Terms of Sale

Terms and Conditions

We use the condition terms established by AB Bookman's Weekly and now slightly refined by IOBA: Fine, Near Fine (minor defects), Very Good (small signs of wear), Good (average used book), Fair (complete text, but may lack endpapers, half-title), Poor (complete text but soiled, loose hinges, etc.) For an explanation of terms commonly used in book descriptions, see IOBA's Book Terminology glossary.

We are happy to answer any questions about an item we have listed. Contact us by email at info@classicbooksandephemera.com or by telephone at 215-823-9607 or 215-823-9407.

We normally ship within one business day via USPS, both domestically and internationally. Payment is accepted via Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Paypal, and checks and money orders in United States dollars, and wire transfer (which includes bank charges). Items purchased by credit card will be shipped to an easily verified billing address only. Shipment to an alternate address requires payment by check or money order. By Pennsylvania law, we must charge sales tax on the total order at 6 percent for shipments within Pennsylvania, unless the buyer has a valid resale number. All of our items are sold subject to prior sale. Institutional purchase orders are accepted.

We guarantee the condition as described of every item we sell and accept the return of any item not meeting that description with prior notice within seven (7) days of receipt by buyer. The item must be returned in the same condition as when sold; we will refund both the purchase price and shipping both ways. If order has not arrived within thirty days of the estimated delivery date, buyer is eligible for a refund. Insurance is extra and by request only.


United States

$4.60 per item shipped within the United States by media mail (generally, about 5 days for arrival), boxed and well protected or in protected rigid mailer where appropriate, with each additional item costing $1.50. We offer the new Ground Advantage (formerly First Class, generally 4 days), where applicable, that is, under 16 ounces for $4.75.. We offer priority mail (2-3 days) for $9.95 with each additional item $4.00. Flat Rate Priority Padded envelopes or Express mail by request.


We ship worldwide, boxed and well protected, or in protected rigid mailer where appropriate, priced as follows:

$23.00 per item to Canada by first class international mail (7-10 days) and $11.00 for each additional book, or by priority international mail (4-6 days), $49.50 for the first book and $7.50 each additional book.

$29.50 per item to Europe, Asia, Africa, Mexico, Central America, South America, The Middle East, and the South Pacific by first class international mail (10-12 days) and $13.00 for each additional book. By priority international mail (6-10 days), $78.50 for the first book and $11.00 each additional book.

Shipping charges will be adjusted downward at our discretion for uncommonly light items and adjusted upward at our discretion for oversized and multi-volume sales. Buyer will be notified in advance for confirmation of any higher shipping charges.  We can, upon request, ship smaller items, well protected, in Priority Flat-Rate padded envelopes,

In accordance with USPS regulations, all items weighing, when packed, more than four (4) pounds (1,815 grams) cannot be shipped by first class international mail, but must be shipped by priority international mail or express mail, both of which methods are also available for items weighing less than four (4) pounds.

Please note that we will try to keep the shipping price for your item[s] as low as possible!   Thus, on occasion, we will offer UPS Expedited shipping which is much more reasonable to Australia and the United Kingdom.