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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
425.00 USD
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Poems, Translated and Original
Ellet, Mrs. E. F. [Elizabeth Fries Lummis Ellet]
600.00 USD
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The Gremlins from the Walt Disney Production: A Royal Air Force Story
Dahl, Roald [as Flight Lieutenant Roald Dahl]
250.00 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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New Poems
Rutledge, Archibald [South Carolina Poet Laureate]
750.00 USD
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At the Back of the North Wind
Macdonald, George
425.00 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]
Melville, Herman
725.00 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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A Taste Of The Past: Menus from Lavish Luncheons, Royal Weddings, Indulgent Dinners adn History's Greatest Banquets
Lane, John
9.95 USD


Dishing With Style: Secrets to Great Tastes and Beautiful Presentations
Travato, Rori; Ina Garten (fwd.)
12.50 USD


Madame Maigret's Recipes
Courtine, Robert J.; Georges Simenon (pref.)
9.95 USD


Hungarian Cuisine: A Complete Cookery Book
Venesz, Jozsef; Elliott, Judith (revisions)
10.00 USD


American Bistro
Chalmers, Irena
5.00 USD


Matisse: A Way of Life in the South of France
Plazy, Gilles (text); Jobard, Coco (recipes); Jean-Bernard Naudin
25.00 USD


Games, Asterisks, and People: Memoirs of a Lucky Fan - Fifty Years of Behind-the-Scenes Anecdotes and Experiences by the Former Commissioner of Baseball
Frick, Ford C.
10.00 USD


Amazing: The Miracle of the Mets
Durso, Joseph
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The Bart Markel Story
Scalzo, Joe
75.00 USD


Basketball Digest - February 1976 [Vol. 3, No. 4 - Julius "Dr. J" Erving cover]
10.00 USD


Baseball Art from the Gladstone Collection [Exhibition Catalog: March 14 to June 10, 2001]
50.00 USD


The Greatest Packers of Them All
Johnson, Chuck
25.00 USD


The Baltimore Orioles: Forty Years of Magic from 33rd Street to Camden Yards
Patterson, Ted
25.00 USD


Out of Left Field: Willie Stargell and the Pittsburgh Pirates
Adelman, Bob, and Susan Hall
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Wrigleyville: A Magical History Tour of the Chicago Cubs
Golenbock, Peter
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DeGarthe: His Life, Marine Art and Sculpture
Pope, Douglas
9.95 USD


The Rebel Songster: Songs the Confederates Sang
Wellman, Manly Wade (commentary, illus.); Frances Wellman (musical scores)
35.00 USD


The Lucy Maud Montgomery Album
McCabe, Kevin (compiler); Alexandra Heilbron (editor)
25.00 USD


Wild River, Wooden Boats: True Stories of Steamboating on the Missouri
Gillespie, Michael
9.95 USD


Structural and Economic Features of Some New Hampshire Pegmatites
Bannerman, H. M.
20.00 USD


Air: 24 Hours - Jennifer Bartlett
Eisenberg, Deborah
20.00 USD


Views of a Nearsighted Cannoneer
Krim, Seymour; Norman Mailer (fwd.)
9.95 USD


Bibliotheca Incunabulorum: A Collection of Books Printed in the 15th Century from Over 250 Presses in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, Austria, Spain, England, Czecho-Slovakia, and Portugal [Maggs Bros. No. 656 - 1938]
Maggs Bros.
20.00 USD


Bibliotheca Incunabulorum: A Collection of Books from One Hundred Towns Illustrating the Art & Development of Printing in the 15th Century, Part I: Austria, Belgium, Czecho-Slovakia, England and France [Maggs Bros. No. 533 - 1930]
Maggs Bros.
20.00 USD


Bibliotheca Incunabulorum, Part III: A Collection of Books Printed Before 1501 from the Presses of Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, with an Appendix of Bibliographies [Maggs Bros. No. 470 - Christmas 1925]
Maggs Bros.
20.00 USD


Navies of the American Revolution
Preston, Antony, David Lyon, and John H. Batchelor; S. L. Mayer (editor)
4.95 USD


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McLendon, James
25.00 USD


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Hungness, Carl, Jack Fox, and Justyn Blackwell (editors)
10.00 USD


Pennants and Pinstripes: The New York Yankees 1903-2002
Robinson, Ray; Jennison, Christopher
10.00 USD


Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields
Ritter, Lawrence S.
5.00 USD


The Baseball Catalog [Millennium Edition]
Schlossberg, Dan
10.00 USD


A Picture Postcard History of Baseball
Menchine, Ron; Ernie Harwell (intro.)
7.50 USD


The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930
Jackson, Kenneth T.
15.00 USD


Samuel F. B. Morse and American Democratic Art
Larkin, Oliver W.; Oscar Handlin (editor)
6.50 USD


The Story of the Aeroplane
Grahame-White, Claude
25.00 USD


The Ballad of the White Horse
Chesterton, Gilbert K.
40.00 USD


Champions of the Fleet: Captains and Men-of-War and Days That Helped to Make the Empire
Fraser, Edward
20.00 USD


The Shorter Poems of Matthew Prior [The Abbey Classics XIX]
Prior, Matthew; Francis Bickley (intro.)
9.95 USD


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Lawrence, Mary A. Reeves [Marian Lawrence]
25.00 USD


American Voices [The People Ask For Peace!]
Lowenfels, Walter
7.50 USD


The Arab Island: The Middle East 1939-1943
Stark, Freya
25.00 USD


Sinbad: The Thirteenth Voyage [The 13th Voyage]
Lafferty, R. A.
25.00 USD


The Last Steam Railroad in America
Garver, Thomas H. (text); O. Winston Link (photographs)
25.00 USD


Rosenbach: A Biography
Wolf, Edwin 2nd with John F. Fleming
29.95 USD


Illustrated History of Ford, 1903-1970
Dammann, George H.
25.00 USD


50 Years of Road & Track: The Art of the Automobile
Motta, William A. (editor)
14.95 USD


Bethlehem of Pennsylvania:The First One Hundred Years 1741 to 1841
Yates, W. Ross (Chair, Editorial Committee), and Others
30.00 USD


The Fighting Lady: The New Yorktown in the Pacific War
Reynolds, Clark G.
24.50 USD


Sports Cars in Action
Bond, John R.
18.50 USD


American Motors Family Album: Rambler, Jeffery, Nash, Ajax, LaFayette, Hudson, Essex, Terraplane, Ambassador, Marlin, Metropolitan, Rebel, AMX, Javelin
10.00 USD


 
 


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