World's coolest bookstores
July 24, 2014 -- Updated 2042 GMT (0442 HKT)
Note from Lew
I have only been to two of the stores listed ,John King in Detroit and The Strand in New York City .
If you have visited some of the other shops mentioned your comments and recollections would be most welcome..
Have you been to any amazing bookstores that are not on this list?
Send all inquiries and comments to Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com
7/29/2014 Responses sent by Blog Readers
From Kate Doordan Klavan
I'm lucky enough to have spent time in Portland, New York and
London...lived in the last two...so I've whiled away many happy hours at Strand,
Foyles and Powell's. While it's not as big as those 3 giants, there is a quite
large bookstore in Salt Lake City, Utah, that would repay a visitor for a few
hours of browsing: Sam Weller's. In fact, Salt Lake City has another (also)
wonderful second hand bookstore called after its founder, Ken Sanders. Of
course, there's also Moe's in Berkeley and just down the street another
bookstore called Shakespeare. Many years ago when I lived in rural Pennsylvania,
I loved spending time at Baldwin's Book Barn outside Westchester. When I used to
travel, I always devoured the Yellow Pages for second hand bookstores wherever I
was, which I guess dates me! But I've found wonderful, select smaller shops from
Birmingham, Alabama, to Boise, Idaho, to Boston and Denver and Butte, Montana.
Back to England for a moment--Blackwell's in Oxford is a truly wonderful
Enjoyed reading about the international CNN list...Thanks,
From Jane Peach
I’ve been to Powell’s Books many times. Every visit to Portland has to
allow for at least two trips to Powell’s. There are still parts of it I’ve never
set foot in, a bookstore with maps for you to pick up at the front door is
daunting to even the most determined visiting bibliophile. Despite its vast
size it still has that cozy used bookstore feeling that suggests books are more
than just a commodity there.
I’d like to visit some of the others on that list – The Strand &
Foyle’s for their history alone.
I always enjoy your posts, it’s a very pleasant part of my Sunday morning
This cartoon from The New Yorker seemed appropriate.
Here are a few bookplates for possible exchange.
Send scans of your duplicates to
|Engraved plate by W.P. Barrett|
|Polo Players Artist unknown|
Carlyle Baer was for many years the director of The American Society of Bookplate Collectors
|Pencil Signed woodblock by Adrian Feint|
|Engraved plate for Arctic explorer/pilot|
|Senator from Arizona and Republican presidential candidate|
|Engraved by A.N. Macdonald in 1921|
|Engraved by The Western Banknote Company|
|Designed by K..Kawaaski in 1933|
printed from six blocks
|Wood engraving by J.J. Lankes|
Mystery Rebus Bookplate from Barbara
I have come across your interesting website many times in the past, but
this is the first time I have had a query. I hope you can help.
I have come across what appears to be a rebus bookplate (attached), but
haven't so far been able to decipher it.
The hare and tree might possibly be Trehair, and there might be also be a
Shepherd (or similar spelling). Perhaps also a Knight - or 'Sir'. No idea what
the Sunderland refers to, or why the plate is dated 1909.
Have you by any chance ever come across this design before?
Note from Lew- Send scans of your mystery bookplates and I will try to assist you.
See you again next Sunday .
Labels: Bookplate Exchanges, Swapping Bookplates