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Assouline

768 Fifth Ave., nr. 59th St., in the Plaza Hotel, mezzanine level; 212-593-7236; assouline.com

Towering shelves of coffee-table books fill out this opulent Plaza Hotel boutique. Look for tomes on style icons like Christian Dior and Coco Chanel and browse the strong design and architecture sections for luxurious monographs on greats like Charles and Ray Eames and Le Corbusier. This is Assouline’s only boutique that offers custom leather bookbinding. $$-$$$

Bauman Rare Books

535 Madison Ave. nr. 54th St.; 212-751-0011; baumanrarebooks.com

The owners' love of collecting informs the atmosphere of this renowned store, which carries an unparalleled array of first editions and inscribed volumes from the 15th through 20th centuries. The expert staff knows how to keep serious collectors happy. $$$$

Clic Bookstore & Gallery

255 Centre St., at Broome St.; 212-966-2766; clicgallery.com

The gallery portion of the store displays rotating monthly photography exhibits, ranging from New York–street style to conceptual posed portraits. The book selection includes colorful coffee-table tomes comprising portraits, landscapes, and voyeuristic paparazzi shots. $$-$$$$

Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore

199 Madison Ave., at 35th St.; 212-685-9007; ctrarebooks.com

This bookstore has a stunning collection of history and geography titles, including a notable section of rare books on New York City and one of the country’s largest selections of out-of-print Baedeker travel guides. Don’t miss the vintage maps. $$-$$$$

Dashwood Books

33 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-387-8520; dashwoodbooks.com

Dashwood Books is devoted almost exclusively to contemporary photography, including a particularly impressive international selection from Japan and Europe. Books are organized by country (Korea, the Netherlands, and Germany) and subject (sports, media, architecture, war, and fashion). $$

Design Books

212-677-3985; washingtonsquarebooks.com

Find rare and out-of-print titles, plus books on design, architecture, and the decorative arts. The shop specializes in books on the arts of China and Japan, modern design, and fine typography. $$$-$$$$ (by appointment only)

Gagosian Shop

976 Madison Ave., nr. 76th St.; 212-796-1224; gagosian.com

A Pop Art boutique and bookstore from arguably the most powerful art dealer in the world, Gagosian Shop focuses on art books and monographs. It also sells a small selection of furniture and art pieces for the home. $$-$$$

Open Air Modern

489 Lorimer St., nr. Powers St., Williamsburg; 718-383-6465; openairmodern.com

This trove of rare and used art, photography, and design books is carefully selected by the owner. Mid-century lamps and Scandinavian chairs evoke a living-­room setting for browsing; the furnishings are also for sale. $-$$

Pageant Print Shop

69 E. 4th St., nr. Bowery; 212-674-5296; pageantbooks.com

This tiny shop doesn’t carry books, but it has a vast stash of vintage cartography, prints, and advertisements. Prices run the gamut, from $1 postcard-size prints to framed New York maps from the 1800s for around $750. $$

Potterton Books

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 101 in the Decoration & Design Building; 212-644-2292; pottertonbooksusa.com

This London-based seller of design and art books boasts a wealth of rare and out-of-print materials. Subjects include architecture, interior design, and landscape gardening. $$$

Printed Matter

195 Tenth Ave., nr. 22nd St.; 212-925-0325; printedmatter.org

This nonprofit, headquartered in Chelsea, is dedicated to promoting the book as an art medium. It maintains a retail operation with over 15,000 titles and hosts book launches and events for artists like Yoko Ono, Tom Sachs, and Sonic Youth. $$-$$$ (made in N.Y.)

Taschen

107 Greene St., nr. Prince St.; 212-226-2212; taschen.com

Aesthetes flock to this coffee-table book mecca for arty-edgy titles like The Big Book of Breasts. The selection also boasts monographs from contemporary artists like David LaChapelle and pocket-size guides on subjects like vintage cars. $$-$$$

Zakka

155 Plymouth St., nr. Jay St., Dumbo; 718-801-8037; zakkacorp.com

Delight in the expansive array of Japanese toys, magazines, and giftable accessories. There’s also a huge selection of books, neatly separated into categories like architecture, design, media, illustration, and Japanese culture. $$

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