This might be a long shot on here, but a friend and I were each given a rare book by a collector/acquaintance some time ago and we are looking to sell them because we don't really now what to do with them and/or how to take care of them, plus as college students we could always use the money.
Google and eBay have yielded no results and it doesn't help that I cannot read Latin (I think....). Any help with figuring out what they are and approximate values would be appreciated, but please refrain from making offers via PM or otherwise as I am not the one selling them and at best I can only pass along the offer.
From what I recall from the person that gave it to us, it is 1700s literature. On the binding of both are Lucanus Oudendorph (or II) Tom : I (and II, respectively). They are both about 500 pages long and measure about 8.5" x 10.5" x 2.5".
Ok, nevermind, I actually opened the books and recognized what they are:
Pharsalia by Lucan, dated 1728 ("Lugduni Batavorum, Apud Samuelem Luchtmans, 1728"). I think it is volumes 1 and 2 of the ten books that are still around. I'm guessing Franciso Oudendorpio was the person who transcribed it at that date.
How do I recognize fair value for such works? I don't suppose book collectors can tell value by just looking.
Also, some care tips would be helpful - I'd hate to think of books older than the U.S. getting fudged up by me.
I suppose I could also take it to the Classics department at my school...