I was at a fantastic antiquey-junky-funky place and found a 1923 ATF Book of Type Styles from 1923, among the piles of old letterpress letters I was scooping up.
The dealer wanted $325, but I got him to hold it for me for $250.
I'm a graphic designer that adores type - but I don't know a lot about how much something like this is even worth. I did some Typophile searches, figuring this question has probably come up before... I found a post saying you can usually buy these for $120-$150. The quality of the book is fair - has the crusty, musty smell and look of a worn, old treasure. I snapped a few pics that are with this post.
So, my question is - should I just be happy I stumbled upon one of these and buy it asap? Or try to bargain this guy down further? Thanks in advance for any advice, typophiles!
Something about this book jogged my memory. I went home to my beloved dorky design binders and found an article I'd pulled out of Print "If I had $9,000..." The article was a collection of things a designer might buy if they just happened to have a suitcase of money under the bed. One of the items was this book! Ha!