50,000 quality used, out of print, and scarce books spanning the last 400 years. From recent paperback literature/mysteries to medieval manuscript leaves and fine leather bound sets and bindings, we have a big enough selection to appeal to a variety of tastes and interests. Also a large and varied selection of fine prints and engravings dating from the 1600's to 1940's. Browsers always welcome.Using our international travel planner, Boston attractions like Commonwealth Books can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Located at the corner of Washington and Spring Lane (Boston's oldest street: circa 1630). Note that the MAP above is wrong and Facebook will not let us correct it.
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What a great bookstore to find yourself - stumbled across it as we were wandering around Boston. I could have easily spent a few hours in here if I had not been pulled away. Floor to ceiling books..... more »
Commonwealth has been around for years and years, specializing in poetry, maps, and antiquarian books. It's a smaller shop with a decent fiction section, but those looking for huge amounts of mass... more »
They have a rather interesting collection of books. This is definitely the sort of place I would have spent money. The Sunday shop keeper hurried everyone out of the store a full 15 minutes before close. He made his rounds 5 minutes earlier saying that the store would be closing soon and asked that final selections were made and brought to the front. No problem, I though. There’s still time. Nope. He paced behind me as I went back and forth between a few potential purchases. Just as I had made my mind up, he, in a very prickly tone, said that if I was going to buy something I needed to do it now. I quickly decided to leave the book on the shelf - it wasn’t anything you couldn’t find anywhere else anyway. I later found the exact book in the gift shop of Old North Church. Their staff was incredibly polite and was happy to have a visitor buy a book. When it comes to Commonwealth Books, shop elsewhere.
It is a great bookstore with a lot variety and even more to explore. It is down a little alley way so you may miss it but if you come across it and love books definitely take a few minutes to see what you can find
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