When I mentioned the Strand's famed 18 miles of books to my godfather, he, in his usual fashion, began calculating the possibility of exactly how many 'floor miles' adverse to 'shelf miles' this actually contained.
On my part, never mind exactly how many floor tiles my feet and traveled that day. The wonderful thing about the Strand is the pure random nature of their books: the mixing of the old and the new, the rediscovery of forgotten treasures and chances to discover new books. The price levels, are, to say the least, remarkable. Even staying out of the aisles proper and working among the sales book tables, there is much available in all subjects. And, unlike even my beloved 'bargain book section's at the local Borders and Barnes and Nobles, the books here are top notch, often works of literature, resigned here due to overstock, rather than lack of readers.
Don't miss are their outside $1 shelves, where even a cold day can reveal treasures. For those of you in search of a new bag, their iconoclastic totes are only a small selection of what they have available. And, lastly, they have a wonderful selection of hard cover books from the Modern Library, for those of you looking to build a classic selection.