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Brattle Book Shop

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|Retail|Boston, MA 02111

9 West St, Boston, MA 02111

(617) 542-0210


Open now:9:00 am - 6:00 pm



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Specialties We are one of America's oldest and largest antiquarian book shops. We have over 150,000 used and rare books in all subjects. History Established in 1821. The Brattle Book Shop was founded in the Cornhill section of Boston in 1825 and has been in the hands of the Gloss Family since 1949. Over the years George and his son Kenneth built this shop into one of the largest antiquarian bookshops in the country. Meet the Business Owner Kenneth Gloss G. Business Owner Ken Gloss is the current proprietor of The Brattle Book Shop. He is a past President of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America's New England Chapter. He also sits on the Associate Board of the Boston Public Libra

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Ahmed Khawaja on Facebook

3 months ago

04/28/2020, 09:31 AM
I miss the Brattle Book Shop so much. While I was a student at Boston University, I would be there about once a week, for 4 years. I've been living in Abu Dhabi since 2012, where I was born and raised. Not even a proper public library out here. Just one used books shop, which is run by people who know nothing about books; it's more like a book shelf where people discard/donate books; occassionally great finds can be made, but nothing like walking into a place like the Brattle Book Shop. All the books I have from the Brattle still smell like it :) Am grateful for that. I hope to someday go back. Someday.
Patricia Bean on Facebook

6 months ago

01/25/2020, 09:04 AM
I love the smell of a library and love a good ole fashion book store. This did not disappoint. I could sleep there and live there frankly. So many books so little time !
Roberto Serrini on Facebook

a year ago

06/13/2019, 02:36 AM
Absolutely unique, super special, and wildly interesting ... like a quarter of a million books packed into this little ancient alley store... pure bliss for the traveler seeking something special ... heard about this from Atlas Obscura and TravelClast ... little video if you wanna take a peek... much love to Ken ... what a sweetheart! https://youtu.be/PvbK2Jtxif8
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Scott Miguel Brown on Facebook

2 years ago

10/19/2018, 06:01 AM
its a really great book store everything you can possibly look for is there and if they dont have it they eventually will they even got a floor with really cool rare books that is un heard of at most book stores this is the best book store i ever been to ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Rebecca Ayers on Facebook

2 years ago

10/03/2018, 10:40 AM
Smile! Behave like you're happy to be there. Treat customers, and their questions, with interest. You were impatient, curt and dull. You acted like I was an interruption to your work...instead of the reason for it. I know it's Boston & the city vibe is real...I also know people can be jerks...but, come on...you're a bookstore!! What's there to be so gloomy about?!?
Leslie Bianco on Facebook

2 years ago

09/07/2018, 14:39 PM
A lovely bookshop with a wide variety of used books ❤️
Kirstin Sawicki on Facebook

2 years ago

07/29/2018, 01:07 AM
Looked this place up knowing I was gonna be in Boston for a week. Was not disappointed! So much selection. I loved the outdoor sale area the best. I’ll be back, I may need to send a box home with just books.
Paul Bunge on Facebook

2 years ago

07/27/2018, 08:55 AM
I'm always in search of rare and inscribed Robert B. Parker books, and was pleased to find a good selection on the third floor. I also found a couple surprises in the aviation section. All shipped back to my home, expertly packed, for a very reasonable charge. An excellent shop! I'll be back on my next visit to Boston.
Abigail LaBombard on Facebook

2 years ago

06/28/2018, 14:10 PM
Unique second hand bookstore. Highly reccomend.
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