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Commonwealth Books, Boston

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Gift & Specialty Shop · Hidden Gem · Shopping
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.

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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