Bibliomania
Rare Books, Autographs and Ephemera
Telephone:  (518) 495-1067
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Welcome!

Antiquarian bookseller

The story so far:

In 1981, after working in and managing other bookstores for several years, I returned to Schenectady from California to open my own bookshop. I named it Bibliomania - a madness for books - and began stocking the shelves with the best books I could find, used and new. It took a year or so to fill the store, but we gained a reputation for selling good books - customers said that even if they did not want a particular book, it was one that someone would buy, rather than just filling space.

For almost three decades, we sold fine books to collectors, institutions, and readers, adding maps, prints, photographs, autographs, and ephemera as time went on. We issued mail order catalogs right from the start, exhibited at a few northeastern book fairs every year, and set up a web site. We always seemed to have more customers all over the country than among our local population.

As we entered the 21st century, we discovered that more and more of our business came from our web site. In 2008, we reluctantly made the decision to close the shop and concentrate on that aspect of the business. It was a hard but necessary choice, for we always enjoyed our customers as much as the books. Our motto from opening day was A where browsers are always welcome,@ and our store was usually busy. Many came by only a time or two each year while in town for the holidays. Once two neighbors from Buffalo, across the state, were surprised to meet in the shop. We followed a trend that has happened to many bookshops in recent years, but we were determined to recreate the shop experience online.

It is not the same. We cannot replicate the fine conversations that took place, but the books, maps, autographs, and ephemera are here. Send us an e-mail, and we can answer any questions or send a scan or photo of the item. Not the same, but as close as we can get to bring the store experience to the Internet. An article about our shop in the Capital District Business Review once called us A the Internet done right@ - we have our doubts when we struggle with computer glitches and other problems that arise, but we try to make your visit to our site as close as one can to being in a real book store.

Most items on our site can be ordered through our shopping cart.  You may use the checkout buttons currently on this site. Please contact us to order items without buttons.  Please check our "Ordering" page above for current ordering instructions. In addition to ordering online, you can always contact us to order items without buttons, ask additional questions, or to reserve and pay by check or money order, Paypal, or another method.

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New Order Information!

For the past few years we have used a shopping cart hosted by Google, but have discontinued its use as of 11/20/13.  To be honest, it was not too popular with most of our customers, who usually preferred to mail a payment. While we put another and better system in place, please use the "To Place an Order" feature to order, and we will be back to you with availability, order total, and payment information. We accept payments by check, money order, and Paypal. Thank you.

 

Please Check our Online Inventory:

BOOKS     Books in more than twenty categories

AUTOGRAPHS    Signatures, letters, and documents, American & international

 

MAPS    American and foreign historical maps

 

ART       Original paintings, prints, drawings, and posters

 

PHOTOGRAPHS       Historical images of the Adirondacks and elsewhere

 

EPHEMERA        Historical and cultural paper items, advertising, sheet music, broadsides, and unusual paper items

 

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS     Guitars, mandolins, violins, and other stringed instruments for sale

CURRENT CATALOG  View our current mail-order catalog online

NEW ARRIVALS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS  Significant new items in our stock and special markdowns
 

What's New?

Please note our new mailing address! Written correspondence and payments should now be sent to:  Bibliomania, P.O. Box 2718, Glenville, NY 12325. Everything else remains the same; we have just switched to a post office that is closer to home.

     We recently made arrangements to vastly increase the size of our web site, and have already started to add new items and categories. Check our Americana and Sporting sections for dozens of new titles, with more to come every day. The added spaces means not only room for more merchandise, but also for more photos, so you can take a look a your prospective purchase. As always, feel free to  contact us for a photo or scan of any item you are interested in purchasing.

 

Thirty Years -1981-2011

    In June of 1981, I returned to Schenectady from California to open my bookshop. By July, I had rented a storefront on Jay Street in the city, and the store officially opened the first weekend in September. There were many, many good years, and it was fun to be there every day, adding new books to the shelves and selling them to our many customers.

     My first important piece of office equipment was a good typewriter to use in preparing catalogs. A computer later made those catalogs more attractive and easier to produce, but we did not yet realize the impact it would have on our business and the future. We established a web site many years ago, but thought of it merely as a complement to our store, catalog, and book fair sales. Like so many other shops, though, we found it account for more of our time and more of our sales. Although only a small portion of our stock was listed on the site, people assumed everything was there, and collectors seemed to spend more time on the Internet than searching the bookshops. Reluctantly and regretfully, a decision was made to close the shop and work from home in 2008. A "virtual bookstore" (does anyone use that term anymore?) is not the same as one of bricks and mortar, but it serves our needs at this time, but it seems to work for many customers, and we hope it will do so for you as well.

 Would a picture help?  Many customers have requested scans or photos of items listed on our site when considering a purchase. If you haven't thought of it, please ask;  we can usually e-mail a photo or scan of almost any item to you in a day or so.

What is my old book worth? We get that question a lot, and while we do not appraise items we cannot personally examine, we can try to answer some of your questions. If you live near Albany, NY, Bill Healy, Bibliomania's owner, periodically gives a one-night seminar on that subject for the Knowledge Network (www.knowledgenetwork.org).  Check their web site for enrollment information.

Serving the book community
   
In September, 2011,  we celebrated our 30th year in business - we never doubted it would happen when we opened, but our business has developed over the years in ways we never imagined. One of my first equipment purchases was a good typewriter to produce catalogs. I never dreamed of using a computer, and could not even conceive of the internet or a web site. We still think of ourselves as a real book shop, though, even though we are no longer open to customers at the moment.  You can view some of our best offerings on this site.These are only some of our better items; in the evening, when I update the site, I am surprised at the number of good books we have sold that do not appear on these pages. I'm working as fast as I can.

 
What we sell
   
Bibliomania offers a wide selection of good used books in most fields, as well as first and rare editions of literature and Americana. Bibliomania is particularly well known for its books and materials on the Adirondack Mountains and New York State history. We usually have strong holdings in literature, photography, music, biographies, and books about books. In the past few years this store has also acquired some interesting autographs, trade cards, photographs, pamphlets, prints, bookplates, illustrations, and other antiques & ephemera. Our stock changes daily, and while more of our offerings will appear online, it will be a while before most of our items appear on this site.  We have become a bit more specialized since closing the shop, but we are still interested in all types of good books. Only a small portion of our stock is available here, but we try to add new items every day.

Bill Healy, Bibliomania's owner Bill Healy, the owner, is the author of  two books, The Adirondacks: A Special World(Utica: North Country Books, 1986, 1993) and The High Peaks of Essex: The Adirondack Mountains of Orson Schofield Phelps (Fleischmanns: Purple Mountain Press, 1992, 1998).

 



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2009 Bill Healy. 

Bibliomania, P.O. Box 2718, Glenville, NY  12325 - Telephone: (518) 495-1067