El placer de husmear en librerías de viejo

By | 2 October, 2014 | 0 comments

feria libro antiguoFrom the 2-19 of October, the 26th Antique and Used Book Fair takes place on Paseo de Recoletos, a great chance to enjoy books that are also valuable objects. It is also a way of discovering a hobby that can become addictive and that can be complemented by the many antique bookstores that exist in Madrid. The prices for these books are also much more affordable than what one may think, as long as we are not dealing with rarities.

Cuesta de Moyano is a great place to start with this activity. At number 19 you can find the stall of Francisco Javier Moncada, president of Madrid’s Second-Hand Bookseller’s Association, a lover of books and someone who is also willing to guide all aficionados. In his stall you can find first editions by Camilo José Cela from the 40s, such as La Colmena or The Family of Pascual Duarte, at prices that range from 30 to 50 euros. There are also more valuable samples, such as the complete works by Antonio Machado with leather bindings for 150 euros.

Fans of Pío Baroja, purists who are comfortable to be labeled barojianos, will enjoy the Fomento bookshop, next to the Senate, which has more than fifty works by the Basque author, many of them first editions that can be bought for as little as 20 euros. There are also books by his close friend José Martínez Ruiz ‘Azorín’, and other members of the famous Generation of ‘98.

A reference point in this antique book route is Bardón, a bookstore that is close to Calle Arenal, on Plaza de San Martín. Known as the “bookstore for bibliophiles”, it has been open for more than sixty years and it specialises in books published between the 15th and 19th centuries. Also famous are Dedalus, on Calle de los Madrazo; and Gulliver on Calle del León, 32, in the heart of the Las Letras district.

All of them are a short walk away from our Hotel Victoria 4, located a stone’s throw from the Puerta del Sol, in the heart of Madrid. Are you going to stay with us during your next trip to Madrid?

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