Buying and Selling


Our customers are located throughout the world. A full postal service is available.
We ensure that our books are well packed. They are usually shipped within 2 working days of order.

Standard Australia Post within Australia    $12*
Standard airmail International            $30*
Collect in bookshop                 (no charge)
*Some items are oversized and/or very heavy, attracting additional postage. These will be quoted at cost.

Insurance is included.

We use Australia Post for standard delivery.
Express Post (overnight to metropolitan areas) is available, quoted at cost.
Specific delivery arrangements can be requested.

Methods of payment

By Credit Card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Diners Card)
By PayPal
Click and Collect
Pay in-store

By Direct Bank Transfer
    National Australia Bank
    330 Collins Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
    Account name:    Kay Craddock Antiquarian Bookseller Pty Ltd
    BSB            083004  
    Account number    87497 8296

Institutional libraries will be invoiced.

Terms and Conditions

Unless otherwise described, all books are in the original cloth or board binding, are crown or demy octavo in size (crown approx. 28.6 cm. H x 22.2 cm. W; demy approx. 19.1 cm. H x 1207 cm. W). All books are in very good, or better, condition with defects, if any, fully described. Our prices are nett, and quoted in Australian dollars. Traditional trade terms apply. Items are offered subject to prior sale. All orders will be confirmed by email or telephone.

Guarantee and Privacy Policy

As a member or affiliate of the associations listed below, we embrace the time-honoured traditions and courtesies of the book trade. We also uphold the highest standards of business principles and ethics, including your right to privacy. Under no circumstances will we disclose any of your personal information to a third party, unless your specific permission is given.

Trade Associations

        Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB)
        Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA International)
        International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB)
        Australian Booksellers Association (ABA)

Selling your books

There are many reasons for wanting to sell your books. They can include downsizing your possessions, or having reached a point where you no longer collect within given fields. It may be a deceased estate or a need to realise on assets. We recommend that, in the first instance, collections be looked at in their entirety rather than selling single items piecemeal (known as 'cherry-picking').

As a general secondhand and antiquarian bookseller, we buy individual items of importance and collections in good to fine condition, covering a wide range of subjects. If you are interested in selling your book/s we are happy to discuss this with you. A good way to ascertain if we would be interested in what you have to offer is to send some photographs, together with a list, to

Ways of selling single items of importance/collections:

1.  Outright purchase
We believe that the safest way to realise your asset is to reach an agreed figure of purchase with a reputable antiquarian bookseller. Over the past five decades we have purchased many collections, often including books that have previously been bought from us. Although, when possible, we are happy to make 'house calls', we often have collections (large and small) or single items brought to our bookshop in Melbourne for proper assessment, which includes checking condition and completeness, provenance and other aspects that determine their value. A formal receipt is issued for all such initial consignments, acknowledging that they are being accepted by us on an assessment basis. Offers to purchase are made formally in writing after full inspection. On occasion, when the agreed purchase price is considerable, a mutually satisfactory arrangement is made with the vendor for payment to be made over a period of time.

2. On commission
Occasionally, we purchase significant items for sale on a commission basis, which is 35% of the price realised. Payment for sold items is made on a monthly basis.