SAUCONY BOOK SHOP!
As of Monday, 15 June 2020, we will re-open on a limited basis, allowing customers who have made advance arrangements to pick up orders and sellers to drop off books for potential purchase. We will also, on a case-by-case basis, resume "house calls" to inspect books offered for sale.
However, we are not currently scheduling appointments to browse our shelves and will most likely not do so through the remainder of 2020. Most of our inventory is listed on this site, and we continue to add new items almost daily.
We continue to accept and process on-line orders, and we are shipping daily.
Please watch this page for further updates.
The Saucony Book Shop, located near 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 with discerning readers and collectors in mind 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.
Our browsing inventory, which includes more than 100 subject areas and all of our on-line listings, is housed in a cozy two-level barn and attached lean-to adjacent to an 1888 creamery (our residence) in rural Maxatawny Township, just a few miles from Kutztown, Rt. 222, and I-78 at the confluence of three historic roads: Mill Creek, Siegfriedale, and Long Lane -- the latter established by the mid 18th century to haul virgin timber from the south slope of the Kittatinny Ridge to Philadelphia markets.
Shop hours: April through mid-December, by appointment or chance; closed winters. Whenever possible, please call or email at least 24 hours in advance to schedule a day and time. We will do our best to accommodate casual browsers. Because the barn is not heated, we are closed over the winter months.
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.
Take a virtual tour of our book barn!
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