Open House at Basileia Books in Andover, Massachusetts: January through June 2018

Open House at Basileia Books immerses young people and adults in the world of antiquarian and academic books. Each month explores a particular historical epoch and reflects our passion for religion and the humanities. New and returning customers peruse the curated selection of materials and find treasures for their collections.

Continuing education is a developing component of Basileia Books. Open House offers literary readings, cultural presentations, musical recitals, vocational demonstrations, art shows, and museum visits.  Your talents and contributions are most welcome; please consider donating your services and/or making a financial contribution.  

Open House is based at 373 Salem Street in Andover, Massachusetts. We meet eight times between the months of January and June.

The roster for the academic year 2017/2018 follows.

If you would like to receive an invitation for one or more of these dates, be sure to contact us by email ( or telephone (978 475 7928). 

January 14 and 27

Early Modern Era: Reformation / Counter-Reformation 

Our inaugural Open House investigates the years 1400 to 1700 of the Common Era.

Sunday, January 14:  1:00 to 5:00 PM, in Boston

Masterpieces of Dutch and Flemish Painting

a tour of the exhibition and installation of new arrivals at the Museum of Fine Arts

Saturday, January 27:  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in Andover

Martin Luther and Evangelical Christianity

A five-hundred year commemoration

January 19-20:

Twentieth Century and the New Millenium

Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, in Boston

a tour of the Mark Rothko: Reflection exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Avenue

Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in Andover

February 16-17:

Ancient Civilizations and the Classical Mediterranean

Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, in Boston

a tour of the newly installed Daily Life in Ancient Greece gallery,

at the Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Avenue

Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, in Andover

March 9-10:

Jewish and Christian Scriptures

Friday from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, in Cambridge

a tour of the exhibition The Houses of Ancient Israel: Domestic, Royal, Divine

at the Harvard Semitic Museum

6 Divinity Avenue

Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, in Andover

March 23-24:

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Friday from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM, in Boston

a choral and orchestral masterpiece of the High Baroque:

Mass in B Minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach

performed by the Handel and Haydn Society

at Symphony Hall

301 Massachusetts Avenue

Saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, in Andover

April 6-7:

Byzantine Empire, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Humanism

We will investigate the millenium from 600 to 1600 CE.

Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, in Andover

Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, in Boston

We will explore the rich collections of the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum.

25 Evans Way

Saturday from 6:30 to 10:30 PM, in Cambridge

A concert of music by the sixteenth-century Spanish composer, Tomas Luis de Victoria

performed by Stile Antico

at the

Roman Catholic Parish of Saint Paul

29 Mount Auburn Street

May 18-19:

Late Antiquity, Imperial Rome, and Early Byzantium

We will investigate the five-hundred year span from 100 to 600 of the Common Era.

Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, in Andover

Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in Cambridge

We will explore works in the Sackler collection, displayed in the third-floor galleries of the Harvard Art Museums.

32 Quincy Street

June 29-30:

England and New England

Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, in Andover

Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in Andover

On this day we will take special tours of the Addison Gallery of American Art and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology, both on the campus of Phillips Academy.


Neighborhood Book Sales in Andover, Massachusetts: October 2017 – June 2018

Our Neighborhood Books Sales provide opportunities for collectors, readers and dealers to acquire inexpensive and unusual items.

With few exceptions, books are priced at between one and ten dollars per volume.

A variety of shelving units and other accessories are also available.

The Sales are held at 373 Salem Street in Andover, Massachusetts. The public is cordially invited. Street parking is available.

Neighborhood Book Sales are scheduled for nine select Saturdays, between the months of October and June. The tentative dates and times for the academic year 2017/2018 are as follows:

October 7: 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM

October 21: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

January 27: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

February 10: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

March 17: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

March 31: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

April 14: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

May 5: 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM 

June 2: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM  



In the midst of the New England winter:

Saturday, January 27:

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

at 373 Salem Street in Andover, Massachusetts

You will find thousands of books in a variety of subjects, particularly biblical studies and contemporary spirituality. Also featured will be multi-volume sets of Russian literature, and paperback books on classical music.

With few exceptions, prices are between one and ten dollars per volume. 

An assortment of used book shelves and desks, all solid and in attractive condition, are also available for purchase at modest prices. Prices range between fifteen and thirty-five dollars per item.

For smaller purchases we except cash and checks, and for larger purchases we also accept credit cards and PayPal.

For a preview of books and shelves, please contact us by email ( or by telephone (978 475 7928).


Academic Book Exhibits for the Holiday Season, November 2017 through January 2018

Archaeological Institute of America / Society for Classical Studies

Bookstore in the

Marriott Hotel at Copley Place

110 Huntington Avenue

Boston, Massachusetts  02116

(617) 236-5800

Thursday, January : 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Friday, January 5: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Saturday, January 6: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Sunday, January 7: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Basileia Books features rare, out-of-print, and recent books in religion and the humanities. The collection highlights Christianity and Judaism, incorporates Islam, and spans the arts and sciences.

Gathering at the close of the Christmas season in historic Boston, the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies are presenting a full roster of academic speakers, publishers and exhibits.

