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768 Fifth Ave., at 59th St., in the Plaza Hotel; 25 E. 77th St., at Madison Ave., in the Mark Hotel; 212-593-7236;

Look for tomes on icons like Christian Dior and Coco Chanel and browse the design and architecture sections for luxurious monographs on greats like Charles and Ray Eames and Le Corbusier. Assouline’s Plaza boutique offers custom leather bookbinding. $$-$$$

Bauman Rare Books

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

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;

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. $$-$$$$

The Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore

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

This bookstore has a stunning collection of history and geography titles, including a notable assortment 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;

Dashwood Books is devoted almost exclusively to contemporary photography, including a particularly impressive international selection from Japan and Europe. Books are organized by country and subject. $$

Design Books


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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

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.)


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

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. $$-$$$


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

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


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