The Old Printed Word. 5017 Connecticut Ave. NW. 363-5809.
An antiquarian bookstore like the Old Printed Word on Connecticut Avenue is a diverse archive, a place where crumbling old paperbacks share shelf space with leather-bound volumes, where a 12th-century Bible page and 19th-century albumen photographers seem to be standard stock. Proprietor Dean Des Roches' passion for old books had humble beginnings. As his original collection of old school books outgrew his home, Des Roches turned to garage sales, and, finally, to a store, to sell the overflow. The Old Printed Word is now 200,000 books and documents strong, with specialities in fine leather bindings and Americana, says Des Roches. Among his most prized pieces are a new york will dating from 1666 ($450), a record of original Washington landowners from 1799 ($1,500), and a Maine ship captain's diary of 1846-52 ($1,500). Des Roches' collection also encompasses a burgeoning number of old photographs, daguerrotypes and tintypes and whatever relics of early photography he can find. He spotlights them at his 3rd annual Vintage Photography Show with 30 dealers displaying and selling their acquisitions at his shop. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 7 ($4.50 admission, good for all three days), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 8 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 ($2.50 admission each day).