About Us

Founded in 1978 by James Cummins, the firm has grown to include two New Jersey locations as well as the main store at 699 Madison Avenue (between 62nd and 63rd Streets) in New York City.

Covid-19 Update

James Cummins Bookseller has reopened the shop at 699 Madison Avenue to the public, and we continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our staff and clients.

We encourage clients to make appointments to visit the gallery. Our hours are as before, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Because we will be here during these hours, we can offer curbside pickup for books ordered by phone or internet, and we are also prepared for limited walk-in visits to the extent that social distancing allows.  We intend to keep as close to this schedule as possible, subject to regulations from New York City and New York State, and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. We will remain closed on Saturdays for the time being.

Our website offerings are regularly updated and warehouse fulfilment continues to operate as before. We can also schedule virtual meetings via FaceTime or Zoom for remote viewing of books and other materials.

If you intend to visit the shop, please write or call to determine the availability of items of interest. Inventory from New Jersey can be brought in to the shop with sufficient notice.

The Shop

The Madison Avenue store is a seventh-floor oasis for book-lovers, a quiet and pleasantly furnished book room with a carefully chosen, expertly catalogued and broad-based selection of fine and rare books, autographs, manuscripts, and works of art. We have built notable private collections for American and international clients. Our stock is always changing, and our steady input from private buying and public auctions assures our clients of new surprises (and temptations!) at each visit.

Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. & Saturday 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

(During July & August, until 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.)
Holiday Hours: We will be closed December 25th-26th & January 1st-2nd

Our Stock

Our stock covers a wide range of collecting interests, with particular emphasis in the following fields: British and American Literature, Sporting Books, Private Press and Illustrated Books, 19th-Century Color Plate Books, Americana, Travel, Sets and Fine Bindings, History, and Authors' Manuscripts and Letters. Our catalogued inventory exceeds 50,000 titles, much of which can be searched on the internet. In addition, our New Jersey warehouse contains over 400,000 books in all subject areas. We might have the books you're looking for.

The Mill

The Mill at Pottersville, in an historic pre-Revolutionary building, featuring a wide selection of sets and decorative bindings, books, maps, prints, original art and collectibles, as well as American and European antiques. Art shows and exhibitions are held regularly, and we will be pleased to let you know when they occur. The Mill is also open by appointment.

Professional Organizations

Since 1980, James Cummins Bookseller has been a member of the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association of American ). We are also members of ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers) and the ABA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association). 

Additionally, Jim Cummins, James Cummins, and Henry Wessells are standing members at the prestigious Grolier Club on the Upper East Side.