About Us

Common Crow is an online seller of old books and general antiquarian miscellany.  Our online inventory includes approximately 70,000 items of all kinds: rare books, ephemera, prints, maps, photos, art.  But mainly books!

We have a dedicated, knowledgable, and friendly staff.  Scott Silsbe is the manager and general go-to guy for all questions and concerns. He's also a published poet and music critic. Emily Hetzel, the proprietor, has been involved in  books practically her whole life (her father was the legendary chief editor of the University of Pittsburgh Press). You’ll find our items are well-described, reasonably priced, and packed and shipped with care.  We list new items daily.

If you would like to stay abreast of new arrivals in your subjects of interest, please sign up for subject notifications to receive a weekly update of new listings.  If there’s a specific book or author you’ve got your eye on, you can also add a want to receive an email whenever an item matching your criteria is listed for sale.  Use the links at the bottom of the menu on the left to sign up—subscribing and unsubscribing is easy. 


Common Crow Books
PO Box 81095
Pittsburgh, PA 15217  USA

Email:  commoncrowbooks@gmail.com
Phone: (412) 242-4148



bulk books

Our warehouse contains over 300,000 books—not all of which are destined for our online catalog. We offer books in bulk to individuals and organizations in need of a certain style, aesthetic, color, period, or sheer volume of volumes. Bulk books are great options for interior design, retail merchandising, real estate stagings, photography studios, theater props, and creative reuse.

We are particularly happy to provide Pittsburgh film productions with visually compelling, period-appropriate books for use as props and set dressings in the movies and TV series being filmed in Western Pennsylvania. We have previously worked with Netflix Studios and can consult on historical accuracy and source items of special antiquarian interest. In addition to books in all styles, we have old newspapers, magazine, photo albums, sheet music, autograph books, diaries, and foreign language texts.

Please get in touch with us about your project needs and we’ll be glad to assist you.