Oak Knoll Books

Home of Oak Knoll

Oak Knoll Books was founded in 1976 by Bob Fleck, a chemical engineer by training, who let his hobby get the best of him. Somehow making oil refineries more efficient using mathematics and computers paled in comparison to the joy of handling books. Oak Knoll Press, the second part of the business, was established in 1978 as a logical extension of Oak Knoll Books.

Today, Oak Knoll Books is a thriving company that maintains an inventory of about 23,000 titles. Our main specialties continue to be books about bibliography, book collecting, book design, book illustration, book selling, bookbinding, bookplates, children's books, Delaware books, fine press books, forgery, graphic arts, libraries, literary criticism, marbling, papermaking, printing history, publishing, typography & type specimens, and writing & calligraphy - plus books about the history of all of these fields.

Oak Knoll Books is a member of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB - about 2,000 dealers in 20 countries) and the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA - about 450 dealers in the US). Their logos appear on all of our antiquarian catalogues and web pages. These logos mean that we guarantee accurate descriptions and customer satisfaction. Our founder, Bob Fleck, has long been a proponent of the ethical principles embodied by ILAB & the ABAA. He has taken a leadership role in both organizations and is a past president of both the ABAA and ILAB.

We are located in the historic colonial town of New Castle (founded 1651), next to the Delaware River and have an open shop for visitors (see our virtual tour). The shop is situated in the Opera House, a building built by the Masons in 1879 with high ceilings and great views of the town and river. We are located close to Philadelphia and Washington, DC, and near many historic areas and attractive sights including Winterthur, the Delaware Art Museum, the Brandywine River Art Museum and Longwood Gardens. If you would like to plan a visit, please see our visiting page.

Book selling is much more than balance sheets and income statements. We sell books because we really enjoy it and hope that fact comes through clearly when you deal with us.