Ken Sanders Rare Books: Your full-service antiquarian bookshop since 1997! We offer a selection of rare and collectible books, a smattering of new books, and the reading copies every book lover needs.

Located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, we're open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and now on Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m.

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Recently Acquired High Spots in Children's Books, Literature, Exploration, & More

Recently Acquired High Spots in Children's Books, Literature, Exploration, & More

This week's list features our new acquisitions, quite a few of them first editions and high spots in the world of book collecting, such as "Finnegan's Wake," "The Catcher in the Rye," and Florence Nightingale's "Notes on Nursing." There is even a little bit of Halloween that creeps in!

Ex-Libris John Ruyle Part Two

Ex-Libris John Ruyle Part Two

This week we present you with a list of 110 early science fiction titles that we obtained from Serendipity Books after the unfortunate passing of Peter B. Howard. These books belonged to the writer, publisher, and ardent collector, John Eric Ruyle (1934-2008). Yes, that is correct, to our great surprise, we unearthed several more boxes. Ruyle, the creator of Berkeley’s fine press, Pequod Press, was a vigorous collector of Sherlockiana and early science fiction, including books with only minute or unclear “occult” and “fantasy” elements. The impassioned spirit with which Ruyle approached his collection, is immediately discernible when one looks at the detailed pencil notations he has left on the endpapers of so many of the books that he collected. In his notes, Ruyle readily comments on such things as the sheets used during the publication process of the title, its printing history, and any specific references or themes in the book, which imbue it with its unique “fantastical” flavor, no matter how subtle.   

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"I have long-loved this shoppe. It’s practically a satellite branch of the Hogwarts library—but nothing is restricted."

-Gary H.

"A uniquely Utah used book store packed to the rafters with rare editions, mass paperbacks, and an assortment of miscellany I couldn't do justice with words. My life's only regrets are not buying things I discovered here before they were gone. A friendly and brilliant staff; Ken is a local legend. Drop in and browse... guaranteed to find something you'll love."

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