As the oldest association of professional antiquarian booksellers in America, we have a reputation to uphold and we require our members to follow a Code of Ethics and a Code of Conduct .
Membership in the ABAA cannot be obtained simply by paying a fee or signing an agreement. Before being considered for membership, booksellers must prove that they are established, knowledgeable, and of excellent reputation. Prospective members must be sponsored by current members, and undergo a rigorous screening process. The average ABAA member has been in the antiquarian book business more than twenty years.
It is essential for the reputation of the Association that complaints or disputes involving Association members be resolved in a manner befitting the objectives of the Association. Claims against Association members, or disputes among members, should be made in writing with the Ethics Complaint Form and sent to the ABAA Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org or ABAA, 20 West 44th Street, Suite 507, New York, NY 10036-6604. The complaint will then be presented to our current Ethics Committee Chair.