I entered the world of antiquarian books while working with Jonathan Hill, a specialist in the history of science in New York City. During the ten years I was with Jonathan, I was introduced to the workings of the international antiquarian book trade and became responsible for collating Jonathan’s purchases. As a result, I had the opportunity to handle the first editions of authors such as Copernicus, Vesalius, Agricola, Brahe, Kircher, Galileo, Bartholin, Kepler, Euler, and Darwin, to name but a few. We also bought and sold antiquarian bibliography and so I worked on 17th to 19th century auction and private library catalogues and this afforded me the chance to glimpse an overview of the history of book collecting in general. These experiences were invaluable and in due course I decided to open my own shop specializing in gastronomy. Ben Kinmont Bookseller began in 1998 in lower Manhattan. We specialize in 15th to early 19th century books about food and wine, domestic and rural economy, health, perfume, and the history of taste. We attend all major gastronomy auction sales as well as participate annually in the antiquarian bookfairs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris (see our fairs page for upcoming dates). We work regularly with librarians as well as private clients from around the world and are happy to receive your desiderata and help you with collection development. We also offer appraisal services of books, manuscripts, and archives for insurance coverage, charitable contribution, and estate purposes. In 2003 we moved our business to Sebastopol, California. We are now located in one of the richest culinary regions of the United States and welcome visitors by appointment. If you would like to receive a copy of our recent catalogue, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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