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Apr 25, 2011
Page Turners; The Book Lover's Hall of Fame - Forbes

Five go-to Names in the book lover's Hall of Fame.

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 Above: Peter Harrington

Booked Up

Writer Larry McMurtry has a second career as a rare book dealer. He's converted his hometown of Archer City, Tex. (you saw it in The Last Picture Show) into a bibliophile's mecca. McMurtry's multibuilding Booked Up features 300,000 volumes, many cherry-picked during his forages through bookstores and private collections. One author not available: Larry McMurtry.

216 S. CENTER ST., ARCHER CITY, TEX. 940-574-2511; BOOKEDUPAC.COM

Peter Harrington

Launched from a stall in the Chelsea antiques market 40 years ago, Peter Harrington is one of Europe's largest rare and antiquarian book dealers. If some of its books seem to be in unusually pristine condition there's a reason: The company has an in-house bindery.

100 FULHAM ROAD, CHELSEA, LONDON. 44-20-7591-0220; PETERHARRINGTON.CO.UK

Maggs Bros

Working out of a clublike town house in Mayfair, Maggs Bros has built its reputation over a century and a half as the world's most respected rare book dealer. Its early 1,300-book selfpublished catalogs are collector's items. But then, what else would you expect from the queen's official book purveyor?

50 BERKELEY SQUARE, LONDON. 44-20-7493-7160; MAGGS.COM

Bauman Rare Books

Collectors grumble about Bauman's why-pay-less pricing, but an erudite staff and a commitment to stocking “the best of the best” have propelled this once modest Philadelphia bookseller to the top of the game. The flagship New York store is a posh wood-lined gem, centered on a two-story bookshelf.

535 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY. 888-473-2491; BAUMANRAREBOOKS.COM

Randall House

One of the book world's best kept secrets, Randall House is where discerning collectors--and other book dealers--send their most ardent wish lists. If Ron Randall doesn't have it, he'll find it. Working out of a secluded shop in an 1825 adobe hacienda, he calls upon one of the broadest and most loyal personal networks in the business.

835 LAGUNA STREET, SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. 805-963-1909; RANDALLHOUSERAREBOOKS.COM

 

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