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The Book Collector

141 Main Road | Shop 19b Royal Centre, Hermanus, Overstrand 7200, South Africa
+27 78 120 0120
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A ramble through time

A visit to The Book Collector is like a ramble through time and old treasures. It’s the kind of... read more

Reviewed April 6, 2018
Paul B
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London, United Kingdom
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Stunning Bookshop. Quirky decor

Amazing place. For book lovers only. Should be kept a secret. It looks a bit like an Aladdins Cave... read more

Reviewed March 5, 2018
Magicladybird
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Pretoria, South Africa
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The Book Collector is an antiquarian bookstore in the cultural heart of the seaside village of Hermanus from where it sells and ships literary treasures to book lovers and collectors across the world. The store prides itself on its collection of Africana and Militaria. Works on South Africa’s political and cultural history – in both English and Afrikaans – are popular choices for locals and tourists alike. Apart from the Literary Classics, the store’s shelves are piled ceiling-high with works on History, Politics, Travel and Exploration, Archeology, Mythology, Religion, Esoterica, Self-Help, Psychology, Philosophy, Biographies, Business, Science, Wild Life, Gardening, Cooking, Music, Art, as well as Arts and Crafts, and even Pets. It also has some hard-to-find Car and Motorcycle Manuals. This quaint little book shop also has a fine selection of First Editions and Signed copies. Popular fiction can be found on the Daily Sale Table. Come and Explore!
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141 Main Road | Shop 19b Royal Centre, Hermanus, Overstrand 7200, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

A visit to The Book Collector is like a ramble through time and old treasures. It’s the kind of place you imagine your own library might have looked like if only you’d taken the time. You pick up books and smell them, you don’t just...More

1  Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Amazing place. For book lovers only. Should be kept a secret. It looks a bit like an Aladdins Cave. My favourite bookshop.

2  Thank Magicladybird
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Thanks guys for a great shop and your vast knowledge. I'm so sure that there's truly nothing you won't be able to find! I'll be back!

2  Thank 1Smitster
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Benade K, Owner at The Book Collector, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Thank you Mr. Smit. We appreciate and enjoy your visits just as much. Please let us know if there are any other books you are looking for that you can't find.

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

It's not the great layout or the range of books or the size of the shop that impresses one, it's the approach of the owners to life. I'm talking two of the world's best writers in one space. Go and try it and you'll see...More

1  Thank _africaansley
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Benade K, Owner at The Book Collector, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Thank you so much Mr. Africa. Looking forward to you and your lovely wife's next visit.

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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

A visit to the “Book Collector” is a must for all foreign and local visitors to Hermanus. The shop has a unique collection of new and nearly new books that will cater for all interests.

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Very nice place to be, visiting Hermanus! Very kind and gentle owners, excellent book choise, and very rich collection of books. A good and warm atmosphere you can feel inside the shop, like at home.

1  Thank Karina G
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Benade K, Owner at The Book Collector, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2018

Thank you so much. We enjoyed your visits and interesting conversation. We hope your daughter enjoys the South African books you bought her.

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Reviewed 1 February 2018

Tucked away just off Main street Hermanus, there lies a gem of a book shop. Here, not only will you find a wide selection of collectible books, many signed by the authors, you will also find a dedicated team of attentive subject matter experts in...More

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Benade K, Owner at The Book Collector, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2018

Thank you so much for the great feedback. Looking forward to your next visit. Please keep us updated on all the exciting developments in your SECOND Oscar-winning project...

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Reviewed 1 February 2018

The owners go out of their way to ensure that everyone feels welcome and cared for. They have an excellent selection of books and art ranging from old to new, and extremely rare; I know they make a point of sourcing rare Afrikana as well....More

1  Thank GvanWyk
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Benade K, Owner at The Book Collector, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2018

Thanks Gandre! Please pop in again. We'll order some coffee and debate the literary merits of 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' vs '20 000 Leagues Under the Sea' :)

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

Great bookstore with a great collection of books for everybody. Good location with friendly staff/owners. A very enjoyable experience.

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1  Thank henningd2018
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

Highly recommended! The owners are very knowledgeable, clearly enthusiastic about their work, and very helpful. You can spend hours there, they might even feed you, if you look gaunt enough (just don't be pushy.....). Lovely people, lovely place to visit. Go there, and leave smiling,...More

1  Thank Quinton C
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