The only thing that tops a bookstore full of amazing books, is a beautiful bookstore full of amazing books. Here are some of the most glorious, from Paris to Boston, and lovely spots in between.
Brattle Book Shop
Located in downtown Boston, Brattle Book Shop first opened its doors in 1825. George Gloss took ownership in 1949 and his son Ken runs it today. The three-story building is home to over 250,000 books, including two floors of used books and one floor of rare & antiquarian books.
For most of the 20th century, this charming storefront in Eureka, CA was a rough-and-tumble speakeasy called the High Lead Saloon. In 1933, the two owners had a shootout in the back hallway. It’s also said author Raymond Carver indulged at the High Lead, and a picture of the building can be seen in his book “Carver Country.” Eureka Books moved in in 1992. One of the last classic antiquarian booksellers on the west coast, Eureka Books offers first editions, ephemera, and new and used books.
London’s Peter Harrington has been dealing in the rare books business since 1969. It boasts an impressive selection of exquisite modern first editions, manuscripts and more.
Paris is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and Libraririe Jousseaume is one of its most lovely book shops. Selling books since 1826, Librairie Jousseaume offers everything from history books to travel literature and poetry.
Antiquariat Michael Solder
Located in Münster, Germany, Antiquariat Michael Solder offers a vast catalog of out-of-print books, special editions, and antiquarian treasures.
Neusser Buch & Kunst Antiquariat
At first glance, this might not seem like a bookstore at all. Cornelia Storch opened the rare & antiquarian shop in this stunning 200-year-old heritage home in Neuss, Germany. The home was built over an existing cellar that dates back 300 years. What was once a dark and damp cellar is now a beautiful candle-lit nook and home to exquisite leather-bound books.
Capitol Hill Books
Located on historical Capitol Hill in Washington DC, this two level bookstore is brimming with used, rare, and first edition books.
Twice Sold Tales
Seattle, WA was made for drinking coffee and browsing books. A grinning cat invites bibliophiles into a large brick building where they can browse a huge selection of used books.
Hudson City Books
Located in historic Hudson, NY, Hudson City Books opened in 2006 in a building built in 1865. Their inventory includes over 12,000 used and hard-to-find books.
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