Higginson Book Company

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Higginson Book Company, founded and owned by Robert Murphy, is a publisher of reprints of rare and out-of-print genealogies, local histories and Civil War regimentals.

Mr. Murphy started as an antiquarian book dealer and then moved his business to Salem in 1975.

Higginson Books operated out of an historical house, the Joshua Ward House at 148 Washington Street.

Robert Murphy passed away in 2013, the company is now run by his wife, Sara.

In 2015, Higginson Books sold the historic house they operated in and moved operations to their Jefferson Street location.

The Joshua Ward house was sold and opened as a boutique hotel named The Merchant in Nov. 2015.

See Also

  • Vertical File in Salem Collection - Murphy, Robert
  • "Book dealer makes history come alive" Boston Sunday Globe, Aug. 8, 1993, p.1
  • "Remembering those who helped preserve region's history" (Robert Murphy) Essex County Chronicles Salem News, July 29, 2013, p.7