The Brattle Book Shop was founded in 1825 and has been in the hands of the Gloss Family since 1949. Over the years George and his son Kenneth (Ken) built it into one of the largest antiquarian bookshops in the country. Housed in a three-story building in the heart of Downtown Boston, The Brattle Book Shop carries an impressive stock of over 250,000 books, maps, prints, postcards and ephemeral items in all subjects. In addition to its general used and out-of-print stock, The Brattle Book Shop also maintains an inventory of collectibles, first editions and fine bindings in its rare book room. Ken Gloss is the current proprietor of The Brattle Book Shop. He is past President of the ABAA's New England Chapter. He appraises books and libraries for Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern, Simmons, Suffolk, Tufts, Babson, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the FBI and others. He also lectures on book-related themes to library groups and historical societies. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs talking about books and their values, and he also has written many articles on books, book collecting and selling.
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