Bauman Rare Books

Shopping, Bookstores Midtown East
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Although some of the rare tomes at this 35-year-old store cost as much as a studio apartment—the most expensive being the $365,000 The Nuremberg Chronicle, an illustrated history of the world, dating back to 1493—you can still score some autographed first editions (like Frank McCourt’s ’Tis) for around $150. The gorgeous two-story store and gallery is designed to resemble a traditional English library and is worth the visit alone. Of course, the knowledgeable staff can help you build a starter collection, if you’re interested; to date, the most requested books are anything by Winston Churchill, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.


Venue name: Bauman Rare Books
Address: 535 Madison Ave
New York

Cross street: between 54th and 55th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 10am–6pm
Transport: Subway: E, V to 53rd St
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