More from the Great Book Town of Ann Arbor

The fourth bookstore we visited on July 12, 2016 in Ann Arbor.  Here I am in front of Motte & Bailey Booksellers in Ann Arbor, Michigan…

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Motte & Bailey offers over 10,000 volumes of used and rare books in a spacious and well-organized store located at 212 N. Fourth Avenue.

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“Motte & Bailey” is a type of medieval Norman castle, a wooden palisade rising on a mound of earth, found in many places in England, Wales, and Scotland…this name was chosen to reflect the specialty of the store’s inventory, books concerning all the various aspects of history.  But there are books from nearly all genres here, and all in lovely condition.   We found Gene Alloway manning the desk at the front of the book store; he has been active in the business since 1996.

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With Gene Alloway, Proprietor of Motte & Bailey Booksellers, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Here is an example of a title we purchased at Motte & Bailey:

Two volume set of "Ramona" in a decorated binding (Little Brown, 1900) SOLD

Two volume set of “Ramona” in a decorated binding (Little Brown, 1900) SOLD

I highly recommend a visit to this bookstore if you are in Ann Arbor — it was one of my favorites there.

The fifth book shop we visited in Ann Arbor was charming beyond belief.  I felt as if I had stumbled into a time machine and stepped into a bookshop on some old London street.

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A wiry, spry man with pale gray hair and glasses greeted us as we came into the shop, in his crisp white shirt and a neatly tailored charcoal gray vest.  This turned out to be Richard Leahy, who takes charge of the night shift at the store.  You must envision him from my description, because he does not like his picture taken.   A shame, because he added so much to our visit at this store…but I guess you will just have to go there yourself (in the evening) if you want to experience the pleasure of meeting him.

By now it was about 6:00pm, and we were starving.  We were assured that the store would be open until 8:00pm, and asked Richard for advice on where to eat dinner nearby.  He directed us to an Italian restaurant just a few blocks away.  It was a delightful place called Gratzi.

Grazi Restaurant, 326 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI

Gratzi Restaurant, 326 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI

Gratzi had an excellent wine list and their food was fabulous.  You know how we usually take photos of what we are served in restaurants?  Especially when it is beautifully presented??  Well, we were so hungry we didn’t even pause for those photos this time!  Take it from me, the food and wine was top notch.

With full tummies, we walked back to West Side Book Shop, where Richard was waiting to assist us as we combed through their beautiful inventory.

Inside West Side Book shop, 113 West Liberty, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Inside West Side Book shop, 113 West Liberty, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Here are a few of the items we spirited away from this book shop:

The Small Yacht by Edwin A. Boardman (Little Brown, 1923)

The Small Yacht by Edwin A. Boardman (Little Brown, 1923)

 

Star-Dust by Fannie Hurst (A. L. Burt, 1921)

Star-Dust by Fannie Hurst (A. L. Burt, 1921)

Star-Dust by Fannie Hurst (A. L. Burt, 1921)

 

The Spirit of the North (Cupples & Leon, 1935) - inscribed by author LeRoy W. Snell

The Spirit of the North (Cupples & Leon, 1935) – inscribed by author LeRoy W. Snell

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Join us in the next post, we will be leaving Ann Arbor (sob!) and driving to East Lansing, Michigan.

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Awesome Antiquarian Books – Minneapolis

This may well be our favorite Twin Cities book shop, which we visited for the first time during our recent Minnesota trip!

James & Mary Laurie, Booksellers - 250 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN

James & Mary Laurie, Booksellers – 250 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN

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We spent an entirely wonderful day here!

20150630_122601_resizedTheir hours are 11-6 Monday through Saturday and by appointment.  Free parking available in a small lot on one side of the store (limited number of spaces), but also a big parking ramp nearby.

We found a nice space in the lot at opening time, around 11am.

With an inventory of over 120,000 books, our day was well occupied!

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Here’s me, wondering where to start…

This beautiful and large street-level shop also houses more than 30,000 classical and jazz vinyl records, and a gallery of old prints and maps.

