Located in London, Ontario, Attic Books is one of Canada’s largest bookstores, making it a tourist destination. With a large and diverse stock of antique books, maps, and prints, their shop appeals to a wide range of customers. They have been in business since 1976. Their services include appraisals, purchases, consultations, and assistance with general care of books and paper collectibles. Proprietor Marvin Post is a member of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada (ABAC).
They have three floors of books, maps, prints, paper collectibles, such as ephemera and postcards, and eccentric antiques that appeal to readers, scholars, and seasoned collectors alike. The atmosphere is spacious, bright, and relaxed, not to mention architecturally beautiful, with its original tin ceilings, hardwood maple floors, and all the charisma of a century building. This, along with the help of their friendly and knowledgeable staff, will ensure that every visit to Attic Books will be memorable.
Services they offer:
- Appraisals: Marvin Post is a certified appraiser by the Canadian Personal Property Appraiser Group (CPPAG). He has over 43 years of experience in the field. Some reasons that you would have your books or items appraised would be for a tax receipt, probate, or insurance purposes. They only book appraisals by appointment, no drop-ins as they cannot guarantee Marvin will be available.
- Buying Guide: If you have a collection of more than 500 books, they can arrange a house call, except for predominant paperback collections. See their buying guide for more information about what they do or do not buy, as well as other items outside of books that may be of interest.
- Requests: If you are unable to find a certain title or author on your shelves or in your stockroom, they will happily take it down as a request to keep an eye out for. They cannot order the book for you, but as books come in (and they do daily), they routinely check their request system and will contact you if they get your request in. There is no charge or obligation for this service. As they keep the request on file until they find it or until an expiration date you’ve given them, it is a great resource if you are looking to complete a series, especially those hard-to-find backlist titles for a newly discovered author. Just let them know which ones you are looking for, so they don’t bother you with titles you already have.
Books are more like wine; they get better with age, as many hands, it has traveled, you get as many stories to experience in each turn of the page. E-books never provide the feel of holding a paperback, and new books don’t provide the happiness of smelling an old book. With each page, you are sure to get a glimpse of the old owner. Sometimes, they might have underlined or highlighted their favorite line, which may also be your favorite, this bond you have with this person; you don’t know who is invaluable, which you only get with the old books.