The Captain's Bookshelf

The Captain's Bookshelf



Asheville's oldest bookstore
Specializing in Fine & Rare Books. We have been buying and selling secondhand and rare books in downtown Asheville, North Carolina since 1976.

Our stock includes numerous signed books, first editions and fine leather bindings, as well as a generous collection of quality secondhand material. We buy and sell good books in good condition, with specialty in art, poetry, literature, classical studies, religion, regional history, and more.

Operating as usual

[02/06/20]   What a nice day
🌂 to be in a bookstore!

[05/10/19]   Today through Sunday, it's a Mother's Day Sale! All ART and GARDENING books are 25%!

[02/02/19]   ATTN: Changing to Winter Hours! Feb. 5th–March 5th, we will be open Wed–Sat, 10–6.


Bookstore Day

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day in Asheville! We are part of the Indie Crawl with Malaprop's, Downtown Books & News, and Firestorm.

460 bookstores. 12 exclusive books and art pieces. One day only. Join the party! Last Saturday in April. 09/28/2017

TALKING PICTURES: A series of discussions about contemporary photography: issues, trends, problems and delights

This Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30, please come and support our friend Michael Carlebach. There will be a discussion between Carlebach, Alison Nordstrom, and Eric Baden. We will be there selling books for the event! Some of Us, a photography book by Carlebach is also for sale in our store and around town. Chapter One: Some Of Us - Photographer Michael Carlebach in conversation with photography historian Alison Nordstrom, with Eric Baden moderatingOctober 3rd at 6:30p doors open at 6pFREE Name * Name First Name Last Name Email Address * Subject * Message * Thank you! Join us for a live 05/31/2017

Featured Items

What's featured at Captain's today? Glorious Gorey books!


New Arrivals

We have new arrivals everyday, in store and online. Check it out! Browse the latest new arrival books at The Captain's Bookshelf

Edward Gorey 02/08/2017

We have hundreds of titles written, illustrated, and signed by Mr. Gorey. Check out our website and browse our listings!

We have hundreds of titles written, illustrated, and signed by Mr. Gorey. Check out our website and browse our listings!


Just received signed copies of Tim Barnwell's new book, Great Smoky Mountains Vistas!

[07/02/16]   Hello world! We will be open tomorrow, Sunday July 3rd, 11am-6pm specially for the holiday weekend. We've got a new poetry display to behold. Happy 4th of July! 06/03/2016

Autographed Letter Signed by THOMAS WOLFE on The Captain's Bookshelf

Wolfe appreciators, behold! 1935. 1 page, double-sided letter hand-written by Thomas Wolfe on University Arms Hotel letterhead and postmarked Cambridge, but addressed from The American Express, Berlin. Dated April 24, 1935. The letter is written to Miss Gweneth Beam, secretary at Charles Scribner's Sons. A light-hearted, brief...

[05/28/16]   Great news! We'll be open tomorrow (Sunday, 5/29) for ye Memorial day weekend shoppers. Stop in, browse our new Staff Picks display, sit in one of our many varied chairs, etc. 11am-6pm. 04/30/2016

Poet Walt Whitman health tips unearthed - BBC News

Walt! I'll do whatever you tell me! A trove of health journalism by US literary giant Walt Whitman is being published after lying in obscurity more than 150 years. 04/07/2016

Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island - BBC News Oxford University academics identify a first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays in a Scottish stately home.


Make some celebratory purchases in honor of Photo+Craft at The Captain's Bookshelf. All photo books 30% off, March 31-April 2. #photocraftavl


Part of Photo+Craft is right here at The Captain's Bookshelf! "Picture Atlas: Mexican and Japanese photographs in books," an arrangement of images connecting bodies and histories. On display until April 9. Come check it out! #photocraftavl

[03/10/16]   Gorgeous day in Asheville today. We've got the front door open, and out the back door you can hear birds singing. Spring is here! Stop in and say hello! 03/05/2016

Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides’ and ‘The Great Santini,’ Dies at 70

Very sorry to hear about the death of the beloved Pat Conroy. The writer’s troubled relationship with his father, as well as the lush coastal landscapes of the South, were perennial subjects of his fiction and memoirs.


American Library Association

Very sad news.

[01/30/16]   Dear customers, please be advised:

We will be operating on winter hours beginning February 1st
Store hours will be as follows:

Thursday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday - Wednesday: CLOSED

Normal store hours will resume March 8th
Appointments can be made by phone: (828) 253-6631.

Website listings are 24/7, and growing daily: 01/08/2016

Search Results for: ENGLAND

Newly arrived: early 19th century guides to the historic counties of England. Charming books. Browse them here: COOKE, GEORGE ALEXANDER Topographical and Statistical Description of the County of Buckingham; Topographical and Statistical Description of the County of Bedford [2 Volumes in One] London: C. Cooke, [c. 1805]. First Edition. 16mo. 9.5 x 15 cm. 155; 153 pp. Illustrated with two folding maps--one for…


In honor of the new year and the Warren Wilson MFA, we will be open this Sunday,12pm-6pm!

[12/31/15]   WE ARE OPEN NEW YEAR'S EVE! store hours: 10am-3pm. Closed New Year's Day, then open all weekend. Happy New Year, everyone!


happy holidays from the Captain's Bookshelf!

[12/17/15]   Extended Holiday Hours:

Sunday, Dec. 20: 12pm-6pm
Monday, Dec. 21: 10am-6pm
Sunday, Dec. 27: 12pm-6pm
Monday, Dec. 28: 10am-6pm
Sunday, Jan. 3: 12pm-6pm

Otherwise we are open as usual 10am-6pm Tues-Sat. Closed only for Christmas day and New Year's Day.

Come get your holiday shopping done! 11/20/2015

It Had Wings by ALLAN GURGANUS on The Captain's Bookshelf

Holiday shopping for the book lovers in your life? We've been expanding and re-organizing the bookstore all week for better browsing. We've expanded our music, literature, and spirituality sections. Stop by and browse! Or check out this listing and others on our website. Lots of goodies, either way. Horse and Buggy Press, 1997. First Edition, First Printing. Small quarto. 20 x 25 cm. Approximately 22 pp. Illustrated by the author. Softcover. Fine in lovely original string-bound handmade paper wraps, presented in a near fine blue cloth clamshell box. Item #25007 Number 124 of 335 copies, signed…


Search Results for: PHOTOGRAPHY

whole bunch of new arrivals in photography on the website; more to come.

check them out here: KOUDELKA, JOSEF Reconnaissance Wales (Cardiff): Ffotogallery, (1998). First Edition, First Printing. Oblong quarto. 28.5 x 23.5 cm. Unpaginated. Fully illustrated with reproductions of Koudelka's black-and-white panoramic and large scale photographs. 1 of 1,000 copies printed. More Add to Cart Price…


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The Captain's Bookshelf 10/17/2015

Featured Items

new stock and new photos up on the website!
the learning curve, we are on it. Browse all featured items The Captain's Bookshelf 10/01/2015

The Captains Bookshelf, Asheville NC

we are very happy to share that our new website has launched and is shopping cart ready! don't forego a trip to the store, but do check out the site. new stock listed daily. lots of pretty pictures.


The Captain's Bookshelf's cover photo


Profile Pictures

[09/05/15]   WE ARE OPEN TOMORROW, SUNDAY September 5, from 12pm to 6pm!
Lots and lots of new $5 sale books are out, too!


The Captain's Bookshelf



31 Page Avenue
Asheville, NC

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
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