Our latest listing, Catalogue 58: Carriage Books from the Collection of Deirdre H. Pirie, can be viewed under Catalogues & Lists. It offers over 170 books, catalogues, and ephemera from the 18th-20th centuries, many of them quite scarce. Thanks for looking!

Our Shop

WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6; other times easily arranged. Very occasionally we might be closed  during our regular hours, so please phone ahead if you're coming from a distance. We're at the back of a shady garden and not visible from the street, so look for the big blue "1640" banner near Tocco Classico hair salon and follow the garden path through the white trellis-work arch and down the stairs.  You've found Cambridge's "hidden bookstore!"

GETTING HERE: We're easily reached by the Red Line T (we're halfway between the Harvard and Porter Square stations, a 10-minute walk each way)  and by the 77 or 96 bus (each stop is a block away). There's metered parking on Massachusetts Avenue.

GOOD NEIGHBORS: Starbucks, Marathon Sports, Hi Rise bakery, Cambridge Common restaurant, Ward Maps, Harvard Law School, Lesley University, Longy School of Music, and the many independent specialty shops and good local restaurants that have led the Boston Globe to call this stretch of Massachusetts Avenue "the new Harvard Square." Above the shop, Black River Architects specializes in institutional, commercial, and residential architecture with an emphasis on sustainability.

We belong to Cambridge Local First: Independent Locally-Owned Businesses.


"A book shop is a place where people can go to talk to other people who understand what they're talking about." - bookseller Amalya Reifsneider

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