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Since Allan Stypeck purchased Second Story Books in 1973, it has grown from a 5,000-book store on the second floor in Washington, DC to one of the largest used and rare bookstores in the world. Two locations in the Washington metropolitan area, both conveniently on Metro’s Red Line, house over a million books in all categories as well as collectible manuscripts, maps, ephemera, prints and posters.

Mr. Stypeck is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and a Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers.

Professional Services:

Accredited Appraisals – to learn more about our appraisal services click here.

Consignments – Maximize your profits by using our expertise to sell your high-end merchandise.

Book Repairs and Rebinding – Second Story offers consultation and binding services upon request.

Second Story Books Provides Books and Other Material for the Following Businesses:

  • Motion Picture Production Companies
  • Home Builders to Enhance their Model Homes
  • Interior Design Firms
  • Nursing Homes
  • Home Furnishing Retailers to Complement Store Displays

Call Allan Stypeck at (301) 770-0477 ext.13. to arrange for any of the above services.

We Purchase Single Titles, Entire Libraries, Graphics, CDs and DVDs. Please bring your items to our Dupont Circle store any day between 10am-4pm and our Rockville store any day between 10am-7pm. Our Buyer Will Come to Your Home for Large Collections. Contact Warren Wigutow at (301) 770-0477 ext. 16 to make an appointment for large collections.

Special Collections and many rare items are housed in the Rockville warehouse/retail location and may require an appointment to be viewed. Contact Allan Stypeck at (301) 770-0477 ext. 13.

The following is a poem written by William S. Cohen, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, during the 1970s, while a Congressman. It has been excerpted with permission from his book of poems, Of Sons and Seasons, Simon and Schuster. The poem was inspired by the original Second Story Warehouse located in Alexandria, Virginia.

Second Story Books

Pages Press between
water-soaked and warped
boards of cloth.

Hieroglyphics heaped
in deep layers of ink,
indecipherable in their mass.

Strangers come here picking
through faded titles,
sifting through the rubble
in search of a fragment,
some clue to the fate
of an ancient state
that rose and fell
under the weight
of crumbling time.

As if the words
could turn the keys
and unlock the
rusty rehearsal
of old mistakes
that we repeat
on the future's
shrinking stage.

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