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Brattle Book Shop of Boston

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Address: 9 West St, Boston, MA 02111-1203
Phone Number: 800-447-9595 or 617-542-0210
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

The country's oldest antiquarian bookstore, the Brattle has over 200,000...

The country's oldest antiquarian bookstore, the Brattle has over 200,000 used and out-of-print books, magazines and more.

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Book mad son loved it

On day trip to city from UK and son had pre checked out interesting bookshops in town so we all trekked here. He loved it and we left him to spend time perusing. As a Eng Lit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

On day trip to city from UK and son had pre checked out interesting bookshops in town so we all trekked here. He loved it and we left him to spend time perusing. As a Eng Lit graduate he highly recommended the store with some great purchases. He found best stuff inside shops but we liked at outside and it... More 

Thank DrBuck567
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wish we could have spent a whole day here! I found a book here that I've been searching everywhere for months! Very reasonable prices, and just so many, many books!

Thank Jennifer E
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing bookstore and absolutely worth the stop for any book lover. There is an outdoor section, and 3 levels inside. They are all packed with some really old, amazing books - ranging from $5.00 to hundreds of dollars on up. I'll definitely go back sometime. It's an easy place to spend hours and hours in.

Thank Luv2Travel7723
Lombard, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I like books. Especially old books. And this is a great spot for them. They have a real lot of old books and they are not priced super high. This is a strong high review as I loved the place. It makes me want to go back to Boston to search their store some more. And on top of it... More 

Thank LostALot22
West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Shopped here inside and out. This trip was to sell books. The staff behind the counter barely noticed me as I waited there for someone to come look at my books. They offered to help carry more books in from my car, but I had already brought them all in. This is experience was not very good as the lady... More 

Thank Jasmine G
Clemmons, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

We found this unique bookstore while wandering around downtown Boston one day. It has an extensive outdoor section, nestled between the main store and the next building over, full of old and rare books, most of which are on sale for 1 to 5 dollars. I could have looked through just that section for an entire afternoon! In addition, it... More 

Thank Andrei S
North Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

I have never seen a outdoor library. This place is such a cute outdoor library. It is located right in the middle of two buildings on a street where you would never think to find an outdoor library. This is worth at-least passing by. They also had great book deals.

Thank mocheerchick
Malden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Interesting books and extremely helpful staff! It's a wonderful place to browse the old fashioned way!

Thank Robert S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Brattle Books is a Boston legend. Packed with an excellent selection of books for all budgets and interests on two floors, this charming book store is a great place to spend a couple of hours. Good history and philosophy sections. The store will mail books if you request.

Thank L V
Cornish Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Fantastic metaphysical section, but offers other books as well. Charming location, was owned by Elizabeth Peabody in the mid eighteen hundreds, she published Emerson at the time, one of the first female book publishers in the US at that time. Great atmosphere, nice staff.

Thank Miknamrok

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