I was in my native place last week and took part of the morning to visit a place I used to haunt… whose rent I used to pay.
Loome Theological Bookseller.
The used bookstore, the largest theological/Catholic used bookstore anywhere, was founded by a fellow named Thomas Loome, whom I ran into at the store as he picked up mail. Now it is owned and operated by some intense young men who thoroughly know their work… and who have a fine sense of humor.
Here are a few shots, from my phone.
The store is housed in an old protestant church.
You can’t even get in the entrance before the temptation begins.
I actually don’t come here very often… for obvious reasons.
Liturgical books… stacks of old missals, sets of breviaries including those of religious orders, etc.
Since I am particularly interested in the writings of Dante, I was delighted to find a statuette of Il Poeta poised on top of some shelves bearing works by him and about him. I think I want this statue.
I mentioned a sense of humor.
Throughout the store are prints which can be purchased and various books are placed on special display.
This can be found in the bathroom.
Since the church had a dwelling for its minister and the family, the bathroom is a full bathroom, replete with bathtub, over which there are classical baptismal certificates.
They are a remarkable ancient and rare book section.
A view. You can see how they have utilized the choir loft.
I spotted a hand missal in Irish.
Need a hand missal in Irish?
You should also take a look at the Loome blog called Ex Libris Theologicis.