About Us




Old South Books is a Metro Atlanta based operation run by Larry Wandling and his wife, Phyllis Davis. The company has been in operation since 1998 buying and selling rare, collectible, and used books dealing with The War Between the States. We are not an "open store" but have conducted virtually all of our activity during the nearly 200 book fairs and Civil War shows we have attended through the years. Personal visits to view the library have always been welcomed. Likewise, many books have been sold over the telephone and through emails.


Larry has the "misfortune" of being both a dealer and collector of these fine books. To date, his personal collection of nearly 750 rare books has not been offered to the public. This website will eventually contain nearly all of this excellent collection for sale. So please stay tuned for future offerings.


We have tried our best to accurately describe our books and have attached photos to help in your decision.  Defining a book's condition is a subjective thing, "To each his own" seems to be the motto. I find nothing wrong with an old book showing honest wear. Books that are used, but not abused are acceptable. Abused books such as ex-library with all the markings, rebound, major restoration, etc; will be duly noted in the book's description and priced accordingly. However, nothing beats a phone call if you have any questions.


All books will be wrapped in clear mylar (condition of mylar varies) or those with dust jackets will have a Broadart protector.


To the many friends we have made over the years while conducting our business and to the hundreds of our past customers, we say "THANK YOU!" It has been a most enjoyable 20 years with more to come.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam - VivianVivian was co-founder and president of Old South Books when the corporation was formed in 1998. She was active in all phases of the company’s operations and was instrumental in its growth and prosperity. More than that she was Larry’s wife, best friend, companion, confidant, and advocate for over 50 years while being the mother of our two beautiful daughters. She was also a loving and doting grandmother to four wonderful grandchildren. She is truly missed by family and within the book fair and Civil War show communities.