About Us

About Us

Encanto Books (pronunciation: /en-kan-toh/) represents a collection of approximately 5,000 first edition books acquired over a period of forty years. The collection is comprised primarily of hardcover fiction, but includes a sizable number of 1950’s and 1960’s pulp paperback publications as well.  Spanning a timeframe from the 1930’s Depression era all the way up to the present day, the collection has something of interest for virtually any serious antiquarian.

In searching the Encanto Books website, you will see that a majority of the books for sale are true first editions, first printings; tantalizing, many of these are signed editions, too.  While the collection has great depth and scope overall, there is no denying that our greatest interest was reserved for finding books of a particular genre of fiction: mysteries.

Encanto Books has succeeded in collecting virtually the entire output from some of the greatest American mystery writers ever.  In perusing the website, you will see that in many cases you will not only have the opportunity to acquire the first book in a series about a gumshoe who straddles the legal line, but instead, rare first editions of the entire series.

Unlike many other antiquarian websites, all of our books have been photographed thoroughly, enabling you to evaluate your product before purchasing it. While most of our business is conducted over the internet, appointments can be made to view books in person.

Jason Johnson
Encanto Books

J. K. Rowling

"If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book."

J. K. Rowling

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J. K. Rowling

"If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book."

William Styron

“Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.”

William Styron

2017-11-17T07:28:57+00:00

William Styron

“Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.”

Stephen Fry

"Books are not more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators."

Stephen Fry

2017-11-17T06:34:38+00:00

Stephen Fry

"Books are not more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators."

John Irving

"With every book, you go back to school. You become a student. You become an investigative reporter. You spend a little time learning what it's like to live in someone else's shoes."

John Irving

2017-11-17T06:32:37+00:00

John Irving

"With every book, you go back to school. You become a student. You become an investigative reporter. You spend a little time learning what it's like to live in someone else's shoes."

Carl Sagan

"One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time."

Carl Sagan

2017-11-17T08:00:55+00:00

Carl Sagan

"One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time."

A. S. Byatt

"Think of this - that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone, and they were alone with each other."

A. S. Byatt

2017-11-17T08:06:10+00:00

A. S. Byatt

"Think of this - that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone, and they were alone with each other."

Ernest Hemingway

"There is no friend as loyal as a book."

Ernest Hemingway

2017-11-17T07:56:41+00:00

Ernest Hemingway

"There is no friend as loyal as a book."

E. L. Doctorow

"Writing, is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

E. L. Doctorow

2017-11-17T07:52:24+00:00

E. L. Doctorow

"Writing, is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

Edmund Wilson

"In a sense, one can never read the book that the author originally wrote, and one can never read the same book twice."

Edmund Wilson

2017-11-17T07:48:50+00:00

Edmund Wilson

"In a sense, one can never read the book that the author originally wrote, and one can never read the same book twice."

Groucho Marx

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."

Groucho Marx

2017-11-17T07:46:32+00:00

Groucho Marx

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."

Jhumpa Lahiri

"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet."

Jhumpa Lahiri

2017-11-17T07:40:08+00:00

Jhumpa Lahiri

"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet."

Maya Angelou

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."

Maya Angelou

2017-11-17T07:37:37+00:00

Maya Angelou

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."

Ray Bradbury

"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."

Ray Bradbury

2017-11-17T07:31:33+00:00

Ray Bradbury

"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."

Oscar Wilde

"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all."

Oscar Wilde

2017-11-17T07:33:47+00:00

Oscar Wilde

"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all."

Abraham Lincoln

"Books serve to show a man that
those original thoughts of his
aren't very new after all."

Abraham Lincoln

2017-11-17T08:07:47+00:00

Abraham Lincoln

"Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all."

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