Walking Tour Of New York’s Antiquarian Book Sellers-Part One: Midtown Manhattan


Book Store in New York City

Dealer Address & Contact Info.Dealer Specialties and Additional Details
Bauman Rare Books (2 NY Shops)
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
301 Park Avenue, Lobby Level (49th & 50th Streets)
New York, NY 10022
Summer Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10-6
Telephone: (212) 759-8300
Fax: (212) 759-8350
Email: brb@baumanrarebooks.com
Website: baumanrarebooks.com
Name of proprietor(s): David Bauman, Natalie Bauman
Rare Books, Autographs, Signed Books, First Editions, Fine Sets, Literature, Americana, Law, Travel, History, Economics, Children’s Books

Additional Details: This is the second of Bauman Rare Books’ 2 New York stores, conveniently located in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, a major tourist attraction.
Black Sun Books
157 E. 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
Summer Hours: By Appointment Only
Telephone: (212) 688-6622
Fax: (212) 751-6529
Email: blksnbks@panix.com
Website: blacksunbooks.com
Name of proprietor(s): Harvey Tucker, Linda Tucker
Rare Books & Literary First Editions, Illustrated Books & Original Graphics, Fine Printing, Art, Photography, Manuscripts

Additional Details: According to Linda Tucker, co-proprietor of Black Sun Books, “We handle books with original graphics, primarily the major modern illustrators: Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Jim Dines, Calder, Larry Rivers, Henry Moore, Max Ernst, Man Ray….We deal one on one in building collections and helping clients decide on books and on which way they want to bring along their interests.”
Complete Traveller Bookstore
199 Madison Avenue (& 35th St.)
New York, NY 10016-4305
Summer Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10-6, Sun. 12-5
Telephone: (212) 685-9007
Email: www.completetraveller@att.net
Website: www.completetravellerbooks.com
Name of proprietor(s): Arnold Greenberg (Brian Schultz)
Rare Travel Books, New York History; Also Are Starting To Cary Books In Assorted Other Subjects

Additional Details: Arnold Greenberg, owner of the Complete Traveller Bookstore, describes the evolution of his shop as following: “We were the first travel bookstore in the US. We opened about 25 years ago and then merged into carrying both new and rare travel books. In the last 6 months we have expanded into a rare book store exclusively, specializing in travel and New York City.”
Gotham Book Mart & Gallery, Inc.
41 W. 47th Street (5th & 6th)
New York, NY 10036
Summer Hours: Mon.-Fri.., 9:30-6:30, Sat. 9:30-6
Telephone: (212) 719-4448
Name of proprietor(s): Andreas Brown
Literary Archives, Literary Manuscripts & Letters, Modern First Editions, Collection Development (Literary), Appraisals (Literary), Edward Gorey

Additional Details: The Gotham Book Mart & Gallery, Inc. is a kind of hybrid, a unique mix of a rare/antiquarian bookstore and a writer’s hangout.

Proprietor Andreas Brown describes it this way: “We’re 82 years old this year and still going strong. Basically we’re a writer’s book store. We were founded in 1920. We are a focal point for the creative arts. We frequently have lectures, shows, publication parties, et cetera, to support aspiring writers and artists.”