About Us

Welcome to Excelsa Scripta Rare Books. Please expect the highest level of customer service. Your contact is always welcome. Any questions you may have will be answered as soon as possible. Additional photos are available. All books are carefully examined to ensure accurate descriptions. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Any book in its original condition may be returned for any reason (prior notice requested).

We offer a fine selection of rare books. We focus on first editions by important authors, signed books, beautiful sets, and books designed and illustrated by amazing artists. You will find fine bindings, limited editions, and first thus books. Rare books make thoughtful gifts. We carry a wide range of books for everyone you know: young readers, scholars of every specialty, hobbyists, and careerists. If you have a specific book or type of book in mind, please "Leave a Want" at the above tab, so that we may do our best to provide you with the book you seek or to provide you with a recommended book as soon as possible. We provide this service for our customers free of charge. You are under no obligation to buy.

While we maintain special books of general interest in stock, we have begun to focus on women's history, black history, and social reform. We hope to inspire people to remember the great historical figures who uplifted us all when they fought for the underrepresented. The fight for social and economic equality in a more civilized, safe, and free world will never be over. So, while we treasure books as gems, historical artifacts, and works of sublime artistry, we also try to keep our lofty appreciation grounded.

In terms of mindfulness, we are also beginning to look into more eco-friendly packaging. We look to gradually replace our supplies with recycled, biodegradable, and renewable products. Our ongoing effort to support sustainablility should come to fruition by 2019. Already, some of our corrugated boxes are made of 100% post-consumer and post-industrial waste. We are about to start to use biodegradable cello carton sealing tape made with a renewable plant-based adhesive. We have always used bubble wrap made of partially recycled material, and we look to transition to 100% recycled kraft paper, corrugated bubble paper, and paper shred. Bags with 100% recycled film and resealable closure, recycled tissue papers, and recycled shipping labels are in the works.

Our Team

Allow me to introduce our winning team. My name is Ellen Saito and I am the proprietor of Excelsa Scripta Rare Books. My business partner is Porgy and he is my boss. Porgy, as you may have guessed, is my sweet-natured and most handsome Seal Point Siamese cat, despite what his name may imply. Porgy is very smart and very good at his job, so I am exceedingly well trained. My brainiac husband at times will act as a consultant. Aside from his big deal full-time job, he contributes by calculating statistics in his head, by exhibiting unfailing support in my more difficult moments, and by carrying heavy boxes. My team members are all aces, so I try to show my appreciation as much as possible. We are a mutual admiration society of three. My husband and my cat, in his little cat way, are my champions, my cheerleaders, and my solace. They enable me to pursue my vocation with confidence and ease. True story.