About Us

We opened The Marble Faun Books & Gifts in the summer of 2013, in historic Salem, Massachusetts, with a vision for an eclectic shop, celebrating our love of literature, vintage and Victorian items as well as the history and culture of our unique region.

We sell our favorite things, and strive to be exclusive by designing and crafting many of our items, including jewelry, bookmarks, stationery sets, and greeting cards.  We offer customized tea, rich soy candles, and fragrant soaps and lotions made in the USA.  The variety of books we offer has been carefully selected, including classics, humor, Steampunk, history, and supernatural fiction. We also offer antique books of our favorite classics and our collection is always changing. Many of our items are related to historic Salem, Massachusetts, as well as local authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and his contemporary Edgar Allan Poe.  We also love all things Jane Austen, and offer many custom “Austen” items. Look for our extensive Sherlock Holmes selection too.

We are located on Pickering Wharf in Salem, doors down from the Salem Custom House and the historic waterfront at 102 Wharf Street, Salem, MA  01970.  Our telephone number is 978-594-0110 and email is themarblefaunbooksandgifts@gmail.com. Please check our Facebook page for shop hours and weekly updates.

We are very excited about our on-line store and look forward to providing great customer service and satisfaction.   

We will ship via US Postal Service Priority Mail. Free Shipping on orders over $50. Shipping to Continental USA only. Please call (978.594.0110) or email (themarblefaunbooksandgifts@gmail.com) for shipping rates to Hawaii or Alaska. Please call or email for International Shipping Inquiries.

Thank you for your patronage and patience. Both are valued and much appreciated.



The evocative name The Marble Faun is taken from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s last novel The Marble Faun (1860) set in the world of American expatriate artists living in Rome. Hawthorne published the novel simultaneously in Boston and in England before returning to the States in the spring of 1860. Its publication marked Hawthorne's return to fiction writing after spending more than five years abroad, and it was celebrated by his contemporaries for its true-to-life depictions of Italy.

For further reading on Nathaniel Hawthorne and/or The Marble Faun, check out  www.hawthorneinsalem.org and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Marble_Faun