Musinsky Rare Books specializes in uncommon printed books and manuscripts in the humanities, largely from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, and mainly from Continental Europe. We seek out the quirky and the beautiful, or a combination of the two, exploring forgotten byways of the historical corpus, the world of popular printing, and books or manuscripts produced by or for less powerful social strata – women, the poor clergy, children – but we also approach the historical book as a crafted object, and thus offer examples of early printing and books of significance for their illustrations, typography, or bindings. In cataloguing we aim for clarity and accuracy. In our dealings with customers and colleagues we adhere strictly to the professional standards and code of conduct of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and the American Association of Antiquarian Booksellers, to which we belong.
We issue regular electronic catalogues, and exhibit at two to three international book fairs each year. We work frequently with institutional customers, and are happy to discuss any special institutional requirements. Visitors to our office are welcome by appointment.
After training as a rare books curator, Nina Musinsky worked for private collectors in Paris and New York and spent ten years with Christie’s Book Department, before founding Musinsky Rare Books in 2003. She is a member of the Grolier Club, the Association Internationale de Bibliophilie, the Renaissance Society of America, and a past Council member of the Bibliographical Society of America.