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Welcome to the Saucony Book Shop!

(Quite possibly Pennsylvania's smallest used and rare book emporium -- 
and certainly among its most selective.)

Still am I busy, books assembling,
For to have plentie, it is a pleasant thing,
In my conceit to have them aye at hand;
But what they mean do I not understande.
    
-- Sebastian Brant, Das Narrenschiff (1494), as translated by 
        Alexander Barclay (spelling modernized) & printed by
        Pymson of London, 1509, as The Ship of Fooles

All that mankind has done, thought, gained or been, it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. They are the choicest possessions of men.
     -- Thomas Carlyle

Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book.
     -- Thomas a Kempis

The Saucony Book Shop, located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, the heart of scenic rural Berks County, epicenter of Pennsylvania German folk culture (our shop specialty), offers a full range of gently used, rare, and antiquarian books, with many volumes of scholarly merit and an unabashed emphasis on the quaint, the curious, and the utterly obscure.

We make no attempt to be a general-service book shop. Our inventory is highly selective, individually chosen from among the hundreds of thousands of books to which we have access annually at auctions, library and estate sales, and through individual scouts and vendors. We do not handle material that does not meet our expectations in terms of condition or interest to our specialized, idiosyncratic customers.

Despite maintaining a browsing inventory of more than 15,000 volumes, we have minimized our carbon footprint by maintaining our entire operation -- including inventory storage, packing and shipping, and retail sales -- in less than 1,000 square feet.  Our cozy retail space, a mere 416 square feet crammed floor to ceiling with all manner of curiosities, is a former cobbler's shed alongside the Saucony Creek, named after the aboriginal (Lenni Lenape) word sakunk, referring to the outlet of a stream.  Saucony, the internationally recognized athletic shoe and activewear firm, originated as the Saucony Shoe Co. in a building just across the street from us in 1898.

Shop hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., often earlier or later, Mondays and weekends by appointment or chance. Do drop by and browse the eclectic selection gracing our shelves, or ask our ferociously over-read staff for recommendations. If traveling from a distance, please call ahead to be sure that we're not off at another auction!

Selling antiquarian books of merit since 1981. Full search and appraisal services; always keenly interested in purchasing quality used books, whether by the piece or by the bushel.

Thanks for reading about us! Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.


