Vintage Books Theater, Art, Literature, Poetry, History

Brooklin, Maine · 557 Sales


Vintage Books Theater, Art, Literature, Poetry, History

Brooklin, Maine 557 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 19, 2018

Thank you for visiting Prospero's Bookshelf. While we're taking a break, you can always find us at Thank you!

Joe Meserve

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Joe Meserve


ATTN: Theatre Buffs! This cottage chic vintage book brings you three 1920s social comedies about women by a popular and successful American woman playwright, Zoe Akins.


Essentially, I'm interested in sending vintage books and other memorabilia to new homes where they'll give many years of enjoyment.

In early 2009, when my wife Mollie suggested that some of the books I've collected over a long and varied career might bring joy to others, I opened Prospero's Bookshelf, which I named for the shipwrecked magician in Shakespeare's "The Tempest." This seemed fitting, as, after many years researching and teaching dramatic literature, I have acquired a large library of books on theatre and drama from all parts of the world.

My shop, which started as an effort to make room in our home for new collections, has grown over the years into an entirely new career for both of us. We now actively search for vintage memorabilia, curiosities, housewares, magazines, ephemera and, of course, used books on all kinds of subjects.

While a large number of the offerings in my shop are, and will be for some time, related to the performing arts, I also enjoy adding pieces of history from my home state of Maine - postcards, early 20th century snapshots and items of home decor - to "The Shelf."

The joy is as much in the hunting as in the discovering! And whenever I send a treasure on its way to a new home, I realize anew that I've always been a vintage person at heart.

Shop members

  • Joe

    Owner, Curator, Collector, Business Manager, Bookkeeper, Co-Decision Maker

    All my life I've loved reading - literature, poetry, history, biography. A former teacher, I offer vintage books and memorabilia to those who share my love of Americana. And as a native Mainer, I enjoy adding a bit of "Down East" flavor to my shop.

  • Mollie

    Owner, Curator, Photographer, Listings Advisor, Researcher

    When not at work in my own shops, I'm happiest playing "Gal Friday" to Joe's "Prospero." I've tried my hand at many things over the years, before coming home to my adopted state of Maine and learning to appreciate the beauty of old and simple things.

Shop policies

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Last updated on Mar 25, 2016
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For Policies specific to Prospero's Bookshelf, please read the information below.

Shipping Details

Your items are normally on their way in 1-3 business days after we receive your order.

International Orders: If your country isn't listed for an item, please contact us to discuss possibilities.
Note: Because of known problems with items lost or damaged in international mail or in customs, warfare/hostilities, political/social unrest or US government restrictions, we may be unable to ship to certain countries. If we cannot ship your order, we'll immediately refund your payment in full.

Vintage Condition

Please understand that our items are vintage, many of them quite old. Especially where previously owned books are concerned, there are frequently signs of wear - wobbly spines, discoloration and foxing, previous owners' names and/or bookplates, library markings, turned corners, faded covers. We check all our items carefully before listing them and do our best to describe their conditions accurately. If, after reading our description of an item, you have questions, please contact us before buying.

Returns and Refunds

We accept returns of most items, mailed to us and postmarked within 7 days after you receive them. When they come back in their original condition (as we shipped them), we'll issue you a refund for the purchase price, excluding shipping.
If you receive an item that as been damaged in the mail, please return it to us, along with photos of the item as you received it, showing the damage, and the original packaging. (These photos are required to qualify for a refund.)
**We comply with EU regulations requiring that we allow the buyer 14 days after receipt of an item to contact us about a return.

Gift wrapping and packaging

If you'd like a small gift card enclosed with your order at no additional cost, please tell us what you'd like your card to say in your Message to Seller box when you check out.

Gift wrapping and special packaging options are available, depending upon the type of items you're purchasing and the kind of wrapping / packaging you'd like. Please contact us for specific information.

Copyright Information

All photographs, images and descriptive text in our Prospero's Bookshelf shop are protected by Copyright Law, violation of which may result in civil and/or criminal prosecution.

It is illegal to copy any photo, image or text in our shop by any means or for any reason, without our permission in writing.