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196 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 3.00pm
94b Prospect Rd, Prospect SA.
On Saturdays and Sundays when Mr. Treloar decides; try ringing Antiquarian Books or visiting the website for times.
Michael Treloar is a bit of a legend on the Adelaide book scene. He is well known for his fierce love for books and his thirst for finding rare books is notorious.
Mr. Treloar’s Antiquarian Booksellers was established in Adelaide in 1976 and resides just across road from the State Library on North Terrace.
Don’t come here if you want a copy of Twilight. Antiquarian Books deal in books that have, and will, stand the test of time. Antiquarian Books place particular emphasis on locating and selling first editions, cricket ephemera, photographic books and autograph material. Come here if you want something you, or someone you love, can keep for the rest of their or your lives.
Antiquarian Booksellers happily welcome wants lists. Do you want a particular edition of a particular print run of a particular book? Antiquarian Booksellers probably know where to get it and welcome the challenge of finding it for you, if they don’t already have it.
The most wonderful feeling one gets from browsing the shelves and admiring the covers at Antiquarian Booksellers is that even if a book’s topic doesn’t interest you, you know that it could be exactly what someone else is looking for.
In the North Terrace store most of the books are over the $40 mark. But Mr. Treloar holds sizeable and very considerately priced sales each weekend at Prospecting for Books, his new some-weekends-only venture in Prospect. It is worth setting aside a couple of hours to explore these sales, as a lot of love and effort is put into just selecting and getting the books there. There are some beautiful discoveries to be made.
Mr. Treloar’s book-based empire is truly admirable. Staff that really know and invest in what they do, a convenient and beautiful location and a vast stock range- really, why would anyone bother with an e-book?
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