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.