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Welcome to the Saucony Book Shop!

Styll [am] I besy bokes assemblynage,
For to have plenty it is a pleasant thynge
In my conceyt, and to have them ay in honde:
But what they mene do I not understande.

-- Sebastian Brant, Das Narrenschiff (1494),
as translated by Alexander Barclay & 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.

NEW shop hours (effective October 2011): Tuesdays through Fridays 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., 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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The Annual Register, or A View of the History, Politics, and Literature, for the Year 1776 [First Appearance of American Declaration of Independence in Book Form]
995.00 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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Encounters with Luther: Lectures, Discussions and Sermons at the Martin Luther Colloquia - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4 [1980-90]
Gritsch, Eric W. (editor)
195.00 USD


Arctic Explorations in the Years 1853, '54, '55 [Vol. I + Vol. II, Complete, with Maps]
Kane, Elisha Kent, M.D., U.S.N.
40.00 USD


Peter Max Paper Airplane Book
Max, Peter
10.00 USD


Rahwedia: A True Romance of the South Seas
Smith, C. Harold
20.00 USD


The Decay of Christianity: An Address Before Col. Olcott and Theosophists [INSCRIBED]
Uhl, Rev. L. L. [Rev. Lemon L. Uhl]
150.00 USD


Lyrics of the Heart: With Other Poems [Horace G. Lippincott copy, in fine decorated leather binding]
Watts, Alaric A.
95.00 USD


Orlando: A Biography
Woolf, Virginia
35.00 USD


The Captain's Death Bed and Other Essays
Woolf, Virginia
24.50 USD


Flush: A Biography
Woolf, Virginia
7.50 USD


The Immortals
Barjavel, Rene; Eileen Finletter (transl.)
14.95 USD


A Christmas Carol, in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas
Dickens, Charles (Boz)
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The Poison Belt, Being an Account of Another Amazing Adventure of Professor Challenger
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
60.00 USD


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Ellsworth, William Webster
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Japan in a Nutshell, Vol. II: Japanese Psychology, Tradition, Customs and Manners [SIGNED]
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The Bondage of Ballinger [25 Years Commemorative Edition: Leonard H. Wells, Powers Mercantile Company, Minneapolis, MN 1895-1920]
Field, Roswell
25.00 USD


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Whelan, Frank A.
25.00 USD


The Case of Mr. Cassidy
Targ, William
10.00 USD


Go Down, Moses and Other Stories
Faulkner, William
95.00 USD


Between the Dark and the Daylight: Romances
Howells, William Dean
14.95 USD


The Heads of Cerberus [Polaris Fantasy Library No. 1 - #626/1500]
Stevens, Francis; Lloyd Arthur Eshbach (intro.)
25.00 USD


Hudson River Boyhood
Francello, Joseph A.
20.00 USD


The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration
Dalby, Richard
25.00 USD


The Printed Book in America [SIGNED by Publisher David R. Godine]
Blumenthal, Joseph
25.00 USD


The Printed Book in America
Blumenthal, Joseph
5.00 USD


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


The Gold Bar - September Nineteen Hundred Eighteen [The Gold Bar - 1st Bn. C.O.T.S. / First Battalion, Central Officers Training School, Sept. 1918, Camp Gordon, Georgia]
200.00 USD


Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There [Faux Alligator-Skin Binding!]
Carroll, Lewis
25.00 USD


A Journal of Ramblings through the High Sierra of California by the University Excursion Party
Le Conte, Joseph
40.00 USD


Ernie Pyle in England
Pyle, Ernie
45.00 USD


John Steinbeck: A Collection of Books and Manuscripts - The Harry Valentine Collection [Bradford Morrow, Bookseller Catalogue Eight (8)]
Steinbeck, John; Bradford Morrow; John R. Payne (fwd.)
10.00 USD


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Steinbeck, John; Bradford Morrow; John R. Payne (fwd.)
10.00 USD


The Dog at Clambercrown: An Excursion
Brooke, Jocelyn
20.00 USD


From Bourgeois Land
Crichton Smith, Iain
12.50 USD


One Eye and a Measuring Rod
L'Heureux, John
7.50 USD


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Morse, George
7.50 USD


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Hummel, Charles F.
150.00 USD


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Hummel, Charles F.
99.95 USD


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Parker, Gilbert
95.00 USD


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Burgess, Anthony; David Robinson (photographs)
10.00 USD


Laughter in the Dark
Nabokov, Vladimir
25.00 USD


1x1 [1 x 1 - One Times One]
Cummings, E. E.
40.00 USD


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Updike, John
25.00 USD


The Poorhouse Fair
Updike, John
125.00 USD


The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Poe, Edgar Allan; Hervey Allen (intro.)
10.00 USD


Argonauts of the Western Pacific
Malinowski, Bronislaw
7.50 USD


Eeyore Loses a Tail [Pop-Up Book]
Milne, A. A.
9.95 USD


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Evans-Wentz, W. Y. (editor); Carl G. Jung (commentary)
5.00 USD


Corvette 50th Anniversary
Editors of Consumer Guide
25.00 USD


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


Utrillo [Maurice Utrillo]
George, Waldemar
25.00 USD


 
 


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