My impulse buys in New York City. If I had lots of cash I would be dangerous.
Name label in a circa 188o book called the Farmer's Practical Horse Farriery.
Someone once asked me why I collect things. It wasn't a trick question but it puzzled me because it took me by surprise. How do you explain something that is hard wired into your Psyche.
I don't ordinarily get up at 5:00 A.M. to catch a 6:30 bus to New York City but I had already made a lunch appointment with old friends and was going to see my daughter and son-in law at the end of the day .The only way to squeeze in bookstores and flea markets into a one day trip was to arrive early.Here is a collector's walking guide for those of you who find themselves in New York City on a weekend.
Start at sixth Avenue and 25th street and head east (toward 5th Ave.)
120 W.25th St. Two floors of antiques with many $2.00 books in the basement. That is where I got the horse book.
112 W. 25th St. (The Antiques Garage) 100 dealers , opens at 6:30 A. M. You never know what you might find.
40 w. 25th st 4 floors 200 galleries I spent very little time there .
28 W. 25th St. High end gallery.
29-37 W. 25th St.
Out door dealers set up in an vacant lot. You never know what you might find.
If you still want to keep going take a cab to the Strand bookstore on 12th Street and Broadway.
That is where I got most of the bookplates .
I got this one out of curiosity. Why would Mr. Cook put a screw on his bookplate?
I do not recognize the artist whose last name looks like Cain
Mr. Swain was a vice president at Standard Oil.The artist Cleon is unknown to me.Update- 10/21/2009 Thanks to Tom boss I was led to Jackets Required , a delightful book about dust jackets. Cleon was the nom de plume of Cleonike Damianakes (Wilkins).
I will be writing a bit more about her on Sunday October 25th.
Mr. Krisel was a corporate tax attorney in New York City.His bookplate is dated 1936. The artist's cipher is hard to read and unknown to me
Labels: Antique Hunting in New York City