used bookstores in D.C.

used bookstores in D.C.

Post by By the Boo » Fri, 01 May 1998 04:00:00



I'll be in Washington in the middle of May ( I don't know the town) and I
wonder if anyone can offer the lowdown on worthwhile bookshops there. I'll
be on foot and Metro-ing; hoteling some place in Arlington and conferring
at the USPS headquarters on L'Enfante Plaza.

I know of Second Story (and don't have a clue where it [they?] are....

Help gladly appreciated!

Jon Butler
By the Book

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http://www.abebooks.com/home/BYTHEBOOK/   --click on "Browse our books...."

 
 
 

used bookstores in D.C.

Post by Richard Weav » Fri, 01 May 1998 04:00:00



writes:

Quote:

>I'll be in Washington in the middle of May ( I don't know the town) and I
>wonder if anyone can offer the lowdown on worthwhile bookshops there. I'll
>be on foot and Metro-ing; hoteling some place in Arlington and conferring
>at the USPS headquarters on L'Enfante Plaza.

>I know of Second Story (and don't have a clue where it [they?] are....

Its been a few years (5?) since I was in Washington, but ...

Second Story is located at Dupont Circle.  And a second location in Bethesda, a
short walk from the Metro -- and there are (or were) several other interesting
bookstores in Bethesda.

Interested in collectable science? Try John Ptak (located in Arlington, an easy
walk across Key Bridge, from Georgetown, last I knew). Great stuff (at
great prices) but fun just to look and John seemed to enjoy talking
about the books even when he knew I wasn't going to be a buyer.

Logic and Literature, Georgetown, always had interested books.  Closes
at 6pm and thus hard to get to after a meeting. Also in Georgetown, the
Lantern - a Bryn Mawr alumni operated shop.

I seemed to buy a book at every visit to Idle Time Books on 18th (a
short walk from DuPont circle).  Closes at 9pm.

And just for kicks, visit the Library of Congress disposal.  Ba***t
of the Madison building (across the street from the old builing).
Never know what you will find --but the purchasing system is designed
for dealers -- good luck.

Overall, a good town for books
*** W

 
 
 

used bookstores in D.C.

Post by Mjc » Fri, 01 May 1998 04:00:00


Second Story is a good bet. Either store, Dupont Circle or Bethesda, will keep
you busy for a good while. Both are on the Metro line.

I would be remiss if I didn't also plug my neighborhood bookstore, Capitol Hill
Books. It's a small shop, but very varied and interesting stock. It's (where
else?) on Capitol Hill, about a block from the Eastern Market stop on the
Metro. Happy hunting!

-- Mario

 
 
 

used bookstores in D.C.

Post by Richard Weav » Sat, 02 May 1998 04:00:00


Oops ....

In my prior posting, my deliberately parallel construction "great stuff
at great prices" produced an idiom, "great prices", i.e. "cheap", that
I did not intend.   What I was trying to say was that the prices are
commensurate with high quality of the stock.  I can, so to speak, only
stand there with my nose pressed hard against the glass and drool.

Dick W

 
 
 

used bookstores in D.C.

Post by Booksnsw » Sat, 02 May 1998 04:00:00


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used bookstores in D.C.

Post by CrNob » Tue, 05 May 1998 04:00:00


Just a few corrections and additions to the thread:

1.  The Dupont Circle metro station is on the red line, not the orange line.
2.  There's a third Second Story books located in Rockville on Parklawn Avenue.
 It's a warehouse store with marked down overstock, etc., but don't think that
means it doesn't have collectible stuff; it does.  The Rockville location also
houses a separate store that specializes in collectible fantasy and science
fiction.
3.  The Library Store is in Bethesda on Woodmont Avenue... just a few blocks
from the Bethesda metro station (also on the red line).  They have just about
everything your heart could desire from mylar covers to acid-free archival
storage boxes.  It's a family-run business, and the people are delightful.
4. Don't overlook The Book Alcove.  There are two locations:  Rockville Pike in
Rockville and Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg.  Neither is accessible by
Metrorail, and the stock is less collectible, but they're good for cheap
reading copies.
5. Quill and Brush (owned by the famous Ahearns) is in Rockville and open by
appointment only.  They have top quality books at the highest prices I've ever
seen anywhere.
6. If you have limited time, you'll be happiest visiting the Dupont Circle area
of DC and Bethesda, Maryland.  There are more book stores (used and new) there
than anywhere else in town.
7. While you're in Bethesda, you may want to stop by Waverly Auctions and see
when their next auction is - you may lucky!

Hope this helps.


 
 
 

used bookstores in D.C.

Post by Henry Cohe » Wed, 06 May 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>I'll be in Washington in the middle of May ( I don't know the town) and I
>wonder if anyone can offer the lowdown on worthwhile bookshops there. I'll
>be on foot and Metro-ing; hoteling some place in Arlington and conferring
>at the USPS headquarters on L'Enfante Plaza.

>I know of Second Story (and don't have a clue where it [they?] are....

>Help gladly appreciated!

>Jon Butler
>By the Book

For Second Story take the Metro to DuPont Circle.  (Other Second
Story branches are in the suburbs.)  Kultura is also at Dupont Circle.  
The other good used book stores in DC are in Georgetown, which doesn't
have a Metro stop, but is about 1/2 mile from the Foggy Bottom stop.
 
 
 

used bookstores in D.C.

Post by Troy Caub » Wed, 06 May 1998 04:00:00



: I'll be in Washington in the middle of May ( I don't know the town) and I
: wonder if anyone can offer the lowdown on worthwhile bookshops there. I'll

A D.C. bookstores page

        http://www.geocities.com/Athens/4824/na-dc.htm

A Worldwide page

        http://www.geocities.com/Athens/4824/bookshop.htm

(They're not mine.)

-troy