Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Book Buying Alert

My thanks to ladysprite, who sent me the tragic news yesterday: McIntyre and Moore, the best used bookstore in the Boston area, is closing its doors.

For those who don't know the place, Mc and Moore has been my favorite for many years. Like all good used bookstores, they have some specialities; relevant to us, they excel at Medieval and Renaissance. The majority of my general primary sources come from there, as well as a fair chunk of the analytical works. They were originally in Harvard Square; then Davis Square; currently, they're in a basement in Porter Square. (Not a good location, which is presumably part of why they haven't been able to make ends meet.)

Anyway, they are in serious clearance mode, and the books are on deep discount: 40% off now, gradually rising to 70% before they shut down early next month. I stopped by this evening, and dropped a bit over $400 on a pretty large stack of books, mostly primary sources. (A fair number in Latin, giving me more incentive to dust off the Rosetta course and get back to it.)

Of course, about half of that was spent on one two-volume splurge: the Scriptores Historiae Augustae, a 4th century book of Roman history. This copy -- rich in footnotes (also in Latin, of course) -- was printed in 1671, and is still bound in the original vellum, so while I feel *slightly* silly buying this thick book of fine-print Latin, I can't really say that I feel like I wasted my $200. Frankly, it's a set worthy of James and Devon Gray, but I can actually afford it.

Anyway, I've had my shot, so I'll now spread word to the rest of the bibliophiles: last chance. While I think they're planning to continue online, it's just not the same as being able to browse through all these wonderful books on so many different subjects. So find some time to get down to Porter Square, and buy some toys while you can. Spread the word...
Tags: books

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