Our travels took us northward again on I-75 into Tennessee. Our first book shop stop was The Book Company in Chattanooga. This is a family-owned used book store which carries both reading quality and collectible books.
The store offers a large selection of both hardcover and softcover books in all genres. The staff was friendly and helpful! They have been in business for 35 years, 5 years at their present location. They have easy access free parking.
We purchased a decorated cloth binding and several Modern Library Editions here. They did have a very nice fore edge painting book! Most of their collectible stock is offered only online.
Our second stop in Chattanooga was downtown at All Books. We found on-street parking right near the store.
All Books is a huge one-floor store that is now in the process of conversion to a yarn store (!) The store has been open since 1989 and is owned by Polly Henry. There is an inventory of about 50,000 books (mostly hardcover) in varying conditions, and many are of collectible quality. I think there may be some collectible quality yarn there too!!
Here we purchased an 18th century cookbook, some decorated bindings, and a few Modern Library Editions.
After we loaded our booty in the car, Polly was nice enough to come out and tell us about another downtown area book store. Unfortunately, time was up for us in Chattanooga — we were already behind schedule in our northward travel.
Our next stop will be in Lexington, Kentucky!