Where to buy second-hand books in Johannesburg

18 Apr 2024
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.

If you ever find yourself at 44 Stanley, we highly recommend checking out L'Elephant Terrible, a charming bookstore offering a unique collection of second-hand books. The store features an eclectic range of both fiction and non-fiction titles, including rare Africana titles. It's a true gem in the precinct, providing an opportunity to discover the richness of Africa's heritage through the pages of their carefully curated collection.


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