Awesome Antiquarian Books – Minneapolis

This may well be our favorite Twin Cities book shop, which we visited for the first time during our recent Minnesota trip!

James & Mary Laurie, Booksellers - 250 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN

James & Mary Laurie, Booksellers – 250 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN

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We spent an entirely wonderful day here!

20150630_122601_resizedTheir hours are 11-6 Monday through Saturday and by appointment.  Free parking available in a small lot on one side of the store (limited number of spaces), but also a big parking ramp nearby.

We found a nice space in the lot at opening time, around 11am.

With an inventory of over 120,000 books, our day was well occupied!

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Here’s me, wondering where to start…

This beautiful and large street-level shop also houses more than 30,000 classical and jazz vinyl records, and a gallery of old prints and maps.

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To say we were excited about the book selection here is an understatement, especially since there were many nice examples of our favorite specialty, decorated American trade bindings.  But of course there were thousands of interesting books in all genres, and they were in beautiful condition.  The shop is well organized and easy to browse, with pleasant surprises at every turn.

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Here are just a few samples of some of the beautiful decorated bindings we found here:

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James & Mary Laurie Booksellers was founded in 1969 (they were located for twenty years on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis before moving to this location).   We did not have the pleasure of meeting Mary, but Jim is a super guy, and was wonderful to us during our visit.

Here I am with Jim Laurie

Here I am with Jim Laurie.  He’s a tall one!

After hours of perusing and purchasing books, we broke away for a little pick-me-up at Dunn Brothers Coffee, just around the corner.

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Great smile, great coffee!

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When we returned to the book shop, we were invited to descend to their warehouse area, where many more books are stored.  Come on along!

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Here were many more thousands of books, stacked to the ceiling.  Good thing we had that coffee!!

20150630_145244_resizedWe found several wonderful books down here as well, and added them to our purchases.

Can’t say enough good things about this book store — make sure you pay them a visit if you are ever in Minneapolis!

In the evening, we met my sister Karen and her husband Gene in Spring Park for a sunset cruise on her daughter and son-in-law’s boat.

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The weather was perfect for a quiet evening on Lake Minnetonka

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Twin Cities – Biblio-fantastic!

20150626_105952_resizedThe 25th Annual Twin Cities Antiquarian Book Fair took place on June 26-27th, 2015, and YES, we were there!  I grew up in the great State of Minnesota, and it was time for a family visit…which happily coincided with this MWABA sponsored event.

Twin Cities Antiquarian & Rare Book Fair - June 26-27, 2015.  Progress Center, State Fairgrounds, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Twin Cities Antiquarian & Rare Book Fair – June 26-27, 2015. Progress Center, State Fairgrounds, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Over 50 exhibitors from across the country came together at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds in St. Paul.

We arrived at 10:00am on Friday, thinking that’s when it opened (silly me) — only to find out that selling did not commence until 3:00pm.

This turned out to be a fortuitous error, because it caused us to drive over to Midway Used and Rare Bookstore to while away the hours, and there we discovered they were having a splendid 50th Anniversary Book Sale!

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Midway Book Store   was  voted Best Used Book Store of the Twin Cities by City Pages.

 

 

Midway Used & Rare Books, owned by Tom and Kathy Stransky, was established in 1965. They are housed in a Streamline Moderne building located at the corner of University & Snelling Avenues in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Free parking spots!!  And inside there are two expansive floors of books, with excellent books in clean solid condition, in just about every genre,  from American History to Science Fiction, literature, decorated bindings, and much more.  Midway was also exhibiting at the Twin Cities Book Fair.

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We had a ball here, and came away with two boxes of carefully selected books.

Another lucky break — just a few steps away we found just the kind of cool old tavern where we like to have our traditional brain lubricating pre-book fair Bloody Mary!

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We didn’t even have to move the car — our space was reserved for Christensen Saloon and Midway Books exclusively!!  Perfect.

Christensen Saloon - St. Paul, Minnesota.  Have you ever seen such a long bar???

Christensen Saloon – St. Paul, Minnesota. Have you ever seen such a long bar???

