Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Are you going to far away places with strange sounding names? Make sure you see us first.

For the month of June, we're going places, and you can, too. It's the month when many travel so we're putting our travel books and our world history books on sale. That means whether you're going on vacation to a distant land or just planning to stay around home and dream of taking a trip, we can help you get the most out of whatever you choose. Plus, we can do it in a particularly big way. All of our travel and world history books priced less than $100 are 50% off (that's half price). All of our travel and world history books priced $100 or more are 20% off.  So, be a suitcase traveler or be an armchair traveler. Whichever you choose, come see us before you get out to town. See you soon.

Monday, May 8, 2017

We had a marvelous time at OE Book Fair

We were delighted to participate in the OE Book Fair at Oxford Exchange in Tampa on Sunday, May 7, 2017. We had our own little room for displaying a sampling of what Lighthouse Books, ABAA is all about. We were pleased to introduce the store to some visitors who where unaware of us.

Rare book appraiser Michael Slicker has owned Lighthouse Books, ABAA in St. Petersburg, Florida, for 40 years. Lighthouse Books, ABAA specializes in antiquarian books, serving St. Petersburg, Tampa, the Tampa Bay area and all of Florida. In addition to rare books, out-of-print books, used books, antique maps, vintage prints, and antique photographs, Lighthouse Books, ABAA also offers expert appraisals of antiquarian books, maps, prints, photographs, and ephemera.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Sunday at the Oxford Exchange Book Fair: Book evaluations and books for you to buy

We're setting up shop at the Oxford Exchange Book Fair in Tampa this Sunday, and, quite frankly, we're looking forward to it. This is the third year for this delightful little event and it gets better every year.

Of course, we'll have a collection of carefully selected volumes available for purchase but we'll also take a look at your books and evaluate them. We'll give you a rough idea of what they are and what they might be worth. We perform a similar service at the Friends of the Library event periodically, and we're always happy to do it.

There are a number of local authors and literary dignitaries scheduled for the event as well, including our friends Colette Bancroft, book editor at Tampa Bay Times, and Lee Irby, author of the new novel Unreliable. Theirs should be an interesting discussion of the author as an unreliable narrator.

Oxford Exchange is, of course, also a restaurant, so come hungry and enjoy some of the delectable offering on the menu.

You can get more information about the OE Book Fair here. See you Sunday.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Save 40% on art, antiques, architecture, children's books, and illustrated books

It's May, and it's time for another in our continuing celebration sales marking our 40th year in business.

This month, it's books on art, antiques, architecture, children's books, and illustrated books. You save 40% on book under $100 and 20% on books $100 or more.

We know you're enjoying these sales because we keep seeing you each month. Let us know how we're doing. And if you're feeling generous, SHARE with your friends.

Come in and browse. See you soon. If you want to receive an email notice about our sales, enter your email in the column on the left where it says GET SALES ALERTS or send an email to 

Music by Kevin MacLeod: Barroom Ballet. Released into the public domain (CC Zero)

Watch for more videos during the year to hear about all of our sales.

Our specialties

Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.

We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.

Appraisal service

Michael F. Slicker, is one of about 450 qualified members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Inc., and its affiliate the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

Condition of the book, demand for it and history of comparable sales are among the factors considered in evaluating the value of a book. Other factors may apply as well.

Please contact us for more information regarding our certified appraisal services. We encourage you to visit our website, Lighthouse Books, ABAA

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Michael Slicker was the founding president of the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association and has served as chairman of its annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair since its inception.

The 36th annual book fair is set for April 21-23, 2017 at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg.

The fair is the oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeast. Learn more about the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair and the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association.

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