12th Street Books


12th Street Books was founded in 1992 by Mike Hale as a general used bookshop. In 1998, Luke Bilberry formed a partnership with Mike and transformed the space into a shop carrying finer editions and scarce books on scholarly subjects. In 2009, the partnership was dissolved (amicably) and 12th Street Books reopened that September as a rare and antiquarian shop with books on diverse subjects but specializing in literary first editions, fine bindings, small-press books, and books by and about Texas writers. The shop is the only walk-in rare book room in the city.

12th Street Books is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and the Texas Booksellers' Association.

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12th Street Books is located at 827 West 12th Street, two blocks east of North Lamar Blvd.

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