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Austin Abbey Rare Books

P. O. Box 293, Mount Vernon, VA 22121 

Hours: By Appointment


Specializing in Illustrated Books and Decorative Bindings of the 19th Century and the Fin de Siècle; Private Press and Americana. Used and Antiquarian books bought and sold. Out of print book searches. Internet, mail order or telephone inquiries welcome.

Friends of Sherwood Library Bookstore

2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306


Hours: Mon-Thu, 10-9; Fri, 10-6; Sat, 10-5; Sun, 1-5

Featuring over 15,000 donated general interest books and media items. We have some new, gift quality, and rare books as well as an impressive selection of children's books, military history, and biography. Additional rooms with books are open on the second floor every Wednesday from 1-4 and the first Saturday of every month from 10-4. All proceeds support the programs and services of the library. 


Edward N. Bomsey Autographs, Inc. ABAA, PADA

7317 Farr Street, Annandale, VA 22003


Original, authentic signed letters, documents, photographs, and books from American and international personalities of significance in all areas of human endeavor.

Internet, mail order, or by appointment.


Buteo Books

2731 Arrington Road, Arrington, VA 22922

Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5, please call for directions

434-263-8671; (800) 722-2460

Ornithology and natural history; New, used, out-of-print, antiquarian.


Berryville Old Book Shop

7 East Main St., Berryville, VA 22611

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12-5, Evenings & Sundays by chance


The finest bookshop in historic Clarke County, we are a medium sized bookshop with over 15,000 handpicked titles and a bookstore cat. A delightful assortment for all readers, with emphasis on history, WWII, Civil War, Virginia history, cooking, gardening, children's books and more. Less than an hour from the Capitol Beltway (I495) via Dulles Toll Rd., Dulles Greenway, and Rt. 7 West. Ten minutes from I-81. 



5292 Slate Mills Road, Boston, VA 22713

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6


Since 1997.  

90% Out-of-Print & Hard-to-Find with an emphasis on Horse Sports and Children's books. Large quantity of good general stock divided into easy to browse or search catalogs at our website. Receive 10% off any in-stock purchase by typing: HBP in the coupon code box at Free Book Search Service, any topic, any time.


Biomed Rare Books

P.O. Box 193, North Garden, VA 22959

(434) 295-1575

An internet-based bookshop specializing in rare antiquarian books and papers in the fields of medicine and the life sciences.  We specialize in annotated and inscribed copies, and books with cultural, historical and geographical significance.

Blue Whale Books

115 West Main St., Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11-6, Friday and Saturday 11-9; Longer Summer Hours


Art, architecture, and scholarly books; antiquarian maps and prints.

The Book Broker

114 Bollingwood Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hours: By appointment, by internet and by mail


Virginiana. Appraisal services for estate, insurance and tax purposes.

Clover Hill Books

P.O. Box 8372, Charlottesville, VA 22906

Hours: Internet or mail and phone inquiry


Modern British and American literature, poetry, little magazines, literary ephemera. Some gardening titles.

Franklin Gilliam: Rare Books, ABAA

218 West South St., Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hours: Monday-Saturday 12-6 or by chance or appointment. A call ahead is advisable.


Americana, law to 1870, English and American literature, food and wine, manuscripts, printed ephemera, books about books.

Heartwood Books, ABAA

5 Elliewood Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hours: Used: Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-5, Rare: By chance or appointment


General, scholarly, Americana, literature, Thomas Jefferson

Oakley's Gently Used Books

112 West Main St. #9, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 10-6, and By Chance or Appointment


16,000 carefully selected books. General stock, science fiction, history, children’s. Find us on Facebook at 

Oliver &. Co. Books

1417 Ricky Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22901

Hours: By Appointment


Literary first editions; Hemingway, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Joyce, Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Wolfe, etc.

Read It Again, Sam

214 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Summer Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 10-7, Thursday-Saturday 10-9

Winter Hours: Daily 10-5; additional hours by appt or chance


Mystery, military, art, and good selections in all other areas; buy and sell fine used books


Cartographic Arts

P.O. Box 2459, Chester, VA 23831

Hours: By appointment

(804) 748-9147

Antique maps, antiquarian books with maps, map reference books, globes, prints.