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To say we were excited about the book selection here is an understatement, especially since there were many nice examples of our favorite specialty, decorated American trade bindings.  But of course there were thousands of interesting books in all genres, and they were in beautiful condition.  The shop is well organized and easy to browse, with pleasant surprises at every turn.

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Here are just a few samples of some of the beautiful decorated bindings we found here:

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James & Mary Laurie Booksellers was founded in 1969 (they were located for twenty years on the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis before moving to this location).   We did not have the pleasure of meeting Mary, but Jim is a super guy, and was wonderful to us during our visit.

Here I am with Jim Laurie

Here I am with Jim Laurie.  He’s a tall one!

After hours of perusing and purchasing books, we broke away for a little pick-me-up at Dunn Brothers Coffee, just around the corner.

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Great smile, great coffee!

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When we returned to the book shop, we were invited to descend to their warehouse area, where many more books are stored.  Come on along!

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Here were many more thousands of books, stacked to the ceiling.  Good thing we had that coffee!!

20150630_145244_resizedWe found several wonderful books down here as well, and added them to our purchases.

Can’t say enough good things about this book store — make sure you pay them a visit if you are ever in Minneapolis!

In the evening, we met my sister Karen and her husband Gene in Spring Park for a sunset cruise on her daughter and son-in-law’s boat.

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The weather was perfect for a quiet evening on Lake Minnetonka

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Books in the ‘Burgh

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, 410 S. Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA

Caliban Book Shop, 410 S. Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA

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.

John Schulman at Caliban Book Shop, Pittsburgh, PA

John Schulman at Caliban Book Shop, Pittsburgh, PA

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.

Just a stone's throw from the Carnegie Museum of Art...

Just a stone’s throw from the Carnegie Museum of Art…

Lots of readers here. No wonder they have so many great books!

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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…

The Great Salt Lake Trail, by Colonel Henry Inman and Colonel William F. Cody (NY: MacMillan, 1898)   SOLD

The Great Salt Lake Trail, by Colonel Henry Inman and Colonel William F. Cody (NY: MacMillan, 1898) SOLD

Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving (G. P. Putnam, 1899)   SOLD

Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving (G. P. Putnam, 1899) SOLD

(signed Margaret Armstrong binding)

(signed Margaret Armstrong binding)

Jack and Jill, by Louisa M. Alcott (Boston: Little Brown, 1920)  Signed binding - AS - Amy Sacker)

Jack and Jill, by Louisa M. Alcott (Boston: Little Brown, 1920) Signed binding – AS – Amy Sacker)

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with original dust jacket

with original dust jacket

They also had a nice selection of vintage mysteries and true crime, some in their original dust jackets. Here’s a sample…

The Murdered and the Missing- Authentic Case Histories from the Files of the Missing Persons Bureau.  By Armstrong Livingston and Captain John G. Stein (NY: Stephen-Paul Publishers, 1947. First Edition in dust jacket.  SOLD

The Murdered and the Missing- Authentic Case Histories from the Files of the Missing Persons Bureau. By Armstrong Livingston and Captain John G. Stein (NY: Stephen-Paul Publishers, 1947.) First Edition in dust jacket.   SOLD

The book was nicely inscribed by author John G. Stein

The book was nicely inscribed by author John G. Stein

They had many lovely old vintage novels in excellent condition…

Her Father's Daughter, by Gene Stratton Porter (Grosset & Dunlap EdItion, 1921)

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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!)

The Union Grill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Union Grill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

20150502_140649_resizedThis place has marvelous food, fun atmosphere indoors, plus a small outdoor dining area where you can eat and people-watch.

Best fish sandwich to be found!

Best fish sandwich to be found anywhere!

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Excellent Rueben sandwich

And of course, our favorite…AWESOME Bloody Marys…

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The Ghostbusters were lurking in the area, and I had to have my picture taken with them!

Ghostbusters!

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!

Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island

Savannah, Georgia is one of our favorite cities to visit, and Books on Bay is one of our favorite book shops, located in the beautiful historic district.

Books on Bay, 224 W. Bay Street Lower, Savannah, Georgia

Books on Bay, 224 W. Bay Street Lower, Savannah, Georgia

Owned by Betsy Hoit-Thetford, this shop always has a nice array of children’s books (like The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew), loads of vintage books, and often some nice decorated American trade bindings.

Here are some pictures from the interior of the shop:

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And a few book close-ups:

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The store is spacious and well-organized; a treat for any vintage book lover.  Betsy is knowledgeable, and a delight to talk with about books, or anything else for that matter.  Unfortunately, she was not in the store when we arrived on this trip.  But we remember her kindly for helping us with a parking spot on a previous visit while we went to lunch, and for giving us two nice coffee mugs which we still love!

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One of the books we brought home from Books on Bay…

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Although we have been to Savannah three times, we had never made the trip out to nearby Tybee Island.  Third time is the charm.

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We had dinner on the island at the famous Crab Shack, which offers great food and an unforgettable experience.

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If you like adventure, you’ll like the Crab Shack!

20150428_191219_resized_1Get a load of those choppers…

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Ron almost lost the (second) nice hat he bought in Colombia!

Ron almost lost the (second) nice hat he bought in Colombia

and nearly lost his head here…

Ron almost lost his head here!

Close call!  Luckily, he survived…and so did his hat.

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Eventually we located the area where people dine (not alligators)…

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The seafood was delicious…

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A wonderful ending to another happy book scouting day!

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I’ll return soon with notes and pictures from our book scouting in Beaufort and Charleston, South Carolina.

Book Scouting Queen Gets Crowned

It’s never a good time to get a crown on your tooth…but three days before Christmas $$$?  Really??!

View from a pretty little alley in Penn Yan, NY

How do you make a visit to the dentist fun? Lucky me, I have a great dentist who is located in a good book scouting town — Penn Yan, New York.   So I usually find a way of working some book hunting into the mix when I have a dental appointment.  Ron was with me this trip, so after my crowning we stopped to eat at one of our favorite little spots in town, the Tavern Restaurant.  Let me repeat, my dentist is GREAT, so he didn’t numb me up too bad.  I could even sip a Bloody Mary out of a straw afterwards!! AND eat lunch.  Yay.

Tavern Restaurant, Penn Yan, NY

Our table by the fireplace

Our table by the fireplace – can’t really see it in this pic, but there was a nice fire blazing!

Penn Yan (the peculiar town name is a syllabic abbreviation of “Pennsylvania Yankee”) lies at the north end of the east branch of Keuka Lake, my favorite of the Finger Lakes.  It is about seventeen miles southeast of our home and book shop.  A pretty village of about 5,000 citizens, Penn Yan has two used book shops.

The Books Landing recently relocated to 9 Main Street after years in a small store on a corner at 1 Main Street.  I was anxious to see their new digs!  Unfortunately, they were closed.  All we could do was press our noses to the window.  (Fortunately, my return trip to get my permanent crown is scheduled for a Tuesday.  Hope that works.)

The Books Landing, Penn Yan, NY

The Books Landing, Penn Yan, NY

The Books Landing, run by a very nice lady named Barb Mullins,  has always leaned toward paperbacks and good reading quality books for the locals and seasonal visitors.  But I have found enough unexpected hardcover collectible gems in that store to keep me coming back.

Next, we telephoned Eileen O’Reilly, proprietor of Belknap Hill Books at 106 Main Street.  We found this store to be closed too, but with a sign taped to the door that said “Want Books? Call…” and of course we did!  She and her wonderful dog (“Rosie”) were kind enough to come right over and open up for us.

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Eileen O’Reilly, Proprietor of Belknap Hill Books – Penn Yan, NY

Rosie, the book store dog

          Rosie, the book store dog

Eileen has operated Belknap Hill Books out of this store since 1987.  She and her husband have recently decided to put this three-story residential-commercial building up for sale.  It may be the end of another book shop…and I will be sad.

