot open to those who visit us. Besides beautiful books, autographs and important ephemera, we have always had a large supply of important items for the serious reader. We have completed appraisals for the FBI as well as for banks, insurance companies, and estates. Estimates are cheerfully given on books brought to the store by appointment.

We gave the lecture for the Blue Cross-Blue Shield “Lure of the Book” in 1997 on “The History of the Book”. In the 1986-1989 issues our series on “Books in the Gold Rush” was published in AB Bookman’s Weekly. Our memorial to the late George Chamberlain of Scottsdale’s Antiquarian Shop appeared in the ABAA Newsletter in April 2005. His chief cataloger, Linda S. Moore continues in that task today.

We buy fine books and libraries. Appraisals are accepted on a case by case basis. Many items can be given an evaluation without a written appraisal.

Besides offering gift certificates, we also have installed libraries into fine homes. Our staff is expert both on the preparation of books for shipping as well as presentation of books, historic autographs or unique items for special conferences and events.

A profile of Richard Murian as an appraiser of Books, Historic Autographs and Manuscripts: After obtaining his BA (History) at the University of California, Davis, Mr. Murian began his work as an appraiser under the tutelage of Mr. Herbert Caplan of Argus Books in Sacramento in 1970. He later received his Master of Library Science at the University of California, Berkeley with special emphasis on the History of the Book and Archival Methods. He served as the out-of-print specialist at California State University, Sacramento where he also received his MA in History of the American West. He is in Who’s Who in America as well as Who’s Who in the World.


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