Unattributed. “A Wonderful Book Store. Leary’s Book Store, Ninth Street below Market, Philadelphia.”
Ca. 20th century. 24 x 18 (sheet). Lithograph. Very good condition.
Leary's Book Store was a landmark in Philadelphia for nearly one hundred years. It was at 9 South 9th Street and when it closed in 1969 it was known as the oldest book store in the United States. This wonderful advertisement shows a man on a ladder and is after the painting “The Bookworm” by Karl Spitzweg. It became the symbol of Leary’s Bookstore. A favorite place for bargains and a huge selection, the store was known up and down the entire east coast. We have heard stories of families in Connecticut getting on a train with shopping bags to for a day of book hunting at Leary’s.