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Our eclectic mix of antiquarian volumes is available for sale at On occassion, we sell at book fairs and other venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Or stop by in Hoboken, NJ -- by appointment.

This page offers some feature books and other items of interest. Tell me what you think!

Featured Books on New York City & More


Matthew Hale Smith, Henry L. Williams, Ralph Bayard editors Wonders of a Great City: or the Sights, Secrets and Sins of New York. 1887. See on ABE. $300


Henry Collins Brown. Book of old New York. Privately Printed, 1913. Elaborate leather binding. Custom box. Numerous color plates. See details on ABE - $350


Moses King. King's Views of Brooklyn. Folio size: 14” X 10”. Published by Moses King, 1905. 325 plates of Broolyn buildings and views See on ABE.$425


Moses King. Views of the New York Stock Exchange; A History and Description. Folio size. 1898. Portraits and photos of the Stock Exchange and surroundings. See on ABE. $180


History of Queens County, New York. 1882 Large quarto. Includes Nassau County. Fold-out map, engravings. See on ABE- $550


Chas. Gardner. The Doctor and the Devil: Midnight adventures of Dr. Parkhurst. Scarce 1st ed., 1894. The author led clergyman Parkhurst on fact-finding tours of NYC slums and brothels. See on ABE - $225


Frederick "Baron Corvo" Rolfe. Stories Toto Told Me. 1898. First edition of this early "out" gay author's first major book. See on ABE - $275


Nelson's Guide to the City of New York and its Neighbourhood. 1859. 12 color tinted lithographic plates, See on ABE - $135


Officially Approved Etchings New York World's Fair "Building the World of Tomorrow" SIGNED. 1939. 54 etchings and text by Gordon W. Gilkey. SIGNED and inscribed by him.Get details on ABE - $155


Joel Tyler Headley. The Great Riots of New York 1712-1873. 1873. First edition. See on ABE - $225

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Color lithograph: The Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition of the World's Industry at New York 1854. Size is 13" X 17". $75. See on ABE


Albert Ulmann. A Landmark History of New York. Photos and illustrations. A clean, attractive copy. See details on ABE - $25


D.T. Valentine. Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York for 1860.  Complete with numerous litho plates, many fold-outs, plus maps, documents. See on ABE.$185


Raymond H. Torrey, et.alNew York Walk Book3 color folding maps and illustrations. "Pocket Edition" Covers walks in NYC, close-in New York State, North Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, etc.  See on ABE. $25


Reginald P. Bolton.New York City in Indian Possession. 170 pages. 16" X 24" folding map of the vicinity of New York City in Indian possession with tribal areas. Clean unread. 1975. See on ABE- $40

Of Interest...

Creative Placemaking :Art for Community's Sake
Article on how communities are using the arts to spur economic growth and neighborhood improvement 

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Sabrina Hague Design - New Paltz, NY

Connecticut River Book Auction - Glastonbury, CT

Ernest Schaefer - Gold foil, binding supplies - Union, NJ

Endpaper Designs - Here are the historical endpapers I scanned for use as backgrounds on this website and a couple others. Feel free to download. Other great endpapers are on the We Love Endpapers Facebook page.

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Asterisk Books has been selling used and rare books in the New York-New Jersey area for 25 years and making custom leather labels for over 15 years.