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Black Octopus Books - Specializing in the Odd, Vintage, Rare and Unique Books!
What does vintage ephemera mean?
To collectors “ephemera” are vintage printed or written items which originally served some specific purpose and were not expected to be retained or preserved, but which are now cherished.
What is provenance?
A record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality.
We consider these books to be unique, with its own history. Previous owners paper ephemera and provenance go hand in hand, many times by helping us authenticate first editions. If we see a letter in the book from 1973. and the first edition was published in 1973, we know its likely authentic. Not ever book contains ephemera, consider yourself lucky if you find one that does!
About Black Octopus
We are a small team of devoted book and art collectors who enjoy digging through piles of old books every day. We work within our parent company TheBookBundler.com.
We clean, repair and preserve all books prior to shipping. Every book is an authentic treasure that we hand-pick based on rarity and unique individual attributes.
Stamps - Rare and unique books are stamped with our seal of authenticity. Our stamps change every year. Typically we stamp the book we believe to be the 'centerpiece' of the order. For delicate and extremely valuable books we stamp an ephemera insert not attached to the book.
Currently we are offering FREE SHIPPING on all of our individual books.
Orders ship from our Richmond VA warehouse.
We repair and clean all books prior to shipping your order.
All repairs/techniques follow our '10 Commandments of Book Repair' and enhance/preserve the overall quality and shelf-life of the books. The mylar on the dustjacket can be removed, but it's recommended left on to protect your rare and valuable treasure!
We thank you for your patronage, it allows us to do what we love every single day.
-Black Octopus Books
Satisfaction guaranteed on all orders or your money-back. Return for any reason within 30 days for a full refund.
- EAST COAST $5 per every 15lbs of books
- WEST COAST* $7.5 every 15lbs of books
- Shipping Carriers - UPS & USPS
- We do not ship to Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere outside the continental U.S.(Sorry!)
- Typical order transit times - 2-8 business days
- Tracking - Emailed for every order as soon as it ships
- Free Shipping for orders over $100! Use discount code FREESHIPPING100 at checkout
We sort and grade our books into two main categories of used books, Premium Used and BEATER Used.
PREMIUM Used - Books are clean and may contain a previous owners name or inscription on the inside. Occasionally books will contain small or inconsequential page creases or bends, small 'nicks' or inconsequential tears on pages or small bar-coded inventory stickers, otherwise these tend to look very close to 'new' even if the books are older.
BEATER Used - Ex-library books and books with cosmetic wear to cover. We make sure all BEATERS have all the pages and are still readable. These typically sell for 30% less than our Premium Used boxes.
Replacement Guarantee & Returns
THE BOOK BUNDLER REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE
As fellow book lovers, we know the hassle of handing over hard-earned cash only to receive less-than-stellar books. That's why we've developed our own custom book-sorting processes to give you a quality and consistent product, every time. Every book that passes through our double-check process is touched, graded and bagged by at least two people.
We are so certain that we can deliver a reliable product to you every time, that we back every order by our own
Book Replacement Guarantee - If any of our books do not meet our stringent quality guidelines, we will replace them free of charge, no questions asked.
RETURNS & REFUNDS
Return any order within 30 days for a full refund
Payment & Security
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