The Bookshop in Old New Castle

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010

Four Prominent Book Sellers Join Forces to Open The Bookshop in Old New Castle

On May 1 2010, Between the Covers Rare Books, Oak Knoll Books, The Kelmscott Bookshop, and the Old Bookshop of Bordentown will open The Bookshop of Old New Castle. Located on the second floor of the historic Opera House at 308 Delaware Street, the shop will sell books on all subjects from each individual store's inventory. For the May 1st grand opening, which is open to the public, the store will open at 9 am, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 pm. Accompanied by food and beverages, the bookshop celebration will allow visitors to browse books, visit with the owners, and view the new transformation of the Opera House. The new shop will be open from 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Saturday

With the individual stores' locations in Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey, this cooperative bookshop will provide a central location for collectors to purchase books from each store. Each bookseller is a member of the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America), and offers unique selections of books characteristic to its specific specialties.

About Each Shop:

Between the Covers Rare Books, Inc., was founded in 1985 by Tom and Heidi Congalton. It is an antiquarian book company with an inventory of over 200,000 books ranging from rare first editions to inexpensive reading copies. With books on almost every subject imaginable, it specializes in first editions of literary and genre fiction, poetry, and plays; signed and association copies; African-American history and literature; and books about baseball and other sports. It is headquartered in Gloucester City, NJ.

Oak Knoll Books, maintaining an inventory of over 23,000 titles, specializes in books about bibliography, book design, book illustration, bookbinding, fine press books, printing history, publishing, Delaware history, and many other areas. It was founded in 1976 by Bob Fleck and is headquartered on the third floor of the Opera House in the colonial town of New Castle, DE.

The Kelmscott Bookshop is an open shop that has been at 34 W. 25th Street in Baltimore for over thirty years. They specialize in private and fine press books, artists' books, William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites, book arts, and 19th century British literature. They also have over 20,000 books in their general stock that cover a broad number of subject areas. The shop is owned by Fran Durako.

The Old Book Shop of Bordentown
, headquartered in historic Bordentown City, New Jersey, is an open-to-the-public shop with some 10,000 used, out-of-print and rare books in all categories. Their specialties include: baseball, New Jerseyana, history, mystery and fiction. Doug Palmieri and Bill Faris are the founders and owners.