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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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Cartier Jewelers Extraordinary
Nadelhoffer, Hans
20.00 USD


Captain Horatio Hornblower - I: Beat to Quarters; II: Ship of the Line; III: Flying Colours [Complete in 3 Volumes]
Forester, C. S.
45.00 USD


Nineteen Eighty-Four
Orwell, George
40.00 USD


The Catcher in the Rye [1st BOMC w/ Salinger Portrait on Rear Panel, DJ Fair Only]
Salinger, J. D.
75.00 USD


Galatea
Cain, James M.
10.00 USD


The Pennsylvania Dutch
Klees, Fredric
10.00 USD


Blue Fairy Book
Lang, Andrew; Mary Gould Davis (fwd.)
25.00 USD


To Please Every Taste: Eighteenth-Century Prints from the Winterthur Museum
Fowble, E. McSherry; Nancy Eickel (editor)
14.50 USD


Majolica
Dawes, Nicholas M.
19.50 USD


Wyeth's Fluid Extract Formulary, with Doses, Remedial Attributes and Formulae, for the Extemporaneous Preparation of Tinctures, Syrups, Infusions and Decoctions
95.00 USD


New York: The New Art Scene - Bontecou - Chamberlain - Dines - Duchamp - Johns - Lichtenstein - Newman - Noland - Oldenburg - Poons - Rauschenberg - Rosenquist - Segal - Stella - Warhol - Wesselmann
Solomon, Alan (text); Ugo Mula (photographs); Michele Provinciali (design)
695.00 USD


Living Water: The Record of a Spiritual Love of a Student for a Teacher
Sellman, John; Leon Dewan (illustrations); Dorothy Dent (hand-painted illuminations)
75.00 USD


The Fighting Ships of the Rising Sun: The drama of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1895-1945
Howarth, Stephen
25.00 USD


The Main Line: Country Houses of Philadelphia's Storied Suburb, 1870-1930
Morrison, William; Mark Alan Hewitt (intro.)
50.00 USD


iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It [INSCRIBED]
Wozniak, Steve, with Gina Smith
30.00 USD


Play the Game Right: The Biography of Butch Van Breda Kolff [INSCRIBED]
Luscombe, Paul A.
30.00 USD


Pennsylvania German Dictionary: Pennsylvania German-English / English-Pennsylvania German [SIGNED]
Stine, Eugene S.
95.00 USD


Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II [SIGNED]
Cooper, Belton Y.; Stephen E. Ambrose (fwd.)
30.00 USD


Total Revolution: The Final Phase of Jayaprakash Narayan's Political Philosophy
Raj, Sebasti L.; Rajmohan Gandhi (fwd.)
75.00 USD


Lufthansa: An Airline and Its Aircraft [SIGNED]
Davies, R. E. G.
25.00 USD


Irons by Irons [SIGNED]
Irons, David
50.00 USD


Spearhead: 73rd Artillery Division Artillery - 3d Armored Division
60.00 USD


2d Infantry Brigade: Ready Now - Fort Devens, Mass. 1960-1961 [2nd/Second Infantry Brigade]
Yancey, Thomas R. (fwd.)
80.00 USD


Association of Universal Free-Masonry - Incorporated June, 1906, Philadelphia, Pa.
40.00 USD


Wings of War: An Airman's Diary of the Last Year of World War I
Stark, Rudolph
30.00 USD


The Explosions in Newburgh, New York, September 16, 1929 [Newburgh News Reprint]
Jones, G. W.
20.00 USD


Franchises, Grants, Privileges, Permits, etc. Given to the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company and to Constituent Companies by the City of Buffalo
25.00 USD


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Ransom, Harry H. (editor); Edgar Lee Masters; Frank Kee Robinson (compiler)
20.00 USD


The Veil and Other Poems [SIGNED/LIMITED #147/250]
de la Mare, Walter
50.00 USD


A Letter from Li Po and Other Poems
Aiken, Conrad
20.00 USD


Marriage Today and Tomorrow [SIGNED/LIMITED #218/500]
Ellis, Havelock
40.00 USD


John Harris's Books for Youth, 1801-1843: A Check-List
Moon, Marjorie (compiler)
20.00 USD


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Hovey, Allen Beecher
14.50 USD


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25.00 USD


Printing the Written Word: The Social History of Books, circa 1450-1520
Hindman, Sandra L. (editor)
18.50 USD


Optimos
Traubel, Horace
25.00 USD


The New-England Tragedies: I. John Endicott / II. Giles Corey of the Salem Farms [The New England Tragedies]
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
14.50 USD


Two Unpublished Essays: The Character of Socrates - The Present State of Ethical Philosophy
Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Edward Everett Hale (intro.)
50.00 USD


Star Wars Scrapbook: The Essential Collection
Sansweet, Stephen J.
10.00 USD


Plymouth
Eaton, Walter Prichard
10.00 USD


Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation
Maguire, Gregory; Maurice Sendak (illus.)
10.00 USD


The American Writer in England: An Exhibition Arranged in Honor of the Sesquicentennial of the University of Virginia
Ray, Gordon N. (fwd.); C. Waller Barrett (intro.)
7.50 USD


The William W. Clary Oxford Collection: A Supplementary Catalogue [The Honnold Library]
Firman, Catharine K. (editor)
10.00 USD


Pictorial Souvenir: Scenes of Slatington and Vicinity [Lehigh County, Pennsylvania]
40.00 USD


Voices on the Wind: Polynesian Myths and Chants [INSCRIBED]
Luomala, Katharine
25.00 USD


To Leda and Other Odes
Moore, T. Sturge
14.95 USD


So Late into the Night: Fifty Lyrics 1944-1948 [#128/500]
Smith, Sydney Goodsir; Edith Sitwell (pref.)
20.00 USD


Charles Henry Keyes: Caltech and Skidmore
Keyes, Fenton
30.00 USD


Town: An Essay [Chapbook No. 2[
Jackson, Holbrook
25.00 USD


Town: An Essay [Chapbook No. 2[
Jackson, Holbrook
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