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Book Care Packages – Support Your Local Bookstore!

We’re open!!  But we love putting together these care packages for you. Local delivery, US shipping.

Book Care Packages of either $15, $25, or $100.


$15 Book Care Package
What you get: One book personally selected by our experienced booksellers based on your preferences, plus a special, unique gift! ORDER HERE

$25 Book Care Package
What you get: Two books personally selected by our experienced booksellers based on your preferences, plus two special, unique gifts! ORDER HERE

$35 Books & Art Care Package
We’re teaming up with local artists to give you books and art! Each care package contains two books personally selected to your preferences, plus an original work of art by a local artist! ORDER HERE

$100 Book Care Package (Thank you Thank you Thank you!!)
What you get: For $100 you’ll get a big ol’ box of books based on your preferences. We’ll also include special unique gifts with your package. ORDER HERE

Gift Certificates    – $15$50$100

Architecture – Art – Cookbooks – Gardening – Landscaping – impressive selection – amazing sale!

Sale ran from June-October 2016

Did you know that Old Capitol Books has probably the largest selection of cookbooks this side of San Francisco? We have over 3,000 cookbooks! [1,500 on the shelf and remainder in boxes – from the massive collection of Artie Jane Early.  The re-known entertainer of the Monterey Peninsula]  Books range from sleek and modern to quirky and vintage.  We have an extensive collection of various international cooking, French and Italian cooking, local and California cuisine, glossy works by celebrity chefs, vintage recipe collections containing different immigrant food traditions, and much more!

NOW!  All USED architecture, art, cookbooks, gardening, landscaping, and flower books are 50% off!

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50% off sale!


Old Capitol Books is hankerin’ to thin out some categories of books so we are offering 50% off the following categories through June:  Americana, Californiana, Art History, Art Technique, Civil War, Gardening, Landscaping, Maritime, Natural History and Natural Sciences, World History (includes U.S.), and Young Adult chapter books.

Old Capitol Books of Monterey California, is Your Local Fine Used and Out Of Print Book Store.  We stock a wide selection of gently used books – 45,000+ titles. We have a special emphasis on California History & an extensive Military section, along with Children’s Illustrated Art Books, a plethora of Cook Books (4,000), and books on Religion, the Occult, Metaphysical and Philosophy.  We have many more categories.  We are a General Interest book store.



Book Buying

Due to an excess of supply of books (and the subsequent lack of space), Old Capitol Books will only be purchasing the following book genres:  local history, classic literature, military history,  modern art, some young adult literature, sci-fi, and the esoteric in most genres. We offer cash and will continue to accept these books for trade-in/store credit. Feel free to contact us for more information.

RECENT ARRIVAL – Books purchased from estate of retired U.S. Ambassador

Old Capitol Books is honored to have recently purchased exceptional books from the personal library of a retired U.S. Ambassador John D. Jernegan (1911-1981) who retired to Carmel Valley in the late 1960’s with his wife Mary.  Books on the subjects of diplomacy, cooking, Middle East history, and unusual Italian Touring Club books from the 1950’s, among others.  During his career he was stationed in Mexico, San Diego, Washington D.C., Tunis, Atlanta, New York, London, Rome, Baghdad, Tangier, and other locations I have yet to discover.