Sunday, February 06, 2005

The Bookbinder That Creates Value

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In 2006 the UK government are changing the pension rules to allow us to put our personal possessions (chattels) into our pensions! (6 April 2006)

You’ll be able to hold personal chattels such as cars, antiques, a property and rare books in a self-invested pension (SIPP) You’ll have an annual allowance of £215,000 to rise to £255,000 by 2010/11 and a lifetime allowance of £1.5mn to rise to £1.8m by 010/11.

Books have always been a great investment - Ex Wall Street Financier - Thomas J Healey analysed how literary classics would perform against other types of investment such as stocks and bonds.

Healey took the increase in value of 244 titles in two timespans over an eleven year and a nine year period in the last twenty years. Over the eleven year period from 1991 - 2002 there was an average compound growth rate for the value of the books on the lists was 12%. The annualised return for the earlier list - 1982 - 1991 was 12.8% and 12.3% for the entire 20 year period!

Comparatively speaking - US ten year Treasury notes yield 7.8% suggesting that rare books are better shielded from business cycles than other forms of investment and therefore, may offer more attractive returns with lower risk.

There seems to be a fluid marketplace for rare books - a marketplace in which hidden value and underachievement can suddenly take off. Moreover, books are solid, dependable, attractive and heavily traded assets that can only increase in rarity and value.

Past performance is not necessarily a predictor of future results - so get the advice of an expert before making any rare book investment.

'Money Matters' by Thomas J Healey, Rare Book Review, June 2005 pp 46/47

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The Bookbinder That Creates Value

This limited edition of 25 copies of the Regional Angling Literature was first published 25 years ago, and has doubled in value since they were bound at Period Fine Bindings last year.
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The Bookbinder That Creates Value

Welcome to Paul Tronson, Master Bookbinder's site at Period Fine Bindings - it is devoted to Books, Fine Bindings, Great Binders and the Art of Bookbinding. You can use the top ten links on the right hand side of this page to access the completed links on this site. This is a very good place to start:

If you'd like to contact Paul, to make an appointment to discuss a valuation, commission or just for a chat about rare books then call +44 (0) 1564 793800 or email: at Period Fine Bindings, Yew Tree Farm, Wootton Wawen, Nr Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire UK B95 6BY You can read about Paul's experiences and some of the amazing bookbinding commissions he has undertaken here

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