About Us: Who we are and what we do
Welcome to our website! After more than 35 years of full-time seeking, buying, collecting, researching and selling visually appealing and ownership worthy antique items in many areas, I prefer to remain a constantly learning, continually evolving (autodidactic) generalist.
My assistants, partners and I enjoy a steady full time flow of old printed maps, images, books and objects in many historical areas. We sell our transitory holdings to collectors, dealers, casual browsers and institutions around the world. From advanced knowledgeable scholars to non-specialist accidental casual buyers simply looking for a thoughtful or interesting historical artifact as a gift, we offer a continuous flow of correctly described and fairly priced fresh material every week.
We only offer antique items of genuine historical merit and potential permanent long-term interest. We specialize in old printed sheets of paper, items of cartographic and historical ethnographic interest and items made in miniature in the past, but we also actively handle related items in all fields which strike our fancy whenever we encounter them shopping at book fairs, world-wide auctions, regional auctions, local house calls, private sources, etc.
Our range over the past 35 years has included many kinds of visually attractive objects such as old & rare printing in all mediums worthy of collecting, researching, owning, investment and display.
This range includes all eras of antiquarian illustrated books, world travel and global cultures of the past, printed historical ethnography, pre-1900 American imprints, metal plate and wood engraving, numerous diverse areas of 19th century color printing such as advertising color lithography, trade cards, poster stamps & philately, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Jugenstil related items, collectible graphics and historical ephemera across all eras and fields, stereoviews, etc.
We also collect and handle old European medals, certified U.S. gold coins and type numismatics as well as larger quantities of old silver coinage bullion such as Mercury dimes and Liberty Walking halves, etc.
We have created an ongoing daily flow of old printed images and interesting antiquarian items of many kinds to evaluate, research, describe and present for sale. If you collect, deal in or just have a casual interest in our offerings, we invite making your acquaintance.
This online website is physically located across three large 19th century houses (one built c.1830, a c.1890 Victorian and a c.1900 3 story duplex) in downtown Dover, New Hampshire, just 3 blocks from the old historic Cocheco Mills buildings. You may visit us [only] by prior appointment [please note: we're simply not set up nor available for general unannounced visits or browsing]. We also maintain a separate and expansive inventory and overflow reference library in a nearby c.1790 country cape and old barn with offices which is also available for pre-arranged visits.
We cannot emphasize enough that everything we offer really is old, authentic and genuine as described. We simply do not buy or sell fakes, cheap modern copies, etc. I personally guarantee the authenticity as described of every single item we sell without hesitation or reserve for as long as you own it. When you buy old, antique and collectible items online, you should examine the source offering them. We invite your inspection! Our easily visible public record across all channels regarding digital online commerce makes clear our trust-worthy and friendly nature.
I've personally inspected and handled literally countless millions of old printed sheets of paper from all eras of printing (yes, it's true and some might argue also ultimately meaningless, but it's made me very happy doing it, and so that's enough either way). Frankly, there are probably relatively few people selling online today who have touched and physically inspected first hand as many sheets of old printed paper and genuinely old objects on a daily basis for as many continuous years as we have. The nuances of old printed paper patina is similar to that of old coins, paintings, and antique objects of all kinds- a type of connoisseur-ship which can only be acquired over many continuous years of extensive daily physical examination and close tactile inspection and which cannot be replicated digitally from a screen.
This rather esoteric and for most people unfathomable experience underlies much of what we do. Over the past 35 years I've steadily built what has become today a near monumental library of beautiful scholarly illustrated physical reference books which spans rooms across four large houses. I refer to it daily and doing so is a source of deep pleasure and inspiration.
If you've read this far, I'll also confess that I am personally very much interested in Zen Buddhism and daily enjoy reading books by insightful masters such as Thich Nhat Hahn (e.g. Art of Living), Solala Towler (his books of koans), Alan Watts (his endlessly brilliant recorded talks and lectures), etc.
After 20+ years of running an open general antiquarian bookshop (with 10 years of preparation behind it), almost 15 years ago (in 2004) I decided to instead focus on what looked to be a more dynamic and potentially global digital market. Today, 45 years after beginning, we continue to offer antiquarian items across several different online platforms [eBay, Amazon, ABE, Shopify, etc.]. However, this website is where our most current and interesting unfiltered daily activity is found since you are dealing directly with us.
I invite you to become part of our continually expanding network of business clients, friendly (at times like family) acquaintances and long term trading partners who now span the globe.
We invite your commerce, we strive for your collecting and ownership happiness and seek your return for more of the same in the future. We take the long view and invite you to join us.