SAUCONY BOOK SHOP!
Starting March 12, 2020, we are offering a 25% discount on all direct book orders* to anyone quarantined or self-quarantining due to COVID-19 (which is now most of us, voluntarily or not). No need for medical documentation; we'll take your word for it. Browse our current inventory, conveniently organized into more than 100 subject-area catalogues, and e-mail or message us with your purchase; we'll send you a PayPal invoice. Items purchased through our shopping cart will process at full price. *Exceptions are new books, books that we are listing on consignment, and a few rare items.
We plan to open for the spring on or about April 1st, but that will depend on ongoing announcements from the Pennsylvania Governor's Office regarding COVID-19.
Please watch this space for an annoucement of the exact date, after which you may again schedule an appointment to browse our inventory by emailing us at [email protected] or calling us at 484.646.9097. A friendly reminder that while we do our best to accommodate drop-in visits, we highly recommend that you schedule your visit at least 24 hours in advance if at all possible.
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