Mast Books

In 2009, Brian Leitgeb and his wife opened Mast Books on Avenue A in New York City’s East Village. The shop’s prices remain modest and affordable, and the collection of used books reflects Leitgeb’s personal taste—including literary fiction and poetry.

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James Cummins Bookseller

James Cummins Bookseller was founded in 1978 and has its main store on Madison Avenue in New York City as well as two locations in New Jersey. The Madison Avenue store is a quiet and pleasantly furnished book room with a carefully chosen, expertly catalogued and broad-based selection of fine and rare books, autographs, manuscripts, and works of art.

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East Village Books

East Village Books is a used bookstore whose owner, Donald Davis, was deemed to be the year’s most heroic bookseller by the Village Voice in 2011. The store takes in close to five hundred used books a week including scholarly libraries, art and photography books, literature and science fiction, and buyback textbooks. Estate libraries are their specialty and a buyer is usually available during store hours.

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Donald Heald Rare Books, Prints & Maps

Donald Herald Rare Books, Prints & Maps offers antiquarian books and prints in the areas of botany, ornithology, natural history, Americana and Canadiana, Native Americans, voyages and travels, maps and atlases, photography, and more. The shop was founded in England in 1972, and they are renowned for their extensive print inventory, including the complete print stock of Ackermann & Son of London, established in 1783.

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Chartwell Booksellers

Chartwell considers itself “a bookstore in the classic tradition.” For thirty years they have been selling rare and out-of-print Winston Churchill books, as well as books on the military, motors, baseball, photography, jazz, classic fiction, and nonfiction. The store is named after Sir Winston Churchill’s home in England’s Kent countryside, and is the only standing bookshop in the world devoted to his writings.

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Books of Wonder

Books of Wonder opened on September 2, 1980, as a bookshop specializing in antique children’s books. Today, the shop stocks new titles as well as beloved classics and still has a large selection of old, rare, and collectible children’s books. Many events have been held here over the years by authors including Madeleine L’Engle, Eric Carle, and others.

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B&B Rare Books, Ltd.

B&B Rare Books specializes in eighteenth to twentieth-century American, British, and French literature, modern first editions, poetry, mystery and detective fiction, children's literature, and signed and inscribed books. After graduating from college and moving to New York City, Joshua Mann and Sunday Steinkirchner opened B&B Rare Books inspired by their shared love for rare books and literature.

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Argosy Book Store

Argosy Book Store has been in business for eighty-nine years, making it New York City’s oldest independent book store. Now in its third generation of family ownership, Argosy has an extensive stock of antiquarian and out-of-print items. The store specializes in Americana, modern first editions, autographs, art, antique maps and prints, and the history of science and medicine.

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Alabaster Bookshop

Alabaster Bookshop is the last of the secondhand bookstores that once lined Fourth Avenue. Just around the corner from the Strand, this bookshop is much smaller and more affordable, with trade paperbacks sold at half the cover price and two dollar hardcovers on the rolling carts outside. The selection is eclectic, ranging from post modern literature to Twilight, and also features some rare photography books and first edition paperbacks.

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Three Lives & Company

In 1991, the Greenwich Village Historical Society cited Three Lives & Company for being "a pocket of civility." The shop boasts a knowledgeable staff who aide in directing customers to literary books that they might otherwise overlook and placing special orders. Among many things, "Three Lives is an anachronism. It is the shop around the corner. A haven for people who read."

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