Michael Ginsberg Books, Inc.
No. Easton MA, USA, ABAA
I, Michael Ginsberg am the President and founder of Michael Ginsberg Books, Inc. I started my career in the antiquarian book trade in 1956 at the age of sixteen at J. S. Canner & Co of Boston, Mass and worked there from 1956 to 1967. I specialize in Americana, church history, Americana literature, Canadiana, periodicals, government publications and manuscript material.
In 1967, I founded Western Hemisphere, Inc. with my former superior at J. S. Canner & Co. This business specialized in similar material. I left that partnership in 1975 to form my own business which has been operating for the past forty years.
I have served as President of the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America for two terms, and sat on the Board of Governors of our national organization, twice. I am a member of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass.
I have dealt extensively in Japan and Europe as well as North America, and enjoy an excellent reputation in the international rare book trade.
I am the former director and faculty member of Book Seminars at Colorado College. I have also guest lectured at Columbia University, Emory University, Brigham Young University, Simmons College and Historic New Orleans Collection.
For over fifty years, I have been appraising books and manuscripts for many prestigious institutions as Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Historic New Orleans Foundations and American Antiquarian Society.
Donald (Rusty) Mott
Howard S. Mott, Inc.
Sheffield, Massachusetts. Member, and past board member of ABAA
Specialities: We buy and sell rare books, first editions, and manuscripts in a variety of fields: English and American literature, 16th to 20th century; Americana, 17th to 19th century; West Indies (especially Lesser Antilles) the earlier the better, but before 1850; the spread of printing through unusual imprints from around the world; printing on silk; early juveniles and, essentially anything that takes our fancy. The more unusual the better. We have always been strong in early pamphlets and broadsides. My wife, Veta, is a bookbinder, and we have a bindery on site, so questions on that subject can be addressed as well.
I am a second generation antiquarian book and manuscript dealer. Our business is a family business, begun by my late father Howard S. Mott, in New York City, in 1936. My mother, Phyllis Mott, joined the business in 1953 to handle autographs and manuscripts, and I joined in 1970. I tell people we are antiquarians, and antiquated as well. In our 81 year business history we have never had a shop, and currently we don't have a website, nor have we ever sold anything online. We issue periodic printed catalogues, welcome visitors by appointment, and quote our customers directly. Much of our business is with special collections libraries. We don't do searches for libraries, but quote our favorite librarians when we feel we have something they might like.
We are charter members of the ABAA, of which my father was one of the founding members in 1949. My parents were among the 23 founders and participants of the ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair in 1960. In the past we exhibited at all the major rare book fairs in this country and for 25 years we exhibited in London,, where I first helped out in 1962 when my parents were the first Americans to exhibit at the London book fair. Presently we exhibit only at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair every November, and are one of just a half dozen firms to have exhibited at all 40 editions of that fair. We have taken part in a dozen biennial ILAB congresses, from Austria to Australia.
On how to run an open shop, I would be of no help. On how to run a digital, tech-savvy operation, I would be of no help. On being self-employed and running a book business, doing productive research, cataloguing rare books and manuscripts, and other similar sorts or things, I have something to offer. I am always happy to share the use of our extensive reference library, which numbers somewhere between 7000 and 8000 volumes, not counting several thousand book auction catalogues dating from the beginning of the 20th century, our holdings from 1936 until about 2006 being especially strong.