Welcome to High Ridge Books, Inc. We are antiquarian booksellers, members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and ILAB, with over 30 years experience. We have specialties in three categories of original, antiquarian books and other printed material: Books, particularly Americana and Atlases; Separately Published Maps, specializing in Wall Maps, Pocket Maps and Sea Charts; and Trade Catalogues of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Items in all of these catalogues are offered subject to prior sale.
Our current catalogue is a catalogue of rare maps, Catalogue 64, with 294 rare and unusual maps, primarily of the United States from the 18th and 19th centuries, none of which had appeared in our previous map catalogue, Catalogue 63. Very few of these, or any other maps we sell, have been removed from atlases. They are largely separately published maps not available in other forms. Highlights of this catalogue include a brilliant copy of William Damerum’s 1815 Map of Connecticut and Long Island, the exceedingly rare second edition of J. B. Eliot’s Carte du Theatre de la Guerre, the first printed map to utilize the name of the United States, A. P. Folie’s wonderful 1819 Plan of Philadelphia, Johnson & Browning’s 1860 wall map of the United States which is among the only maps to use the provisional names Colona and Jefferson for Colorado, and J. Calvin Smith’s New Naval and Military Map of the United States, an elaborately patriotically-embellished map issued during the Civil War which contains some very short-lived boundaries in the American West.
Highlights of Catalogue 63 include a brilliant copy of the John Disturnell Map of Mexico, dissected and folded into a contemporary slipcase which appears to have been made in Mexico, an unrecorded large 1855 Chicago pre-fire imprint of the small town of Lacon, Illinois, two different states of the quirky mid-19th century map/printing sampler The Cottage Ornament, and a copy of Sidney’s 12 Miles around New York City from 1849. There are other very rare, unusual, and hard-to-find separately published American maps along with some earlier European imprint maps.
Our most recent rare book catalogue is Catalogue 62, with 301 items featuring atlases, Americana, city directories and miscellany in other areas. Our previous catalogue offering rare books was Catalogue 59, with 259 items in the same areas. Catalogue 56, containing 250 books, including Americana, atlases, city directories, colorplate, angling, numismatic, and much more. Among the highlights is an apparently unique New York issue of the second work (1860) devoted exclusively to baseball. Also offered are two very interesting 19th century ledgers, one of which contains detailed orders of uniforms by Army officers in the 1840’s, many of whom would become noted as generals during the Civil War. There are also still items available from Catalogue 53, Fine and Rare Books which highlights Americana. It includes a large number of 19th century city directories, as well as many county atlases and other scarce books and pamphlets. There are also several classic travel narratives, including Olfert Dapper’s 1681 travel in the Middle East.
We currently have three active catalogues of trade catalogues, including our most recent catalogue, Catalogue 61, which contains 809 original trade catalogues of the 19th and 20th centuries in over 60 different categories from manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers, primarily from the United States, but also from Europe and around the world. Also still active are Catalogue 58, lists 628 catalogues and Catalogue 55, with 951. Each of these catalogues contains distinct groups of items, with no catalogues repeated from one catalogue to another.
While we have sold many items from our past catalogues and all catalogue items are posted subject to prior sale, there are choice items still available. Please do not hesitate to call us to inquire about availability of any item listed. Please be sure to include both the catalogue number and item number in your inquiry.
We carry a wide selection of 19th century American wall maps, measuring up to 6 feet by 6 feet. These maps are becoming more and more popular with decorators for homes and offices in enhancing antique furnishings.
Please call (914) 967-3332, or e-mail us to inquire about availability and to reserve items. We accept personal checks, Paypal and Visa/Mastercard. If you wish to pay by credit card, we request that you call or fax the card number to us, rather than sending it via e-mail owing to Internet security. To pay by Paypal, please contact us and we will be glad to send you a request for payment.
We are always looking to buy such items as well. Please contact us if you have material of this sort to deaccession or sell.
If you want to be on our mailing list for catalogues in any of these categories, please send us your name via mail or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, letting us know your address and what your exact interests are.
Site last updated April 7, 2014