We arrived back at the book fair promptly at 3:00pm, and it wasn’t long before we ran into John Phillips and his daughter Jennie from Evening Star Books.

John Phillips with daughter Jennie (Evening Star Books), and me.

John Phillips with daughter Jennie (Evening Star Books), and me.

John and Jennie recognized me from my blog!  They are friendly and fun booksellers, and had a cool selection of Literature, Mystery, Science Fiction and much more.

Evening Star books is based in Middleton, Wisconsin, and sells via their website and book fairs like this one.

Over at Sonny Ideker’s booth (Sonny Ideker, Bookseller) we found this treasure:

The History of Modern painting from Picasso to Surrealism (signed by Picasso)

The History of Modern painting from Picasso to Surrealism (signed by Picasso)

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Sonny hails from Roswell, Georgia, and exhibits at over 30 book fairs a year — so if you go to antiquarian book fairs, look for Sonny.  He had an extensive array of fine books.  This was was one of his selections we liked…

Spain, by George Wharton Edwards. (Penn Publishing Company, 1926)

Spain, by George Wharton Edwards. (Penn Publishing Company, 1926)

Sonny Ideker's booth at the Twin Cities Book Fair

Sonny Ideker’s booth at the Twin Cities Book Fair

Here are some more photos from the fair…

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Exhibitors came from as far east as Boston (Peter Stern) and as far west as Utah (Ken Sanders Rare Books and Back of Beyond Books).

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Ron looking over a case of goodies

In our next post we’ll tell you about the book scouting we did before and after the fair on our trek to Minnesota.

 

 

 

Books in the ‘Burgh

If you ever get to Pittsburgh (a beautiful city, by the way), you won’t want to miss a visit to Caliban Book Shop.  This was our last book stop on our way home from our 2015 southern states book scouting trip, and it was a good one!

Caliban Book Shop, 410 S. Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA

Caliban Book Shop, 410 S. Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA

Caliban Book Shop was founded in 1991 and is co-owned by John Schulman and Emily Hetzel.  John has been a full-time dealer in used and rare books since 1987.

John Schulman at Caliban Book Shop, Pittsburgh, PA

John Schulman at Caliban Book Shop, Pittsburgh, PA

Located in the lovely Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, it is a brief stroll from the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Natural History Museum, Phipps Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Just a stone's throw from the Carnegie Museum of Art...

Just a stone’s throw from the Carnegie Museum of Art…

Lots of readers here. No wonder they have so many great books!

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The large open shop is neatly organized and fun to explore.  It contains some 40,000 titles covering just about every subject (they also have a nearby warehouse of close to 150,000 books).  Specialties include local history, fine arts, poetry, philosophy, Americana, literature, fine printings, and leather-bound books.

We purchased some lovely decorated American trade bindings…

The Great Salt Lake Trail, by Colonel Henry Inman and Colonel William F. Cody (NY: MacMillan, 1898)   SOLD

The Great Salt Lake Trail, by Colonel Henry Inman and Colonel William F. Cody (NY: MacMillan, 1898) SOLD

Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving (G. P. Putnam, 1899)   SOLD

Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving (G. P. Putnam, 1899) SOLD

(signed Margaret Armstrong binding)

(signed Margaret Armstrong binding)

Jack and Jill, by Louisa M. Alcott (Boston: Little Brown, 1920)  Signed binding - AS - Amy Sacker)

Jack and Jill, by Louisa M. Alcott (Boston: Little Brown, 1920) Signed binding – AS – Amy Sacker)

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with original dust jacket

with original dust jacket

They also had a nice selection of vintage mysteries and true crime, some in their original dust jackets. Here’s a sample…

The Murdered and the Missing- Authentic Case Histories from the Files of the Missing Persons Bureau.  By Armstrong Livingston and Captain John G. Stein (NY: Stephen-Paul Publishers, 1947. First Edition in dust jacket.  SOLD

The Murdered and the Missing- Authentic Case Histories from the Files of the Missing Persons Bureau. By Armstrong Livingston and Captain John G. Stein (NY: Stephen-Paul Publishers, 1947.) First Edition in dust jacket.   SOLD

The book was nicely inscribed by author John G. Stein

The book was nicely inscribed by author John G. Stein

They had many lovely old vintage novels in excellent condition…

Her Father's Daughter, by Gene Stratton Porter (Grosset & Dunlap EdItion, 1921)

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It is a classic antiquarian book store in which you can spend hours browsing and making delightful discoveries.  There aren’t many book stores left anymore like this one…it is a gem.