Belknap Hill Books, Penn Yan, NY

Belknap Hill Books, Penn Yan, NY

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The Inns of the Middle Ages

The Inns of the Middle Ages

Kotto - - Being Japanese Curios, with Sundry Cobwebs

Kotto – – Being Japanese Curios, with Sundry Cobwebs

Master of the Vineyard

Master of the Vineyard

Wanted - A Chaperon

Wanted – A Chaperon

Penn Yan is high on my list of favorite New York towns.  Interesting shops, walkable streets, the clip-clopping of Mennonite horse & buggies, a most beautiful lake and lots of wineries nearby.   It is quaint, historic, and just quirky enough to be interesting!

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Were they expecting Noah?

Wrap-Up of our Book Scouting Road Trip

Once each year, we escape from the shop for a two-week book-scouting adventure.  We take a road atlas, our cell phones (no data plan, no GPS), a small bag of clothes and hit the road.

We recently completed a 16-day book scouting road trip through ten states in search of fine books to add to our stock at Old Scrolls Book Shop.  While traveling, I posted a blog here at WordPress nearly every day of the trip, which you can see in detail on earlier posts; this is our wrap-up.

Some of the Decorated American Trade Bindings we unearthed on the trip

These trips allow us to get out and meet fellow antiquarian booksellers in other regions of the country.  We get to see their shops (each with their own personality and unique approach to the business), talk books, and buy stock.  We also get to see some of this beautiful country of ours.

Sunrise on the coast of Georgia (Jekyll Island)

This year our trip took us from our home and bookshop in Stanley, NY (about 30 miles S.E. of Rochester, NY) west to Ohio, then South on I-75 through Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and the along the gulf coast of Florida.  On our return trip we crossed over to the East coast of Florida to St. Augustine, then drove up through Georgia, the Carolinas, the Virginias, Pennsylvania, and back home to New York State.

Our heaviest book scouting was done on the way south, where I had researched ahead of time many of the book shops we wanted to visit along the route.  There were many more places we would have liked to have stopped on our way back up through the Virginias and Carolinas.  One must put a deadline of some kind on the trip to stay on budget and return to doing business with our own customers.  I could have kept on going!  We purchased books in all ten states, shipping some home via media mail, packing most home in our vehicle.

Our main objective in acquiring stock was to find antiquarian books in early jackets in excellent condition, decorated American trade bindings, better books in the Adventure/Travel narrative genre, and some of the scarcer Modern Library Editions.  The trip was successful in all regards.  We visited a total of nineteen antiquarian bookshops, six antique stores carrying books, two consignment shops, two thrift shops, and one flea market.

Here’s more of what we found:

More decorated American trade bindings

We uncovered a multitude of antiquarian books (mostly novels) in beautiful early jackets from 1900-1940’s.

Antiquarian books in early dust jackets

We bought a total of around 200 books during our travels, sticking resolutely to our  standards of quality in our search for books and jackets in the best condition.  This involves going through every nook and cranny of each shop; it is a time-consuming treasure hunt.  At night when we close our eyes, what do you think we see?  A parade of titles on the back of our eyelids!

We purchased a number of books in the Adventure/Travel area.  This is our favorite:

“Rolling Stone” by Lowell Thomas, first edition, inscribed to famous NY City Restauranteur Gino Circiello (owner of “Gino’s”), along with two letters in their envelopes written to Gino by Lowell Thomas during his later travels and signed by him.

Three of the book shops we visited were selling off their inventory in preparation for closing their stores.  We are sorry to see them go — we found really nice stock at each of them.  I believe all have some plans to continue to sell books on line.  If you want to visit these shops, you shouldn’t waste any time:

Significant Books, Cincinnati, Ohio

Wolf’s Head Books, St. Augustine, Florida

Tappin Book Mine, Atlantic Beach, Florida

We enjoyed all the book shop we visited, and made purchases at every one.  Each had a special quality — unique atmosphere, stock, personality, and variety of titles.  I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to scroll back through earlier entries for details on the book shops we visited.

