Book Scouting in Tennessee and Kentucky

Our travels took us northward again on I-75 into Tennessee.  Our first book shop stop was  The Book Company in Chattanooga.  This is a family-owned used book store which carries both reading quality and collectible books.

The Book Company, 3205 Old Ringgold Rd., Chattanooga, TN

The Book Company, 3205 Old Ringgold Rd., Chattanooga, TN

The store offers a large selection of both hardcover and softcover books in all genres.  The staff was friendly and helpful! They have been in business for 35 years, 5 years at their present location. They have easy access free parking.

Interior view of The Book Company - Chattanooga, TN

Interior view of The Book Company – Chattanooga, TN

We purchased a decorated cloth binding and several Modern Library Editions here.  They did have a very nice fore edge painting book!  Most of their collectible stock is offered only online.

Checking out at The Book Company, Chattanooga, TN

Our second stop in Chattanooga was downtown at All Books. We found on-street parking right near the store.

All Books, Inc., 410 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN

All Books, Inc., 410 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN

All Books is a huge one-floor store that is now in the process of conversion to a yarn store (!)  The store has been open since 1989 and is owned by Polly Henry.  There is an inventory of about 50,000 books (mostly hardcover) in varying conditions, and many are of collectible quality.  I think there may be some collectible quality yarn there too!!

Interior of All Books, Inc. - Chattanooga, TN

Interior of All Books, Inc. – Chattanooga, TN

Here we purchased an 18th century cookbook, some decorated bindings, and a few Modern Library Editions.

Me and Polly packing up our treasures

Me and Polly packing up our treasures

After we loaded our booty in the car, Polly was nice enough to come out and tell us about another downtown area book store.  Unfortunately, time was up for us in Chattanooga — we were already behind schedule in our northward travel.

Our next stop will be in Lexington, Kentucky!

 

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  1. Cathy; Been to Chat town, once in summer of 1963 to buy booze since I was working in a dry county. Was in a Volkswagen driven by an idiot friend who flipped it three times driving too fast in the smoky mtns. Survived with a bump on my tail-bone and drove 200 miles in a rainstorm all the way home with no windshield, car was a total wreck but it still ran. I survived the South , that was when 3 New York students were murdered and buried under an earthen dam. It was not a time to discuss civil rights at work with the locals!!!

    Can’t wait to see your treasures. I found three more Wagner/Huckel’s while you were traveling. So far 5 have turned up in that cloth binding. You are an inspiration.! Good Hunting. ~(:-)) Cheers, John Lehner aka binderfinder

    Sigfried by Oliver Huckel, cover by DD firm, T Y Crowell, Merrymount Press.1910 Fits nice in the Dragon Collection!

    Wagner’s Rhinegold as retold by Oliver Huckel, T Y Crowell, 1907. printed by D B Updike, The Merrymount Press, one of a series by the DD firm. on different cloth colors, white and gold with one other color.


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