Monday, June 07, 2010

Low's Railway and Telegraph Directory


I have a book about United States Railroads published by Tillotson & Co., compiled from official reports by James W. Low – the name of this hard cover book is: Low's Railway & Telegraph Directory, 1864.

I am trying to find out the approximate value!! Can you help or direct me?

—Patti Kelleher


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best place to look is That website searches the world's used bookstores for copies for sale which would give an idea of comparable sales.

Apparently, your book is sufficiently rare, that there are currently no copies offered for sale, so you might want to check the above books for sale search website every few months.

6/08/2010 8:28 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Thank you for the assistance ... that was very fast! Unfortunately, I can't find what I'm looking for anywhere!

6/08/2010 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having a book that is so rare that you can't find another for sale is a very nice problem to have!

Only find one copy of this book in a library, an 1866 version at Peabody Essex Museum, SALEM, MA 01970 United States.

Before the internet, dealers in rare books had some paper reference books (such as the Howes, Graff, Wagner-Camp, or Cowan bibliographies) that listed most of the known books. You might want to contact a rare book dealer that has been selling this type of book for many years, and see if they can find your book listed and priced.

Alternatively, perhaps the reference librarian at a large research library might be able to help.

Or perhaps someone at The Railroadiana Collectors Association could help.

If your goal is to sell the book, another approach is to use an auction, such as eBay or a book auction to discover the market price. That way, the seller isn't required to know the price in advance, as the buyers will determine the price through the bidding process.

6/08/2010 8:48 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


Thank you again ... you are truly amazing! I know that museum well. I had some great, great uncles who were sea captains out of Marblehead, Massachusetts and some things that are on display were from their ships!! I shall continue my pursuit and let you know how I make out.

—Patti Kelleher

6/08/2010 4:30 PM  

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