Books & Autographs

Next Auction

Wednesday, April 13 at 10am
Exhibition: April 9 - 12


Doyle New York holds two rare book auctions a year; autographs and maps and original illustration art are also included in these sales. The material listed ranges from early illuminated manuscripts to modern first editions. Categories include Americana; bibliography and fine printing; illustrated books of all periods, including atlases and color plate books; literature; fine bindings (both bound sets and remarkable examples of the bookbinder's art); science and technology; travels and voyages; children's and illustrated books; and a diverse range of interesting books in other fields.

Autographs include letters and documents by American figures such as Washington, Lincoln, and presidential autographs generally; as well as literary and scientific figures such as Edison, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Twain, Hawthorne, Thoreau, etc. European Autographs are always well represented, with major English and Continental authors, along with major writers in the sciences and humanities. Original illustration art for books and magazines is also featured, with work by Charles Schulz, Alberto Vargas and other mainstream illustrators; together with book illustration by such artists as Rackham, Dulac, Eric Gill and his circle, Nielsen, the Detmolds, Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), and a host of others.

Maps of American interest always receive strong interest at Doyle. Early maps of all regions are of interest to us, and are catalogued in the book auction, and in appropriate alternative venues such as the Doyle at Home auctions of decorative materials. Similarly, sets of finely bound books are featured in most of our auctions of furnishings and decorative material.


Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single object or an entire collection. To have your property evaluated for possible consignment you may:

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Edward Ripley-Duggan

Edward Ripley-Duggan
VP, Director, Books & Autographs
212-427-4141, ext 234

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Born in England in 1953, Edward Ripley-Duggan began in the book trade in 1975, after a heterogeneous career that included a stint in the chemical industry. He ran a general antiquarian shop for six years, before starting a catalogue-based rare book business. For over 25 years subsequently he specialized in typographically distinguished books of all periods; illustrated books of the 18th to 20th centuries, with an emphasis on French and English artist books; and bookbinding as an art form.

He has been a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America for well over a quarter-century, and has published over forty rare book catalogues. He has supplied material to many major institutional and private collections, with offerings such as a perfect Second Folio of Shakespeare; major collections of livres dartiste; private press books and modern designer bindings; Eadweard Muybridges famously rare photographic album of Central America; and countless other books of exceptional quality.

He was editor in 1989 of the publication Book Arts Collections, a scholarly survey of fine printing and illustrated books in American institutions, and has written articles on various aspects of books and book collecting. He also co-organized two major colloquia for book collectors at The Grolier Club (one with the late Stephen Jay Gould as keynote speaker).

Peter Costanzo

Peter Costanzo
VP, Director, Books & Autographs
212-427-4141, ext 248

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Peter Costanzo joined Doyle New York as a Director in the Rare Books Department in 2010. Born into an auction family, Mr. Costanzo has been surrounded by auctions his entire life. While at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, he completed his Art History thesis on the Civil War photography of Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner. Mr. Costanzo continued his education at Sothebys Institute in New York, earning a Masters Degree in American Fine and Decorative Arts, and he wrote his dissertation on the Civil War paintings of American artist Eastman Johnson. Joining Bloomsbury Auctions in 2007, he rose through the ranks from Junior Cataloguer to Specialist and conducted thirty sales as Principal Auctioneer. A rare book specialist with a focus on Americana, Mr. Costanzo seeks quality consignments in that field, along with literature, manuscripts, original illustration art, private press and fine bindings. Additionally, he participates in fundraising auction events and lectures frequently on Americana and Rare Book Collecting.


HERRING, J.F. Portraits of the Winning Horses of the Great St. Leger Stakes, at Doncaster from the Year 1815 to the Year 1824

Sold For $35,000


Maximilian zu Wied-Nuwied, Prince. Reise in das Innere Nord-America. atlas volume. Eighty-one hand-colored aquatint plates.

Sold For $300,000


BROWNELL, CHARLES, Studies From Nature. Album of 227 watercolors

Sold For $140,000



Sold For $133,000


NIELSEN, KAY Original drawing in watercolor, ink, & pencil

Sold For $54,000