A Second Day in Boston – and Heading Home with Beautiful Books

We went back underground this morning on the Boston subway…the oldest subway in America.

underground at Park Street

There was some construction and remodeling of the Visitor’s Center going on at the Commons…but it was still beautiful and the sun was shining…

Boston Commons

The old Massachusetts State House from Boston Commons

We walked over to 9 West Street to Brattle Book Shop, owned by Ken Gloss. Originally founded in the Cornhill section of Boston in 1825, the Brattle Book Shop is one of the oldest and largest antiquarian book shops in the country.

Look up - the sign for Brattle Book Shop

They are perhaps most famous for their outdoor sales lot.  Last time we were in Boston it was pouring rain, and the lot was closed.  Today luck was with us!

Outdoor sales lot - offering all kinds of books in the $1 to $5 range

There are three floors in Brattle Book Shop, the top floor housing the rare book collection.  We found a few “sleepers” in the sales lot after combing it carefully, and purchased two books from the third  floor rare book room.

We paused for lunch next door at Max & Dylans (good food – great Bloody Marys!)

Book hunting can make you very dry...here's Ron, quenching his thirst!

Then it was back onto the subway for a trip on the C Train to the Boston Book Annex (906 Beacon Street).

Boston Book Annex

The Book Annex has approximately 100,000 volumes in stock in all categories.  We always find books we are happy with here.  On this visit they had a strong selection of Modern Library Editions in nice clean condition, which made us happy.  You can find almost anything here…travel, philosophy, religion, fiction, literary criticism, military history and more.

Interior of Boston Book Annex

Westfield, head honcho and book store cat!

We hiked back to the hotel a half mile up the street, book bags in tow.  Saw lots of pretty flowers along the way…

Then we checked out of the hotel and drove west to Albany, New York

Sunset near Albany

…where we are spending the night.  Tomorrow we are homeward bound!  We have done lots of driving and walking (especially in New York and Boston — worn out our shoes, I think).  We’ve ridden subways and hailed cabs, slept in lots of hotels, snapped tons of photos, met wonderful people, gathered beautiful books, and stayed up really late finishing this blog each night.

Look for a summary of our book hunting journey in the coming week!

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