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Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores is a must for Bibliophiles

By November 7, 2016Bookshops, New Releases, News

Two years ago, New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein wandered New York drawing pictures of the city’s endangered landmark bookstores in a modest feature for the magazine.

However, the feature struck a chord with book lovers and inspired a project to draw a full collection of bookstores from around the world, which went on to become Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers, released just last month.

The book was published last month and after a sneak preview today, it’s going straight on my Christmas list! It’s absolutely wonderful, and what started as some drawings of New York Bookstores has ended up being a feature book of bookshops all around the world, as far flung as Scotland and Argentina.

Eckstein talks about the project in a column for the New Yorker published a few weeks ago and in that he includes some images from the book. Here they are:

Bodhi Tree—Los Angeles, California

Giovanni’s Room—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Living Batch—Albuquerque, New Mexico


Although you should really pop to your local bookstore for a copy.

While we still maintain we have one of the largest online collection of bookshops in the world, we suspect this might be the largest collection in literature. It’s a beautiful thing, especially with the revival of bookshops in recent years.

In time Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores will also be a beautiful historical document, and it’s surely one for the shelves of any true bibliophile.

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