Russian Hill Bookstore is a general second-hand and new bookshop. We invite the variable book-hunter to search our shelves for that one book you’ve been looking for, or the one treasure you didn’t know existed. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can try to order it for you. And remember, if you have books to sell, we buy every day in the store or by appointment in your home.
Upon entering Russian Hill Bookstore you are greeted by a Wall of History. It is a veritable compendium of Human Endeavor, from the labor of Egypt’s ancient pyramids, to Medieval Studies, Ancient Greece and Rome, the settling Western America, and World War II. A wall of bounded witnesses telling it as it was, so that History may never repeat itself.
Striving forward, History gives way to a wall of Human Understanding, where our science, religious and philosophic sections encompass the globe: Science, Alternative Medicine, Philosophy, Psychology, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Occultism, Metaphysics, Astrology, &c.
Hemingway, Pynchon, Ginsberg, McCullers, Chesterton, Ferlinghetti, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Kerouac, &c. These classic authors and poets are always in-stock. We have them new, to compliment to our collection of second-hand literature and poetry: first editions, signed editions, scarce editions, leather-bound and illustrated editions, sets and ephemera.
…the room of guilty pleasure. Dames, dime-store thrillers, guilt-ridden murderesses and star-seeking warp drives. This is where we house our genre mysteries, science-fiction, romance, westerns, thrillers, comic books, graphic novels, science-fiction art, Sherlockiana and Edgar Rice Burroughs collectibles. We also have a large collection of pulp paperbacks: classic sci-fi, sex pulps, adventure, literature, humor, fantasy and thrillers.
We have one of the larger art book selections in San Francisco. A short, incomplete list: artist’s monographs, fashion, architecture, African art, Asian art, sculpture, photography, art technique, textiles, art history & theory, art arranged by country and art arranged by movement, needlecraft, ephemera, compendiums, graphic art, interior design, antiques and collectibles, tattoos …. really, the list could go on.
Our cookbook collection is nestled nicely into a corner of the room with our famous greeting card selection. We carry everything: vintage and cookbooks, cooking arranged by country and chef, baking, food writing, vegetarian, regional, pasta, liquor, wine, etc. Our food section also extends beyond books and includes food journals and other kitchen related gifts, as well as food & wine cards.
Our expansive children’s books section features both classic award winners and budding authors and illustrators whose tales will surely be enjoyed for generations to come. With our collection of board books, picture books, early readers and chapter books readers young and old will find delight perusing our bookshelves. You can also find San Francisco related titles in our San Francisciana section.
We have a large collection of classic sheet music and songbooks, including many from the 20’s though the 50’s as well as scores from musicals and movies. Many of them feature vintage cover art that looks fantastic when framed.
Sharing space with our Children’s Room, are the Performing Arts: Dance, Ballet, Film, Music, Opera, and Drama. Shakespeare, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Nureyev, Joan Sutherland, and Mozart are just a few of the celebrities you’ll find on our shelves.
We would be remiss without a brief nod to our large collection of Freemasonry, ephemera, magic, vintage Baedecker guides, foreign language dictionaries, mythology, vintage MAD Magazines, signed and illustrated Collectors Edtions, gardening, ships and sea, and more and more and more …. after all, you never know what you’ll find in a second-hand bookshop.