Thrift shops, most (not all) antique shops, and flea markets are a shot in the dark, and can be a huge waste of time…once in awhile you get lucky, but generally they are overpriced, and seldom offer the quality, variety or condition of a selective antiquarian book shop. In our opinion, they often  are a dumping ground for book sellers’ overflow stock they haven’t been able to move or items left over from estate sales that didn’t find any takers.

Every antiquarian book shop is unique, which is what makes them so interesting.  The inventory we saw seemed to be mixed as far as condition — we struggled at times to find collectible copies in our areas of interest.  For the average reader, good reading copies are readily available.  Collectible quality books in top condition are more difficult to locate.  We look for books that are clean and sound, without cracked bindings, missing or loose pages, frayed or dirty covers…in other words, “Very Good+” condition or better.  So the search  for books that can meet the grade is always challenging.

Foot traffic seemed good in the each of the book shops we visited.  There were always other customers present.  The most high traffic stores were the least appealing to me — but they have definitely found an audience — and those were the stores offering cheaper mass market used-but-recent hard and soft cover books in a big box store atmosphere.   They offered  little in the collectible book genre, but their parking lots were full and the check-out lines busy.

As usual, all the booksellers we met were extremely hospitable and helpful to us in our search for stock and in our travels — offering us great information on where to look further for books, and where to find good food and lodging. Some drew us maps, made phone calls for us, gave us mementos (such as a book shop t-shirt or coffee mugs), and just generally made us feel happy and proud that we belong to the brotherhood of antiquarian booksellers.  No official club or association can make you quite as assured of this “brotherhood” as being on the road where the dots on your map take you from bookseller to bookseller on a cross country trip, and you find these wonderful book people who are willing to help you “connect the dots.”  Our hats off to all of you!

Advice for book hunting travelers:

1. Do some research ahead of time via the internet and sites like Literary Tourist, ABAA and IOBA, to learn what book stores are available to visit in each state.

2.  Two to four book shops a day is about the limit if you want to really search their inventory, get to talk with the owners, and learn more about the area.  Most book shops don’t open until 10 a.m. or later, and often close by 4:30 or 5pm, so there is limited time each day for the hunt.

3.  It’s very helpful to have a state-wide or regional guide to book stores in the area you are visiting.  These can usually be obtained at the first antiquarian book shop you visit upon entering new territory, or you can request the information ahead of time by searching the internet for antiquarian book associations.

4.  Introduce yourself as a collector or bookseller when you enter the store.  Take time to talk with the staff and proprietors — you will learn much and they can be very helpful to you.

5.  Be flexible.  We have a general plan in mind when we leave on a book scouting trip, but we find it pays to be open to suggestions, which you will surely receive if you talk with people along the way.  We have found books and book shops we never would have located just by being friendly, open and willing to get a little lost!

If you have questions about our book scouting road trips, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Book Scouting Adventure – The Wrap-Up

Each year we plan a book scouting trip of 1-2 weeks in length to a different part of the country.  We hit the road in search of special books to enhance our inventory at Old Scrolls Book Shop.  Last year we explored the Midwest, this year we covered several New England states.   As we start out, we have some idea of the destinations involved, including wonderful book shops we have visited in the past and still others we plan to visit for the first time.  Our itinerary is never set in stone because booksellers often make recommendations along the way, for which we are grateful.

Unloading our book bootie

In addition to acquiring books that enhance our inventory, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with fellow book sellers.  It’s also a learning experience, for we see all the different and unique ways book shops present their books to the buying public.   We often learn how their businesses are faring, what is working for them, and what is not.   It is true that many independent used & rare book shops are closing for a variety of reasons – high overhead costs, competition from the internet and from e-reading devices, declining interest in reading.   But there are book shops that are thriving, as well, and new ones opening.   We encountered customers of all ages in the book shops we visited; however, the preponderance of book shop owners were 50+ years of age.  There were young people employed in book shops, however, so perhaps there will be a new crop of bookmen and women to carry on the trade after all.   All of them seemed to be enjoying their work!

