Best Collectible Bookstore Phoenix 2011 - Book Gallery
Book Gallery owner Mike Riley is picky about the books that go on his shelves. While this doesn't bode well for people trying to sell him common paperbacks, it's a very good thing for his bibliophile customers, who don't have to dig through a bunch of secondhand Danielle Steele romance novels to find that rare first edition of John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage. Riley's inventory also boasts titles like Mr. Citizen by Harry S. Truman (signed by the former president himself), The Lord of the Rings trilogy (first U.K. editions with the original dustjackets), and a first edition of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. These are just a few examples of the thousands of rare, antique, and collectible books at the Book Gallery. There are plenty of affordable reads, too, but the magic of Book Gallery is that it's one of the few places to find some truly rare books — not just rare for Arizona, but the entire world.