After completing our book purchases, we crossed the street to have lunch at the Union Grill (thanks for the recommendation, John!)

The Union Grill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Union Grill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

20150502_140649_resizedThis place has marvelous food, fun atmosphere indoors, plus a small outdoor dining area where you can eat and people-watch.

Best fish sandwich to be found!

Best fish sandwich to be found anywhere!

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Excellent Rueben sandwich

And of course, our favorite…AWESOME Bloody Marys…

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The Ghostbusters were lurking in the area, and I had to have my picture taken with them!

Ghostbusters!

The trip was a great success.  We are back home now, cataloging and selling books, rearranging the bookcases.  We safely traveled over 4,000 miles, and returned home with a quantity and quality of books for our inventory here at Old Scrolls Book Shop that made each mile worthwhile.  As always, we enjoyed meeting or re-connecting with our fellow antiquarian booksellers across the eastern and southern United States.

Soon we’ll be making a trip to the upper Midwest.   Stay tuned for our next book scouting adventure!

Books and More in Asheville, North Carolina

For us, going to Asheville, NC was all about books.  And let me assure you, they have terrific book stores stocked with amazing books.  But HOLY COW, what a fun city!!

One of the many fun and fine restaurants in Asheville.  I think this is a Japanese Maple??

One of the many fun and fine restaurants in Asheville. I think that is a Japanese Maple!

Sometimes referred to as “The Paris of the South,” this city is brimming with music, books, art and fine southern food and drink.    It is populated with welcoming, friendly citizens who are proud of their city.

Some of the fine people we met during our stay in Asheville…

Me and Kim Justus, an Asheville native

Me and Kim Justus, an Asheville native. She is a Realtor for Coldwell Banker.

We met this fun couple (below) at dinner.  They told us that before they moved to Asheville, they used to travel a lot.  Now they don’t leave town much, because they are afraid they’ll miss something!

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Great bookstores, cool restaurants, bars, fun-buses, galleries, and music venues, chocolate shops, breweries, ghost tours, and food tours.  The fun never stops in this giddy, pretty city.

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The Amazing Pubcycle. YES, those are bicycle seats. a wicked-cool 13-person pedal powered (motor assisted) vehicle. Imagine riding your bike (sideways), hanging out at your favorite pub (on wheels), and touring the city!

A glimpse of the crazy purple LAZOOM bus. Featuring bands & beer or comedy tours.

A glimpse of the crazy purple LAZOOM bus.
Featuring bands & beer or comedy tours.

But let’s start at the beginning.  Our first stop was at The Captain’s Book Shelf, located at 31 Page Avenue in downtown Asheville.  I was immediately impressed with the angle parking on this street (I love angle parking!).  Bring lots of coins, though…there are parking meters, and you’ll want to hang out for a long time.

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The Captain's Bookshelf, Asheville, NC

The Captain’s Bookshelf, Asheville, NC

In existence for 39 years, The Captain’s Bookshelf is an ABAA shop owned by Chan Gordon and his wife Meigan.   We have purchased from them before at book fairs.

This was our first visit to their store.  This shop is a  real treasure trove.  We were in book lover’s heaven as we happily spent hours browsing and buying here.

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Chan Gordon at his desk (probably tallying up our bill!)

Chan Gordon at his desk (probably tallying up our bill!)

Stock include top quality literature high points, lovely decorated bindings, as well as obscure older titles not easily found.

