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I have an old print / book. Can you help me determine its value?You might locate a copy to compare for value from these sources: Abebooks, Briar Press and Ebay.
I have a printing block with an image on it. Does it have any value?Generally, the value isn't great. There is a small market and larger supply of these photoengraved, wood-mounted blocks, called cuts.
Desirability depends on subject matter and condition. Most cuts and unmounted plates will have nicks and scratches. Those made of copper are more resistant to corrosion than magnesium or zinc. If there appears to be a somewhat chalky white substance that is the magnesium corroding. This is slightly toxic but can be cleaned away. However this means that portion of the image is lost and that the cut or plate is worthless. You will find many cuts for sale on Ebay.
I would like information on how to clean antique copper, zinc, and wood printing blocks. Good sources for such information is Letterpress Commons and Briar Press.