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

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Blaise Cendrars and Fernand Léger, <i>La Fin du monde filmée par l’ange N.-D.,</i> Paris, Editions de la Sirène, 1919
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> André Breton, <i>Second manifeste du Surréalisme,</i> Paris, Editions Kra, 1930
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Paul Eluard and Pablo Picasso, <i>La Barre d’appui,</i> Paris, Editions « Cahiers d’Art », 1936
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Blaise Cendrars and Fernand Léger, <i>La Fin du monde filmée par l’ange N.-D.,</i> Paris, Editions de la Sirène, 1919
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Hans Bellmer, <i>Die Puppe,</i> Paris, G.L.M., 1936
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Salvador Dali, <i>La femme visible,</i> Paris, Editions Surréalistes, 1930
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.
  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini. June 27</b>
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> KENNEDY ONASSIS, JACQUELINE Typed letter signed to Oleg Cassini. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> [CASSINI-KENNEDY FASHIONS] Important archives related to the development of fashions for Mrs. Kennedy… $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> [CASSINI-KENNEDY FASHIONS] Detailed ledger of the Kennedy White House years… $500 to $800
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> KELLY, GRACE. Four autograph letters to Oleg Cassini. $5,000 to $8,000
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini. June 27</b>
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> CASSINI, OLEG. Group of Kennedy-era original fashion sketches. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> KENNEDY ONASSIS, JACQUELINE. Autograph letter signed to Oleg Cassini. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> CASSINI, OLEG. Fashion sketch titled “Mrs. Kennedy-Palais de Versailles-State Dinner.” $800 to $1,200
    Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini: [CASSINI, OLEG - KENNEDY, JACQUELINE.] Group of approximately 130 original fashion designs… $800 to $1,200.

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