We offer complete bibliographic solutions for private collectors. We recognize that every collector has individual needs, and will work with him or her to develop the perfect bibliographic solution, no matter what stage the collection is in.
Products and Services
Custom printed catalogs and bibliographies, anything ranging from a basic bibliographic checklist to a deluxe full-color illustrated catalog.
Guidance on building and maintaining your collection following accepted professional practices and tailored for your specific situation.
Starting a new collection?
Deciding what direction to take your collecting interests is always a challenge. We will prepare a collection development policy that will guide you as you turn your idea into a collection, and help you decide where and how to acquire materials for your collection. This is the perfect time for you to put a system in place to manage your collection. Don't wait until books overwhelm your dining room table! We will develop a system for managing your collection, so that as it grows you always know exactly what you own, and where to find it.
Nurturing a fledgling collection?
Whether you inherited your collection or built it from the ground up, now is the time to take it to the next level. Perhaps you want to formalize your collecting focus with a collection development policy. Or maybe you plan on building the next Folger Shakespeare Library, and want to make sure you're getting off on the right foot. We will help you keep up with your cataloging (or implement a cataloging system--using internationally-accepted standards, naturally) and organize your collection so that you don't need a map and compass to find a book.
Overwhelmed by bookshelves?
At some point, even the most deliberately built collection becomes unwieldy. Perhaps your family would like a 10,000-foot summary of what your collection contains, or maybe you just bought a book you already owned because you had forgotten about your other copy. Either way, you need some sort of catalog, and a review of your organization scheme. C & P Bibliography Services will do both those tasks for you. Whether you want a bound catalog you can put on your shelf or an online catalog for easy reference during book fairs, we will work through your backlog to put your collection back under control.
Facing an appraisal?
In order to insure, donate, or sell your collection, chances are good you need an appraisal from a qualified appraiser. Sometimes you have the luxury of letting your appraiser handle the cataloging of your collection. Often, however, you do not. If the appraiser is not local, or you have a swiftly-approaching deadline, you will need to provide some sort of catalog to your appraiser. C & Bibliography Services will produce that catalog to the appraiser's specifications, leaving you free to focus on other things.
Time to downsize?
After spending so much time building the collection, surely downsizing should be easy, right? Well, maybe not. C & P Bibliography Services will make it a little easier. In addition to working with you to identify potential buyers or donees, we will produce a catalog to "shop around" to the potential new owners, and for you to keep as a memento of your lovingly-built collection.