Member Since 2019

Excelsa Scripta Rare Books

Allow me to introduce myself

My name is Ellen Saito, proprietor of Excelsa Scripta Rare Books. Earl Grey, my most handsome and energetic Russian Blue kitten, is the boss of me. Earl Grey is very smart so I am well-trained.

555 Broadway #5J
Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706, USA
Contact: Ellen Saito


Welcome to Excelsa Scripta Rare Books offering a fine selection of antiquarian books with a growing focus on social thought. Topics include human rights, women's history, black history, LGBTQ history, indigenous communities, poverty, disability, civil disobedience, civil rights, and freedom of religion, thought, speech, and press. I derive and hope to share inspiration from significant historical figures, ideas, and contributions.

About Us

Proprietor of Excelsa Scripta Rare Books, I named my bookstore after the Latin translation of “sublime writing.” Bookselling is my nirvana, the culmination of years of following my passions. My priorities are professionalism, truth in advertising, accountability, and five-star customer care. Member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, I am proud to meet the requirements of their Code of Ethics. As an architect with a Master of Arch from Columbia University, my previous experience dovetails well with my career as a professional bookseller. Architects are professional, discerning and interactive entrepreneurs with respect for history. Attentive to form and function, I enjoy books as objets d'art and as works of historical significance.

Store Hours

  • Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Wed - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun: Closed

Terms of Sale

Excelsa Scripta Rare Books offers the highest quality of customer care because your satisfaction is my priority. Contact is encouraged for any reason. Additional photos are provided upon request. Books are carefully examined. Any book in its original condition may be returned within 30 days of receipt (prior notice required). Return shipping is free for description errors. We ship worldwide; orders ship within one business day; tracking is provided. Payment accepted by the IOBA eCommerce system.

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