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Rare Book and Manuscript Cataloguer

In our fifty years in business, Donald Heald Rare Books has established itself as one of the leading authorities on fine antiquarian books, manuscripts, prints, drawings and maps. 

From Donald Heald Rare Books' beginnings in London in the early 1970s, to our present location on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, we have honed our specialized knowledge of Americana and Canadiana, voyages and travels, illustrated books, prints, maps and atlases. We have also been fortunate to have contributed to some of the most important public collections worldwide and built some of the finest private collections.

Our inventory is unrivalled in content and quality, our client service is of the very highest standard, and our genuine enthusiasm for our remarkable material is unmatched.

Rare Book and Manuscript Cataloguer responsibilities:

  • Cataloging of new acquisitions
    • Researching histories of individual items and their creators, authors, artists, etc.
    • Working with owner to craft accurate, engaging descriptions of new materials
    • Organization and management of private library catalogues
  • Inventory acquisition and sales
    • Creating new catalogues and posting on our website and Internet bookselling sites.
    • Professional and effective correspondence with fellow rare books professionals, prominent auction houses, and private clients from all over the world
    • Physical, database and website maintenance of large inventory of books, maps, and prints
    • Meeting with clients in person
    • Setting up and attending book fairs
  • Study of Donald Heald Rare Books’ areas of specialty
    • Cultivating fluency in the company’s various areas of specialty knowledge, including printing history; early American and Canadian history, art and cartography; ornithology and botany; etc.
    • Learning how to speak with authority and accuracy on the above subjects when discussing with clients and peers

Job Requirements:

  • Curious mind and passion for history and antiquarian books
  • Previous experience in antiquarian book trade or library preferred but not essential
  • Can-do attitude – recent college graduates may apply!
  • Strong written communications skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Professional and client-oriented demeanor
  • Excellent computer skills with a high degree of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Multi-tasking and time management skills, with the ability to reprioritize tasks to keep up with a fast-moving work environment
  • Ability to resolve problems using independent judgement and decision-making skills
  • Discretion and care when dealing with clients and inventory
  • Ability to come into the office in-person five days a week

Salary is $60,000-$80,000 commensurate with experience, plus comprehensive health insurance. Cover letters and resumes may be submitted to All work is in-person at our townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We can be reached for questions at