Our premises are located
at 122 Main Street, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
(which, for you hesitant Haligonians, is just a 3-minute drive from Mic Mac Mall)
Monday -Saturday 10:00 - 6:00
Thursday 10:00 - 9:00
Welcome to the sub-atomic home of John W. Doull, Bookseller.
Please search or browse our inventory of hard-to-find, out-of-print, used, and rare books. At present there are over 53,500 titles listed, with many now having accompanying portraits.
(For local customers, please phone or email us before coming in to view items listed here, as much of our website stock is stored upstairs, and may require some time in tracking down.)
If you can't find what you like please fill out our search form and we will search our off-line inventory (another 100,000 or so books) for you. Gift certificates are also available in any amount you wish and can be mailed to the happy recipient of your choice.
We also offer appraisal services.
Selling your books? We are always seeking to purchase quality material, large and small: from wee little pamphlets through to your curiously tidy copy of The Joy of Cooking and on up to that elusively in-progress, omniglot, not quite existent but fully apparatussed edition of The Complete Works of Everyone (University of Brookfield Press, 1947-1998?) that is languishing in your den along with the rare Juvenalia Universalia sub-series. Or those not yet fully existent ones: "You know, I could write a book. And this book would be thick enough to stun an ox. Cause I can see the future and it's a place - about 70 miles east of here." (One of the best Laurie Anderson Let x=xisms). But seriously, we do buy items daily in the shop: from the humble Penguin paperback (a particular favourite here) to the multi-volume academic monograph. The departments listed on the right are a useful guide to the topics we especially seek. Old & new, big & little, with a special premium put on the ephemeral and the unusual. (In the larger sense, we too are book customers and get very excited (John becomes almost undusty) whenever we see something fun, something out of the ordinary, something really special which we can add to our stock).
Before bringing books by the shop for viewing, please do call ahead to ensure that someone is at the shop, as John is not in the shop all day of every day (and is the only person in-shop who takes care of acquisitions).
For substantial & promising accumulations, both private and institutional, we will travel anywhere in the Maritime provinces. And for Gutenbergs, well,...if we're out of stock and if it has a decent dustjacket... hmmm... perhaps as far as Vermont.
Please feel free to contact us with any further questions.
And, yes, one word of advice, given on the basis of many horror stories: please do not throw out anything which is even vaguely old, before having us (or another qualified bookseller) taking a look for you. That inconsequential-looking little booklet that you tossed this morning might have been worth more than the entire trunk-load you just brought down for our inspection.
Doull's Books specializes in
- Nautical & Marine : We have the largest collection in Canada
- Canada's Atlantic Provinces : Again, the largest collection in Canada
- Literature: Mighty big, and certainly the largest collection in Atlantic Canada
As well we have a large & varied general stock of both second-hand & antiquarian titles. Categories include travel, art (film, photography, painting, sculpture, architecture, dance, music, &c), world history & literature, university & school histories, militaria, theology & church history, philosophy, cookery, gardening, children's, natural history, books on books, mysteries, Canadiana, the history of science, &c, &c.