Book Scouting in Lexington, Kentucky

Meet John Glover (pictured here with his dog “Thea” of Glover’s Bookery, Lexington, Kentucky!

John and Thea of Glover's Books

John and Thea

Glover’s Bookery is owned by John & Carey Glover and is  located in a big two story house at 862 South Broadway in Lexington, KY.    Free parking in the back of the store — always a plus!  We arrived on Tuesday morning just as they were opening the store.

Stairway to the Stacks inside Glover's Bookery

Great variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction.  We found several nice decorated American trade bindings here, and a couple of books in lovely old jackets.  Staff was friendly and knowledgeable!  Definitely worth a visit for any book lover.

Our second stop in Lexington was Black Swan Books (505 E. Maxwell St., Lexington, KY).

Black Swan Books - Lexington, KY

This is a very nice book shop — all on one floor, with spacious, well-lit rooms and well-organized books.  Plenty of literature, history, Kentuckiana, and Modern Firsts.  I was thrilled to find a beautiful first edition of Laughter on the Stairs by Beverley Nichols and a first edition of The World We Live In, by Louis Bromfield.  This book turns up everywhere in the Blakiston edition, but is hard to find in the Harper first edition.

Interior room at Black Swan Books

J. Michael Courtney, Proprietor of Black Swan Books

Michael Courtney has been in business for over thirty years.  Knowledgeable book seller, fun to talk with, and knows about food, too!  He sent us around the corner toRamsey’s — where they serve good Southern home cooked food…blackened cat fish, hush puppies, Kentucky Brown…Mmmmmmm!

Here I am -- happy at Ramsey's!

Ramsey's "weather forecasting stone" on their side patio

We made a few more stops on our way south on I-75 at a couple of antique shops and a small used book shop, but found nothing of significance.  So it was onward to Knoxville, Tennessee.  More about that tomorrow!


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  1. Glad to see that you had the chance to visit some nice books stores during your book scout in Lexington. The Black Swan books store has a lovely interior. The setting seems to be very conducive for reading. It would be a delight to visit this book store not just to buy a book but also to enjoy the beautiful interior.

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