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By Ezra Klein  |  June 10, 2009; 6:37 PM ET
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on the rise of big box bookstores

a homage to dauber and pine booksellers.

i just want to pay homage to dauber and pine booksellers, a bookstore of bygone times.
many years ago, in new york city, in the sixties, this bookshop existed on lower fifth ave, near twelfth street.
it was definitely a shop, not a store.

dauber and pine was absolutely unique.
it was filled to the ceiling and the brim with all manner of ancient and rare books, like a library of rare books by the thousand, where you could linger as long as you wished, and touch and read everything.
a sea of shelves and tables of fascinating,elderly, beautiful books.
the man who owned the store, was always categorizing quietly and studiously.
the shop was quiet and peaceful all of the time, with light streaming in from the big, old front window.
there were thousands of books that you could lose yourself in. old geology books, illustrated children's books of bygone years, esoteric art books...books on everything.
the minetta stream, that ran through greenwich village, and under the shop, would even overflow into the basement in the springtime, and they had to move the books upstairs.
you could spend hours in the store...every book seemed to be a random and unexplored jewel from the past. no two books seemed to be the same.
and you could buy the most amazing books for little money.
and if the owner liked you, you could even have it for less!
i spent hours roaming around in that shop, and the time i spent there was a significant part of my education during those years.
i wish dauber and pine still existed in manhattan. it was surely a treasure trove. perhaps others remember it too.

Posted by: jkaren | June 11, 2009 6:06 AM | Report abuse

for anyone who might be interested, i discovered a truly amazing link to an interview, with an erudite, antiquarian bookseller, named walter goldwater.
in this interview, he recollects in remarkable detail, the histories and stories about the unique used bookstores of new york city, in the twentieth century....with wonderful biographies of the extraordinarily erudite proprietors of these shops.
this remembrance seems to be a little masterpiece of remembrance for anyone who frequented those irreplaceable bookshops from what seems to be a vanished time.
here is the link:

Posted by: jkaren | June 11, 2009 6:32 AM | Report abuse

from the time before box bookstores...

also, it may be of interest to others, that from the 1890s through to the early sixties, there were several blocks in manhattan, near union square, that created "book row."
many, many antiquarian bookstores were there, with rare and out of print books. it was apparently a booklover's paradise, of extraordinary proportions.
there is a book of history and memoirs, written about this, called "book row," by marvin mondlin and ray meador.
the book is available on amazon and ebay.

Posted by: jkaren | June 11, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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