Book Row: An Anecdotal and Pictorial History of the Antiquarian Book Trade

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Avalon Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 416 pages
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The city has eight million stories, and this one unfolds just south of 14th Street in Manhattan, mostly on the seven blocks of Fourth Avenue bracketed by Union Square and Astor Place. There, for nearly eight decades, from the 1890s to the 1960s, thrived a bibliophiles' paradise. They called it the New York Booksellers' Row, or, more commonly, Book Row.
It's an American story, the story that this richly anecdotal historical memoir amiably tells: as American as the rags-to-riches tale of the Strand, which began its life as book stall on Eighth Street and today houses 2.5 million volumes in twelve miles of space. It's a story cast with colorful characters: like the horse-betting, poker-playing go-getter and book dealer George D. Smith; the irascible Russian-born book hunter Peter Stammer, the visionary Theodore C. Schulte; Lou Cohen, founder of the still-surviving Argosy Book Store; gentleman bookseller George Rubinowitz and his legendary shrewd wife Jenny.
Rising rents, street crime, urban redevelopment, television-the reasons are many for the demise of Book Row, but in this volume, based on interviews with dozens upon dozens of the book people who bought, sold, and collected there, it lives again.

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BOOK ROW: An Anecdotal and Pictorial History of the Antiquarian Book Trade

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Fond, nostalgic account of the rise and fall of the secondhand- and rare-book sellers who once clustered on and around Manhattan's Fourth Avenue.At times as dusty and disarrayed as one of those shops ... Read full review

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User Review  - Aetatis - LibraryThing

Good book for those of us that enjoy reading about the "good ole days" when booksellers sold new, used and rare books. Excellent for the collecting "books about books" person. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Marvin Mondlin began working in the book trade in 1951 and has been the estate book buyer for the Strand since 1974. He is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and numerous other book-related organizations. Roy Meador, a book collector and freelance writer, has been published in such national periodicals as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian, and Analog.

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