Book Dealers

There are literally hundreds of book sellers online, and the number grows each day. I have found several dealers who specialize in Lincoln and the Civil War, and am pleased to refer you to them.

Book Dealers That Specialize in Lincolniana

Chuck Hand
P.O. Box 5
Paris, IL 61944
(217) 463-4555
Web site:

Chuck has been issuing catalogs of Lincoln material for eight years. Currently, he publishes one catalog per year, it coming out in January. His 1998 catalog will be a selection of fine and rare Lincolniana, but his stock covers the entire gamut of Lincolniana from pamphlets and periodicals to high end books. In 1996, Chuck acquired the stock of pamphlets and periodicals from Chicago bookseller Ralph G. Newman.


Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

357 West Chicago Ave.
Chicagi, IL 60610
(312) 944-3085

The Abraham Lincoln Book Shop is considered "Holy Ground" to Lincoln students and collectors worldwide. Founded in 1938 by the indefatigable bookman Ralph Newman, the shop was purchased in 1984 by its current proprietor Daniel Weinberg. Calling the business a mere "book shop" does not do it credit. While it does carry a huge stock of books relating to Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and the presidency, it offers so much more. Its stock includes autographs and manuscripts, photographs, prints, and original artwork, as well as relics and ephemera. The Abraham Lincoln Book Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and regularly issues catalogs.



Prairie Archives
520 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 522-9742
John R. Paul, owner

Located in Lincoln's own hometown, Prairie Archives features an outstanding selection of used and rare Lincoln books, pamphlets, and periodicals. Also to be found is a huge selection of general used books, prints, posters, records, compact discs, newspapers, political items, ephemera. . . . I could go on and on. In fact, about the only thing you can't find at Prairie Archives are sewing notions and personal health care items. A visit to the Springfield Lincoln sites would not be complete without a visit to this landmark shop, located on the Old State Capitol Square. Stop in and visit John Paul, and when you meet Hannah, she loves to get a good scratch behind the ears. (Note: Hannah is John's dog, not his wife.)


Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.
206 North Main Street
Galena, IL 61036
Telephone: (815) 777-3749/(800)708-6226
Fax: (815) 777-8950


Operated by Bill and Yolanda Butts, Main Street Fine Books and Manuscripts is located in Historic Galena, Illinois, home of Elihu Washburne and Ulysses S. Grant. A popular tourist destination here in the Midwest, a visit to downtown Galena is like stepping back into time. Main Street is located amongst any number of antique and specialty shops. Those unable to visit in person will find an excellent selection of Lincoln and Civil War material on Main Street's website. Whether in person or online, you will enjoy visiting Main Street Fine Books and Manuscripts!


McGowan Book Company
P.O. Box 4226
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
1-800 -449-8406
Fax: (919) 968-1644
Web site:

McGowan Books of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, specializes in used and rare books relating to the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. They recently purchased the private library of Chicago dealer and collector Ralph G. Newman, which was composed primarily of both Lincoln and Civil War titles. Their site contains a browsable list of books within their fields of specialty. One can find a very nice selection of used books in their fields of specialty, with a knowledgable and friendly staff.

Hooked on History
15 N. Elmhurst Ave.
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
Phone 847-255-9854
FAX 847-255-9233


Hooked on History, a book shop run by Bruce and Gloria Herrick, carries an outstanding supply of books on the Civil War and Lincoln, in addition to specializing in other areas of historical interest. Their inventory can be accessed through their website using the ABE search engine. They also publish six catalogs per year.


New Books

In addition to those dealers listed who sell new as well as used and rare books, there are several site online that sell current titles. A few such purveyors are listed below:

Amazon Books

One of the largest booksellers in the world Amazon features a catalog of over 2-1/2 million titles. Many new books are offered at discount prices of 20% to 30%. They also provide a search service for out-of-print books.

Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble opened an internet web site to compete against Amazon for the title of the world's largest online book service. They feature discounts of 20% to 30% on new titles.

Used Book Online Search Services


Bookfinder is a great place to start your search for used and new books. It is a free service that combines the best of many different book search services. Through entering author, title, and/or keyword, Bookfinder searches ABE, Amazon, AntiQBook (a Dutch vendor with an emphasis on European titles), Bibliocity, Alibris, and Powell's Book Stores.


Based in Victoria, Ritish Columbia, ABE bills itself as the "World's Largest Source of Out of Print Material." A sophisticated search engine allows you to seazrch by author, title, and subject.


Alibris, the successor to Interloc, has recently changed the way they do business. Rather than serving as a point of contact between buyer and dealer, it now serves as a clearinghouse for the books sold through their service. The buyer contracts directly with Alibris to purchase the book, rather than the dealer. While not uniform among all booksellers, it appears that many dealers who subscribe to this service mark up the price of the book to pay the 20% premium to the middleman.

Books and Book Collecting offers many resources for the book collector. They have several links to bookseller's searchable databases, as well as references that prove useful to the collector. It is amazing how much information they pack into this site.