Buying Books

Buying Books

We love books! Unfortunately not every book will find a home on our shelves.  We select books based on subject matter and condition.  No books will be purchased with underlining, highlighting or marginalia (unless such marks were made by Hemingway!).  Books issued with dust jackets should still be wearing them.  Because of limited space and or limited interest there are subjects we do not purchase at all.  Some of these are self-help, parenting, travel guides, computer related, business, romance and textbooks.

Please call for an appointment if you are interested in selling your books to us (401-521-5533). Appointments are necessary because there is not always a buyer in the shop and we’d hate for you to drag a heavy box of books into the shop unnecessarily.  Save your back!

Below are the subjects we are most interested in purchasing for our store!

Desirable subjects:
Ancient History: Egypt, Rome and Greece
Anthropology
Archaeology
Art, Architecture, Photography, Film: monographs, criticism and history
Children’s books in dust jackets, especially classics, award winners and series books
Cookbooks
Decorative arts: antiques, jewelry, furniture and glass
Eastern Religion
Fiction & Drama: classics, modernists, postmodernists, beats: especially, Beckett, Bukowski, Calvino, Camus, Chandler, Dick, Dostoyevsky, Faulkner, Hammett, Hemingway, Hesse, Kerouac, Lovecraft, Joyce, McCarthy, Murakami, Musil, Nabokov, Flann O’Brien, Flannery O’Connor, Pynchon, Salinger, Stein, Wodehouse, Woolf, etc…
Fishing & Hunting
Foreign Language
Gardening: also farming, beekeeping and trees
Military History
Music: history, theory, particularly classical and jazz
Native American
Philosophy/Literary Criticism: especially, Adorno, Aquinas, Barthes, Benjamin, Bloom, Deleuze, Derrida, Descartes, Guattari, Hegel, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Levinas, Nietzsche, Steiner, Vendler, Wittgenstein
Poetry: especially, Ashberry, Baudelaire, Bishop, Bukowski, Celan, Crane, Cummings, Dickinson, Frost, H.D., Heaney, L. Hughes, Kavanaugh, Levertov, Marianne Moore, Patchen, Pessoa, Plath, Pound, Rimbaud, Sexton, Stevens, Walcott, Whitman, Yeats, etc…
Rhode Island: city and county histories, atlases and plat books
Science: natural sciences, hard sciences and mathematics
Transport: planes, trains, boats, cars and motorbikes
Travel & Exploration: history and narrative

Presses:
New Directions, Black Sparrow, Grove, university presses, Loeb Library, NYRB, Routledge, Everyman’s Library, Modern Library, etc…