Who We Are
For more than 50 years, Worldwide Books has offered reliable collection-development and acquisition services to libraries collecting strongly in the areas of art, architecture, photography and design. As a leading specialist in the selection and distribution of art-exhibition catalogues and other books on art, Worldwide provides thorough and systematic coverage of titles from hundreds of museums and galleries throughout the world, while also offering comprehensive coverage of new art books from scores of the leading American trade and university presses.
Worldwide Books was established in New York City in 1962, and moved to Boston in 1969. In 1978, Worldwide was acquired by the Kraus-Thomson Organization (later the Kraus Organization Ltd.), a company with family ties to esteemed antiquarian bookseller H.P. Kraus (1907-1988). Over the years, the Kraus Organization also acquired the Bettmann Archive (later sold to Corbis), Bernan Press and Productivity Press. In 1987, Worldwide Books moved to Ithaca, NY. In 2007, the Kraus Organization was dissolved, and Worldwide Books was acquired by Singapore-based businessman and bibliophile John Koh, who also owns Bernard Quaritch Ltd, a leading antiquarian bookseller and specialist publisher established by Bernard Quaritch in London in 1847. In 2018, Worldwide Books was acquired by Glenn Wong and in 2020, Worldwide Books moved to its own building in Interlaken, NY, just north of Ithaca.