We were crazy enough to visit FOUR book shops in Cincinnati, Ohio today. And now we are in Lexington, Kentucky where I have sampled two glasses of Kentucky bourbon after 10 hours of staring at thousands of book titles…so if this story veers off course, blame it on the bourbon!
Our first stop was Ohio Book Store at 726 Main Street. We were delighted to meet Jim Fallon and his son, Mike who run the shop.
Ron was excited to learn that they do custom book binding and repairs on the lower floor of the shop. He had great fun talking with Mike about the tools of the trade…
After we had spent several hours looking at books (and book binding tools), Jim had the good sense to send us around the corner for a break at the oldest tavern in Cincinnati…where we had Bloody Mary’s and checked out the interesting history of the place.
We went back to the Ohio Book Store, shopped til we dropped, and then got directions to Duttenhofer’s Books at 214 W. McMillan Street.
We picked up some lovely vintage decorated bindings and scarce old dust jackets in this intriguing book shop — a very nice store with lots of variety to please any bibliophile. Thanks for the T-Shirt, Kim — I love it!!
Our next stop was
The Dust Jacket has been in business for many years and had some nice scarce titles of authors such as P. G. Wodehouse, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and more. We had fun browsing in this shop and came away with some elusive titles and interesting books we simply stumbled upon there.
Our final book stop of the day was Significant Books, 3053 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH. They were having a 60% OFF sale as they are reducing their inventory and moving to an on-line store operation after having an open store for many years.
Well, we had a grand time here — I mean…60% off! And there were some very nice books. We purchased two books signed by Eddie Rickenbacker in dust jackets, a Cape Cod cook book signed by Peter Hunt, some lovely decorated bindings, bibliographies, books on book binding, and, and…somebody stop me! They stayed open an hour past their closing time for us. THANK YOU Bill and Carolyn. We had a wonderful time.
We found our way back to I-75 South and crossed over into Kentucky at about 7:30pm, and drove south through the beautiful green countryside until we reached Lexington.
To end this evening’s entry, I will leave you with a beautiful image…Lauren Bacall…from the wall on Arnold’s Tavern in Cincinnati:
Tune in tomorrow to see what trouble we can get into in Lexington, Kentucky…