Massachusetts – book hunting heaven!

It’s hard to beat Massachusetts for great used & rare book hunting.  Some of the beautiful books we found today…

Decorated American Trade Bindings - all First Editions

A sampling of the literature we were delighted to find in clean dust jackets, some signed!

A sampling of the literature we were delighted to find in clean dust jackets, some signed!


We began our morning in Northampton, Massachusetts at The Old Book Store at 32 Masonic Street.

Henry Walz, Proprietor of The Old Book Store (est. 1958) - 32 Masonic St., Northampton, MA

We purchased some hard-to-find books here — a shop with well organized books, nicely shelved for easy viewing and prices are reasonable. An interesting book shop — well worth a stop.

Our second stop in Northampton was at Gabriel Books at 21 Market Street.  Lots of books, shelved and stacked on the floor. We found a few gems here…plenty of antiquarian and scholarly titles, and a case of first edition literature.

Gabriel Books - 21 Market St., Northampton, MA

Just a few doors down we climbed upstairs to the book shop of Lucy Wolff at Metropolitan Books & Records.  She was having a sale and her prices were more than fair.  We found some excellent titles at 50% off – including an M.F.K. Fisher first edition.

Lucy Wolff

Lucy Wolff, owner of Metropolitan Books & Records - 9-3/4 Market St., Northampton, MA

We then headed a bit north to Hadley, Massachusetts to visit Troubadour Books and Grey Matter Books, which have combined forces in one very large building.

Troubadour Books - 47 East Street, Hadley, MA

Grey Matter Books - 47 East St., Hadley, MA

They have a beautiful setting amongst great old trees near the old water tower in Hadley.  Inside are seemingly endless cases of great books — desirable titles in nice clean condition, well displayed for easy viewing.  We had a ball here, and were still picking out books on our way out the door.

Bob Willig (Troubadour Books) and Sam Burton (Grey Matter)

Read about Bob and Sam’s unique book partnership HERE.

On the road again (same day!) we went to another of our favorite hunting grounds at the Whately Antiquarian Book Center.

Whately Antiquarian Book Center - 13 State Road (Rte. 5), Whately, MA

This shop contains many thousands of books on display from multiple book dealers.  You can find just about anything you are after here, including quality collectible books and unusual, hard to find titles.

Ted Sargent - he made our day!

Ted Sargent was in charge while we were visiting, and he was great to us!  Very helpful, and willing to let us browse a bit beyond closing time.  Ted is a retired professor and an author, his most well-known title being Legion of Night: The Underwing Moths, University of Mass. Press, 1976.   Read more about his books HERE.

All that book hunting made us HUNGRY.  We got the word from a helpful front desk clerk in Greenfield that we should go back down the road to South Deerfield to eat at Wolfie’s.  And were we glad we did!

Terrific homemade food, cozy atmosphere, superb seafood!  If only I’d save room for their strawberry shortcake )-:

I worked off some of that great dinner with a swim.   I’ll wrap this up for now so we can get some rest for tomorrow, when you can follow us to New Hampshire!


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