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

  • Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever

    We hope this won't be a long running theme but it is hard to know much of anything these days. To help stave off boredom, please look through this selection of books that we think will resonate in these strange times. Perhaps we might help make your time in quarantine just a little bit brighter.

  • Polar Travel

    Polar Travel

    With the approach of winter,  James Cummins Bookseller turns our attention to the polar regions.  This week we’re happy to present an online list of books and autographs related to Arctic and Antarctic exploration.  The list contains a number of newly catalogued items and many abundantly illustrated volumes, including a very fine set of The Polar Times, a cornerstone to any Antarctic bibliography, a beautiful inscribed copy of Phipps' account of his 1773 voyage towards the North Pole, a congratulatory letter from Frederick Cook to a.... more

  • Vice: Gambling, Drinking & Drugs

    Vice: Gambling, Drinking & Drugs

    James Cummins Bookseller presents an online list of books and ephemera related to vice, in all its forms — from the generally frowned-upon to the psychically and physically devastating. With a focus on gambling and cards, cocktails and drinking, drugs and addiction. Highlights include the first cocktail manual, Jerry Thomas’s Bar-Tender’s Guide; Thomas De Quincey’s harrowing memoir of addiction, loss, and want, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater; one of the two earliest poker manuals, John Blackbridge’s The Complete Poker Player & Henry Winterblossom’s The Game... more

  • Americana from the Old Mill Bookshop

    Americana from the Old Mill Bookshop

    A wide-ranging catalogue of compelling manuscripts and items including two signers of the Declaration of Independence, as well as a document and signature by the hand who engrossed the Declaration's official copy. Other items include a letter from Napoleon's personal physician on St. Helena, and an intimate and revealing letter by Tennessee Williams.

  • Biographies, Autobiographies & Memoirs

    Biographies, Autobiographies & Memoirs

    This week we present a small catalogue of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs from our stock, including some of the classics of the genre, among them a fine copy of the first complete edition of the memoirs of our archetypical self-made man, Benjamin Franklin, a very nice copy of the first edition of Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnsonthe most famous and enduring biography in the English language.  Other items represented are firsts of some of history’s greatest diaries, from Samuel Pepys to Anne Frank, and a selection of... more

  • Limited Editions Club

    Limited Editions Club

    The Limited Editions Club, founded in 1929 by George Macy, produced high-quality, finely illustrated limited editions of the classics of literature (and some few contemporary titles). Illustrators included Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Edmund Dulac, and Arthur Rackham. 

  • Global Travel & Exploration

    Global Travel & Exploration

    From the Old World to the New, from East to West, from North to South, this catalog explores the history and literature of travel with a particular focus on Arctic and Antarctic exploration