OUR  STORY & MISSION

To make rare book collecting an engaging, fun, and accessible experience for everyone!

Welcome to the world of rare book collecting at Grinning Cat Books! Paul here, and thank you for visiting our store. My wife and I are lifelong bibliophiles who between us have been collecting books and literary inspired art for over 40 years. Beginning with very modest purchases, we eventually curated a world-class collection of thousands of titles and became experts along the way. We established Grinning Cat to more deeply participate in this vibrant, global community as official dealers, and as a way of sharing our experience and passion for collecting and life-long learning. 

Our mission is to make rare book collecting an engaging, fun, and accessible experience for everyone. Too often, collecting can be an intimidating, bewildering, and seemingly "exclusive" endeavor. We felt that way at one time. But it shouldn't be! To that end, we created a community that's as welcoming to curious first-timer buyers as to seasoned collectors alike. Consequently, whether you're adding to a large library, starting your first rare collection, investing, searching for a special gift, or simply buying for personal pleasure, you'll find the information you need and wonderful options for every budget and occasion!

Trying to be all things to all people isn't our approach. Instead, we boast an ever-changing selection around topics and themes we enjoy and that our customers appreciate. Our team is unabashedly eclectic, so watch out for exciting new arrivals and collections rolling out on a weekly and monthly basis! 

Quality is incredibly important to us. As such, we specialize in exciting books in very good to fine condition. A great many are first, limited, and signed editions — with a good number exceedingly rare and scarce. In addition, we've invested in a highly visual and feature-rich digital experience to make your time with us more enjoyable.

Finally, as lifelong advocates of childhood literacy and STEM education, a portion of our annual profits will go to support organizations that support disadvantaged children, families, and their communities. Shop with us and do good too.

Grinning Cat Books is online only for now. With that said, we have a by-appointment library in Potomac, Maryland, and you'll see us at various events as well.

We hope you come back soon and often! Let your curiouser nature run free and please don't hesitate to contact our team with any questions, requests, or ideas you may have. 

Our warmest regards and thanks,

Paul J. Levine  &  Dr. J. Alison Bryant

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