Here is a sampling of fine books we purchased from this store:

In The Days of the Comet, by H. G. Wells (First U.S. Edition, October, 1906)

In The Days of the Comet, by H. G. Wells (First U.S. Edition, October, 1906)

Green Fancy, by George Barr McCutcheon (1st Edition, Dodd Mead, 1917, SIGNED by author)

Green Fancy, by George Barr McCutcheon (1st Edition, Dodd Mead, 1917, SIGNED by author)

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Don Fernando, by W. Somerset Maugham. (William Heinemann, London, 1935, First Edition)

From the Housetops, by George Barr McCutcheon.  (Dodd Mead, 1916, 1st Edition - SIGNED by author).  Decorative Designer monogram on cover.

From the Housetops, by George Barr McCutcheon. (Dodd Mead, 1916, 1st Edition – SIGNED by author). Decorative Designer monogram on cover.    SOLD

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Any direction we looked there were gorgeous collectible quality books here.

Definitely worth a trip for any serious book collector.

Our second stop was about a block away at Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, in the heart of Asheville at 1 Page Avenue.

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, Asheville, NC

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, Asheville, NC

This enchanting store houses over 22,000 books,  successfully blending two of life’s greatest pleasures…books and wine.  Enter and shop for books in what feels like a great, multi-storied living room, with a comfortable bar offering wine and mimosas, as well as coffee and locally made pastries.

Here we are outside the Battery Park Book Exchange

Here we are outside the Battery Park Book Exchange

Let’s go inside…

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Kyle, Manager at the Book Exchange

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Kerstine, in her dream job

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Mmmmm…blood orange mimosas!

Me, drinking a blood orange mimosa

Me, drinking a blood orange mimosa

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Mr. Moose watches over all

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Hours of fun…and we turned up some great books here too!

Here are just a couple of them…

Tomorrow Will Be Better, by Betty Smith (Heinemann, 1949, 1st British Edition) Inscribed and signed by author

Tomorrow Will Be Better, by Betty Smith (Heinemann, 1949, 1st British Edition) Inscribed and signed by author

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A rare stated First Printing of Bambi, by Felix Saalten, illustrated by Kurt Wiese. (Simon & Schuster, 1928)

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We said goodbye to the Book Exchange…

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and HELLO to dinner at a great little restaurant called Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder (how could we resist that??).  Wonderful food, flights marvelous bourbon.

Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder, 77 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC

Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder, 77 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC

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Somebody looks happy…

20150430_200059_resizedThe food was marvelous.  Hot buttermilk hushpuppies cooked to perfection, Eli’s “Blue Ribbon” Fish Sauce Wings, juicy pork chops.  Their menu here is ever-changing, with all menu items sourced seasonally and locally.  Highly recommended.

Eli's "Blue Ribbon" Fish Sauce Wings

Eli’s “Blue Ribbon” Fish Sauce Wings

I'm not a pork chop fan, but Ron ordered this one and it's the best thing I've ever tasted!

I’m not a pork chop fan, but Ron ordered this one and it was the best thing I’ve ever tasted!

After dinner, we walked around the town a bit, taking in the sights.  There is plenty to do in Asheville!

Outdoor bar at The Wicked Weed

Outdoor bar at The Wicked Weed

Live music is a significant element of the tourist-based economy in Asheville, with numerous nightclubs and performance venues.  The City has a strong tradition of street performance and outdoor music and music festivals.

Musical line-up at The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club

Musical line-up at The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club

A dessert bus!!

A dessert bus!!

There is so much to do in this City, I do believe you would have to live here to get to around to it all!

Here are a couple more book stores we did not make it to:

Downtown Books and News, 67 N. Lexington Ave. – A used book store that never closes (they are even open on holidays).  They have stayed open every day for 24 years!

Malaprops, 55 Haywood St. – a large general book store, stocking new books and regional writers.  Co-owners Emoke B’Racz and Linda Barrett Knopp celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2012.

The Thomas Wolfe House is also located in downtown Asheville, at 52 Market Street.  The famous American author Thomas Wolfe lived in the home during his boyhood, and it was the setting for his first novel, Look Homeward, Angel.

The Biltmore Estate, America’s largest and most magnificent home, is here in all it’s gilded age glory. The 8000-acre beautiful and grand estate built by George Vanderbilt in 1895 is a major tourist attraction.

