Welcome to our web site. We first opened our doors as an antiquarian book shop in 1981, selling books, autographs, maps, historical photographs, and ephemera. We also issued catalogs and exhibited at book fairs right from the start, and set up our first web site over fifteen years ago. In 2008 we made the transition from an open shop to selling only by mail and on the Internet. In 2015, we realized it was time for another change and closed our original web site. We returned in 2016 with an improved site, easier to navigate for browsing and shopping, and with a better payment system. We add new items every day, so please check back again soon.
We carried a general stock as an open shop, but our internet site is more focused. We always specialized in books and ephemera on the Adirondacks and New York State history, and continue to do so here. Bill Healy, the owner, has written two books on the region (both out-of-print, but we often have copies available), and had a 25 year association with the Adirondack Research Library of the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, helping build the collection into one of the finest outside the Blue Line. We also like books on books - the history of printing, book production, binding, and especially bookselling and book collecting. Customers also came to our shop for books on fishing, hunting, and outdoor adventure, and we will continue to offer those items on this site. We will be adding several new categories in the coming weeks.
Our philosophy upon opening our shop in 1981 was to carry good books of all types, used or new, for readers and collectors. We have our areas of knowledge and interest, but much of the adventure in bookselling is that you never know what you will encounter when you go out looking for books. We have always enjoyed acquiring single items or collections that we have never seen before, perhaps which we never thought existed, bringing them home, and offering them for sale. You might find just about anything here at one time or another.
In the summer of 2017 we added several new categories, including several for bookplates, maps, prints, and ephemera. There will be more to come in the next few months. We also plan to broaden our selection of book categories. When we operated an open shop, many customers assumed that every book was also available online, but that was never the case. Then, as now, the web site showed probably little more than 10% of our stock. However, without a shop for customers to visit we have a greater imperative to get more books and other items on our site. Visit us often.