Brattle Book Shop of Boston

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Brattle Book Shop of Boston

Brattle Book Shop of Boston
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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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Neighborhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • Downtown Crossing • 3 min walk
  • Park St • 3 min walk
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Laurence M
Frisco, TX785 contributions
Great Bookstore
Oct 2021 • Couples
One of the oldest book stores in the United States. The have thousands of old books. In good weather they have book sales outside. A person could spend hours in the bookstore.
Written October 2, 2021
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT1,606 contributions
Book lover's dream
Feb 2020
Located near the Boston Common, this place is a book lover's dream. Brattle Book Shop is a family-owned store that is crammed with a collection of rare and unique books in addition to used bargain paperbacks/magazines. The owner is truly an expert on everything bookish.
Written November 29, 2020
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Cabadrin
Quincy, MA93 contributions
Boston book shop royalty
Nov 2019
Brattle is one of the undisputed champions of books in Boston. There are four distinct book sections you should be aware of if you haven't been here before:

First is the outdoor area. These are carts and shelves of books that are stickered for price, and there are no workers outside. The expectation is you look through the stacks for the thrill of the hunt, then bring them in to pay for them. Like most bulk book areas it's a mixed bag, with a large number of books that haven't sold in some time and they want to clear out, to miscellanea and random books that people have sold as part of lots. It's a mixed bag but a lot of fun to go through.

The first floor contains some books on display from the rare book floor, but is mostly for art monographs, fiction (including genre fiction), graphic novels, some childrens books, leather bound series (Franklin and Easton), etc. It's also where you check out, with the exception of the rare books which are typically checked out on the third floor.

The second floor is dedicated to non-fiction, biographies, classics, sciences, and other similar genres of books. Personally, I spend the least time here, but it's a favorite of my wife.

The third floor is where their rare book collection sits. I've had some luck up here finding modern firsts, rare printings, or just books that caught my eye. Like most antiquarian booksellers, you can haggle a little for these books. I'll sometimes bargain for a package deal if I see a few books that really catch my eye, or if a book has sat for some time and I think few people would be interested in it.

A note on selling your books here: We have about 2,500 books in our house and have sold books for fun online over the past 15 years. I say that so you know I'm telling the truth when I say that Brattle is a business that will buy your books but will not pay you full price for them. Yes, you saw your book for $10 on Amazon, but that doesn't mean it will sell for that at Brattle, nor does it mean they'll make any money on it. We (my wife and I) RARELY buy books for less than 1/10th of their listed value because we know they sell so slowly, and we have to factor in our time researching and listing. Keep that in mind when you come here to sell: they're not ripping you off, they're keeping their business going.
Written January 29, 2020
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sooner62
okc26 contributions
So interesting!!
Jan 2020
I loved this bookshop! I spent most of my time in the outdoor area where they have cart after cart of old books! Picked up an 1890's edition of Shakespeare's King Lear and a Romeo & Juliet for $5 each! I am holding pieces of history! A must visit for anyone who loves old books!
Written January 27, 2020
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randyb07
New Orleans, LA46 contributions
One of America's oldest and best book stores!
May 2019
Just off Boston Common sits this gem of a bookstore! Rare and unique books abound - you never know what you'll find...Worth a trip!
Written January 18, 2020
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114leahj
Venice, FL67 contributions
Amazing Selection
Nov 2019
Book Lovers could spend the night.Three Levels ofBoth new and used books in abundance with a pleasant staff.
They specialize in Books not a lot of tchotchke/gifts as so many do these days..
Some wonderful coffee table art books at easy prices.
Written December 14, 2019
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Aprilp2412
Oceanside, CA590 contributions
Good selection
Sep 2019
I'm a sucker for book stores and libraries. I made it a priority to hit up Brattle Book Shop while I was in Boston. It's easy to find and looks tiny from the outside but inside there is much more room since they have more than one floor. There are also cheap books outside. You can trade in old books here which is pretty cool. They have some unique and rare books if you are looking for something like that. I spent a while browsing and found like a million things that I wanted to buy. I didn't really have space in my suitcase to bring back books but did I still buy four of them? Yes, yes I sure did!
Written November 7, 2019
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Kristen L
Minneapolis, MN103 contributions
Paradise
Sep 2019
I did a little book walk in Boston and landed at this bookstore. It's magnificent. Not only did I enjoy walking up and down the aisles inside, there were carts of books outside to pour over. It is really quite an experience and a great way for a book lover to spend an afternoon.
Written November 4, 2019
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CTSCOT
Storrs, Connecticut192 contributions
What's not to like here?
Jun 2019 • Couples
A place where you can get either a $3 or a $5 book, that has rotating inventory? If I didn't live so far away, I'd be here every week to browse the outside offerings. I picked up a few gems, books that were on my reading list that I was contemplating ordering online either user or new, but would have probably paid more. Inside, I found a few of the same at higher prices, but still reasonable for the condition of the books. As stated in other reviews, it's tight. So much so I had to circle around a few times to get into the aisles I wanted as people were there and were reluctant to move once in their chosen aisle. Could easily spend an hour or more here.
Written June 21, 2019
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Roberto Serrini
New York City, NY704 contributions
Might have made JD Salinger a recluse... not sure...
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is such a fantastic place to visit, tucked in an amazing ancient alley with a quarter of a million books to walk through, its epic... the owner Ken is a super sweet guy, and if you ask him nicely, he might tell you the tale of when he "sorta" met JD Salinger ... its epic ... we got him telling it on camera, so hop over to Cineclast blog and check it out.
Written June 13, 2019
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