Our Madison Avenue Store closed in January 2015. Our website remains open!
The Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore grew out of The Complete Traveller Bookstore, the first travel bookstore in the United States. Many customers have combined their purchases of new guidebooks with vintage travel books. Throughout the years our rare travel section was steadily growing. After the 9/11 travel crisis in NYC the former owners Arnold and Harriet Greenberg decided to focus on vintage travel books exclusively.
Portrait of the Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore on PBS.
Those of you who have visited our store have seen one of the country's premier collections of authentic Baedekers. The small red-covered books are considered the first modern travel guides and are treasured for their great historic detail and fold out maps throughout. From the rare "Indien" to the prosaic "Central Italy," we have them all. We are proud of our rapidly expanding collection of rare titles dealing with the history, culture, peoples and communities of New York City and New York State.
Other specialties include: The A&C Black Twenty Shilling series - books to far-flung destinations that are filled with scores of colorful illustrations. And, the state and city guides of the American Guide Series, a depression-era project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and written by many who later became renowned.