The most impressive collection of old bibles I’ve ever seen is in the Old Believers “Knizhnaya Lavka” (“book bench”) by the Preobrazhensky market. A small room stacked to the ceiling with books that are oozing with sanctity but can be purchased at prices that, given their age, appear more than reasonable. Probably in Old Slavonic. No, I didn’t dare to ask to inspect them closer. Doing so out of motivation that is 2/3 curiosity appeared to me something of a sacrilege. A property next door to the market itself, just west from it. The entrance is from the side closest to Metro Preobrazhenskaya.
While there check out a flea market of the 90s sort. Last observed in December 2012 and is note likely to last in the sterility-obsessed 2013 Moscow. You may also want to visit an old cemetery on the other side of the market. And of course the market itself, which will be mentioned a lot in this Guide.
Olympiysky Sports Complex (Metro Prospekt Mira), first floor, used book corner (букинистический отдел, bukinisticheskiy otdel). There was at least one seller specializing in English books, and several of them had at least a few. The best thing about that section is that sellers there, unlike typical bookstore clerks, are book enthusiasts, and will go out of their way to dig up what you need. There are unconfirmed reports that St. Anrew’s Anglican Church in Moscow holds a book fair every last Sunday of the month. Someone please tell me if it is so! Or take me there. I have a fear of churches and other “places of power” and would not dare entering there unsupported.
Note that Shakespeare &Co. is gone! Been gone for years!! People keep recommending it but… I am hoping someone will fill the niche though. I may be interested in participating. Talk to me if you are thinking of pursuing such a failing project as opening an English bookstore in Moscow. As of recent I’ve been failing at just about everything I try. One more loser project won’t make a difference.