About Us

Jim Presgravesim Presgraves has been buying and selling books for over forty years, most actively since 1965.   Mr. Presgraves has been an elected member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) since 1978 and he retired in 2015.  He helped found the Southeast Chapter and served as President.  He also has served on the Board of Governors of ABAA.  He also is retired from membership in the National Association of Dealers in Antiques (NADA), associate membership in the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and the Chamber of Commerce.  For a long time, sales were by private quotation, but in the early 70’s catalogues were begun and now nearly 750 catalogues identify his book judgment.  Customers include national libraries in both hemispheres as well as many U. S. State libraries and esteemed national collections such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Winterthur Museum.  Mr. Presgraves and his staff with nearly 40 years experience, and a 4000-title reference collection assist those who wish to purchase or to sell books.  Special customer services include:

  • Collection Building
  • Appraisal – Appraisal services have been provided for church archives, museums, college libraries, private libraries, philanthropic foundations, and individuals. He has developed a no-risk appraisal procedure, available upon request.A participant in national auctions, he maintains an active knowledge of current price trends and values.  On-line resources provide access to over 40 million priced titles.
  • Sale of Books
  • Purchase of Books, Letters, Diaries and Miscellaneous Printed Material
  • Presentations to Clubs, Groups or “Friends of Library” Associations.Mr. Presgraves will provide a one-hour program on collecting old books followed by an appraisal clinic where the audience can present books for evaluation.  Details and terms can be discussed.