Harper’s Books is always my first, and often only, stop on the Montauk trip.


Located in the heart of East Hampton, you don’t go to Harper Levine’s shop to find a book, but to discover books that you never imagined existed. Dominated by rare and important art and photography books, Harper’s Books is my idea of Heaven on Earth.


Harper’s Books

87 Newtown Lane

East Hampton, NY 11937


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  1. Laura

    August 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Amazing place! I want to look at the japanese books!


  2. dina louise

    August 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    i soooo treasure my art books! they are always what i reach for whether it’s to be inspired or just to relax with.
    looks like an amazing shop!

  3. Kelsey Bang

    August 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    looks like such a fun bookstore! love finding new places to get reading material!

  4. Jen

    August 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Sounds like a magical place! Great shot.


  5. yellow

    August 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    thanks! great bookshop! i can`t live without books! love them!!!

  6. westcoasttiger

    August 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Is that a Japanese version of The Closer?

  7. Linda Rogers

    August 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    It looks amazing! I want to go there.

  8. Aqeel Fikree

    August 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Interesting. For the life of me, I can’t figure why Kinokuniya has a no-camera sign in it. Lots of beautiful pictures can be made.

  9. Simone

    August 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Love the smell of books! When I had more time, I could spend hours in the library. http://www.flaircat.com

  10. lola

    August 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I love books but how do you solve the problem of dust ?

  11. Lilly @ gentlesimplicity

    August 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Beautiful … Inspiring … Out of reach.

  12. H.O

    August 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    wow,lot of Japanese books I would like to see…

  13. Sevan

    August 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I lose myself (and my money) in places like this.

  14. Name*

    August 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Just an absolute shop to reach for open your music world!!!!
    Thank you Sir!!!

  15. Simon Brown

    August 16, 2013 at 3:52 am

    What a splendid place. Give me a good source of coffee and pasta nearby and I’d never make it to Montauk. It looks up there with Shakespeare &co.

  16. Ayako

    August 16, 2013 at 8:31 am

    There are several Japanese books which seem interesting. I’d like to visit someday! I think I can spend so many days there. Thank you for this useful info. Love from Japan^^

  17. Penny

    August 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Looks like a place I could get lost in for days…and love it!

  18. Ton S.

    August 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Heaven on earth indeed,nI love bookstores like that. We have a couple of similar neighborhood bookstores here in Chicago.

  19. Alessia

    August 18, 2013 at 5:32 am


  20. LindaB

    August 20, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Enviting-looking bookshop; how gorgeous. I’m fortunate to have a copy of that Brassai book: it’s full with beautiful creative and insightful shots of Paris’ heyday streetlife/nightlife in the 1930′s.
    I’m curiousabout the title of the book pulled out from the shelf in the 4th picture? I notice it’s maybe Japanese text on the cover. Ciao, L.

  21. Wendy

    August 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I scan thrift stores for antique hard-covers, art, travel and photography books, I’ve cumulated a pretty nice collection. I bet the selection in Harpers is to die for.

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