Rare Book Monthly

Articles - June - 2003 Issue

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


Book Store in NY City

Dealer Address & Contact Info.Dealer Specialties and Additional Details
Roger Gross Ltd.
225 East 57th Street (2nd & 3rd)
New York, NY 10022
Summer Hours: By Appointment
Telephone: (212) 759-2892
Email: rogergross@earthlink.net
Website: rgrossmusicautograph.com
Name of proprietor(s): Roger Gross
Classical Music-Related Autograph & Book Material

Additional Details: “We at Roger Gross are one of the few book sellers in the world to specialize in classical music-related autograph and book material,” says proprietor Roger Gross. “Some of the autograph and book material we carry includes material relating to composers, opera, dance, and performing arts. We carry signed photos, letters, scores, musical quotations and manuscripts, along with out-of-print historical books on related subjects.”
Hayden & Fandetta
PO Box 1549
Radio City Station
New York, NY 10101-1549
Summer Hours: By Appointment
Telephone: (212) 582-2505
Name of proprietor(s): John-Peter Hayden Jr., David J. Fandetta
Rare & Antiquarian Books on Antiques, Gardens, & Interior Design

Additional Details: “We’ve been open since 1988,” says John-Peter Hayden Jr., half of the team (with David J. Fandetta) that makes up the firm of Hayden & Fandetta. “We do shows [book fairs] throughout the U.S. and Europe all year long, in order to get the books to where they have to go….We sell 18th, 19th and 20th century books about antiques, flowers and gardens, and the history of interior design. We keep a substantial inventory of the most important and definitive reference works on French, Italian and Spanish furniture; Sevres, Meissen and Chinese Export porcelain; glass and metalwork; fashion and jewellery; textiles and wallpaper; as well as modern and period works on the Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernism movements. Color plate flower books, related material on gardens and garden ornament, illustrated books, and Art Deco books with strikingly illustrated dustwrappers are also kept in stock.”
H.P. Kraus
16 East 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Summer Hours: Mon.- Fri., 9:30-5, Appointment Recommended
Telephone: (212) 687-4808
Fax: (212) 983-4790
Email: hpkraus@hpkraus.com
Website: hpkraus.com
Name of proprietor(s): Mary Ann Folter, (Kit Currie, Roland Folter, Joshua D. Lipton)
Illuminated & Text Manuscripts, Incunabula, Early Science, Early Americana, Early Printed Books, Bibliography

Additional Details: “H.P.Kraus is the oldest walk-in rare book shop in New York,” says Joshua D. Lipton, Cataloguer. “The collector interested in European history to the Enlightenment and in the development of printing will find numerous examples of early books and manuscripts in the best possible condition, along with reference books about them. Prices range as high as six figures, but the bulk of the stock sells for less than $2000.”
Lionheart Autographs
470 Park Avenue South , PH
New York, NY 10016
Summer Hours: Appointment Recommended
Telephone: (212) 779-7050
Email: lionheart@lionheartinc.com
Website: www.lioneartautographs.com
Name of proprietor(s): David Lowenhurst
History, Science, Art, Music & Literature

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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.
  • <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.

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