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Founded in 2017

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Internet Client Feedback:

Thank you for honoring my desire to get this book quickly. 

Of the four books I ordered at the same time,

paying premium shipping for them all,

you are the only bookseller to comply.

I appreciate your professionalism and wish you much success."

A.T. Lynne

September 21, 2019

South Dakota”



Placed an international order.

Jeff was absolutely fantastic and kept in constant contact until the safe delivery of my book.

I am extremely happy with my purchase and highly recommend The Captains Book Shoppe."


Jennifer Roberts

April 30, 2019

Canberra, Australia

"This company knows the value of rare and old books

and it shows in the care that is taken

in the packaging and shipping.

The communication after my order was placed was wonderful

and there were no questions about when I would get my ordered book.

Will be doing more business with your company and recommending your business to everyone."

Jimmy Thomas

July 17, 2017

Lumberton, Texas

Browsers are welcome to visit our working showroom:

1570 South First Avenue

Suite H

Iowa City, Iowa 52240


Monday - Thursday: 10 AM - 2 PM

Friday:  10 AM - 6 PM

Saturday:  10 AM - 2 PM

Sunday: 1 - 5 PM


by Appointment

We buy books: 

Sunday thru Friday  11 AM - 1 PM


by appointment

(319) 512-3166

The Captain's Book Shoppe

uses the

"Independent Online Booksellers Association" (IOBA)

Condition Definitions and standards.  



AS NEW; FINE; MINT: Without faults or defects.


NEAR FINE: a book approaching FINE (or AS NEW or MINT) but with a couple of very minor defects or faults, which must be noted.


[NOTE: From here on, there may be “+ (Plus)” or “- (Minus)” in a grade, which will mean that it is above the grade noted but not quite to 

the next higher grade for “+”, and that it is below the grade noted but not quite to the next lower grade for “-“, i.e., Very Good + (or Plus)/Very Good – (or Minus). Which means the book is better than Very Good and the dust jacket grade is less than Very Good.]


VERY GOOD: A book showing some signs of wear. Any defects or faults must be noted.


GOOD: The average used book that is totally complete (as issued) and intact. Any defects must be noted.


FAIR: A worn book that has complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title page, etc. Any defects or faults must be noted.


POOR or READING COPY: A book that is sufficiently worn that its only merit is the complete text, which must be legible. Any missing maps or plates must be noted. May be soiled, scuffed, stained, or spotted, and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, etc.


EX-LIBRARY: Must always be designated as such no matter what the condition of the book.


BOOK CLUB: Must always be noted as such no matter what the condition of the book.


BINDING COPY: A book in which the text block, including illustrations, is complete but the binding is lacking, or in such poor condition it is beyond realistic restoration efforts.


REMAINDER MARKS, BOOKPLATES, PREVIOUS OWNER’S NAME: These are faults and must always be noted, if they apply.


Additional book terminology can be located at the IOBA website at:



Shipping Information.

Tracking numbers for all U.S. domestic shipments.  Standard domestic delivery time is generally 3 - 11 days (weather dependent.)

Next day air is available upon request.  Call us for rates.  

If you have a question about shipping transit times and wish to do a cost comparison concerning speed versus cost, please call us:

                                                                               (319) 351-3166

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