About Us

Parigi Books, established in 2006, is an independent antiquarian bookstore located in the heart of Schenectady, NY, and open by appointment.

We buy and sell fine books and collectibles in all fields with a strong focus on science fiction, fantasy, mystery, comics and graphic novels. Our eclectic taste is reflected in the ample variety of items available, from significant titles from the 1500s on to original comic art, from collectible paperbacks to literary magazines.

We carry in stock the best selection of Italian language graphic novels and comics you can find this side of the pond.

We are strict graders who pay particular attention to collecting standards and we have been able to make thousands of customers happy over the years.

Grading scale for books and magazines:

Fine - A book that looks as new but allows for the normal effects of time on an unused book that has been protected. Any defects must be noted. This is our highest grade.

Near Fine - An appealing copy showing very mild signs of wear. Any defects must be noted.

Very good (+/-) - Describes a book that is worn. For many collectors this is the minimum acceptable condition for all but the rarest items. Lesser defects may not be noted.

Good (+/-) - Describes the condition of an average used worn book that is complete. Defects may not all be noted.

Fair - A fairly heavily worn book. It may lack endpapers, half-title, and even the title page. Defects may not all be noted.

 Comic books are graded according to the Overstreet guide Ten-Point Grading Scale:

  • 10.0 GM Gem Mint
  • 9.9 M Mint
  • 9.8 NM/M Near Mint/Mint
  • 9.6 NM+ Near Mint+
  • 9.4 NM Near Mint
  • 9.2 NM- Near Mint-
  • 9.0 VF/NM Very Fine/Near Mint
  • 8.5 VF+ Very Fine+
  • 8.0 VF Very Fine
  • 7.5 VF- Very Fine-
  • 7.0 FN/VF Fine/Very Fine
  • 6.5 FN+ Fine+
  • 6.0 FN Fine
  • 5.5 FN- Fine-
  • 5.0 VG/FN Very Good/Fine
  • 4.5 VG+ Very Good+
  • 4.0 VG Very Good
  • 3.5 VG- Very Good-
  • 3.0 GD/VG Good/Very Good
  • 2.5 GD+ Good+
  • 2.0 GD Good
  • 1.8 GD- Good-
  • 1.5 FR/GD Fair/Good
  • 1.0 FR Fair
  • 0.5 PR Poor

 Please note that some of our older comic book listings may use the book grading system above rather than the 10-point scale.