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Adamstown Books

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

Adamstown Books specializes in American Civil War, Art, Pennsylvania History, Religion And Theology, The Victorian Period, Vintage Children's.

About Adamstown Books

Adamstown Books is an antiquarian and used book dealer with a retail store at the historic Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster PA and a booths at an antique co-ops, German Trading Post, in Adamstown PA. Our presence began in Adamstown, aka America's Antiques Capital. The Adamstown tradition is boosted by our proximity to the emerging antiques presence in Columbia PA, and the rich religious and cultural history of Lancaster County and Pennsylvania. With Gettysburg a 1 1/2 hour drive away, the American Civil War is naturally one of our key categories. We also offer a growing number of Religious and Theological works as a result of our partnership with the Lancaster Theological Seminary.

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361 Valleybrook Drive
Lancaster, PA 17601 USA

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30 day return guarantee, with full refund including original shipping costs for up to 30 days after delivery if an item arrives misdescribed or damaged.

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Interview with David Ganse III of Adamstown Books

When did you get started in bookselling?
At the encouragement of a couple antiques dealers, I started out selling primarily Civil War related books at a few antiques co-ops.
What drew you to bookselling?
I have been interested in collectible books since I was a teenager. My Father collected Arkham House editions and I still have a stack of letters, correspondence between him and August Derleth.
What are your specialties as a dealer?
American Civil War, Pennsylvania History, the Victorian period. Since our store is located at a Seminary we have been consciously expanding our Religion and Theology offerings.
What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?
A scholarly press edition of a work on the Old English Rune Poem.
What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?
As a book lover, I have to say that book scouting is my favorite part
Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?
We currently have a retail store at the historic Lancaster Theological Seminary.
If so, do/did you have any bookstore pets?
What is the funniest / strangest / scariest thing that ever happened in your store?
We get a lot of characters in the store.
What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?
From purely an aesthetic sense, the environment as much as the books, I like Baldwins book barn near West Chester PA.
What do you personally like to read? Collect?
For light reading I enjoy some of the fiction that continues some of Jane Austen's novels.
What's your favorite book you personally own? Would you sell it, if the price were right?
It isn't expensive, but I have a facsimile first edition of The Age of Innocence (my favorite novel).