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 Illustration Art:</b> Eric Carle, <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar,</i> hand-painted collage. Sold for a record $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Couple passing a giant bird house,</i> watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1948. Sold for $16,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Miriam Troop, <i>Rain on Laundry Day,</i> oil on canvas, cover for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1940. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Rockwell Kent, <i>To All Fascists,</i> ink broadside for The League of American Writers, circa 1937. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Jo Mielziner, <i>Pet Shop Drop,</i> backdrop design for <i>Pal Joey</i> on Broadway, 1940. Sold for a record $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Lee Brown Coye, acrylic cover illustration for the 25th anniversary of <i>Weird Tales,</i> 1944. Sold for $18,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Virgil Finlay, <i>The Outsider & Others,</i> pen & ink dust jacket illustration for H.P. Lovecraft's book, 1939. Sold for $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Al Hirschfeld, <i>Paul Robeson as Othello,</i> illustration for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1942. Sold for $68,750
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Frederic Remington, pen & ink illustration for <i>A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers</i> in <i>The Century</i> magazine, 1889. Sold for $17,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> EARLY AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE. Chronicling 20th century aviation from the earliest Wright Brothers images through commercial and military applications. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> FIRST TELEPHONE CALL TO THE MOON. Partial transcription signed by Apollo 11 astronauts and President Nixon. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL, 1957. Full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, Moscow, [February, 1957]. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> Apollo 11 Beta cloth crew emblem, SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE APOLLO 11 CREW. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> GEMINI 1/8 SCALE MODEL. Rarely seen large-scale contractor's model. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.

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