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>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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