About Us

James Bryant & Mary Hill of Carpe Diem Fine Books have been booksellers since 1995.

Since establishing their business, Mary and James have met many book-lovers, collectors and booksellers; made many new friends; expanded their knowledge and experience; and bought and sold a lot of good books! Because of their personal interest in the American West, their inventory has had a major emphasis on its Literature and History over the years. As well, as interesting and collectible books in all fields continue to come their way, their stock has expanded into a wide - and eclectic - range.

James and Mary are members of Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.

Over the years Mary and James have bought many thousands of books, by the book and by the collection, and offered the best of them by appointment in their home, at book fairs throughout the West and online. Finally, in early 2006, the stars lined up and they opened their shop in historic downtown Monterey - a few steps from the Robert Louis Stevenson House - where RLS stayed while in Monterey (they like to think he would have stopped in to browse on his way home from Jules Simoneau's cafe!).

Located in a charming 1930's Carmel-stone building in historic downtown Monterey, Carpe Diem Fine Books offers a discriminating selection of out-of-print, and out of the ordinary books in all fields - with a special emphasis on the history and literature of California and the West. More than a bookshop, we also feature art and collectibles of the Monterey area.

We (and Oliver the Lhasa Apso/Chihuahua/Pomeranian!) invite you to come visit... and enjoy the beauty of the Monterey Peninsula.

Thank you for visiting our website - Carpe Diem!

245 Pearl Street
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 643-2754

We welcome visitors by appointment or by chance.