Where to buy second-hand books in Johannesburg

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Collectables, new and used books are sold at this store on Melville's main street. New titles arrive every week and there are loads of genres covered to interest just about any reader from popular fiction to cookbooks, history to detective novels. Bookdealers opened in the suburb of Yeoville 30 years ago, and now has six stores across the city. They also will ship books to most countries.

For browsers it doesn't get much better than this, the largest used and rare bookshop in Africa with 2 000 000 items to look at. Founded in 1974, Collectors Treasury has a dizzying array of books, maps, collectibles, engravings, prints, porcelain, fine china, vinyl records and small antiques spread over a few floors of an eight-storey city block. And if they have what you ask for, the owners will locate it, as if by some miracle. The books are heaped along walls, staircases, and arranged atop any surface that will hold them. Take your time to unearth some treasures.

All that’s visible from the street is a hand-painted sign with a large painted black arrow pointing to a concrete ramp. Follow it to this haven for used, hard-to-find and generally out-of-print editions with an estimated 70 000 titles. The original Kalahari books, founded before South Africa's online bookselling giant of the same name, is owned by Richard Welch who treats his customers like kings. The place to find back titles of your favourite fiction authors, along with attentive and friendly service and comfortable armchairs. 


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