The collecting of things written and printed has taken place ever since, from scrolls, illuminated volumes, manuscripts and calligraphic books to the invention (and ubiquitous use) of printing through to the digital age.  In the past collecting these works was a privilege enjoyed by the affluent, educated few.  They built impressive collections of books covering philosophy, astronomy, science and religion, as an showy indicator of their erudition.

Today there are many and diverse types of book collector, with more modest collections than those of the literary elites of the past.  Book collecting is a very specialised, esoteric world, where precise nuances of date, detail, condition and provenance can have a profound effect on the value of an item.

Our online books insurance policy instantly protects the full range of literature collections ranging from ancient manuscripts to modern first editions and signed covers.

Get an instant quote based on your own valuation of your collection. Provided the total value is less than £250,000, you could be covered in minutes.

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Why choose Hiscox?

  • Hiscox have the experience, depth of knowledge, commitment and strength that collectors have come to rely on
  • The art world's mainstream insurer
  • Affordable cover for all your collections instantly online

Get a quote for your collection

  • No need to itemise your collection
  • Only pay for the cover you need
  • Collections under £250,000 accepted instantly. More valuable collections also covered - simply call us on 0845 213 7788

Need more help? Speak to our UK-based experts. Call us on 0845 213 7788

Another satisfied customer

Richard from Cheshire

"My collection has just grown over the years. It got to the stage where I dreaded the annual ritual of having to go around the house listing everything to be included on my annual home and contents policy. To save time, I ended up just renewing without including any new items I’d acquired. Of course, this meant I wasn’t properly insured."

"A friend recommended Hiscox Collections to me and now I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone else. It is so simple, quick and great value. Instant peace of mind."

"Even though I haven’t needed to speak with anyone at Hiscox about setting up my cover, it’s reassuring to know that my collection is now insured by one of the world’s most respected names."

Get a quote for your collection

  • No need to itemise your collection
  • Only pay for the cover you need
  • Collections under £250,000 accepted instantly. More valuable collections also covered - simply call us on 0845 213 7788

Need more help? Speak to our UK-based experts. Call us on 0845 213 7788