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San Francisco’s used & rare bookshops: three of the best


Last month I was in San Francisco and visited three booksellers who sell on AbeBooks. This is the video of what I saw in the Brick Row Book Shop, the Argonaut Book Shop and the Russian Hill Bookstore. All three are well established part of the Bay Area’s literary scene.

The Brick Row Book Shop can be found at 49 Geary Street. John Crichton is the owner and his business attracts collectors from around the world. Brick Row specializes in first editions, rare books and manuscripts from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

The Argonaut Book Shop on Sutter Street in the financial district. Like Brick Row, this shop has a long heritage. The Haines family has run this business since 1941. This seller specializes in books about history of California and the American West as well as Exploration and ephemera.

The Russian Hill Bookstore is owned by Carol Spencer. It’s a general used bookstore and buzzes with customers and has as a strong community feel. Carol, who has been selling books since the 1970s, offers books covering every genre from pulp paperbacks from the 1950s to cookbooks and modern bestsellers.

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