Collector’s Treasury: 8 floors of books and antiques in Maboneng.

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I’ve been sharing a lot of photography-heavy posts recently but that is because I’ve been seeing so many beautiful things. My friend and fellow photography enthusiast Kate and her boyfriend brought me, P and my sis to Collector’s Treasury: Books and Antiques on Commissioner Street in downtown Jozi. Picture 8 huge floors (we only got to 4) with more than a million books stacked, stuck, and piled high to the ceiling and haphazardly in every nook and cranny. It was heaven for P because there were books as far as the eye could see and heaven for me because there were so many things to photograph!

There seems to be no real order and you must ask the two brothers if you are looking for something specifically and they will pull it out for you from the small recesses of their brains and the shop. There are books that are hundreds of years old perched perilously on the edge of a shelf or on the floor. You are free to browse and photograph (and plot your husband’s birthday present). We all came out with some books, I found one that I haven’t had a chance to read yet by one of my favorite authors, V.S. Naipaul.

Collector’s Treasury is located in the Maboneng Precinct in the CTP building at 244 Commissioner Street, you can park on the street right in front of the store. Along with all kinds of books (some very old and rare) they also have antiques, records, maps, and prints. A book lover’s paradise which claims to be the largest used book store in the southern hemisphere, a claim I am inclined to believe.

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

14 thoughts on “Collector’s Treasury: 8 floors of books and antiques in Maboneng.

  1. Amazing pictures. I went to a place in Las Vegas recently that had lots of antique books too, but these were mostly kept behind glass cabinet doors. There was a first edition To Kill A Mocking Bird. It’s nice that they let you look at the books properly at Collectors Treasury.

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  3. Wow this place looks incredible! I really need to make a trip out there soon!

    How was your Christmas and New Year’s? We ended up flying last minute to Cape Town so actually weren’t around josi as initially planned :/

    Hopefully see you soon :)

    xoxo
    Jenna

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  5. So weird, my art teacher and I were just talking about this place last night! She couldn’t remember the name, but here it is! Can’t wait to go and have a look around!

  6. I was most interested to discover your article about the Collectors Treasury. While the shop was in its old premises I made a number of excursions to it, looking for records by Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. There were thousands of 78rpm records in the shop in no particular order so I had to go to the shop quite a few times and take pot luck looking through all the dusty records. I never left the shop empty-handed and appreciated the kindness of the brothers and their late mother. I haven’t been to the new premises in Commissioner Street for years but I can certainly recommend it for books, records and antiques.

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