Penka Rare Books was founded in Berlin in 2012 by Dr. Philipp Penka, who discovered his passion for rare books and manuscripts while earning his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. His dissertation explored the relationship between early broadcasting and Russian modernist poetry between 1917 and 1937, but his interests range from the eighteenth into the late twentieth century.

We specialize in rare books and other items related to Russia and Eastern Europe, with a focus on undocumented and understudied materials. Our areas of interest are the fine arts, literature, and history, as well as the topics of censorship, exile, and emigration.

Our customers include private collectors as well as major research libraries and museums worldwide.

As members of the Verband Deutscher Antiquare (Association of German Antiquarian Booksellers, VDA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) we proudly adhere to these organizations' strict codes of ethics.