• Jumel Terrace Books

    Revolutionary & Colonial Washington Heights, Harlem, Africa, West Indies, Art, Myth, History & Literature: Slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Theology, Military, Labor, Civil Rights, Negritude, Black Power.

"An Oasis for the Unrestrained Pursuit of Knowledge"
*************And a "Nugget" in the Rubbish*************

Uptown's only bookshop specializing in local history, African & American. The shop on 160th Street, open by appointment or serendipity, faces the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the headquarters of George Washington during 1776’s Battle of Harlem Heights, & our stock addresses its significance in 18th & 20th century Revolutionary American history.

As Sugar Hill, the neighborhood has retained its reputation as the intellectual & artistic home of Black America. Jumel Terrace Books follows in the tradition of bookstores serving the community since George Young’s Book Exchange opened in 1920. Before Black Studies entered college curriculums in 1968, shops like Lewis Micheaux’s House of Common Sense & Home of Proper Propaganda & Richard B Moore’s Frederick Douglass Book Center were important sources of education, aspiration & inspiration. As did our predecessors, we buy & sell very good books on our subjects.

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New and Noteworthy: In Stock Now!

The rare new release this antiquarian bookshop carries. First printings are certain to be scarce and desirable in no time. Mister James will be by at first convenience to sign your copy. Buy it here and start where it ends. Also note our other new title, ‘The Fashion Guide to Harlem’, the most up-to-date guide […]


Marlon James’ views of a crime in ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’

Photo by Carolyn Cole at Jumel Terrace Books.  LA Times Review by By CAROLYN KELLOGG Marlon James’ “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” is a thrilling, ambitious fictionalization of the assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1976 and the afterlives of Marley’s would-be assassins. Both intense and epic — it’s told in rapid-fire short chapters while clocking […]

All the talk: Sunday afternoon at Jumel Terrace Books.

A Brief History of Seven Killings in Brief

Evelyn Neal, Camilla Huey, Marlon James (in spirit), & Fab.  All the talk Sunday afternoon at Jumel Terrace Books is A Brief History of Seven Killings.  It’s been a while since the used bookshop’s carried a new book but we’re making an exception.  This week we’re expecting copies we hope you’ll buy from us.  We’ve […]