If you stand on the west side of Fifth Avenue at 48th Street and look up, you can still see the writing on the side of the old Scribner Building. You had to be here prior to 1989 to experience it as a book shop. The New York Times, courtesy of the Grolier Club, gives us a nice photo gallery of what it was like buying your books in such elegant surroundings.
The legendary Max Perkins worked for Charles Scribner’s Sons and whipped such people as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe into shape. I once worked with someone who had Mr Scribner’s old table in her office — it was almost like a shrine in the corner there. Scribner’s book publishing business is now part of Simon and Schuster.