Akron, Ohio Shop in 1985


About the Shop

Old Florida Book Shop offers a unique and diversified collection of antiquarian books, rare maps, vintage magazines, ephemera and more. Located in Dania Beach, Florida, the gallery is home to an inventory of over 30,000 items accumulated over the last 40 years including antique furniture, oriental rugs and a piano. In addition to buying and selling books, we have accommodated photo shoots (engagement, graduation, artistic, commercial), book club meetings, lectures and piano recitals. Please contact us to discuss potential opportunities and availability.



About the Owner

William Chrisant’s appreciation of the book as an artifact developed in graduate school when he became acquainted with the booksellers Otto Harrssowitz (Wiesbaden, Germany) and B. H. Blackwell (Oxford, England) in purchasing texts for his studies. By the time he completed his degree, he had acquired enough books to open a small book shop within an established antique store in his home town of Akron, Ohio, which he quickly outgrew. He then rented space in an old schoolhouse, and enjoyed enough success to buy a space in Cleveland’s antique district. His continued prosperity would eventually allow him to open a second location in Shaker Square. In 2009, William moved to his present location in Florida. William has been a member of various organizations including the Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society and the Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers Association. He is presently a member of the Rowfant Club in Cleveland, the HistoryMiami Museum, the Florida Bibliophile Society, the Ephemera Society of America, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ of America, and the International League of Booksellers, and currently serves as president of the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association.