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Lewes library to host history and antiquarian book sale Sept. 16-17

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library will hold a history and antiquarian book sale from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sep. 17, at the library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes.

More than 1,500 books on history and politics, as well as a wide selection of old, unusual and rare books – some dating back to the mid-1800s – will be available for purchase. Prices start at just $3, with proceeds benefitting the library.

History books in the sale feature American history including the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War; Russian history including the Soviet military; Chinese history; and biographies of important figures in U.S. and international history such as presidents and military figures.

Through generous donations, the library has accumulated more than 500 antiquarian books to offer, including local interest, biography and history. These items will be sorted by category and protected by acid-free clear bags. Pricing for antiquarian books is set at 30%-65% below online reseller prices.

“Our volunteers are still making amazing discoveries as they go through the donations,” said Candace Vessella, Friends of the Lewes Public Library board president. “Collectors will find some real treasures, and at prices well below market value.”

Vessella notes people in the Lewes area really appreciate books and tend to hold onto their favorites, but as residents downsize or books get left to estates, donating books to the library can really make a difference. “We’re delighted to pass these wonderful books on to people who will appreciate them and, in the process, raise much-needed funds for our library,” she said.

Admission to the sale is free, and all are welcome. Credit cards will be accepted for purchases of $10 or more. Mask wearing is encouraged for all attendees.


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