Dalley Book Service

90 Kimball Lanes, Christiansburg, VA 24073

(540) 382-8949

Hours: By Appointment

Civil War, Southeast Asia, Theology, Vietnam War, and Virginiana

Falls Church

Hole in the Wall Books

905. W. Broad Street, Falls Church, VA 22046

Hours: Monday-Friday 10-8, Saturday & Sunday 10-6

(703) 536-2511

General stock


Beck's Antiques & Books

708 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401

(540) 371-1766

Hours: Noon-5:00 Seven Days a Week

Virginia, Civil War, architecture, art and antiques

Riverby Books

805 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Hours: Nice Weather: Monday-Saturday 10-9, Sunday 12-5; Cold Weather: Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-5

(540) 373-6148

General selection of nearly 30,000 volumes on 3 levels plus an additional 25,000 available online only. A bookstore for readers and collectors. Constantly changing stock, but with an emphasis on American history, Fine bindings, Benjamin Franklin and early Americana. Quite a large section of current literary fiction at $5/volume and several thousand kids books in great condition. Vintage movie posters and Hollywood stills, a smattering of maps and ephemera. We buy books every day - single volumes or entire libraries. Located in historic downtown Fredericksburg.

Front Royal

Royal Oak Bookshop

207 S. Royal Ave. (Rt. 340), Front Royal, VA 22630

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-5

(540) 635-7070

General stock, with Virginia, Civil War, children's featured in used, sale, collectible; also new books in featured collections.

Gloucester Courthouse

Oasis Books

6670 Main Street, Gloucester Courthouse, VA 23061

Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays 10:30-5:30


General stock of 15,000 hardcover books in VG condition plus 3 Rare Book Rooms. Visit us in Historic Gloucester Court House.


Wilkerson  Books and Prints

Toots Creek Antiques Mall, 5293 Halifax Road (Highway 501), Halifax, VA 24558

Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5

(434) 738-7855 

Fine selection of Art, Architecture, Children's, Cooking, Gardening, and Literary First Editions in the midst of an outstanding gathering of antique dealers.


The Way We Were Bookshop

32 E. Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663

Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10:30-4:30, Saturday 10:30-5, Sunday 12:30-4:30

(757) 726-2300

10,000+ Hardbound, used and rare; very good selection of 19th and 20th century history (U.S. and World), railroading, Virginiana, and hunting/fishing/gunning. 


Ye Olde Book Shoppe

7072 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville, VA 22475

Hours:  Thursday-Friday 10-4, Saturday 10-2

(804) 580-5051

Opened in April 2014 by the Northumberland Public Library, they sell donated books and books the library no longer keeps in circulation. There are thousands of books ranging from children's stories to antique novels to unique table top display books. There is a coffee section, a children's corner, and a reading area.



Jerry N. Showalter, Bookseller, ABAA

P.O. Box 84, Ivy, VA 22945

Hours: By Appointment

(434) 295-6413

Southeast Americana, Virginiana, Civil War, modern Southern literature


The Bookery

107 W. Nelson St., Lexington, VA 24450

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-5:30, Sunday 9-3

(540) 464-3377 

More than 50,000 new, used, and rare books--Civil War, Virginiana, military, newspapers, local history, topos, signed books, general; out-of-print searches.


Bookshop on the Avenue

3407 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-7

(434) 845-1336

Theology, Children, Science Fiction, Mystery, classics, and biography; also gift cards, chess and many others.

Givens Books

2236 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501

Hours: Monday-Friday 8-8, Saturday 9-7

(434) 385-5027

General book store; new, used, rare, out of print, etc.; Central Virginia's largest independent book store and Lynchburg's oldest since 1976.


Spencer Alexander Used Books

P.O. Box 207, Madison, VA 22727

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11-5, or By Appointment

(540) 948-6359

Americana is our specialty, but we strive to maintain a solid selection of History, Literature, Sporting Material including Equestrian, Guns and Weaponry, Vintage Cookbooks, Architecture and Planning, and quality First Edition Fiction, all with an emphasis on out of print and hard to find material. Our Americana books also include a section that focuses on Virginia county histories, genealogies and other historic "Virginiana.”


Bagby Books

P.O. Box 243, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103


Hours: By appointment and regional book fairs

Specializing in signed First Edition and Limited Edition Angling Books, Literary Firsts, Rare, Collectible and Out-of-Print books to the Learned.


