Sunday, July 5, 2015


Strand Book Store, New York City's legendary home of 18 Miles of new, used and rare books.

Opened in 1927 by Ben Bass on 4th Avenue, what was then called "Book Row" and housed 48 bookstores, the Strand is the last store remaining and is now run by Bass' son and granddaughter. Rare Book Room (RBR) at the 3rd floor is a salon of aged proofs, first editions and signed books.

Alabaster Bookshop, a stone's throw away from the Strand. A cozy bookshop selling used and rare books. Limited yet beautiful collection.

Each book on the shelves outside is only $2.

Second Story Books, with outlets in Bethesda, Dupont Circle and Rockville, is probably the best-known and largest used and antiquarian book operation in the Washington area. Together the three shops buy and sell an amazing volume and variety of books. But not only books: music, prints and posters, magazines, antiques and even, at times, old radios.

Though one needs to spend a little time here just getting oriented. But if your idea of a fun afternoon is to spend three or four hours poking around among odd works of scholarship, half-forgotten fiction from earlier in the century, or shelf after shelf of theology, philosophy and history, this is the place to go.

We visited the outlet at Dupont Circle.
I had found quite an extensive collection of old maps there.

McNally Jackson, an amazing indie bookstore which is highly recommended by a lot of booklovers.

The store is well-lit and and modern, yet still warm.  There is also a café where you can enjoy a nice cuppa and listen  to soothing music while reading.

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