This year our  journey took us on the road for twelve days through five states:  New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, a corner of Vermont, and New Hampshire – visiting antiquarian book shops in two large cities (New York and Boston) and in many small towns and hamlets, and a few that were deep in the woods.  We also attended two Friends of the Library book sales – one in Poughkeespie, NY and one in Westbrook, CT.    We spent time in a total of 23 antiquarian, used, rare & out-of-print book shops.   We also visited the 100 Year Celebration Exhibit of rare books and literary materials currently on display at the New York Public Library in New York City.

We traveled 1,453 miles.

We looked at hundreds of thousands of books, but purchased 266 carefully chosen ones at a total cost of $2,466.52

(Average price paid per book:   $9.27 with Low price of $1.00 – High of $300)

Happily, we acquired at least a dozen lovely decorated American Trade Bindings in excellent condition,  some of them quite scarce.  We also gathered an excellent fresh inventory of Modern Library Editions, in fine condition and some hard-to-find titles in this collecting genre.   We also scooped up some excellent first edition mysteries, novels, literature, signed first editions, and children’s books, plus some intriguing non-fiction titles.

Piles of lovely books!

We sold two scarce books the evening we returned home from the trip to one of our loyal customers;  in the first week since our return we have sold 18 books acquired on the trip (many of these to established customers).  We haven’t yet finished cataloging and adding most of these books to our inventory.

Of the 23 book shops we visited on this trip, our personal favorites – top 3 book shops —  were:

1.       Whately Antiquarian Book Center – Whately, MA

Whately Antiquarian Book Center - Whately, MA

This is book hunting heaven for collectors or antiquarian book sellers.  The inventory of 40 or more book dealers is available under one roof, and although there are some books here that are strictly reading material, there is an abundance of collectible material as well.  We found some real treasures here.   The prices were reasonable, with many a dealer running sales from 20-50% off at the time we visited.  This was our third visit to WABC, and we always have found it to be well worth the trip.

2.       Troubadour/Grey Matter Books – Northampton, MA

Troubadour Books - Hadley, MA

...and Grey Matter Books - Hadley, MA (sharing one large building with Troubadour)

Wonderful selection of vintage fiction and non-fiction titles in a lovely setting.  Easy to browse book cases stocked with books that are in clean, collectible condition (no junk here) – and reasonable prices.  Store is well organized.  Knowledgeable and pleasant owners who know what they are doing, and want you to leave happy.  Our third visit to Troubadour, first to Grey Matter and first since they combined forces.

3.       The Book Barn – Niantic, CT

Book Barn - Niantic, CT

part of the grounds at the Book Barn

Third pick was hard, because many shops were in the running for a variety of reasons.  We are picking the Book Barn in Niantic, CT because of the sheer volume of books which are well organized, mostly in nice condition, with great variety of subject areas—and because the parking lot is full most of the time – can’t beat this place simply for promoting the act of reading and BOOKS of all kinds.   Their set-up is unique, with great appeal to vacationing families or the casual reader or book lover.    Prices are very reasonable, and there are some sleepers to be found here at bargain prices.   We picked up some collectible quality books in the two days we hunted in their stacks.  Definitely a “destination” spot for book hunters.  This was our first visit to The Book Barn in Niantic.

Our thanks go out to the booksellers we visited on this trip for their hospitality,  their willingness to be photographed for this blog, and for keeping the antiquarian book store alive and part of the American scene.

Our 2011 book scouting journey is now history.  Of course, we frequently take shorter trips throughout the year to view books offered for sale by private individuals or to attend book sales.  If you have suggestions as to special book shops in your area of the country that you feel we should include on one of our next book scouting trips, please let us know in the comments section.

And if you are on the road and in the Finger Lakes area of New York State, be sure to stop and visit us at Old Scrolls Book Shop

Old Scrolls Book Shop - Stanley, NY

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