Argosy Books

A while ago I was lucky enough to be introduced by a friend to Laura, who runs the map gallery at Argosy Books in New York. Laura was over in London for a week or so and came to visit me in my studio.

It was really great to meet her and chat about maps, art and my work.

When I was planning my trip to New York I knew that a trip to Argosy was a must. So off I went on the subway up to East 59th Street not knowing at all what to expect but expecting something good. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Argosy is like stepping back in time (in the best possible way). Argosy has been around since 1925 and it feels like a place full of love, for the books and the maps and the people who visit. If your looking for a quirky place to visit where you can go hunting for unexpected treasures then Argosy is your place.

I was of course mostly interested in the map gallery that Laura runs but she did take me on a tour of the whole store so I got to see all the treasures there.

Here a few pic of my visit.


The map department


Prints in their folders


some lovely prints


scoring some maps




Even more autographs


Loved this view out the the 5th floor window


books, lovely books


even more books


ok there really are a lot of books


yep, we get it books!


Love’d this collage of end papers, can’t remember where I saw it though.


This collage of end papers was on the back of a door, love it!

I would recommend a visit if you’re in New York and you like books or maps or both. Their website is here


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