Our bookstore in the Marriott Hotel at Copley Place showcases four core civilizations: 

Ancient Egypt,  Classical Mediterranean, Imperial Rome, European Christendom

We will offer a special exhibit:

Antiquarians, Archaeologists, Artists and Architects from the Enlightenment through Modernism

For a preview of the inventory, please contact us directly by email ( or by phone (978 475 7928).

Here is the scheme of the book shelves:





ANCIENT EGYPT (3000-725 BCE): Early Dynastic Period through the Third Intermediate Period 

BIBLICAL ISRAEL/JUDAH & HELLENISTIC JUDAISM (3000 BCE – 0 CE):  Archaeology and Material Culture, Canonical & Deuterocanonical Scriptures 

ANCIENT & CLASSICAL MEDITERRANEAN (3000 BCE – O CE): Asia Minor / Near East / Egypt in the Ptolemaic and Roman Eras / Greece / Rome / Etruria / Phoenicia 


LATE ANTIQUITY (100-500 CE): Roman Empire / Early Byzantium / Patristics and Rabbinics (100-500 CE) 

THE NORTH ATLANTIC: Celtic / Irish / Welsh / Breton

ISLAMIC STUDIES through the centuries



NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES through the centuries







American Schools of Oriental Research

Bookstore at the

Westin Waterfront Hotel

Concourse Level of the Harborwing

425 Summer Street

Boston, Massachusetts  02210

(617) 532-4600


Wednesday, November 15: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Thursday, November 16: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday, November 17: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday, November 18: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM



Book Exhibits for Spring 2017


Exhibition of the

The Boston Early Music Festival

Bookstore at the

Courtyard Marriott Downtown Hotel

Washington Ballroom (Floor 5)

275 Tremont Street

Boston, Massachusetts  02116

(617) 426 1400


Wednesday, June 14: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Thursday, June 15: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Friday, June 16: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday, June 17: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Please be aware that the Exhibition opens to the public, Wednesday through Saturday at 10 AM.  To schedule a private appointment at the Bookstore between the hours of 9 and 10 AM, please contact Jeff Orrell by email or phone  [ / (978) 886 2311].     


The American Literature Association

Bookstore at the

Westin Copley Place Hotel

Essex Ballroom Foyer (Floor 3)

10 Huntington Avenue

Boston, Massachusetts  02116-5798

(617) 262-9600


Thursday, May 25: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Friday, May 26: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 27: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM 

Sunday, May 28: 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon 




Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity XX

Bookstore at

Yale University

Linsly Chittenden Hall, Room 102

63 High Street

New Haven, Connecticut  06520

(203) 432 0465


Friday, March 24: 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Saturday, March 25: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 26: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Book Exhibits for May and June 2016



The Theology and Peace 9th

Annual Conference

Exhibition of Books at the

Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center

2001 West Waukegan Road

Techny, Illinois  60082

(847) 272-1100

[Techny is a neighborhood of Northbrook, Illinois — to the north of Chicago] 

Monday, May 23: 5:00 to 9:00 PM

Tuesday, May 24: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Wednesday, May 25: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM


North American Patristics Society

Annual Meeting: May 26-28, 2016

Exhibition of Books in the Crystal Ballroom of the

Hyatt Regency Hotel

151 East Wacker Drive

Chicago, Illinois  60601

(312) 565-1234

Thursday, May 26: 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM  

Friday, May 27: 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 28: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM 


Omohundro Institute of

Early American History and Culture

Annual Conference: June 23-26, 2016

Exhibition of Books at the

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

100 Institute Road

Worcester, Massachusetts


(508) 831-5000

Alden Hall (at the intersection of Institute Road and West Street)

Friday, June 24: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM  

Saturday, June 25: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, June 26: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM 






Medieval Academy of America

Annual Meeting: February 25 to 27, 2016

Exhibition of Books at the

Hyatt Regency Boston Hotel

Adrienne Room on the Fourth Floor

Thursday, February 25: 11 AM to 7:00 PM

Friday, February 26: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Saturday, February 27: 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM

1 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, Massachusetts 02111

(617) 912-1234


Society for American Music

Annual Conference: March 9 to 13, 2016

Exhibition of Books at the

Hyatt Regency Cambridge Hotel

President’s Ballroom, Salon AB on the First Floor 

Thursday, March 10: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Friday, March 11: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday, March 12: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

(617) 492-1234


Renaissance Society of America

Annual Meeting: March 31 to April 2, 2016

Exhibition of Books at the 

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Imperial Ballroom on the Mezzanine

Thursday, March 31: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday, April 1: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday, April 2: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

(617) 426-2000


Basileia Books features a collection of rare, out-of-print, and recent books in religion and the humanities.

The core areas are FOUNDATIONS IN DIVINITY and FAITH AND PRACTICE, forming a structure that imitates a classical curriculum for Christian theology and ministry.

The collection focuses on Christianity and Judaism, and includes the comparative study of these two with other religious traditions.

The cognate areas are ARTS AND LETTERS and RELIGION AND SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY. Here the collection extends into the breadth of subjects in the arts and humanities.

The interpretive scheme demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge and illustrates the suffusion of belief systems in all areas of human endeavor.

Basileia Books strives to meet the needs and interests of book collectors, scholars, librarians, and members of religious and community organizations. Customized services include bibliographic research, language translation, and collection development.

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