The largest second hand bookstore (011 334 6556) in the Southern hemisphere in inner city Jozi

Collector’s Treasury Commissioner St

 

Collectors Treasury 8 story building located on Commissioner St. Source: The WorldElsewhere
Collectors Treasury 8 story building located on Commissioner St. Source: The WorldElsewhere

TO GET HOLD OF COLLECTORS’ TREASURY PHONE 011 334 6556 and please tell them how you got hold of their details – thank you!

I’m a sucker for second hand bookshops, actually I’m a sucker for bookshops, period. But if you want a real experience visit the Collectors’ Treasury in Commissioner St in Joburg’s eastern inner city.  It is located in an 8 story building – a very unprepossessing post-war structure, which is slightly further west of Arts on Main and the Maboneng precinct. I love it so much I have already included it in another blog post:    http://www.lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/joburgs-best-bookshops

Collectors Treasury 3As you climb the steps from the front entrance on the street you know you have a treat in store.   It is lined from floor to ceiling with piles of books and that’s before you have even reached the shelved books.  And, despite having 8 floors  to house the books, with well over a million books, space is a real problem!  Collector’s Treasury is the largest used and rare book shop in the Southern Hemisphere.  It might seem that there is total chaos, but brothers Geoff and Jonathan Klass seem to know where everything is. All you have to do is ask and if they have it, they will find it. Collector’s Treasury has been in business since 1974 and in the present location since 1991.

 

Liz at Lancaster's library has some interesting books on Johannesburg
Liz at Lancaster’s library has some interesting books on Johannesburg

Apart from running the guesthouse another hat I wear is that of heritage historian. I write history reports on Johannesburg heritage and have found some real gems here –  books which are out of print and have proved invaluable for my research. For example Anna Smith’s Johannesburg Street Names is the most amazing resource to have on my bookshelf at home.

And there are all sorts of other wonderful items – old vinyl records, ornaments, maps, periodicals, photographs and lots more wonderful ephemera.

So enjoy your excursion to this veritable hobbit’s treasure trove.  You could spend days ferreting around this pre-digital world.

 

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48 thoughts on “The largest second hand bookstore (011 334 6556) in the Southern hemisphere in inner city Jozi

  1. I am looking for the Disney Babies Out & Around children stories from around 1990
    Thank you

  2. HI there. I am looking for two books – Come and Knock on Our Door by Chris Mann, and With Love and Laughter, John Ritter by Amy Yasbeck. Please would you let me know if you have them or keep them on a watch list for me if you don’t? Also the price of them? Many thanks Gaynor gaynorpay@gmail.com

  3. Hi You need to contact 2nd hand bookshops. The blog I wrote was on Collector’s Treasury in Joburg CBD 244 Commissioner Street Tel.: +27 11 334 6556 Good Luck.

  4. Hi You need to contact 2nd hand bookshops. The blog I wrote was on Collector’s Treasury in Joburg CBD 244 Commissioner Street Tel.: +27 11 334 6556 Good Luck.

  5. Hi You need to contact 2nd hand bookshops. The blog I wrote was on Collector’s Treasury in Joburg CBD 244 Commissioner Street Tel.: +27 11 334 6556 Good Luck.

  6. Came across your blog looking for reference to Johannesburg Street names and read are a historian and have done research. Any chance you have done research on Blairgowrie?

  7. Am looking for second hand books
    (1)SEPTEMBER SUN
    (2)SCARLET SONG
    (3)THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST
    (4)MISSION TO COLOR
    (5)IN THE CONTINUUM &OTHER STORIES/PLAYS

  8. I just want to find out if you have a book of Charles terwilliger horolovar 400 day clock repair guide
    thanks
    fanus coetzer

  9. Dear Sir,

    Please can you help me find a ‘The Jerusalem Bible’ author is Alexander Jones and was published in 1966 by Darton, Longman & Todd of london.

    I thank you in anticipation
    Willem Mol

  10. Hi, I have a webster ‘s new international dictionary, published in 1910 that I am looking to sell. Condition is fair and comes from a smoke free environment. If u know of some one that might be interested in this book. Thanks.

  11. I am looking for any Nora Roberts books, Heart of the Sea, The Hollow and The Peagan Stone, The last honest women, Liar,

  12. Hello Im looking for 3 books
    The Covenant by James Michener
    Talk to the tail by Tom cox
    Close Encounters of the Furred Kind

  13. Hi -I run a guesthouse in Joburg and blog on things of interest in the City so this blog was on 2nd hand bookshops which is how you found me on Google. I suggest you contact Collector’s Treasury 244 Commissioner Street 011 334 6556. collect@megaweb.co.za Hope this helps.

  14. HI, I run a guesthouse in Joburg and blog on things of interest in the City so blogged on 2nd hand bookshops which is how you found me on Google. I suggest you contact Collector’s Treasury 244 Commissioner Street 011 334 6556. collect@megaweb.co.za

  15. HI, I run a guesthouse in Joburg and blog on things of interest in the City so blogged on 2nd hand bookshops which is how you found me on Google. I suggest you contact Collector’s Treasury 244 Commissioner Street 011 334 6556. collect@megaweb.co.za

  16. HI, I run a guesthouse in Joburg and blog on things of interest in the City so blogged on 2nd hand bookshops which is how you found me on Google. I suggest you contact Collector’s Treasury 244 Commissioner Street 011 334 6556. collect@megaweb.co.za

  17. hI, I run a guesthouse in Joburg and blog on things of interest in the City so blogged on 2nd hand bookshops which is how you found me on Google. I suggest you contact Collector’s Treasury 244 Commissioner Street 011 334 6556. collect@megaweb.co.za

  18. Hi, I run a guesthouse in Joburg and blog on things of interest in the City so blogged on 2nd hand bookshops which is how you found me on Google. I suggest you contact Collector’s Treasury 244 Commissioner Street 011 334 6556. collect@megaweb.co.za

  19. I have a book from Lewis Carol. The hunting of the snark. With illustrations by Henry Holiday. I would like some info on it. All I can find is paperback. But this one is hard cover red. Can any one help me please

  20. Hi I would like to know if u buy second hand books. I have Danielle steel and Jackie Collin books and i would like to sell them all. I have nearly 100 books. Please contact me if you buy them or not please.

  21. Good afternoon I’m looking for Battlefield of the mind. By Joyce Meyer? Pls let me know?

  22. good day tsakani here . im looking a book name a childs world 12 edtion ISBN 9780071221634

  23. Hi I have lots of novels and other books I am looking to sell, how can I contact you?

  24. Hi i have some books that i want to sell the names are Phillip Rock The Passing Bell Copyright 1979
    Ladislas Farago The Game Of The Foxes published 1973
    Irving Wallace The R Document Published 1976
    Arthur Hailey Airport published 1968
    Alexander Dolgun with Patrick Watson Ranks Alongside Papillon published 1975
    Alexander Kent To Glory We Steer published 1969
    Erich Maria Remarque The Road Back published 1979
    Joel Swerdlow Code Z published 1979

  25. Hi I am looking for The adventures of Nils Holgersson, but specifically the book with the fotos and not drawings.

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