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

  • Women: Lives and Writings

    Women: Lives and Writings

    We are happy to offer this list of items focusing on the lives and the writings of women. The group spans a broad range of topics, and includes some very special items like Ardienne Rich's first two books, printed when she was ten and twelve years old; Sarah Orne Jewett's A Marsh Island, arguably the first gay American novel; a substantial personal archive of the travel writer Freya Stark; a letter from the 14 year old Helen Keller discussing her interest in Japanese philosophy; a.... more about Women: Lives and Writings

  • 17th & 18th Century Imprints

    17th & 18th Century Imprints

    James Cummins Bookseller is pleased to offer a list of 17th and 18th century imprints, from science to literature to drama to religion to music. Highlights include one of the three great pattern books of the 18th Century, The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide, in the second, revised, edition, published with one additional plate; The History of the American Indians by James Adair; the first complete Scottish King James Bible bound with the first Edinburgh Book of Common Prayer; a selection of pamphlets authored by Daniel Defoe; and a scarce selection... more about 17th & 18th Century Imprints

  • Travel & Exploration

    Travel & Exploration

    James Cummins Bookseller is excited to share with our friends this list of treasures in this subject. We are offering the best edition of Lewis and Clark's Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. It is the first English edition of the "definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent" and the first quarto edition, superior in quality to the two-volume octavo edition published in Philadelphia the same year. We are... more about Travel & Exploration

  • 19th Century Literature

    19th Century Literature

    James Cummins Bookseller is pleased to offer a wide-ranging list of nineteenth-century literature. It features mostly English titles, but some are in English translation (in many cases, first-edition translations into English), and a number are in French. Of note are an autograph letter, signed, by Émile Zola, regarding a rewrite of his first major novel, Un marriage d'amour; Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance (1894), one of 50 large paper copies; the second edition of Thoreau's Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1862... more about 19th Century Literature

  • Books from the Library of Robert B. Silvers

    Books from the Library of Robert B. Silvers


    ROBERT B. SILVERS, polymath and legendary editor, was not a book collector in the customary sense. He and Barbara Epstein were founding co-editors of The New York Review of Books in 1963 and its co-editors until Barbara’s death in 2006. His interest in books and authors is recorded in the essays he commissioned over a fifty-year period, in the range of his friendships, and in a lifelong commitment to human rights issues. Not a book collector, but his stature in the republic of letters... more about Books from the Library of Robert B. Silvers

  • Baseball: America's Pastime

    Baseball: America's Pastime

    The baseball season may be on hold, but you can still delve into the history, legends, and greatest moments of America's National Sport at James Cummins Bookseller. Highlights include A rare, early, large format "coffee-table" book on the sport, which, by this time, had already become the "national game”; an original pen and ink of flying Bums ... entitled "The Boid is on the Wing,” by award-winning American sports cartoonist, Willard Mullin; a Thornton Fisher cartoon panel commemorating the first Opening Day of Yankee Stadium... more about Baseball: America's Pastime

  • Trout Season List

    Trout Season List

    April marks the beginning of the trout season in the northeastern United States. This short list of books includes nice copies of standard works such as Jennings’ A Book of Trout Flies (1935), Mary Orvis Marbury’s Favorite Flies and Their Histories (1892), and Southard’s Trout Fly-Fishing in America (1914). Also well represented are modern authors, Dana Lamb, Thomas McGuane, Paul Schullery, Ernie Schwiebert, and others. Happy reading!

  • Horticulture & Gardening

    Horticulture & Gardening

    Spring has arrived and is certainly a welcome sight this year. In celebration of the new season we are getting back to 'our roots' with this list of gardening and horticulture books and artwork. Highlights include two specimen books of New Zealand flora and fauna in the nineteenth century; a first-edition, seventeenth-century German work on gardening; and a 1788 edition of a book on English gardening.

  • Escapism: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Crime & Mystery

    Escapism: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Crime & Mystery

    During a world-wide crisis, we all need to escape. Fantasy, crime fiction, ghost stories, and science fiction are all elements we love to turn to in order to escape painful reality. Our Netflix queues prove it! James Cummins is ready and able with a list of titles that should appeal to everyone's appetite. Highlights include a first edition Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, inscribed to his brother-in-law; the original creator of nonsense fiction's titular work, Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense; a first edition copy... more about Escapism: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Crime & Mystery

  • Aviation, Aeronautics, Ballooning & Space Flight

    Aviation, Aeronautics, Ballooning & Space Flight

    As the first kites ascended into the skies of China over 2,000 years ago, the story of human flight began its epic evolution. James Cummins presents an exciting chronicle of the history and legends of aeronautics, from the pioneering balloon flights of the Montgofier Brothers to the Space Age. Highlights include a first edition of H.G. Wells’ The First Men on the Moon, inscribed to his literary mentor, W.E. Henley; a striking,1908, inscribed photograph of Wilbur Wright in flight at dusk; and a handsomely bound... more about Aviation, Aeronautics, Ballooning & Space Flight