Sep-Jun: Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm; Sun, closed; Jul-Aug: Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun, closed
F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.
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Rare-book stores can be comprehensive without resembling an annex to Hogwarts—something Ursus Books keeps in mind. The front room at the Madison Avenue branch is airy and light-filled to attract casual browsers, but it’s the collection that seduces hard-core bibliophiles. Ursus always has key original art books on hand, such as Matisse’s Poèmes de Charles d’Orléans, as well as treasures like a first-edition On the Origin of Species.