Lex wrote:I couldn't believe it. Am I just incredibly lucky, or are these books usually this cheap?
I have praised Madison's population of used bookstores before. Here the cost depends on the dealer. Most are knowledgeable, so usually give fair prices for books -- fair to them and to me. But $3 isn't too unusual for popular school editions. Critical texts (OCT and Teubneriana) are usually in the $15-$25 range.
But sometimes I find amazing things, like a Teubner for $10. I got a 1000+ page Histories by Polybius printed in 1844 in, I assume, Berlin (is the Latin of that "Berolini"?) for a mere $25.
I've sent a few of the choicer finds to Jeff for scanning. I'm especially likely now to pick up an edition that is about to fall apart, and should thus be scanned soon anyway. In that case, I'm more interested in the information than the book itself. Obviously the book has to be interesting and reasonably free of markings, which is surprisingly difficult find. Even the Polybius has a lot of foxing in parts (age spots for paper).