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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.


Featured Items
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]
225.00 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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Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas [1st American edition - 1847, in Original Cloth]
Melville, Herman
650.00 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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The Legend of Chris-Craft
Rodengen, Jeffrey L.
25.00 USD


The Real Runabouts [Volume I] [SIGNED]
Speltz, Robert
22.00 USD


The Real Runabouts V [SIGNED]
Speltz, Robert
35.00 USD


Walt Disney's Bambi: The Story and the Film
Johnston, Ollie; Thomas, Frank
29.95 USD


Secret History of the American Revolution: An Account of the Conspiracies of Benedict Arnold and Numerous Others drawn from the Secret Service Papers of the British Headquarters in North America now for the first time examined and made public
Van Doren, Carl
10.00 USD


Reflections of the Past: A Pictorial Review of Berks County -- Volume III
Flippin, William S. (pref.)
20.00 USD


Conrad Richter [Twayne's United States Authors Series]
Gaston, Edwin W., Jr.
3.50 USD


Railroads of Pennsylvania: Fragments of the Past in the Keystone Landscape
Treese, Lorett
7.50 USD


Abington, Jenkintown, and Rockledge [Montgomery County, PA] [Images of America]
Old York Road Historical Society
8.50 USD


Father Penn and John Barleycorn [INSCRIBED]
Chalfant, Harry Malcolm
20.00 USD


Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School
Franklin, Benjamin; Carl Japikse (editor)
4.50 USD


Just A Quilt, or Juscht en Deppich: A Folk Cultural Study and Source Book of Quilting Practices in and around the Goschenhoppen Region 1840-1940
Roan, Nancy, and Ellen J. Gehret
10.00 USD


In the Heart of Pennsylvania: Symposium Papers
Lasanky, Jeannette, w/ Susan Burrows Swan, Jonathan Holstein, Patricia T. Herr, Eve Wheatcroft Granick, Nancy Roan, Ricky Clark, Gail van der Hoof, Rachel Maines, and Virginia Gunn
25.00 USD


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40.00 USD


A Good Start: The Aussteier or Dowry
Lasansky, Jeannette
15.00 USD


The German American Family Album
Hoobler, Dorothy; Hoobler, Thomas; Werner Klemperer (intro.)
9.95 USD


The French and Indian War 1754-1763: The Imperial Struggle for North America
Schwartz, Seymour I.
7.50 USD


The View from Hawk Mountain: The Story of the World's First Raptor Sanctuary
Harwood, Michael
9.95 USD


The View from Hawk Mountain
Harwood, Michael
10.00 USD


Princeton Past and Present
Collins, V. Lansing
6.00 USD


To Kill A Mockingbird
Lee, Harper
20.00 USD


A History of Philosophy, Vols. I-VIII [1-8] Complete [I: Greece and Rome; II: Augustine to Scotus; III: Ockham to Suarez; IV: Descartes to Leidniz; V: Hobbes to Hume; VI: Wolff to Kant; VII: Fichte to Nietzsche; VIII: Bentham to Russell]
Copleston, Frederick, S.J.
195.00 USD


The Original Boston Cooking-School Cook Book 1896: A Facsimile of the First Edition of The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book
Farmer, Fannie Merritt
10.00 USD


The Roses of No Man's Land
Macdonald, Lyn
5.00 USD


500 Bowls: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design
Larkin, David
9.95 USD


Golden Girl
Eaton, Shirley; Mickey Spillane (fwd.); Jonathan Coe (intro.)
20.00 USD


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Rubin, Jerry
10.00 USD


A Time to Stand: The Epic of the Alamo as Seen as a Great National Experience
Lord, Walter
15.00 USD


Warsaw in Chains
Korbonski, Stefan; Norbert Guterman (transl.)
25.00 USD


A Ferry Tale: Crossing the Delaware on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Miller, William J., Jr.
4.75 USD


An American Selection, of Lessons in Reading and Speaking, Calculated to Improve the Minds and Refine the Taste of Youth. To Which are Prefixed Rules in Elocution and Directions for Expressing the Principal Passions of the Mind [3rd Edition]
Webster, Noah, Esq.
25.00 USD


Hardee's Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics; for the Instruction, Exercises and Manoevres of Troops When Acting as Light Infantry or Riflemen - Volume I: Schools of the Soldier and Company; Instructions for Skirmishers
Hardee, Brevet Lieut.-Col. W. J., U.S. Army; Jefferson Davis (fwd.)
195.00 USD


Pugsley's New Guide to the United States Local Inspectors Examination of Masters and Mates of Ocean-Going Steam and Sailing Ships [Copy of American Artist John Taylor Arms]
Pugsley, Capt. R. M.
25.00 USD


Magic Camels
Fogarty, W. P.
15.00 USD


Last Lyrics [Unique Association Copy Inscribed by Printer to Editor]
Larremore, Wilbur; Thomas A. Larremore (editor)
50.00 USD


Memoirs of James Hutton; Comprising the Annals of his Life, and Connection with the United Brethren [Unitas Fratrum - Moravian]
Benham, Daniel; James Hutton
95.00 USD


The Chesapeake Bay Country
Earle, Swepson
40.00 USD


Bolts of Melody: New Poems of Emily Dickinson
Dickinson, Emily; Mabel Loomis Todd and Millicent Todd Bingham (editors)
5.00 USD


Lucky Life
Stern, Gerald
5.00 USD


Passionate Journey: A Novel in 165 Woodcuts
Masereel, Frans; Thomas Mann (intro.); Joseph M. Bernstein (transl.)
35.00 USD


A Little Tour in Ireland, being a Visit to Dublin, Galway, Connamara, Athlone, Limerick, Killarney, Glengarriff, Cork, etc., etc., etc. [w/ Hand-Colored Frontispiece]
An Oxonian [Samuel Reynolds Hole]
95.00 USD


Paris: A Century of Change, 1878-1978
Evenson, Norma
18.50 USD


Environmental Health and Safety Audits [9th Edition]
Cahill, Lawrence B., with Raymond W. Kane
95.00 USD


Historic Houses of Early America
Lathrop, Elise
10.00 USD


Early American Inns and Taverns [William T. Parsons copy]
Lathrop, Elise
14.95 USD


The Winter's Tale
Shakespeare, William; Maxwell Armfield (essay)
50.00 USD


The Marble Man's Wife: Thomas Wolfe's Mother [SIGNED]
Norwood, Hayden
10.00 USD


A Place in the Sky: A History of the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport and Aviation in Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1919-2001
Wissolik, Richard David (gen. editor); David J. Wilmes, Mary Ann Mogus, Don Riggs, Julie R. Platt, Barbara Wissolik, Gene Lakin, Eric Wissolik, John Ward, Mark Phillips, Michael Larson, Tim Shay, J. S. Downs and Associates (editors)
50.00 USD


Maryland Aloft: A Celebration of Aviators, Airfields, and Aerospace
Preston, Edmund, Barry A. Lanman, and John R. Breihan
195.00 USD


Aten Cemetery, Driftstone Campground, River Road, Mount (Mt.) Bethel, Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Emery, Mrs. Walter (1937), and William H. Dopke (1976)
25.00 USD


 
 


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