Rare Book Monthly

Articles - June - 2003 Issue

Walking Tour Of New York’s Antiquarian Book Sellers-Part One: Midtown Manhattan


Book Store in New York City

Dealer Address & Contact Info.Dealer Specialties and Additional Details
Richard B. Arkway, Inc.
59 E. 54th Street, Ste. 62
New York, NY 10022
Summer Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:30-5, Appointments Preferred
Telephone: (212) 751-8153
Fax: (212) 832-5389
Email: arkway@mindspring.com
Website: www.arkway.com
Name of proprietor(s): Richard Arkway
Maps & Atlases, Globes, Voyages, Cartography & Nautical Science
J.N. Bartfield
30 W. 57th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10019
Summer Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10-5, Saturdays by Appointment
Telephone: (212) 245-8890
Fax: (212) 541-4860
Email: bartfield@aol.com
Name of proprietor(s): George Bartfield (Michael Frost, Kevin F. Kelly)
Rare Books, Fine Leatherbound Sets & Singles, First Editions, Exhibition Bindings, Colorplate Books, Americana, Original 19th & 10th Century Western & Sporting Paintings & Bronzes

Additional Details: According to a staff person who declined to give his name, “We [J. N. Bartfield] have been dealing in rare and fine books since 1937, for 65 years. We specialize in Western Art – we also have a gallery alongside of us -- 19th Century Art, Hunting & Fishing – you know, gentleman’s subjects.”
Bauman Rare Books (2 NY Shops)
535 Madison Ave. (54th & 55th Streets)
New York, NY 10022
Summer Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10-6
Telephone: (212) 751-0011
Fax: (212) 751-9014
Email: brb@baumanrarebooks.com
Website: baumanrarebooks.com
Name of proprietor(s): David Bauman, Natalie Bauman
Rare Books, Autographs, Signed Books, First Editions, Fine Sets, Literature, Americana, Law, Travel, History, Economics, Children’s Books

Additional Details: Bauman Rare Books is a virtual industry: they have 2 shops in New York, this “main gallery”consisting of two stories of elegantly displayed books on all subjects at Madison Avenue and 54th Street, and the one listed down below, located in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. They also have another shop in Philadelphia.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.

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