We have been dealers in rare and antiquarian books and manuscripts for more than 30 years and are based in NYC at 1510 Lexington Ave (by appointment only). We work with a large number of important collectors worldwide, rare book libraries, and other institutions, and can offer you immediate and top payment for your rare books and entire libraries.   We travel nationwide for important and interesting material.  Feel free to click on our about link or contact us directly. We always try to respond within 24 hours, and for valuable books, will furnish you with actual rare book auction records so you can understand the basis of our evaluation.

We Buy Old and Rare Books

Our speciality is in old and rare books, specifically early printed books before 1800 including incunabula, early Bibles (pre-1800), manuscripts, archives, natural history books, color plate books, books on travel and exploration and much more.  If you can provide quality photos of the book(s) binding and title page with date, we are often able to make offers based on those. Sometimes, books do need to be seen in person, and in that case we are happy to provide you with our company insured Fedex account for reverse charge (upon request)

We Offer 24 Hour Free Evaluations

Our evaluations are based on years of experience buying and selling rare books and manuscripts to many clients. We rely on common pricing resources such as the American Book Prices Database for auction records, German auction databases, and other essential rare book pricing reference tools and bibliographies. We believe in complete transparency and whether you wish to sell or not, are happy to provide actual comparable auction records so you can understand the basis of our evaluations.  We try to answer all enquiries within 24 hours.

We Buy Entire Libraries

We not only buy fine and important individual rare books and manuscripts , but also entire libraries, rare book collections, and archives.  We travel nationwide sourcing important material, offer immediate payment, and handle all packing and shipping arrangements.  Our size and facilities enable us to make en-bloc offers for quality collections.

Recent Blog Posts

Rare Book Auction - the Value of a 17th century Music Book

January 14, 2016

Selling Rare Books- the value of a 17th century Music Book

I was recently offered this handsome and rare specimen of liturgical printing.  Such books are often typographical masterpieces and are important in the history of printing and well as the history of music.   This Gradual contains all of the musical items in the Mass and was printed in 1681 for the Royal Abbey of Montmartre.

Rare Book Dealer NYC

January 6, 2016

Rare Book Appraisal – a “16th century” Book

This “1550” edition of the works of Machiavelli is one that I have been asked to value many times over the years. Early editions of Machiavelli can be quite valuable and few Renaissance figures evoke such imagination in the modern popular mind as the author of the great Prince.
What is particularly interesting about this edition …

VALUE OF A 14th CENTURY MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT

September 5, 2015

Value of a 14th Century Medieval Manuscript

I was recently selling a NYC coop, feeling overwhelmed at the amount of paperwork and due diligence necessary to transfer ownership of shares, when I was offered a medieval deed.   It is a relatively small and simple document, when a man could transfer his earthly possessions- or in this case half his landholdings- …

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