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Historical Researches on the Wars and Sports of the Mongols and Romans: In Which Elephants and Wild Beasts Were Employed or Slain. And the Remarkable Local Agreement of History with the Remains of Such Animals Found in Europe and Siberia
Ranking, John
750.00 USD
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The Life and Exploits of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha . . . To Which is Prefixed a Life of the Author [Volume I]
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de [Charles Jarvis, translator)
400.00 USD
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The Art of Painting in Oil, and in Fresco: Being a History of the Various Processes and Materials Employed, from Its Discovery, By Hubert and John Van Eyck, to the Present Time [Book Plate of Former U.S. Attorney General Henry D. Gilpin]
Merimee, M. J. F. L. [W. B. Sarsfield Taylor (translator, with original observations]
400.00 USD
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Railway Machinery: A Treatise on the Mechanical Engineering of Railways; Embracing the Principles and Construction of Rolling and Fixed Plant, in All Departments. Illustrated By a Series of Plates on a Large Scale [Complete in 30 Parts]
Clark, Daniel Kinnear
2500.00 USD
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The Red Badge of Courage: A Facsimile Edition of the Manuscript [2 volumes, slipcased]
Crane, Stephen [Fredson Bowers (editor, intro.)]
75.00 USD
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Darkness at Noon; or, The Great Solar Eclipse, of the 16th of June, 1806, Described and Represented in Every Particular. Containing, also, an Explanation of Eclipses in General, and the Causes on Which They Depend
Newell, A.
375.00 USD
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A Treatise on Swaim's Panacea; Being a Recent Discovery for the Cure of Scrofula or King's Evil, Mercurial Disease, Deep-Seated Syphilis, Rheumatism, and All Disorders Arising from a Contaminated or Impure State of the Blood, with Cases Illustrating.
Swaim, William
395.00 USD
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A Dissertation on the Ancient Pagan Mysteries. Wherein the Opinions of Bp. Warburton and Dr. Leland on This Subject, are Particularly Considered.
[Towne, John]
250.00 USD
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Pierre et Gilles: La Creation Du Monde
Pierre et Gilles
225.00 USD
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Dufy [Galerie d'Estampes]
Laprade, Jacques de (intro.)
250.00 USD
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Bulletin of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania [Complete Run Vols. I - XXXV (1-35), 134 Issues 1936-2008 + Index]
Historical Society of Montgomery County
350.00 USD
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Takeoff [1st EDITION, Author's 1st Novel, INSCRIBED]
Kornbluth, Cyril M. [C. M. Kornbluth]
450.00 USD
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Instructions for the Care and Operation of Model A-I. and E. Hispano-Suiza Aeronautical Engines
250.00 USD
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Poems, Translated and Original
Ellet, Mrs. E. F. [Elizabeth Fries Lummis Ellet]
600.00 USD
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A Treatise on the Management of Bees; Wherein is Contained the Natural History of those Insects; With the Various Methods of Cultivating Them, Both Antient and Modern, and the Improved Treatment of Them.
Wildman, Thomas
695.00 USD
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The Bridge at Andau [INSCRIBED]
Michener, James A.
95.00 USD
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At the Back of the North Wind
Macdonald, George
400.00 USD
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The Song of Solomon
Raban, Zeev, "Bezalel," Jerusalem [Ze'ev Raban]
250.00 USD
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Historical Sketches: A Collection of Papers Prepared for the Historical Society of Montgomery County: Volumes I-VII (1-7) Complete 1895-1925 [Montgomery County, Pennsylvania]
Historical Society of Montgomery County
200.00 USD
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Le Decameron [Limited - Edition de grand luxe]
Boccaccio, Giovanni; Francisque Reynard (transl., notes)
475.00 USD
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The Book Collector's Packet: A Miscellany of Fine Books, Bibliography, Typography and Kindred Literary Matters [COMPLETE RUN, Vols. 1-4 (1932-1946)]
Johnston, Paul (editor); Irvin Haas (editor); Lloyd Emerson Siberell (editor); Lawrance S. Thompson (assoc. editor); Lawrence Clark Powell, Lynd Ward, Harry B. Weiss, Melbert B. Cary Jr., Louise F. Barr, Ward Ritchie, Paul A. Bennett, Alyse Gregory
575.00 USD
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The Decoration and Furniture of English Mansions During the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries [XVII and XVIII Centuries, 17th and 18th Centuries]
Lenygon, Francis
85.00 USD
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A History of English Furniture: The Age of Oak.With Plates in Colour after Shirley Slocombe, and Numerous Illustrations Selected and Arranged by the Author
Macquoid, Percy, R.I.
95.00 USD
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The Coloured Ornament of All Historical Styles - Part I: Antiquity - With Coloured Plates from own Paintings in Water Colours
Speltz, Alexander
75.00 USD
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Reunion of the Dickinson Family, at Amherst, Mass., August 8th and 9th, 1883
Dickinson, M. F., et al.
350.00 USD
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Caledonia: Or, An Account, Historical and Topographic, of North Britain; From the Most Ancient to the Present Times: with A Dictionary of Places, Chorographical and Philological [Vol. I (1807) + Vol. II (1810)]
Chalmers, George
475.00 USD
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PROPRIETARY - COLONIAL PENNSYLVANIA MAPS SET: Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series, "Appendix I-X," Nos. 1-25 + (2) Additional
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
495.00 USD
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PROPRIETARY - COLONIAL PENNSYLVANIA MAPS SET: Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series, "Appendix I-X," Nos. 1-25 + (2) Additional
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
450.00 USD
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Fear of Flying: A Novel [INSCRIBED]
Jong, Erica
95.00 USD
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Paint, Pattern & People: Furniture of Southeastern Pennsylvania 1725-1850 [Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society Vol. 45]
Cooper, Wendy A., and Lisa Minardi
295.00 USD


The Governor Mifflin Area History Book Two
Beavens, Paul and Laura; Myrtle Council; Don Egolf; Fae Kaufman; Dr. Thomas Leininger; Kerry Mohn; Barry Nelson; Ruth and James Runyon; Harold and Mary Troutman
60.00 USD


Pennsylvania's Historic Bridges [Postcard History Series]
Moll, Fred J.
10.00 USD


The long hunter: A New Life of Daniel Boone
Elliott, Lawrence
6.00 USD


Christmas Days
Lincoln, Joseph C.
8.50 USD


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? [Blade Runner]
Dick, Philip K.; Roger Zelazny (intro.)
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American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume 1: Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms
Moller, George D.
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Subversive Beauty
Royo, Luis
29.50 USD


Subversive Beauty
Royo, Luis
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Pennsylvania German Dictionary: Pennsylvania German-English / English-Pennsylvania German
Stine, Eugene S.
40.00 USD


Gardening on Granite: Teddy and Peter Berg's Thirty Years on Rice Mountain [INSCRIBED Presentation Copy]
Hayward, Gordon, with Dan Snow; Teddy and Peter Berg
195.00 USD


Oaks Park Pentimento: Portland's Lost and Found Carousel Art [SIGNED]
Lommasson, Jim (photographs); Inara Verzemnieks (intro.); Prudence Roberts (afterword)
20.00 USD


