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Boston’s Iconic Haven of Used and Rare Books


Any list of America’s top used and rare bookstores usually includes the Brattle Book Shop. This Bostonian institution was founded in 1825 and has been owned by the Gloss family since 1949. No many bookstores can boast this kind of legacy.

Housed in a three-story building in the middle of Boston at 9 West Street, the Brattle Book Shop offers more than 250,000 books, maps, prints, postcards and items. Its size alone is impressive. Don’t miss the Rare Book Room. You can pick up a used paperback or a signed first edition.

Ken Gloss

Books are offered inside and outside the store (thanks to shelves on wheels and shelves built into exterior walls) – what’s better than browsing books in the sunshine? This shop even caters for people who want books to decorate their home or as props on their movie set – there’s a huge selection of Easton Press and Franklin Library books, decorative cloth bindings, and over-sized art books.

Ken Gloss is the current proprietor. A past president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America’s New England Chapter, Ken is a well-known figure in America’s rare bookselling community.

Ken’s appraisal skills are in demand from libraries at Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern, Tufts and many other universities. He’s even valued books for the FBI and is a regular on TV and radio.

Any visit to New England must include a visit to the ‘Brattle.’

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