Named for “haecceity” or thisness, Haec City deals in books, objects & images that reflect the evolving visual and material cultures of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Areas of note include education, textiles, decorative arts, reference, vernacular materials, misfortuneand, Also Books, in general. 

The Haec City website (http://haec.city) originated as a pandemic-era project designed to mimic the experience of visiting a bookshop during a time when those spaces were inaccessible. In translating the ritual of rummaging through piles of books to the virtual sphere, clicking on an image substitutes picking up something that catches our eye, creating the opportunity for serendipitous discoveries absent of algorithms. Haec City / Also Books maintains a public archive of select sold listings to encourage engagement with rare materials outside the traditional bibliophile community. 


M. Callen
Haec City / Also Books
PO Box 90214
Pittsburgh, PA 15224



Orders ship within 2 business days. We reuse packaging whenever possible, so your parcel may not be pretty, but your shipment will be safe. Orders valued over $200 may require signature confirmation (buyer will be informed before shipment). Items are guaranteed as described or may be returned for full refund, postage paid. General returns are accepted within 30 days with advance notice, buyer to pay return shipping. Returns should be packaged in the original shipping container to avoid damage. All items are subject to prior sale. Reciprocal courtesies are extended to the trade with direct payment, institutional needs happily accommodated. Please email inquiries.

Standard shipping for books is $6; other items are calculated by location. Large items to faraway places may require additional shipping if they do not qualify for Media Mail. 7% sales tax applied to PA orders. International buyers are responsible for any VAT or other import fees. Special requests for deferred shipment, gift wrapping, etc, are accommodated whenever possible. Haec City / Also Books is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and upholds their professional and ethical standards.


James Laughlin, The Way it Wasn’t
 (New Directions, 2006)