A lifelong collector, Jim started James Cummins Bookseller in 1978 after running the rare book department at Brentano's. He is a prominent and well respected figure in the antiquarian book world and a fixture at auctions. His expertise is wide and is reflected in the breadth of our stock.
Henry Wessells has been working at James Cummins Bookseller since July 2000. Before that, he was managing editor of AB Bookman’s Weekly, where he worked from 1996 to 1999; he attended the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar in 1997. He has a background in foreign languages and science fiction, and has been a member of the Grolier Club since 2006. He received a BA in near eastern studies from Princeton and received an MFA in writing from Columbia University School of the Arts. He is author of Another green world (2003) and The Private Life of Books (2014) and editor of several volumes by American fantasist Avram Davidson. He likes to walk in the woods.
Henry Wessells is an associate member of the A.B.A.A. His specialties at James Cummins Bookseller include the Sporting Department, Literature (English, French, German), Arabic and Islamic Manuscripts, Science Fiction, Archives, and Appraisals.
Chris Shultz studied literature and philosophy at Vanderbilt University, and has a master’s in library science from CUNY Queens College. He started working in rare books in 2010 for Lame Duck Books, and joined James Cummins Bookseller in 2019 after spending four years managing archives and collections in the New York art world.
Brian Kalkbrenner joined us in the fall of 2016 after spending five years with the Books and Manuscripts department at Bonhams auctioneers in New York and Los Angeles. It represents a return to the trade for Brian; prior to Bonhams he spent ten years working for book and manuscript dealers in Washington, D.C. and New York. Brian is proud to consider himself a generalist, but has strong personal interests in 19th and 20th century poetry, social theory, literary manuscripts and archives. He has an MFA in Poetry from New York University, and has completed coursework at the California Rare Book School.
James Cummins III
James began work at Maggs Bros in London after college and continued at Bloomsbury Auctions as the joint head of Bibliophile sales in New York. He joined the company in 2009.
James runs James Cummins Fine Arts.
Chris joined us in 2015. He assists in managing The Mill in Pottersville and our warehouse facilities in North Central New Jersey. In addition to his duties at JCB, he has spent the last 20 years as a writer, editor, and magazine publisher.
Katharine Chandler has a background as a rare books librarian, curator, and cataloger. She has particular interests in Burgundian/Flemish manuscript culture of the 15th century; books written and published during the Reformation and Counter Reformation in Europe; books written and made by religious immigrants to the mid-Atlantic; and the dissemination of information during protest movements in the 20th and 21st centuries in the United States. Additionally, she has a background in music study and performance and an interest in books about music, music history, and musicians and composers. Katharine has an MLIS from the University of Illinois, an MA in medieval history from Villanova University, and an AB in English and Medieval Studies from Smith College.