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Unbeknownst to many New Yorkers, Argosy Book Store in Midtown Manhattan is the city’s oldest independent bookstore. Opened in 1925, today it is in its third generation of family ownership and occupies a massive six-floor building on East 59 Street filled with vintage and rare books, first editions, autographs, art, antique maps & prints, and the history of science & medicine.

A small section of popular vintage books on the sidewalk

A private floor of the store with vintage and rare maps


Argosy Books also specializes in book restoration — a special section of the store houses tools of the craft
A shelf with some 15-century volumes
Large map folders are organized alphabetically by territory

The bookstore’s bags through the ages


Argosy Book Store
Monday—Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
116 East 59 St.
Instagram: @argosybookstore


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