Book Row : an anecdotal and pictorial history of the antiquarian book trade

by Marvin Mondlin

Paper Book, 2004

Status

Available

Publication

New York : [Berkeley, Calif.] : Carroll & Graf Publishers ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2004.

User reviews

LibraryThing member delphica
(#48 in the 2007 book challenge)

This is a great read for people who are overly into books. It is page after page of descriptions of bookstores formerly located in New York City's 4th Avenue book sellers' district. It is very enthusiastic, the authors are excited about every bookstore and what kinds of books they sold. It has this "... and one time, at band camp...." vibe, it's like "And then there was this bookstore, and it was really good, and then there was this other bookstore, and that was very jolly indeed, and then this other bookstore ..." Again for book lovers, it will also make you drool when the authors dig up price lists from the early 20th century. Other than that, though, if you don't have a special (and frankly, a little greedy) love of books, this doesn't have any sort of hook that will spark an interest.

Grade: B+, I feel like more could have been done to show some sort of bigger picture.

Recommended: In addition to fans of books and antique books and used book stores, I think people who are into the history of New York City would also find a lot to enjoy here.
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LibraryThing member Aetatis
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.
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