About Us

Inside our rare book gallery on Madison Avenue

Joshua Mann and Sunday Steinkirchner have been buying and selling books in New York City since 2003. They founded B & B from diverse academic backgrounds and their shared love of literature.

Joshua’s specialties include Victorian Literature, Modern American Literature, Signed Books and Presentation Copies, Science, and Baseball. He has lectured on the value of signatures and author associations, and is a books and manuscripts appraiser at ABAA book fairs. Although literature is the heart of B & B, his clinical research background in Biology & Medicine has led to an additional focus in the History of Science and Medicine. Joshua is a New York City native, and his favorite book is The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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Sunday specializes in 20th century writers, with a special affinity for Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group, and 1920’s literary expatriates. Sunday is the Chair of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair and Vice Chair of Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ABAA. She was a keynote speaker at the York Antiquarian Book Seminar in England, and her appraisal skills were featured on Atlas Obscura. Sunday has a Master’s degree from NYU in Counseling Psychology. She attended Rare Book School at UVA, and was a Forbes Small Business Contributor. Her favorite book is Mrs. Dalloway.

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Specialties

We buy and sell 19-20th Century American & British Literature, Signed & Inscribed Books, Modern First Editions, Poetry, Children's Literature, and Baseball. We perform Book & Library Appraisals, and will coordinate Book Binding & Repair.

We also have a particular interest in the Presentation & Association Copies, 1920-40's Wartime Literature, Beat Generation Writers, Early American Poetry, Victorian Literature, the Bloomsbury Group, Shakespeare, Early 20th Century Children's Literature (Lewis Carroll, A. A. Milne, C. S. Lewis, and Beatrix Potter), Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction, and 19th Century Baseball Material.

Notable Sales

Items of note include 1663 and 1685 Shakespeare Folios, Wuthering Heights in the original boards, and the fourth known dust jacket for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as well as many important signed books and association copies: The Picture of Dorian Gray inscribed by Oscar Wilde, Tanglewood Tales inscribed by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and a copy of Dracula inscribed by Bram Stoker to his adopted niece Lucy Clifford. 

Appraisals

If you'd like to have your book(s) appraised, we can evaluate single items or entire libraries. Please contact us for additional details.

Selling Your Books

We buy individual books, collections, and libraries. If you have books to sell, and to better assist you, please include the following information as it applies:

Author, Title, Publisher, Year and Location of Publication, Format (Hardcover or Softcover), Condition, Dust Jacket (if applicable), Signature(s). Photos are welcome and appreciated. Email your photos to info@bbrarebooks.com.

We're also glad to accept books on consignment.

Shipping

We ship with FedEx, UPS, and USPS. Standard mail within the US is FedEx Ground. Overnight shipping, 2-day shipping, and international shipping are also available. Orders are processed and shipped within 2 business days. Same day processing and shipping are available for rush orders (please note on your order or call us.) All items are shipped fully insured at no additional charge.

Gifts

We offer complimentary gift wrapping for anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, or any special holiday or occasion. Orders can be shipped fully gift wrapped and with a card, and we offer gift bags and tote bags in our gallery. Please contact us if you have any specific requests. We look forward to making your gift extra special!

Restoration & Binding Services

We offer full conservation, repair, and fine binding services in collaboration with our team of New York professional paper conservators and bookbinders.

Private Libraries

Private Libraries are our specialty. Whether you're collecting within a specific genre, time period, author, or decorating your home or library, we offer custom services to build your home library.

Terms Of Sale

All items are guaranteed as described. Digital images of any item are available upon request.

Any item may be returned for a full refund within seven days of receipt and in the same condition as originally sent. Please contact us to initiate a return.

We accept all major credit cards, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, money orders & cashier's checks, personal checks (may require up to one week to clear), bank wire transfers, and cash.

We ship with FedEx, UPS and USPS. Please let us know if you prefer another shipping carrier.

New York State residents are required to add 8.875% sales tax or are exempt with a valid resale number.