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Asheville is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Swannanoa River and the French Broad River.  The population was 83,393 according to the 2010 U.S. Census, with a population of 424,848 in the four-county Asheville metropolitan area.  It is home to University of North Carolina at Asheville and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, with eight other colleges and universities in the surrounding area.

Next stop will be Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!

 

 

Beaufort and Charleston, S.C.

A pretty garden in Beaufort, SC

A pretty garden in Beaufort, SC

I had long heard that Beaufort, South Carolina was a beautiful little coastal city.  It is indeed a pretty town, and it has a bookstore, so it’s alright by me!

McIntosh Book Shoppe,  919 Bay St.,     Beaufort, South Carolina

McIntosh Book Shoppe, 919 Bay St.,
Beaufort, South Carolina

McIntosh Book Shoppe is located on the main drag of Beaufort and is owned by Wilson McIntosh.  The store carries used and rare books, and also local/regional authors, and they host regular book signings.

Inside McIntosh Book Shoppe

Inside McIntosh Book Shoppe

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There were a number of books signed by Pat Conroy (author of The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, and more)  near the front desk, including some older first editions.  Apparently he lives in the area and has coffee every morning just down the street.

Beaufort is a very walkable town, with lots of interesting shops and restaurants, shady streets, and lovely architecture.

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It has a beautiful harbor with an expansive park…

Harbor area - Beaufort, SC

Harbor area – Beaufort, SC

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We enjoyed walking the town, but left Beaufort around lunchtime to drive on to Charleston — another city we hadn’t yet visited.  Our first stop was Blue Bicycle Books, owned by Jonathan Sanchez.

Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street, Charleston, SC

Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street, Charleston, SC

This shop is stocked with used, rare and local books (both hardcover and paperback), with emphasis on quality writing.  The store looks small from the front, but after you enter it is spacious, with a long hallway that has room after room opening to the right as you move to the rear of the building.

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There was a room just for children’s books…

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After our visit here, we found our way to a parking garage in the historic center of town, so that we could walk around a bit.

Charleston City Market

Loved the streets and architecture…

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It was now pouring rain, but we found our way to the  Charleston City Market where there is art, music, and food all under one historic roof.

Inside the Charleston City Market

Inside the Charleston City Market

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We really wanted to dine in Charleston, but we were caught between a rock and a hard place (between the hours of 3pm and 5pm) — no one was serving.  Apparently they stop serving lunch at 3 and don’t start serving dinner until 5.  We were directed to the tavern section of each of three restaurants, but there wasn’t a seat to be found among the crowds!!  Brutal.

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So we decided to head on up the road.

Goodbye, beautiful city of Charleston…

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Next, it’s on to Asheville, North Carolina — a city blessed with fine books and bourbon!  This turned out to be one of my FAVORITE places.

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Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island

Savannah, Georgia is one of our favorite cities to visit, and Books on Bay is one of our favorite book shops, located in the beautiful historic district.

Books on Bay, 224 W. Bay Street Lower, Savannah, Georgia

Books on Bay, 224 W. Bay Street Lower, Savannah, Georgia

Owned by Betsy Hoit-Thetford, this shop always has a nice array of children’s books (like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew), loads of vintage books, and often some nice decorated American trade bindings.

Here are some pictures from the interior of the shop:

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And a few book close-ups:

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The store is spacious and well-organized; a treat for any vintage book lover.  Betsy is knowledgeable, and a delight to talk with about books, or anything else for that matter.  Unfortunately, she was not in the store when we arrived on this trip.  But we remember her kindly for helping us with a parking spot on a previous visit while we went to lunch, and for giving us two nice coffee mugs which we still love!

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One of the books we brought home from Books on Bay…

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Although we have been to Savannah three times, we had never made the trip out to nearby Tybee Island.  Third time is the charm.

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We had dinner on the island at the famous Crab Shack, which offers great food and an unforgettable experience.

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If you like adventure, you’ll like the Crab Shack!

