Book Row

An Anecdotal and Pictorial History of the Antiquarian Book Trade


by Marvin Mondlin & Roy Meador


Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York. Hard cover in dust jacket. Tan boards with brown spine and gold lettering. 407 pages. "Book Row" was New York's Fourth Avenue between 6th and 14th Streets. Two dozen book stores and shops and many "book stalls" were crowded together in a relatively small area during the first half of the 20th Century. This is one of those books for bibliophiles that don't mind listening to the tales of other bibliophiles. Nostalgia is one thing, but it's hard for any book collector to read about the world's best source of rare books ... that's no longer there. Today, they're all gone, except of course, The Strand Bookstore, which moved a few blocks over to Broadway. Lots of quotes and stories. An interesting history.