The Jumping Frog

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The Name


We are named for Mark Twain's first short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." The Frog's original location on South Whitney Street, the big store we inhabited throughout the 1990s on Prospect Avenue, and our current home at the Arbor Arts Center are all located less than a mile from Mark Twain's Hartford residence on Farmington Avenue, where he wrote "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

History and Future


For over 20 years, The Jumping Frog was a focal point for book lovers and book collectors in the greater Hartford area, featuring at its height over 100,000 volumes and a vast collection of ephemeral items: magazines, pamphlets, programs, postcards, posters, and more.

With this site, we have embarked upon the ambitious project of matching every printed item in our inventory with its perfect owner. Newly-cataloged items appear each week here and in our eBay listings. Check back often!

If you want what was, we've got it!

Associated Ventures


McBride/Publisher is the official source for the world's most portable and comprehensive first-edition guide, in both printed and electronic form, as well as its companion "Points of Issue" and "Book Collecting" guides.

The Archives of Advertising is our effort to preserve, for the digital age and beyond, the mid-20th century "Golden Age" of printed advertising, primarily focusing on transportation and fashion.

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