20150428_191219_resized_1Get a load of those choppers…

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Ron almost lost the (second) nice hat he bought in Colombia!

Ron almost lost the (second) nice hat he bought in Colombia

and nearly lost his head here…

Ron almost lost his head here!

Close call!  Luckily, he survived…and so did his hat.

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Eventually we located the area where people dine (not alligators)…

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The seafood was delicious…

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A wonderful ending to another happy book scouting day!

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I’ll return soon with notes and pictures from our book scouting in Beaufort and Charleston, South Carolina.

B & B in Florida – Beaches and Books!

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As we made our way toward the east coast of Florida, we kicked off this part of our book-hunting journey with a stop at one of our favorite fun places, The Nav-A-Gator at 9700 SW Riverview Circle, Arcadia, Florida.   20150427_105955_resized

We love this place, with it's friendly, casual atmosphere, good food, and GREAT bloody marys!

Lexi, providing us with our go-go juice. We love this place, with it’s friendly, casual atmosphere, good food, and GREAT Bloody Marys!

Located at Old DeSoto Marina, with access to the beautiful Peace River, it has an extensive boat docking area, a nice indoor restaurant and a fun outdoor dining area with games and even a small museum.  The Peace River valley is famous for million year old fossils featuring mammoths and sharks, as well as Indian artifacts such as arrowheads, beads, and pottery.

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They were having a staff meeting.  If only all staff meetings looked like this!!

They were having a staff meeting. If only all staff meetings looked like this!!

River cruises are available on a large 40-passenger boat, or you can take an air boat ride.  We chose the air boat ride.

20150427_122342_resized_1It was a fun, 40-minute tour, and we caught some wonderful close-up views of wildlife…

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camera-shy!

After a little food and drink and a boat ride,

we were ready to commence book scouting.

Unfortunately, the first book store we came upon, Crackerhouse Books, was closed.  This happens, as used & rare book stores are often one man or woman operations, and open hours can be irregular.  Owners have to pop out once in awhile for a variety of reasons — often it’s to buy books to replenish stock.

Crackerhouse Books, 236 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia, Florida

Crackerhouse Books, 236 N. Brevard Ave., Arcadia, Florida

We drove eastward, and reached Daytona Beach late in the day.

20150427_193416_resizedFrom here we motored north up the coast, stopping for the night at a delightful ocean-side hotel called Coral Sands.  We really just stumbled across this place, but it was a pleasant surprise, situated on a gorgeous stretch of coastline.

Coral Sands Hotel, Ormond Beach, Florida

Coral Sands Hotel, Ormond Beach, Florida

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The rates were extremely reasonable (we paid $109 for a clean and spacious ocean-view room –with a kitchen! ),  and there was a large ocean-view swimming pool.  We both took a refreshing dip in it that evening, in spite of a little rain that was starting to sprinkle down…

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We found a nice sand castle on the beach someone had worked really hard on — and claimed it…

Can you see our names in the sand?

Can you see our names in the sand?

Coral Sands on Ormond Beach – what a find!  I wish we could have stayed here for a week.  But after a walk on the beach in the morning, we drove up the coast to Flagler Beach, where we discovered Change Jar Books.

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Change Jar Books, 319 Moody Blvd. Flagler Beach, FL

Change Jar had a huge selection of books, both hardcover and paperbacks, reading quality and some collectible, as well as books by local authors.  Here is a collectible corner I liked, which was stocked by Steve Bolter of Sleuth Books in Palm Coast, Florida:

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After browsing in the

Change Jar, we hopped

back in the car and

drove on to St. Augustine

to stop in at Anastasia

Books…

Anastasia Books, 81 King St # C, St Augustine, FL

Anastasia Books, 81 King St # C, St Augustine, FL

only to find a note on the inside door that the store was unexpectedly closed all of Tuesday )-:

We have visited this book store in the past, and it is a lovely, well organized store with a good selection of books.  Sorry we missed it this trip!

All was not lost in St. Augustine.  While walking around, we struck up a conversation with a local gentleman, who asked us to come to his house to look at some books he wanted to sell.  Of course, we followed him (21 miles!).

