St. George, Wm. Shakespeare, and Mr. Morgan

Today is a notable day in the literary calendar, being the 451st anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. It is also World Book Day, and the birthday of President James Buchanan (1791-1868), Hawaiian president Sanford B. Dole (1844-1926), Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982), and Avram Davidson  (1923-1993). Ever since “Steevens adopted that date in his 1773 […]

From the Sporting Department

As the weather turns damp and chill, we look forward to the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair (14-16 October), where we will be exhibiting at booth 209. A new catalogue is in preparation and will be going to the printer next week. The Sporting Department is pleased to offer a clutch of good books from […]

Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair

Brooklyn’s Own We are delighted to be among the more than 100 exhibitors at the first Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair, to be held this weekend at the new Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint (79 Franklin St., at Noble). The Friday evening preview, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., is held to benefit the Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint Branch. […]

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

James Cummins Bookseller will be closed on Monday 21 January in observance of the federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. We will re-open on Tuesday morning 22 January, and we will be exhibiting on Wednesday 23 January at the ABAA Showcase for Bibliography Week in New York City. Beginning on Friday 25 […]

Merry Pranksters

— 257918 STRAUSS, Richard.  Autograph Musical Quotation signed, (“Richard Strauss”) from his tone poem, “Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche”.  2 bars in ink (the 2nd motif for clarinet), on single sheet of blank paper.  9.6 x 17.3 cm, N.p.:  n.d. [with pencilled note, 1939].  $1,000 Desirable quote from Strauss’s popular tone poem, composed ca. 1894. — […]


“I sit upon this old grey stone / And dream my time away.” 244793 WORDSWORTH, William [and Samuel Taylor Coleridge]. Lyrical Ballads, With Pastoral and Other Poems. [iv], lxiv, [2], 200, [4]; [iv], 250 pp. 2 vols. 8vo, London: Printed for T.N. Longman and O. Rees … by Biggs and Cottle, 1802. Second complete edition, […]