High Ridge Books, Inc.
120 North Street
Welcome to High Ridge Books, Inc. We are antiquarian booksellers, members of the Antiquarian
Booksellers Association of America and ILAB, with over 35 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.
The overwhelming majority of the maps we offer were published separately and are not leaves out of atlases or books. While some of our material has been removed from volumes, we do so only when these maps or prints are particularly rare or unusual and only when these pieces came to us already removed. We do not break up books to sell the individual maps or plates unless the book has no commercial viability as a complete object.
Our current catalogue is Catalogue 68,
which offers 207 rare maps and prints, of American interest from the 16th to 20th centuries. These include two rare 1775 maps from the Pennsylvania Magazine which are the earliest to document the Battle of Bunker Hill. Other rare items include the great 1857 military map of Texas and Part of New
Mexico which has been called, “The best and most detailed military map of Texas issued before the Civil War.” There are many extremely rare wall maps from the Philadelphia area and southeastern Pennsylvania from the mid-19th
century. Also includes many scarce and ephemeral maps of California and the West, Florida, commercially issued (not US Coast Survey) coastal and sea charts.
Last year we published Catalogue 67, comprised
of 215 rare maps and prints. The earliest map we are offering is a bright early impression of the 1591 LeMoyne Map of Florida from DeBry’s Brevis Narratio. Among the other
extremely rare items are a copy of the 1831 Amos Lay Map of the United States, the first commercial map to show the early American colonies in Texas (aside from Austin’s), a large group of 18th and early 19th century manuscript maps of upstate patents in New York State in the Utica region, four large views of Chicago by Edwin Whitefield printed locally in
1861, and many more unusual separately published maps and prints.
Our most recent catalogue of rare books is Catalogue 66, a
selection of 106 recent rare book acquisitions. Among the highlights are a copy of Robert Mills’s 1825 Atlas of South Carolina, the first American state atlas and a unique contemporary manuscript document of the Stephen Austin Grant in Texas in 1833. There are also many city directories, atlases of various types, Americana, material related to French history and other miscellaneous items from various fields.
We have published Catalogue 65, our sixteenth catalogue devoted entirely to trade catalogues and advertising. This catalogue contains 945 items in 62 different categories. Also still active are 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, and Catalogue
58, which lists 628 catalogues. Each of these catalogues contains distinct groups of items, with no material repeated from one catalogue to another.
Another 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. They are largely separately published maps not available in other forms. Highlights of this catalogue include a brilliant folding 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, 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.
Our previous rare book catalogues are Catalogue 62, with 301 items featuring atlases, Americana, city directories and miscellany in other areas and Catalogue 59, with
259 items in the same areas. 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 email@example.com
letting us know your address and what your exact interests are.