book Center, Set up in 1970, caters to discerning buyers of books
on Indian art, architecture, textile design, crafts and Indian miniature
paintings. It is a must see place for booklovers and buyers. Situated
on the first floor of an old building near the Jain Temple, Madalpur
(Ellisbridge), It can be easily missed. From far, it looks like
a 'haveli'. You reach the bookshop by climbing a freshy painted
wooden staircase. A bell tied to a metal chain hanging alongside
the handrail announces your arrival.
fragrance of incense sticks envelopes you. You enter a new world
as it were....
begining of the bookshop were very humble. It was while working
for another shop specializing in rare and out of print books that
Manharbhai Patel decided to venture on his own. Initially he started
selling books on all subjects but later decided to specialize on
Indian art, architecture, miniature paintings, textile design and
Indian classical danses.
growing business is now taken care of by the next generation leaving
ample time for Manharbhai to concentrate on expanding the operations.
Book Center was open for many years only week from 10.00
a.m. to 6.00 p.m. during weekends. It is now open all days.
Book Center stocks books of publishers such as Marg, Lalit
Kala Akademi, National Museum, Calico Museum, National Gallery of
Modern Art, Thames and Hudson (UK), Mapin Publ. Pvt. Ltd, etc.
is now become a favourite shop for diplomates, architects, interior
designers, artists, painters, researchers and many more. Book lovers
from all over India and abroad make it a point to visit Art Book
Center while in Ahmedabad. There are regular visitors from the United
States of America, Australia, Germany, NewZealand, U.K., Japan,
Russia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Ceylon, Nepal, Africa, Kenya, Etc.
ARt Book Center is rated highly by these visitors as their remarks
Book Center knows its customers. Name a subject at once a dozen
books will be shown. If these do not satisfy books of your choice
will be procured from India/abroad at the shortest possible time.
All books are carefully packed and sent to the destination. Art
Book Center can proudly claim that not even once book consignments
have been lost or damaged.
Book Center has found mention in many trade directories.
hopes to satisfy many booklovers in the years to come.