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Who says brick-and-mortar bookstores are obsolete? Assouline, renowned international publisher of luxury books, has opened a new boutique in Venice—a lavish new haven for bookworms and coffee-table-tome displayers alike.

Set within the Art Deco–inspired Bauer Hotel (San Marco, 1459; 39-041/520-7022; bauervenezia.com), and outfitted with custom wallpaper, walnut bookcases and antique furniture, the well-appointed gem functions like an altar to the form. (The golden beams of light cast on the books from above and below help, of course.)

Like other Assouline boutiques around the world (including Paris, London, Miami, New York and Istanbul), the store will house gorgeously bound books on topics of fashion, art, architecture and design, gastronomy, photography, travel and lifestyle, as well as the handcrafted Ultimate Collection (volumes range between $500 and $7,000) and a selection of Assouline Vintage titles. If that’s not an argument for sitting down with a brand-new hardback, we’re not sure what is. San Marco, 1455; 39-041/240-6876; assouline.com.

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