Captured Tyme Rare Books

1172 Ridgefield Rd., Mathews,VA 23109

Hours: By appointment only

(804) 824-4347

We love antiquarian books, but also have a nice selection of Americana, Virginiana, War (Heavy on American Civil War), Maritime, Books on books, and of course collectible 1st Editions.  There is also a smattering of ephemera about the premises.  We purchase quality books of all genres because, when all is considered, they're not just books - they are Captured Tyme.


Whiting's Old Paper at Antique Village

10203 Chamberlayne Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-6, Closed Wednesdays

(804) 746-4710

Paper Memorabilia. Since 1976, magazines, postcards, advertising, photos, sheet music, posters, ephemera, majority 1860s-1960s. Appraisals offered.


Michael F Robinson & Associates

P. O. Box 1947, Middleburg, VA 20118

Hours: By appointment

(540) 687-3830

Specialist Appraisers: Archives, Manuscripts & Autographs, Printed Books, Prints, Historical Association Items, and related materials.


Read 'Em Again Books

4393 Kevin Walker Drive, #107, Montclair, VA 22025

Hours: By Appointment, Internet and Mail

(703) 580-7252

In addition to a nice selection of Americana, children's and illustrated books, pop-ups, and unusual non-fiction, we also maintain an inventory of sheet music and ephemera. Although we don't have an open store, we do have a booth in the Antique Gallery located among the dozens of antique and specialty shops in Fredericksburg, VA at 1023 Caroline Street where we offer very reasonably priced books that are not in our on-line store.


D. Anthem, Bookseller

1743 Gowrie Ave., Norfolk, VA 23509 

Hours: By Appointment


Purveyor of radical, fringe & extremist material.


Marninart--Rare Illustrated Art Books, ABAA

1804 Post Oak Trail, Reston, VA 20191

Hours: By Appointment, Internet, Mail Order

(703) 476-2199

Marninart specializes in deluxe edition of Livres d' Artistes illustrated from the masters of 19th and 20th Century: Chagall, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, and Impressionists; important art journals such as: Verve, Derrière le Miroir, XXe Siecle are also part of the inventory.


Black Swan Books, Inc.

2601 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220

Hours: By appointment or by chance. 

(804) 353-9476

Rare books and ephemera including Antiquarian, Virginiana, Americana, Civil War, Literature and the Arts. Buying estates or individual titles. Visit us also in Staunton, Virginia at Black Swan Books and Music

Book People

536 Granite Ave., Richmond, VA 23226

Hours: Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 1-5

(804) 288-4346

Personal service to the extreme.

Chop Suey Books

2913 W Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10-7, Friday & Saturday 10-8, Sunday 12-7

(804) 422-8066

A new and used bookstore featuring Literature, Art, Photography, Design, Architecture, Poetry, Philosophy, and Counter Culture. We buy or trade every day. 10% off special orders of new books.

Deborah Evetts Book and Paper Conservation

1119 Hyde Lane, Richmond, VA 23229

Hours: By Appointment


All types of rare book, book binding and paper conservation.

Ex Libris

6921 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228

Hours: Monday 11-6, Tuesday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-4:30

(804) 262-9217

General used (pre-enjoyed!), Civil War, Virginiana, World War II, African-American

Michael Pyron, Bookseller and Bookbinder

P.O. Box 7064, Richmond, VA 23221

Hours: By appointment

(804) 517-6490

Buying and selling used and antiquarian books with an emphasis in fine press, illustrated books, Americana, literature, art and photography. Offering a range of bookbinding and book repair services; consultation and estimates are always free.

Owens & Ramsey Historical Booksellers

2728 Tinsley Drive, Richmond, VA 23235

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10-6

(804) 272-8888 or toll free (866) 808-1861

New used and rare books on the American Civil War, Virginia, the Revolution, WW I & II, and most eras of military history. Also rare paper and prints. Appraisals available, plus house calls made almost anywhere.

Richmond Bookshop

808 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Hours: Monday-Saturday 2PM - 7PM, Sundays optional

(804) 644-9970

Books and antiques - general used and rare book store with the following added areas of emphasis: Posters (new and used Marilyn Monroe, vintage Rock and Movie and much more), Back-issue and vintage Comic Books and Underground Comix, Vinyl - records of all eras and styles, Movies, modern and vintage Pin-ups, original Comic Art and Illustration, Magazines (all kinds and all eras) including Fashion, Pulps, Science Fiction, Life, etc., plus Sculptural Shelf Stuff beyond description and Images of All Kinds!


