Web Catalogues

Below is a list of our most recently posted online catalogues. If you are interested in receiving our catalouges by mail please call (212) 688-6441 or e-mail us at info@jamescumminsbookseller.com

  • New Arrivals Spring 2021

    New Arrivals Spring 2021

    We're happy to offer a list of New Arrivals that we've gotten in during the spring.

  • Americana May 2021

    Americana May 2021

    We are pleased to present a fine selection from our stock of printed and manuscript Americana. Highlights include a rare Wells Fargo directory of Chinese businesses in California, an important Elizabeth Cady Stanton letter arranging a meeting of suffragettes in Seneca Falls,  one of only three known examples of the first Catholic catechism published in America, the first American edition of John Adams's Defence of the Constitutions,  and a rare Texas handbill expelling Union troops at the start of the Civil War. 

  • Ghost Stories and others : M.R. James, J.S. Le Fanu

    Ghost Stories and others : M.R. James, J.S. Le Fanu

    The Stuart B. Schimmel collection of M.R. James, scholar, palaeographer, and celebrated author of Ghost Stories of An Antiquary. With additional books of related interest, including a short list of works by J.S. Le Fanu (whose supernatural writings were championed by James).

    This catalogue describes multiple editions and printings of James’ ghost stories, followed by a selection of other works by him, as well as works by J. S. Le Fanu and other writers, including classic works and modern editions from some of the specialty presses.

  • Travel: Spring 2021

    Travel: Spring 2021

    As the world slowly starts to open up again, and we all begin hope to venture further than the grocery store, we're happy to present a collection of travel books to spark your dreams of faraway places.  Included among the highlights are the first appearance of the words "Australia" and "Australian" in print; Parkinson's journal of Cook's first voyage, with the rare Fothergill remarks; color plate books depicting scenes from all over the world; an incredible memento of Peary's North Pole expedition; rare early accounts of travels in... more

  • New Arrivals in Literature and Poetry, Spring 2021

    New Arrivals in Literature and Poetry, Spring 2021

    We're happy to present this collection of new arrivals in Literature and Poetry.  Highlights include a first edition of the Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, Poe's first book of prose and his only novel; a first edition copy of the Raven bound with a first edition copy of Poe's Tales, a rarely seen combination; a copy of Wilde's Poems inscribed to a friend in Newport; a presentation copy of Byron's Hours of Idleness for one of his circle of closest friends; the Thornton Edition of... more

  • ABAA California Virtual Book Fair 2021

    ABAA California Virtual Book Fair 2021

    We are happy to present this selection of some of our best books in various categories, new arrivals, and a smattering of Californiana for the ABAA's California Book Fair, virtual version.  

  • African Americana February 2021

    African Americana February 2021

    Reflecting on the depth and significance of Black history and culture,  James Cummins Bookseller is proud to offer a selection from our fine inventory of African Americana, including important 18th and 19th century abolitionist works and iconography of the movement, to material relating to 20th century politics and entertainment. Highlights include the first American edition of the influential slave ship engraving, Clara Barton's autograph manuscript memorial to Congress to assist freedmen, Armistead's classic Abolitionist work in a deluxe issue with provenance to a freed slave... more

  • American Literature - William S. Burroughs & the Beats

    American Literature - William S. Burroughs & the Beats

    James Cummins Bookseller is happy to present a list of items related to the Beat Generation, one of American Literature's most vital expressions.  There is a large group of books by William S. Burroughs, many of them inscribed to Robert A. Wilson, the owner of the Phoenix Book Shop in the Greenwich Village, a sanctuary for poets and books of poetry.  Other highlights include photographic portraits, an archive related to Ginsberg's musical album, First Blues,  characteristically intimate Kerouac letters, and nice copies of Beat Generation... more

  • Children's Literature

    Children's Literature

    We're happy to offer a selection of fine items relating to Children's literature, including a number of unique items and new arrivals.

  • Bibliography Week Showcase

    Bibliography Week Showcase

    Every year at the end of January, coinciding with national book organization annual meetings, Bibliography Week brings bibliophiles from all over to New York City. We shall miss everyone this year, but we've put together a list of items to honor the spirit of the event, including bibliographies of many sorts, as well as items of bibliographical interest or import, and many new arrivals.