The largest second hand bookstore in the Southern hemisphere in inner city Jozi

I’m a sucker for second hand bookshops, actually I’m a sucker for bookshops, period. But if you want a real experience visit the Collectors’ Treasury in Commissioner St in Joburg’s eastern inner city.  It is located in an 8 story building – a very unprepossessing post-war structure, which is slightly further west of Arts on Main and the Maboneng precinct. I love it so much I have already included it in another blog post:    http://lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/joburgs-best-bookshops

As you climb the steps from the front entrance on the street you know you have a treat in store.   It is lined from floor to ceiling with piles of books and that’s before you have even reached the shelved books.  And despite having 8 floors  to house the books, with well over a million books space is a real problem!  Collector’s Treasury is the largest used and rare book shop in the Southern Hemisphere.

Apart from running the guesthouse another hat I wear is that of heritage historian. I write history reports on Johannesburg heritage and have found some real gems here -  books which are out of print and have proved invaluable for my research. For example Anna Smith’s Johannesburg Street Names is the most amazing resource to have on my bookshelf at home.

And there are all sorts of other wonderful items – old vinyl records, ornaments, maps, periodicals, photographs and lots more wonderful ephemera.

So enjoy your excursion to this veritable hobbit’s treasure trove.  Also see http://www.jhblive.com/reviews/shops/collector%27s_treasury/79933

 

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9 Comments

  1. RANGARIRAYI
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Looking for WIZARD OF THE CROW by Ngugi wa Thiongo

  2. Nkosinathi Buthelezi
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi- Im trying to find a 2nd book- Ways of dying by Zakes Mda.

  3. Stephen Combe
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I am looking for the Disney Babies Out & Around children stories from around 1990
    Thank you

  4. Posted September 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    HI there. I am looking for two books – Come and Knock on Our Door by Chris Mann, and With Love and Laughter, John Ritter by Amy Yasbeck. Please would you let me know if you have them or keep them on a watch list for me if you don’t? Also the price of them? Many thanks Gaynor gaynorpay@gmail.com

  5. Posted December 31, 2013 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Hi You need to contact 2nd hand bookshops. The blog I wrote was on Collector’s Treasury in Joburg CBD 244 Commissioner Street Tel.: +27 11 334 6556 Good Luck.

  6. Posted December 31, 2013 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Hi You need to contact 2nd hand bookshops. The blog I wrote was on Collector’s Treasury in Joburg CBD 244 Commissioner Street Tel.: +27 11 334 6556 Good Luck.

  7. Posted December 31, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Hi You need to contact 2nd hand bookshops. The blog I wrote was on Collector’s Treasury in Joburg CBD 244 Commissioner Street Tel.: +27 11 334 6556 Good Luck.

  8. Renza Brickhill
    Posted October 18, 2014 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Came across your blog looking for reference to Johannesburg Street names and read are a historian and have done research. Any chance you have done research on Blairgowrie?

  9. Posted October 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Hi Renza, Send me your email address (can email me on info@lizatlancaster.co.za) as I have a copy of a section by Anna Smith on Blairgowries. Also refer to my post: http://lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/exhilarating-air-of-peace-and-calmness-accommodation-in-craighall-park

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