Ben Kinmont 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 he was with Hill, Kinmont was introduced to the workings of the international antiquarian book trade and became responsible for collating Hill’s purchases. As a result, he 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. The two also bought and sold antiquarian bibliography, and so Kinmont worked on 17th to 19th century auction and private library catalogues, which afforded him the chance to glimpse an overview of the history of book collecting in general. These experiences were invaluable, and in due course Kinmont decided to open his own shop specializing in gastronomy.
Ben Kinmont Bookseller began in 1998 in lower Manhattan. They specialize in 15th to early 19th century books about food and wine, domestic and rural economy, health, perfume, and the history of taste. They 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 their fairs page for upcoming dates). They 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. They also offer appraisal services of books, manuscripts, and archives for insurance coverage, charitable contribution, and estate purposes.
In 2003, they moved to Sebastopol, California. They are now located in one of the richest culinary regions of the United States and welcome visitors by appointment.
Recent BKBS Publicity
Barry, Rebecca Rego. “New York: A Post-Fairs Book Report.” Fine Books & Collections, April 2015.https://www.finebooksmagazine.
Holbrook, Stett. “The Bibliophile: Sebastopol’s Ben Kinmont is the world’s premier rare food and wine bookseller.” The Bohemian, April 2015, pp. 18-21. http://www.bohemian.com/northb
Vanni, Debbie. “Ben Kinmont Bookseller.” The Culinary Cellar, March 2015. http://theculinarycellar.com/b
Vanni, Debbie. “Vintage Cookbook Dealer Flourishes Amidst Skyrocketing Prices.” about.com, March 2015.http://cookbooks.about.com/od/