If you ever get to Pittsburgh (a beautiful city, by the way), you won’t want to miss a visit to Caliban Book Shop. This was our last book stop on our way home from our 2015 southern states book scouting trip, and it was a good one!
Caliban Book Shop was founded in 1991 and is co-owned by John Schulman and Emily Hetzel. John has been a full-time dealer in used and rare books since 1987.
Located in the lovely Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, it is a brief stroll from the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Natural History Museum, Phipps Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Lots of readers here. No wonder they have so many great books!
The large open shop is neatly organized and fun to explore. It contains some 40,000 titles covering just about every subject (they also have a nearby warehouse of close to 150,000 books). Specialties include local history, fine arts, poetry, philosophy, Americana, literature, fine printings, and leather-bound books.
We purchased some lovely decorated American trade bindings…
They also had a nice selection of vintage mysteries and true crime, some in their original dust jackets. Here’s a sample…
They had many lovely old vintage novels in excellent condition…
It is a classic antiquarian book store in which you can spend hours browsing and making delightful discoveries. There aren’t many book stores left anymore like this one…it is a gem.
After completing our book purchases, we crossed the street to have lunch at the Union Grill (thanks for the recommendation, John!)
And of course, our favorite…AWESOME Bloody Marys…
The Ghostbusters were lurking in the area, and I had to have my picture taken with them!
The trip was a great success. We are back home now, cataloging and selling books, rearranging the bookcases. We safely traveled over 4,000 miles, and returned home with a quantity and quality of books for our inventory here at Old Scrolls Book Shop that made each mile worthwhile. As always, we enjoyed meeting or re-connecting with our fellow antiquarian booksellers across the eastern and southern United States.
Soon we’ll be making a trip to the upper Midwest. Stay tuned for our next book scouting adventure!