CHARLES A. GOLDSMID
Member ABAA / ILAB
Phone 909-625-2543 :: Fax/Phone 909-625-2543
STATEMENT OF APPRAISER QUALIFICATION
Before becoming a bookseller, I earned a Ph.D. (in
Sociology) at the
After a year of mail order, I opened Claremont
Books & Prints (October 1983). It is a general stock shop (about 17,000 vols., 90% hardcover; another 2,000 volumes-- chiefly
antiquarian-- at a second premises). Specialties: California and the West, California press books, scholarly books
especially in the social sciences, history, philosophy and literature
(including literary history, criticism, biography). I have experience with books from and
pertaining to 17th century
I am a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA/ILAB) and served on its Board
of Governors (1992-1994). CA Seller's
Permit: SRAP-23-740953; Federal ID# 95-3905619;
In all advertising, catalogs/lists, etc. I offer my services as an appraiser as well as a buyer/seller. I have performed more than three hundred fifty formal, written appraisals conforming to IRS requirements for a ďqualified appraisalĒ and conforming to USPAP. Material appraised ranged from one book through more than 10,000 books; from general reading libraries through highly focused collections, to the holdings of Special Collections Departments of three Colleges and Universities. Appraised valuations for single books ranged from under $1,000 to $500,000. Appraised valuations for manuscripts ranged from under $1,000 to $3 million. Collection/ library valuations ranged from under $5,000 to over $4 million. Iíve done large-collection appraisals-- one on over 100,000 pieces of ephemera; many with more than 10,000 volumes, and several large archives (for example, one stored in 260 boxes and seventeen four-drawer file cabinets).
I have appraised
Please note that I routinely refer to others, requests made to me to do appraisals outside my areas of competence, e.g., in the last few years: mountaineering, numismatics, 18-19th cent German literature, annotated typescripts of Philip K. Dick, correspondence among mid-20th cent. avant garde musicians, automotive history, 19th century photography of the American West, Zeppelins & other lighter-than-air craft, weaving/fiber arts.
My appraisal clients have included eight colleges and universities, six museums and historical societies, the County of Los Angeles, The Huntington Library, two insurance firms, claimants for insurance coverage, lawyers representing both private parties and business owners, an antique appraisal firm, the owners of a flooded-out storage rental facility, college professors, collectors, and other private parties. I have done damage-related appraisals ion situations were there were water leaks, direct fire damage, and smoke & heat damage. Client purposes have included charitable tax donation, other gift valuation, insurance coverage and claims, estate settlement, property division (estate and divorce), and preparation for sale. References: Trade references are available as are those from clients and librarians familiar with my work. I have worked on formal appraisal projects with seven other booksellers (names on request).
During the last decade, and increasingly, Iíve
done appraisals jointly with Robert Allen (
My reference library includes more than 1300 books.
Major general bibliographic and biographic resources include BM (Readex), Bib. Brit., DNB, DAB, DSB, WWWA, Appleton, NAW,
Pollard & Redgrave, Wing and specialized STCs, Lowndes, Brunet, BAL, Wright, Sabin, ST-Evans, Shaw-Shoemaker, NCBEL & CBEL,
IESS, ESS, EB (11,14, CD02), BCL3, Grove, Grinstein, Hill, EncyPhil.,
PMM, GM, Bibliog. Chemica, Caillet,
Ransom, Haas, Rothschild, Arntzen & Rainwater,
Ferguson, Pforzheimer, and Clair; Diringerís and Navehís books on alphabets; Burkeís Armory, and Fairbairnís Crests. I have catalogs from many landmark sales and
collections including Church, Streeter, Crocker, Doheny,
Garden, Martin, Siebert, Hill, Barchas, Larson,
Clifford, and Volkmann. I have major
bibliographic reference works in many specialty fields (and a strong collection
of references on
For more than 20 years, I have been a
registered reader of manuscripts and rare books at the Huntington Library. I have been granted temporary reader cards
(manuscript & rare book level) at
My appraisals use the IRS definition of fair market value (or, another explicit and specified definition of value).
My appraisals follow rules ands guidelines in IRS Publications / Forms 561, 526, 8283; and conform to current USPAP standards. My fees are based on time spent in inventory, inspection, research, write-up, and travel. Expenses are billed at cost and receipts provided. Estimates of appraisal fees and binding upper cost limits are provided to prospective clients.
For additional information, please go to the web site: goldsmid-allen.net
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