Too Many Books

1504 Grandin Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24015

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5:30,  Sunday 1-5

(540) 985-6469

General stock of antiquarian and used books with a large inventory of Virginia History, Rail, Military History, and Art. More than 40,000 books.


The Avocado Pit

2621 W Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401

540 886-0651

Hours: Monday through Saturday 2pm-5pm (or later), Sunday By Appointment

General used nonfiction, softcover fiction/literature. Some Genealogy. Also home to BookTrakker software. Often open on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday by noon or earlier. Look for the open sign and if good weather the flag. Best to call ahead.

Barrister Books

1 Lawyer's Row, Staunton, VA 24401

(540) 448-3838

Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10:30 to 5:30

Ten thousand interesting books, an eclectic variety in very good condition. Should you visit Staunton on the days we are closed, we will gladly open the store by appointment.

Black Swan Books and Music

1 E. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401

(540) 712-0123

Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11-6; Sunday 12-5

Quality used and rare books in all fields with an emphasis on local history; Civil War; literature, especially poetry & Shakespeare; and the arts, photography, art, architecture and music. Vinyl records as well, especially jazz, rock and roll, blues and indie. Buying estates or individual books or records. Visit us also at Black Swan Books in Richmond.


Captain Ahab's Rare Books

111 Rotunda Drive, Stephenson, VA 22656

Hours: By appointment only

(305) 206-8196

Specialists of first editions in literature, film, art, crime, pop-culture ephemera, and zines.


Ayr Hill Books

1429 Filene Court

Vienna, VA 22182


Hours: By appointment.

Specializing in rare and collectable books including works by New Yorker magazine contributors; espionage and the cold war, Washington politics and media; civil rights history; campaigns and campaigning; photography, architecture and landscaping, golf, and baseball. We buy used and antiquarian books. Internet, mail, and telephone inquires welcome.


Stone Soup Books

908 W. Main Street, Waynesboro, VA 22980

Hours: By Chance or Appointment, Phone or Internet.

(540) 943-0084

General used and Antiquarian books with specialties in Fiction, Classics, Poetry, Spirituality, Gardening & Sustainable Living, and Vintage Children. Over 12,000 volumes in our 19th century farmhouse. Available for scouting or event book selling services.


Bookpress Ltd.

1304 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Hours: Monday-Friday 10-5, or By Appointment

(757) 229-1260

Architecture, Virginiana and Rare Books

Hamilton's Rare Books

P. O. Box 1866, Williamsburg, VA 23187

Hours: By Appointment

(757) 220-3000

Antiques, Art, Books, CollectiblesHistoric Paper, Account Books, American History, Art, Autographs, Diaries, Documents, Ephemera, Ledgers, Letters, Manuscripts, Maps, Nautical Antiques, Post Cards. Appraisals. House Calls. Since 1974.

Mermaid Books

421 A Prince George Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5

(757) 229-3603

Since 1977, Mermaid Books has been known for new, used, rare books, vintage postcards and ephemera. Featuring: Virginia and Colonial history, poetry, gardening, art and cookbooks. A large selection of children's books, coloring books, and paper dolls.


Blue Plate Books

2257 Valley Avenue, Winchester, VA 22601

Hours: 11-7 Every Day

(540) 662-6657

A clean, well lighted used bookstore offering over 50,000 general, out of print, and antiquarian books. We buy & sell gently used books. Blue Plate Books: feeding your need to read.

Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding

2160 Cedar Grove Road, Winchester, VA 22603

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9-5, Saturday & Sunday by appt.

(540) 662-2683

Restoration and conservation services, including family Bibles and boxes. Work of note includes John Wilkes Booth's diary (for Ford's Theatre Museum), Robert E. Lee's family Bible (for Arlington House at Arlington Cemetery), and rebinding The Washington National Cathedral's pulpit Bible.

Lorne Bair Rare Books

661 Millwood Ave, Suite 206, Winchester, VA 22601

Hours: At Shows and By Appointment

(540) 665-0855

American social movements.


Bookworm and Silverfish

P.O. Box 639, Wytheville, VA 24382

Hours: By appointment, internet and mail

(276) 686-5813

Appraisals; Americana, Appalachia, Virginina, Civil War, trade catalogs, Technical, and 19th century sheet music. Visit our booths at Roanoke Antique Mall and Snoopers at Fort Chiswell.



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