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Brattle Book Shop of Boston

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Address: 9 West St, Boston, MA 02111
Phone Number: 800-447-9595 or 617-542-0210
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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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Selling estate books

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2016
Jasmine G
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Mansfield, Massachusetts
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Mansfield, 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 

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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 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Went to Brattle books after breaking my kindle! Huge selection of books inside and racks of bargain books outside from 1 dollar. Really helpful staff too. Will be back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Wonderful to be in a classic used, rare book and antiquarian bookshop. Found several volumes to add to my collection. Had the privilege of meeting owner who I have seen several times on Antique Roadshow!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Very nice secondhand book store: they have lots of bookcases outside to browse on a nice day. Prices range from 1 to 5 dollar and you can leave the books for a later pick up.

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Ashbourne, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

A visit to a good bookstore is like meeting a old friend, you don't know where the conversation will take you. Familiar aisles and shelves the welcoming handshake, and then chat starts as you walk along reviewing the titles. Not a friend for the latest gossip but rather stories some familiar and (pre) loved but some you've never heard before.... More 

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