Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore

★★★★★
Rare Travel Books
  • 199 Madison Ave

    New York, NY 10016

    Cross street: at 35th St.

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  • 212-685-9007

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Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm

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Arnold, Stefan, Mike & Edin tend to their collection of unusual, hard-to-find and rare books with the single-minded intensity of devoted gardeners. The shop's range is broad and often one of them will answer patiently a browser's questions about a book, its history, its literary siblings or other interesting dimensions. As a geographer I've seen few other resources with as much to offer when it comes to places and regions worldwide. Price are reasonable considering the character and condition of their stock. I do not travel to New York without making at least one beeline to the Complete Traveller. Like the Empire State Building, this bookstore is a Big Apple "must see" -- except that the CT has many great books.
William Casey
Minneapolis, MN

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★★★★★

Arnold, Stefan, Mike & Edin tend to their collection of unusual, hard-to-find and rare books with the single-minded intensity of devoted gardeners. The shop's range is broad and often one of them will answer patiently a browser's questions about a book, its history, its literary siblings or other interesting dimensions. As a geographer I've seen few other resources with as much to offer when it comes to places and regions worldwide. Price are reasonable considering the character and condition of their stock. I do not travel to New York without making at least one beeline to the Complete Traveller. Like the Empire State Building, this bookstore is a Big Apple "must see" -- except that the CT has many great books.
William Casey
Minneapolis, MN

Pros: Great breadth

Cons: Not open 24-7

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Even though I'm an amateur book shop junkie (on my international and US travels, I lock myself for hundreds of hours inside best bookshops), I had the most unique experience of its kind at Complete Traveller. I usually look for rare art books, but since there is a very big market for that, even in very unique shops I get tired and frustrated of seeing the same things over and over again.

When I stepped into CT, (spontaneously - I never thought I could find something in there that fits my interests) I saw a library of precious books I've never seen before, I held them with shaking hands, but Arnold encouraged me to actually to look inside them!

I felt as privileged as, let's say, The President - having access to those precious books. Even though the particular subject matter wasn't what I looked for initially, I was surprised by how many things there were that were inspiring to me!

I would suggest to give yourself some time, without stressing out, and let yourself be immersed into this world and be surprised by a book that would open the world you'd never imagine, in your wildest dreams, had existed!

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★★★★★

Even though I'm an amateur book shop junkie (on my international and US travels, I lock myself for hundreds of hours inside best bookshops), I had the most unique experience of its kind at Complete Traveller. I usually look for rare art books, but since there is a very big market for that, even in very unique shops I get tired and frustrated of seeing the same things over and over again.

When I stepped into CT, (spontaneously - I never thought I could find something in there that fits my interests) I saw a library of precious books I've never seen before, I held them with shaking hands, but Arnold encouraged me to actually to look inside them!

I felt as privileged as, let's say, The President - having access to those precious books. Even though the particular subject matter wasn't what I looked for initially, I was surprised by how many things there were that were inspiring to me!

I would suggest to give yourself some time, without stressing out, and let yourself be immersed into this world and be surprised by a book that would open the world you'd never imagine, in your wildest dreams, had existed!

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I recently was looking for a rare travel book and that's when I found out that they have a new website address: www.ctrarebooks.com. Otherwise I agree with the previous reviews that state it one of the greatest bookstores.

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I recently was looking for a rare travel book and that's when I found out that they have a new website address: www.ctrarebooks.com. Otherwise I agree with the previous reviews that state it one of the greatest bookstores.

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The Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore remains one of the truly great stores in New York City. Their extensive collections of travel-related 1st editions and hard-to-find classics are second to none, and I like the fact that they are independent and not a chain a la Borders, B & N, etc. Great place to buy a gift for a scholar or world traveler.

PROS: Selection, new titles all the time
CONS: no 800 #

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★★★★★

The Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore remains one of the truly great stores in New York City. Their extensive collections of travel-related 1st editions and hard-to-find classics are second to none, and I like the fact that they are independent and not a chain a la Borders, B & N, etc. Great place to buy a gift for a scholar or world traveler.

PROS: Selection, new titles all the time
CONS: no 800 #

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Ever wanted to go hiking in the Andes? (No Donner family jokes) Backtrack through Europe? Of study art in Indonesia? (Hey to each his own) Yet have no idea how to to any of it. Complete Traveller Bookstore has every travel book you can need for all of your traveling desires. They sell new, used and out of print so you can save a few bucks too.

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Ever wanted to go hiking in the Andes? (No Donner family jokes) Backtrack through Europe? Of study art in Indonesia? (Hey to each his own) Yet have no idea how to to any of it. Complete Traveller Bookstore has every travel book you can need for all of your traveling desires. They sell new, used and out of print so you can save a few bucks too.

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The Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore has an enormous selection of rare and out of print books about far away cities from years past. A great selection of old travel guides pick up two for the same city 20 years apart and see how quickly things change. This is a very neat store and check there website if you want to see more of what they currently have in stock. The sales person was very nice and patient answering all of my questions.

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★★★★☆

The Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore has an enormous selection of rare and out of print books about far away cities from years past. A great selection of old travel guides pick up two for the same city 20 years apart and see how quickly things change. This is a very neat store and check there website if you want to see more of what they currently have in stock. The sales person was very nice and patient answering all of my questions.

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The Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore is an amazing place. They carry a full line of old travel guides and old maps. They are real experts and can fill in your missing Baedeker's or find a travel guide to 1910 London. They also have a smattering of other rare books including a small but excellent section of children's books and books on New York City. This shop is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for any of this kind of material.

PROS: A wonderful place to shop
CONS: None that are apparent

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★★★★☆

The Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore is an amazing place. They carry a full line of old travel guides and old maps. They are real experts and can fill in your missing Baedeker's or find a travel guide to 1910 London. They also have a smattering of other rare books including a small but excellent section of children's books and books on New York City. This shop is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for any of this kind of material.

PROS: A wonderful place to shop
CONS: None that are apparent

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Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore is the kind of shop you only find in cities like New York and London. Shelf after shelf of long out of print travel guides to destinations all over the world. Before going on a visit to this shop I wondered why would a person collect travel guides but upon perusing a few older ones I quickly realized they offer a wealth of information as to how a society lives. The restaurant menus are a reflection on how the society ate, every restaurant menu from New York in the 1890's advertised Turtle Soup of many varieties try to order that today. Interesting stuff and not to expensive considering the age

PROS: Great selection of interesting books
CONS:

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Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore is the kind of shop you only find in cities like New York and London. Shelf after shelf of long out of print travel guides to destinations all over the world. Before going on a visit to this shop I wondered why would a person collect travel guides but upon perusing a few older ones I quickly realized they offer a wealth of information as to how a society lives. The restaurant menus are a reflection on how the society ate, every restaurant menu from New York in the 1890's advertised Turtle Soup of many varieties try to order that today. Interesting stuff and not to expensive considering the age

PROS: Great selection of interesting books
CONS:

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