Bookshop was started in 1975 in Easton, MD. by
Jim Dawson in partnership with Ken Callahan. It
was located above Cherrys at 18 W. Dover St.
from 1975 to 1978 and at Court House Alley at
24 N. Washington St. from 1978 to 1983.
Jim, now the sole owner, moved the store to its
current location on the west bound lane of Rt.
50 in Trappe, which about 9 miles south of
Easton and 5 miles north of Cambridge.
It is an
active, open shop located in a one story brick
building with a second floor wing for antique
often ask why it is called the Unicorn
Bookshop. Unicorn just seemed like a nice name,
short and easy to remember. And (almost)
everybody likes unicorns. And a pox on you if
One of the
most exciting events in shop history occurred
on Feb. 14, 1997 when a deer crashed through
two plate glass doors, ran through the shop and
then went upstairs to meet its unfortunate
demise in the map room. Since it was
Valentine's Day, people thought that the
lovelorn deer was looking for the unicorn. The
shop now posts a "no deer" sign on
the door (a leaping deer with a slash through
it) and since then has had no more trouble with
is a member of WABA which is the Washington
Association. Jim also writes a monthly article
on books and book collecting for The Journal
of Antiques and Collectibles.
Click here for some sample
3935 Ocean Gateway
P.O. Box 154
Trappe, MD. 21673-0154
phone: (410) 476-3838
Owner: James Dawson
Open seven days a week 9 to 5. All books and
maps 100% guaranteed as described or complete
refund. Phone and Mail Orders accepted. Payment
by Cash, Check, Visa and Master card.