Rare Book Monthly

Articles - July - 2003 Issue

Walking Tour Of New York’s Antiquarian Book Sellers Part II: Manhattan’s Upper East Side

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Dealer Address & Contact Info.Dealer Specialties and Additional Details
Bruce J. Ramer/Experimenta Old & Rare Books
401 East 80th Street, Ste. 24-J
New York, NY 10021
Summer Hours: By Appointment
Telephone: (212) 772-6211 or 772-6212
Fax: (212) 650-9032
Email: bjramer@mindspring.com
Name of proprietor(s): Bruce J. Ramer
Specialties: Science, Medicine, Technology, Mathematics, Natural History, Early Printed Books, Early Illustrated Books, Early Continental Books, Occult and Alchemy, Related Bibliography and Manuscripts, from the 15th to 20th Centuries. We also carry some Juvenile Material, Voyages and Travels, Americana, Photography and some Ephemeral Material.

Additional Details: “In the 23 years I've been in business,” says Proprietor Bruce J. Ramer, “I've handled some extremely important and rare items, including a manuscript herbal ca. 1390, one of the less than 20 copies of Gregor Mendels offprint of his famous article on hereditary characteristics, another copy of which was in the Sotheby's sale of the Library of Meyer Friedman, M.D., in November 2001, and sold for $300,000, plus the buyer's premium. I sold my copy in 1990 for a then record price for this item, but a little more than 10% of the Sotheby's price. This gives you an idea of the increase in the value of books on science, medicine and related subjects. The sale of Haskell Norman, M.D., at Christies several years ago, and a few other sales have indicated that this subject area, often neglected by other dealers concentrating on modern first editions, literature, etc., is gaining in popularity, and the important books are increasing exponentially.

Most non-specialist dealers know only the "high spots" in this field, or the famous names, which are in the lists such as Printing and the Mind of Man, Dibner and Horblitt, Milestones of Science and Garisson & Morton (the bibliography of important books in the history of medicine). Specialists such as I am are more aware of interesting books which have been left out of such bibliographies and lists. Please come and visit sometime so that I may show you some of the ways to authenticate books in my areas of specialty, using hundreds of books in my extensive reference library.”
Richard C. Ramer
225 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Summer Hours: By Appointment
Telephone: (212) 737-0222 or 737-0223
Email: rcramer@livoraro.com
Name of proprietor(s): Richard C. Ramer
Specialties: Luso-Braziliana, Spain & Latin America, Brazil, Early Americana, Natural Science, Voyages & Travels
Kenneth W. Rendell, Inc.
989 Madison Avenue (77th Street)
New York, NY 10021
Summer Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10-6
Telephone: (212) 717-1776 or (800) 376-1776
Email: gallery@kwrendell.com
Web: www.kwrendell.com
Name of proprietor(s): Kenneth W. Rendell
Specialties: History, Americana, Presidential, Classical Composers, Authors

Additional Details: “We are the preeminent dealer in letters and rare documents, and have been in this business for over 40 years,” commented Mr. Rendell, Proprietor.
Paulette Rose, Fine & Rare Books
Summer Hours: By Appointment
Email: prose326@aol.com
Specialties: Literary Women, Women’s Studies & Feminism, English, French, & American Literature

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  • <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>New York | June 11, 2019</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Faulkner, William. <i>The Sound and the Fury.</i> New York: Jonathan Cape, [1929]. First edition in dust jacket. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Trautz-Bauzonnet bindery. Shakespeare, William. Sonnets. 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Thompson, Kay. <i>Eloise at Christmastime.</i> New York: Random House, [1958]. First edition. In custom binding by Asprey. $2,000 to $3,000
    <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>New York | June 11, 2019</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. $6,000 to $9,000
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Taylor, Deems. <i>Walt Disney’s Fantasia.</i> New York: 1940. In custom binding by Asprey. $2,500 to $3,500
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Shakespeare’s Sonnets, In Two Parts,</i> limited Saint Dunstan edition, Oxford University Press, 1901. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b><br>Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b><br>Ian Fleming, <i>The Man with the Golden Gun,</i> first edition, first state with the dust jacket, London, 1965. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>The Voyage Out,</i> first American edition of the author’s first book, in rare dust jacket, NY, 1920. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Gabriel García Márquez, <i>Cien años de soledad,</i> Buenos Aires, 1967. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Mary Mapes Dodge, <i>Along the Way,</i> first edition, author’s copy, annotated in her hand, NY, 1879. $1,800 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> <i>The Dial: A Monthly Magazine for Literature, Philosophy and Religion,</i> first edition, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s copy, Cincinnati, 1860. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Gaston Leroux, <i>The Phantom of the Opera,</i> first American edition, first printing, New York, 1911. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Walt Whitman, <i>Leaves of Grass,</i> signed, Camden, 1876. $4,000 to $6,000.

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