Here is one of the books we purchased from him:

Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine, - Vol. LXXXII - from January to June, 1871

Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine, – Vol. LXXXII – from January to June, 1871

Godey's Lady's Books are beautifully illustrated and a great resource for fashion, architecture, music,  recipes, and more detailing life in the 19th Century.

Godey’s Lady’s Books are beautifully illustrated and a great resource for details on fashion, architecture, music, recipes, and more on  life in the 19th Century.

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Join us on our next stop:  Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island!

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Old Tampa Book Company (and Ybor City!)

The Old Tampa Book Company was having a sale, and we weren’t about to miss it!

My husband Ron in front of Old Tampa Book Company

My husband Ron in front of Old Tampa Book Company

Located at 507 N. Tampa Street in the heart of downtown Tampa, it is a wonderful, classic used & rare book store, stocking around 40,000 volumes.

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We found a spot to park in a lot right across the street, and went inside.

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It was quickly evident that this was our kind of place!  Lots of beautiful vintage books in excellent condition…

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We were in heaven here while searching the shelves…they have so many interesting items, both fiction and non-fiction, and a wide variety of subject matter.

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Old Tampa Book Company was created by David Brown and has been loved, owned and run by him and his wife Ellen for over two decades. It has been a sanctuary for book lovers.  Recently, David and Ellen have decided to retire and have passed the torch to new owner Carrie Carnes.
Carrie Carnes, new owner of Old Tampa Book Company

Carrie Carnes, new owner of Old Tampa Book Company

  Carrie has worked in the book store for the Brown’s for the past five years, so she knows what makes this store special!  Read the delightful story of this ownership transition HERE.  Carrie and her husband, Matt Saxon, are already immersed in running their new business.  We found them both to be friendly, fun booksellers, so be sure to visit them if you get to Tampa!
Here are some of the beautiful books we purchased at Old Tampa Book Company:
African Camp Fires, by Stewart Edward White (Doubleday Page & Co., 1913, 1st Edition)  SOLD

African Camp Fires, by Stewart Edward White (Doubleday Page & Co., 1913, 1st Edition) SOLD

Evelyn Innes, by George Moore (D. Appleton, 1898, 1st Edition)

Evelyn Innes, by George Moore (D. Appleton, 1898, 1st Edition) signed binding – CboxC

In Old New York, by Thomas A. Janvier (Harper & Brothers, NY, 1894 - first edition)

In Old New York, by Thomas A. Janvier (Harper & Brothers, NY, 1894 – first edition)

The Farmer His Own Builder, by H. Armstrong Roberts (David McKay, 1918, First Edition)

The Farmer His Own Builder, by H. Armstrong Roberts (David McKay, 1918, First Edition)

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The Compleat Angler, by Izaak Walton (David McKay, 1931, illustrations by Arthur Rackham)

The Compleat Angler, by Izaak Walton (David McKay, 1931, illustrations by Arthur Rackham)

We had a splendid time there, and were impressed with the store’s inventory.

After hours of book shopping, we were hungry.  I’m so glad Carrie recommended that we go over to Ybor City, Tampa’s Latin Quarter and National Historic Landmark District.   We had a splendid time there!

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Entering Ybor City

20150425_165617_resizedLots of old world charm in Ybor City, and a great place to walk around, eat, shop, listen to music…and buy cigars!!

cigar rollers at work inside Hav-A-Taba (Ybor City, Florida)

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20150425_171305_resizedNow I was starving — so after walking several blocks and taking in the sights, we popped into Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant for a meal.

This was a fun place to relax – with a nice open courtyard, live music, and good food!
Food -- at last!

Food — at last!

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In Ybor City, even the chickens dance in the street…

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In my next post, we’ll do a little book scouting on the East coast of Florida.  I’ll be back soon…

 

Our Trip to the F.O.L. Sale – Gainesville, Florida

Friends of the Library Sales are not for the faint of heart!

Any bookseller will tell you…Friends of the Library Sales are not for the faint of heart!

