Brattle Book Shop
Even though the shelves are stocked with more than 250,000 books, prints, and ephemeral items, it isn’t hard to find that rare, needle-in-a-haystack kind of book at Brattle Book Shop. That’s because the proprietor, Ken Gloss, is an expert in all things literary, his resume studded with stints spent appraising books for Harvard, the FBI, and Antiques Roadshow. What's more, Brattle Book Shop has been in his family since 1949, allowing him to guide customers through the three floors of books as though he was showing them around his own home.
The rarest and most unusual finds are typically found on the top floor, and include first-editions, collectible tomes, and leather-bound books gathered across the shop's 188 year history. In addition to serving avid readers, the shop also caters to those who want to add an upscale touch to their own home library by offering eye-catching antique cloth- and leather-bound sets that confer an air of gentility atop any shelf, mantle, or broken-down TV set.