Ike’s Bookstore & Collectables in Durban
Get in a room with out of prints … First editions, second time around to be read more than thrice and passed down through generations; line up in rows on bottle green painted bookshelves at the top of a wise old staircase awaiting bibliophilics. Wooden floors and paper pages fill slow unfolding mornings with Durban sunlight that slants through the corner sash windows defrosting forgotten novels …
Unexpectant afternoons are plump with well-worn rugs and well read favourites. Typed poetry bound in volumes of verse are interspersed with handwritten notes of authors and activists felt-tipped on the walls.
Scribed accounts of freedom struggles shape black ink on white pages in the memorable bookshop of South Africa’s first antiquarian book dealer of colour, Joseph David ‘Ike’ Mayet (deceased in 2002).
Although the founder of this literary haven, “Ike’s”, has passed on, history stays current on aged spines in his literary outlet of charm. Flip your fingers through titles in search of an old edition of a beloved classic, find a version of a savoured story in Old English, discover the first edition of something you haven’t read, replace a cherished copy you lent out and never got back, hand select a romance to open fireside or trace a memory in a fairytale that was read to you as a child.
Memorabilia, artefacts, collectables and biographies; some once a forbidden read, some the first of many and some the one and only, display amongst autographs of Booker Prize winners, to be chosen for a new home and read with an open mind and heart.
Radical literature debates Marxist and Leninist whispers in recorded words in this 20 year old private library set in a building that has met previous centuries.
Dust off dust jackets of ‘unheard of’s’ to present at bookclub, wrap a gem as a gift, discover a timeless tale in a serendipitous find, source unusual travel literature to absorb on the plane or leave empty handed but inspired; either way you’ll exit with more than you entered and you’ll wish you could have stayed a little longer …
Address: 48A Florida Road (below Argyle Road intersection) Corner shop above ‘Vanilla House’, Durban.
Telephone: +27 (0)31 303-9214
Hours: Monday to Friday from 10h00 to 17h00; Saturday from 09h00 to 14h00 and closed on Sundays.
Cost: Free to browse; lucky finds at inexpensive prices and priceless finds for a steal!