Cut & Assemble a Victorian Gothic House
Gillon, Edmund V., Jr.
25.00 USD


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Morley, Christopher
9.95 USD


The Romany Stain
Morley, Christopher
7.50 USD


Where the Blue Begins
Morley, Christopher
5.00 USD


Where the Blue Begins
Morley, Christopher
5.00 USD


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Morley, Christopher
5.00 USD


Kathleen
Morley, Christopher
7.50 USD


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Morley, Christopher
5.00 USD


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Morley, Christopher
10.00 USD


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Disney, Walt
15.00 USD


Seven Little Chickens and Danny Beaver
Stuart, Elizabeth Billings
20.00 USD


Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit
Ferrer, Sean Hepburn
9.95 USD


The Works of Edgar Allan Poe [Volumes I, II, III, IV, V, VI (1-6) Complete]
Poe, Edgar Allan; Richard Henry Stoddard (editor, intro., memoir)
250.00 USD


The Pennsylvania German Fraktur of The Free Library of Philadelphia [Publications of The Pennsylvania German Society, Vols. X-XI (10-11) - Complete in 2 Volumes]
Weiser, Frederick S., and Howell J. Heaney (compilers)
50.00 USD


Pennsylvania German Dictionary: Pennsylvania German-English / English-Pennsylvania German
Stine, Eugene S.
75.00 USD


Pennsylvania German Dictionary: Pennsylvania German-English / English-Pennsylvania German
Stine, Eugene S.
75.00 USD


Forts on the Pennsylvania Frontier, 1753-1758 [The Great Pennsylvania Frontier Series]
Hunter, William A.
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Roger Tory Peterson: The Art and Photography of the World's Foremost Birder
Peterson, Roger Tory, and Rudy Hoglund (editors); William Zinsser (text); S. Dillon Ripley (fwd.); John Leo (commentaries)
10.00 USD


The Berkeley Journal: Issue Seven (7) (1978): 200th Anniversary of Martinsburg [Berkeley County Historical Society, Martinsburg, West Virginia]
Wood, Don C. (editor)
20.00 USD


The Berkeley Journal: Issues 3, 4, 5, 6, 1977 Special, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 [10 Issues] [Berkeley County Historical Society, Martinsburg, West Virginia]
Ruth, Frances D. (Mrs. William G.), Don C. Wood, et al. (editors)
95.00 USD


A Bicentennial History: Jefferson County, West Virginia 1801-2001
Drucker, Marcia J. (editor)
65.00 USD


The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times...
Lester, Paul; Richard Spillane (intro.)
20.00 USD


Magazine of the Jefferson County Historical Society: Vol. LIX (1993)
Jefferson County Historical Society
5.00 USD


Magazine of the Jefferson County Historical Society: Index - Volumes I through XL (1935-1974)
Jefferson County Historical Society
7.50 USD


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Jefferson County Historical Society
50.00 USD


Index to Map of Jefferson County, Virginia by S. Howell Brown From Actual Survey with Farm Limits, 1852 [Magazine of the Jefferson County Historical Society - Supplement to Vol. XLV (Dec. 1979)]
Jefferson County Historical Society
10.00 USD


Willie & Joe: The WWII Years
Mauldin, Bill
60.00 USD


So You Wanna See Cowboy Stuff? The Western Movie/TV Tour Guide
Magers, Boyd, with Tinsley Yarborough
20.00 USD


Souvenir de l'Ossuaire de Douaumont - Tour aider a sauver de l'oubli nos grands morts de Verdun [The Douaumont Ossuary]
Ginisty, Monseigneur
12.50 USD


The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
O'Connor, Flannery; Sally Fitzgerald (editor, intro.)
12.50 USD


The Dirty Side of Glamour
Shields, Tyler
13.95 USD


Futurism
Taylor, Joshua C.
9.95 USD


River of Traps: A Village Life
Debuys, William; Harris, Alex
8.50 USD


A Catalogue of the Fugitive Poets
Rubin, Louis D., Jr. (essay)
7.50 USD


Old Cottage and Domestic Architecture in South-West Surrey, and Notes on the Early History of the Division [Second Edition]
Nevill, Ralph, F.S.A.
75.00 USD


The Ballparks
Shannon, Bill, and George Kalinsky; Monte Irvin (fwd.)
25.00 USD


Pennsylvania German Folk Tales, Legends, Once-Upon-A-Time Stories, Maxims, and Sayings Spoken in the Dialect Popularly Known as Pennsylvania Dutch [Pennsylvania German Society Proceedings and Addresses Vol. L (50) (1944)]
Brendle, Rev. Thomas R., and William S.Troxell (editors, transl.)
60.00 USD


New Legends
Allen, Hervey
14.95 USD


 
 


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