from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A stand or stall on which books, generally second-hand, are displayed for sale.


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  • Indeed a point of gallantry was involved in my doing so, inasmuch as I had not left France alone, but had come from the prisons of St. Pelagie with my distinguished and unfortunate friend Madame Roland (in two volumes which I bought for two francs each, at the book-stall in the Place de la Concorde, Paris, at the corner of the Rue Royale).

    Reprinted Pieces 2007

  • Elated with success and piqued by the growing interest of the problem, they have left no book-stall unsearched, no chest in a garret unopened, no file of old yellow accounts to decompose in damp and worms, so keen was the hope to discover whether the boy

    Representative Men 2006

  • He stood at the appointed book-stall amid a crowd of Sunday travellers, in a Harris tweed suit exhaling, as it were, the emotion of his thumping heart.

    To Let 2004

  • There, having tipped the guard to secure emptiness, she left her bag in a corner seat and took up her stand by the book-stall, where Jon must pass with his ticket.

    Swan Song 2004

  • Peace, which he bought at a second-hand book-stall for five cents.

    Our Mr. Wrenn 2004

  • So it came to pass that one day, whilst wandering listlessly about the streets of the old town, I came to a small book-stall, and stopping, commenced turning over the books; I took up at least

    Lavengro 2004

  • He read the names of the novels on the bookstall, and bought one at last, to avoid being regarded with suspicion by the book-stall clerk.

    To Let 2004

  • As I returned to the inn from the train I took refuge from a shower in one of the rows or covered streets, to which, as I have already said, one ascends by flights of steps; stopping at a book-stall I took up a book which chanced to be a Welsh one.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery 2004

  • One evening in early autumn, as he stood before the book-stall at the end of Goodge Street, a familiar voice accosted him.

    New Grub Street 2003

  • I remember once, in passing a book-stall, to have caught these words from a page of some satiric author: “By this time I became convinced that the London newspapers spoke truth at least twice a week, viz., on Tuesday and Saturday, and might safely be depended upon for — the list of bankrupts.”

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater 2003


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