Our next book scouting journey was to the Friends of the Library Sale in Gainesville, FL benefiting the Alachua County Library District and several literacy programs.  This is a biennial sale held at the Bookhouse at 430 N. Main Street in Gainesville, and boasts over500,000 books, records, games, CDs, DVDs, audio, video, paintings, posters, prints, puzzles and magazines.  We attended the Spring Sale (April 25-29, 2015) – their next sale will be Fall 2015 – October 24 – 28.

We drove from Port Charlotte to Dade City the night before the sale to be within an hour’s drive of Gainesville.  We wanted to get an early morning start for the event.  That evening, in Dade City we found a delightful restaurant called Kafe Kokopelli.

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Kafe Kokopelli – Dade City, Florida

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Ron at the entrance of Kafe Kokopelli

Ron at the entrance of Kafe Kokopelli

Housed in a 100 year old building originally designed for Model T sales by the Ford Motor Company, this place was loaded with charm.

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The atmosphere was enchanting,  everywhere you looked!

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We met some fun people here and had a lovely dinner!

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Would loved to have lingered into the night, but we had to get up early in the morning to make the drive from Dade City to Gainesville (where the sale started at 9am and we were in line by 8am).

Sunrise in Florida on our way to the Gainesville Book Sale

Line at the F.O.L. Book Sale in Gainesville

Long line at the F.O.L. Book Sale in Gainesville

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Wall-to-wall book buyers

Wall-to-wall book buyers

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This sale has a decent and large “collectible” quality book section in one corner of the building, with books individually priced.  VERY crowded, however, and one must be nimble and quick to get a look at the better books.

Here are a few of the books we found at the Gainesville sale:

 

Shakespeare and Company, by Sylvia Beach (Harcourt Brace, 1959, first edition)

Shakespeare and Company, by Sylvia Beach (Harcourt Brace, 1959, first edition)

 

Mrs. Bridge, by Evan S. Connell Jr. (Viking Press, 1959, 1st Printing)

Mrs. Bridge, by Evan S. Connell Jr. (Viking Press, 1959, 1st Printing)  SOLD

With the Night Mail, by Rudyard S. Kipling (Doubleday Page, 1909)

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The Grandissimes, George W. Cable (Charles Scribner, 1899, First Illustrated Edition)

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Quite Early One Morning, by Thomas Dylan (New Directions, 1954, 1st Edition)

Quite Early One Morning, by Thomas Dylan (New Directions, 1954, 1st Edition)

DUNE, by Frank Herbert (1st Putnam edition, 1984)

DUNE, by Frank Herbert (1st Putnam edition, 1984)DUNE, by Frank Herbert (1st Putnam edition, 1984)

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT UP:  Our visit to The Old Tampa Book Company in Tampa, Florida!

More Book Scouting – Florida Style

Okay, so this first photo isn’t book scouting.  Once in a while to have to cool your heels in the sand and water and look for shells!

That’s the beauty of Florida book scouting.

A little break on the Beach in Englewood

A little break on the Beach in Englewood, FL

Our book scouting took us to the lovely Cape Coral, Florida public library where they were holding a Friends of the Library Sale.

Cape Coral, Florida Public Library

Cape Coral, Florida Public Library

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We joined the line…

20150423_152255_resizedThere were about 10,000 books offered at the sale.  Many of the books were newer (not the vintage era books we seek), but we did find a few.  Here is a sampling of books we brought back from Cape Coral…

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An early printing of the first edition of “The Grapes of Wrath.”

20150526_202428_resized20150526_202549_resizedNot the best F.O.L. sale for us!  After combing through the books,  we drove over to the Cape Coral Yacht Club to drown our disappointment (Cape Coral has a public beach and yacht club — a fun one, not a snooty one!).

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We spotted this lovely old car parked nearby beneath the shade trees…a 1921 Model “T” — in close to original condition!

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It was the best old thing we’d seen all day (besides each other…haha).

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The Yacht Club  “Boat House Bar” had lovely views, outdoor seating and live music.

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All in all…not a bad day!

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Coming up… our trip to Gainesville for their library sale!

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