We are pleased to present a selection of 20 emblem books from stock. Long collected and enjoyed for their visual charm, the illustrations in these volumes display an amazing variety of allegorical representation. The books are arranged in no particular order – much like the experience of leafing through a good emblem book, you never know what you’re going to see next. Printing dates range from 1551 to 1816, with French, English, German, Italian, and Dutch examples.
20th Century Poetry
A range of forty items, spanning decades, price points and names including James Agee, Paul Auster, Josef Albers, Jorge Luis Borges, Paul Bowles, Blaise Cendrars, Gregory Corso, E. E. Cummings, William Faulkner, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Rainer Maria Rilke, Patti Smith, John Updike, Paul Valery, Tennessee Williams and more – many of which are signed and inscribed.
New York Antiquarian Book Fair 2018 Highlights
100 items selected from 10 subject areas: 20th Century Art, Architecture and Design; Photography; Modern Literature; Russian; Early Printed Books; Fête Books; Manuscript Books and Albums; Travel and Exploration; Philosophy and French Illustrated Books. Please stop by our booth at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair.
Russian Rarities in Art, Architecture, Design & Literature
A bonus catalogue featuring 34 important works of the Russian Avant-garde and Constructivism. Major art, design and literary figures of the early twentieth-century are present such as Vladimir Mayakovsky, Alexander Rodchenko, Valentina Kulagina, Gustav Klutsis, El Lissitzky, Ilya Selvinsky and Boris Pasternak. Highlights include A Game in Hell: A Poem (Igra v adu: Poema), one of the rarest works of the Russian Avant-garde, first issued in 1912, the first collaboration between Aleksei Kruchenykh and Velimir Khlebnikov.
Avant-garde and Contemporary Art Books & Ephemera
This catalogue of Avant-garde and Contemporary Art Books & Ephemera includes more than 40 items, arranged in random order, and spanning important movements: Bauhaus, Czech avant-garde, Jugendstil, Surrealism, Dada, Futurism, Fluxus and the New York School. Highlights include works by Joan Miró, Kurt Schwitters, Jim Dine, Bruno Munari, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Motherwell, Josef Albers, Georges Hugnet and more.
We are pleased to offer a private collection of Gregory Corso material. Corso was born in New York City (as Nunzio Corso) on March 26, 1930. He lived out a horribly difficult childhood, marked by abandonment, abuse, and homelessness, spent some years as a juvenile in prison for theft, before emerging as the youngest (and least celebrated) of the core four members of the Beat Generation – along with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. He died in Minnesota on January 17, 2001.
Almost all of the items in this catalogue come from a single private collection. Represented here is roughly 10% of that collection. If you would like to receive a link to the entirety of our Russian books in stock, please let us know. While one often hopes to find these books in fine condition, the reality is, many of them were not built to last, and surviving copies are often scarce in any condition. Thanks for having a look, and we hope you find something of interest.
Too much candy, not enough books! Well, you won’t hear kids saying that most likely, and I’ve never heard of anyone giving out books in lieu of candy on the annual trick or treat evening. But in the spirit of the holiday, we’ve gathered together an assortment of titles from stock appropriate to the themes of Halloween, and tried to price them reasonably. Included are a number of scarce books from the uncanny world of 19th century American spiritualism. The books on this list are not in any specific order; think of it as a lantern full of candy where you need to sift through and hunt for your favorite pieces. Special treat for the first to purchase an item from this catalogue.
In celebration of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, we created a catalogue of 68 items devoted to The Five Boroughs, Our Town, The Big Apple. A range of material, spanning decades and price points — including rare books, one-of-a-kind manuscripts and albums, manuscript and printed maps, photography, architecture, theater and film, drink, literature, and more.
If you’re at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, April 7-10, please come say hello to us in booth #D5. For hours, location, and other information, click here. There are also some shadow fairs nearby that you may want to investigate.
More than 100 books and manuscripts on architecture, including more than 50 items offered at reduced prices. Spanning decades, highlights include strikingly designed issues of “Wendingen,” edited by Dutch architect Hendricus Wijdeveld; numerous works by Serlio, Vignola, Vitruvius; and original drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright.
This catalogue of original drawings and instructive books on art includes more than 30 items, arranged in random order, and spanning decades. Highlights includes some lovely ladies drawn by Pierre-Louis Henri Grevedon, costume and fashion illustration from ancient times to the 20th century, landscapes, cartoons, Japanese design, anatomical drawings, original pencil drawings by Phiz, and a weirdo (or two).
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Incunabula is defined by John Carter and Nicholas Barker (“ABC for Book Collectors”) as the Latin description of early books as printed in cunabulis (in the swaddling clothes) of the new-born art of printing, or, books printed before 1501. Elegant, no? Highlights include the first complete Theocritus, the first collected edition of the sermons of St. Augustine, Lyonese incunables with similar Sisteron provenance (and in very curious bindings), collections of inuncable leaves, and more.
Words, Words, Words
Just in time for the holidays, we’re pleased to present a catalogue for wordsmiths — or the wordsmith in your life, who needs an awesome present — featuring rare books and manuscripts on language. Includes dictionaries, primers, glossaries, lexicons, picture-book alphabets, and Shakespeare. Forty-seven items, illustrated, spanning decades and price points. Download it here. Happy Holidays.
A selection of rare books and manuscripts on natural history, including unique specimen scrapbooks (seaweed, flowers, leaves, grass), original artwork, drugs, flying squirrels, fish, birds, bugs, horses, monkeys, and much more. Fifty-five items, in random order.
Oh, there’s also an 18th-century engraving of poo. For those of you who liked that on our instagram feed.
Download all of it here.
Costume & Fashion
Our first ever catalogue devoted entirely to costume and fashion, in celebration of New York Fashion Week! Sixty-one items, spanning centuries, in a range of price points — including fashion photography, original design and illustration, as well as one-of-a-kind manuscripts and albums. Highlights include a manuscript from the library of Cecil B. DeMille, a flapper’s photo album, real-photo postcards from the golden age of British theatre, original artwork from fin de siecle French magazines, and more!
Please download our big September issue here.
Shown in random order, this catalogue of thirty-nine items includes books, photo albums, scrapbooks, manuscript travelogues, locations far-flung and little (or much) traversed, exploration, and a rare portrait of Christopher Columbus.
Incunable and Early Printed Leaves
A short list of of 37 highlights from a collection of incunable and early printed leaves — please inquire if you’d like to see the full list of more than 100 items. Includes Koberger, the Bible, La Fontaine, man-eating fish, unicorns, and more.
Albums & Books with Original Photographs
A short catalogue including — but not limited to — mugshots, American soldiers, African Americana, law students, modes of transport (cars, bikes, boats, burros), travelogues, fashion, flowers, orangutans, studio portraits, tennis, a selfie, and some silliness.
Bibliography Week #4
Our annual miscellany in celebration of Bibliography Week! This catalogue has everything from incunables to signed modern first editions, fine press limited editions, and one-of-a-kind manuscripts and albums. Original artwork, flower and seaweed specimens, siege engines, and an unusual number of donkeys are presented in random order. We hope you enjoy.
A Catalogue for the Holidays
Gifts for the People You Love! (Or, Books & Manuscripts for the Truly Deserving, YOU.) A holiday catalogue featuring beautifully illustrated deluxe or limited editions, high spots, whimsy, something for the scholar, something for the foodie, something for the inebriate, and more.