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Books: Used & New

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.


We have a vast wall of history to pick from! Our selection contains the following categories:

  • American History (U.S. History, Western Americana, California, WWII, Biographies, African American, and U.S. Civil War)
  • Renaissance
  • Middle Ages
  • European History ( Russia, France, Great Britain, Rome, Spain, Greece, Eastern Europe)
  • Jewish History
  • Asia (China, Japan)
  • Egypt
  • Africa

Humanities & Sciences

Our Humanities and Sciences section contains Science, Natural Science, Psychology, and Philosophy. We also have a large selection of Metaphysics/Occult ephemera and books, as well as religion.


All your classic authors and poets are here! We have them new, or second-hand, as well as first editions, and/or signed editions. There is also a section for new releases and current best sellers.

Genre Fiction

We carry a large selection of Sci-fi/Fantasy novels, new and old, in our Genre Room. It also houses our graphic novels and comics, mystery, thriller, pulp paperbacks, vintage childrens, design, mythology, film, and drama categories.

Art & Photography

We have a tremendous Art and Photography section! A short, but incomplete list: artist’s monographs, fashion, architecture, African art, Asian art, sculpture, photography, art technique, textiles, art history & theory, ephemera, compendiums, graphic art/design, interior design, tattoos, and more.

Food & Wine

We carry an assortment of cookbooks from new releases to vintage publications. Our selection ranges from Wine, Baking, Fish/Meats, Preserves, to International Cooking.

Children’s Books

Our children’s book section features stories new and old, from award-winners to newcomers. We have board books, picture books, early readers, and chapter books that will delight anyone!

Sheet Music

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.

Performing Arts

From Shakespeare to The Beastie Boys, you’ll find an array of books on Dance, Ballet, Film, Music, Opera, and Drama in our store.

Misc. Treasures

We also host a large collection of Freemasonry, magic, tarot decks, foreign language dictionaries, vintage photos, gardening, transportation, and more. You never know what you’ll find at a used bookstore!

Online Sales & Shipping

You can browse part of our selection on any of our online storefronts on ABE, Amazon, and Biblio. You can also contact us directly for any inquiries into shipping our books to you.