About Us

About us

On the Road Bookshop is located in the heart of historic Collinsville in an old building that once housed The Collins Axe Company. We have 25+ years of experience in buying and selling used and rare books and belong to Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers association. 

The types of books we buy

We buy attractive copies of classics : Jane Austen, Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, the Brontes, Dante, Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Stoker’s Dracula, and J. R. R. Tolkien, just to name a few. 

We also love interesting, quirky, or scholarly non-fiction, including but not limited to : local history, genealogy, American history, transportation (cars, trains, etc.), science, natural history, and philosophy. We avidly seek art books, particularly monographs of mid-to late 20th century artists. 

Handwritten diaries, letters, and documents are always of interest, as are photographs, maps, scrap books, and bookplates. 

Books we usually avoid : anything published by a magazine (National Geographic, Time Life, Readers’ Digest, etc.); modern thriller fiction (James Patterson, Stuart Woods, etc.); book club editions; romance novels; textbooks unless they were published quite recently; books that get outdated quickly : health, finance, computers,

What to expect from a housecall

We do make house calls for large collections. Before we come please review your collection and put aside anything you don’t want to part with. Also have relatives & friends take any they want. You don’t need to completely rearrange your books; using stickie notes might be enough to make it clear what’s available & what’s off limits for me. I will bring boxes and do all the heavy lifting. 

Contact Us

We buy books by appointment & are available most days at our Collinsville office. 

On the Road Bookshop

Collinsville, CT

(860) 693-6029 (no texts, please, this is a landline)