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PostSubject: Book Row   Book Row EmptyFri Jan 23, 2009 1:44 pm

I'm currently midway through "Book Row" by by Marvin Mondlin & Roy Meador. It's a history of antiquarian book shops and their colourful dealers in NYC. The time frame focuses on the late 1800's through the 1960's...VERY INTERESTING read for folks into the subjet...

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Between 1890 and the 1960s, a bustling trade in used and rare books flourished in New York City along Fourth Avenue, between Union Square and Astor Place. Although the stores that once prospered on this little stretch of street have long since closed, the memories of the halcyon days of the bookselling trade in the city still live in the minds of former customers and store employees. Drawing on interviews and on seminal articles published in the early- and mid-20th century, Mondlin (estate buyer at the Strand) and book collector Meador vividly re-create the passion, wonder and adventure of the book trade as it developed along Book Row. The authors paint portraits of the booksellers who established the Row and who secured its reputation among book lovers. There is George D. Smith, the shrewd but gentlemanly book collector who helped Henry E. Huntington build his own library. Called by many "the greatest American bookdealer," Smith provided an example of the persistence and keen insight into the value of books that became the hallmark of the stores on Book Row. The authors also chronicle other dealers such as Eleanor Lowenstein, whose Corner Book Shop specialized in cookbooks; David Kirschenbaum, who developed a stellar collection of Walt Whitman that formed the foundation of the Library of Congress's collection; and Harry Gold, whose Aberdeen Book Company was the first among the antiquarian stores on Book Row to feature paperbacks, in the 1920s. The authors also reminisce about favorite stores, such as Albert F. Goldsmith's At the Sign of the Sparrow, which specialized in theater memorabilia and which very likely provided the setting for mystery writer Carolyn Wells's Murder in the Bookshop. Mondlin and Meador's affectionate paean to the denizens and dealers of Book Row brings to life the glory days of one of New York City's greatest bygone treasures.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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PostSubject: Re: Book Row   Book Row EmptyFri Jan 23, 2009 1:52 pm

That sounds like a most interesting read! Very Happy I'm going to have to look for that one in the library..

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PostSubject: Re: Book Row   Book Row EmptyFri Jan 23, 2009 1:55 pm

Puff Daddy wrote:
That sounds like a most interesting read! Very Happy I'm going to have to look for that one in the library..

Jim,

You can buy it for $1.26 on Amazon cheers
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