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The ABA Code

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, founded in 1906, is the oldest organisation of antiquarian booksellers in the world. Its members deal in books, manuscripts, prints, maps, music, photographs, ephemera and associated material of all ages.
 
The Association promotes the acquisition, enjoyment, and study of books, fosters cordial and trusting relations between members of public and trade alike, and upholds the highest ethical standards.
 
Members of the Association are elected on the basis of their knowledge, experience and integrity.
 
 

THE ABA CODE

 
Members of the ABA pledge:
 
AUTHENTICITY – The guarantee of the authenticity of all material offered for sale
 
DESCRIPTION – The accurate and professional identification and description of all such material
 
DISCLOSURE – The disclosure of all significant restoration and repair
 
PRICING – The clear, informed and professional pricing of all material   
 
FAIRNESS – The fairness and honesty of offers to purchase
 
Breaches of the Code are rigorously investigated, and strict sanctions are applied when appropriate. In the event of any complaint, in the first instance please contact the ABA Secretary in writing. All complaints are treated in the strictest confidence.

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