Stephen Oates 

rare book room

The odd, the interesting, the scarce.

The Book House Rare Book Room is a new feature of the book store, located in room that Larry Dingman—formerly of Dinkytown Antiquarian Books—created for his special collections.

For the first time, we have a special cataloging and display area for the odd, interesting and scarce volumes in our collections. It is also where we hold our more expensive consignment items and collections.

Our rare book room is named for Stephen Oates, one of the Book House’s first and favorite collectors in our new location. He is the quintessential collector in that he combines a passion for the subject area, is a great reader, and is also mindful of the investments he is making in putting together his special collection of modern first editions and particularly Harlem Renaissance authors.

The rare book room is also stocked with volumes from the leather-bound library of Russel Corey, a portion of local author Tom Reiersgord’s (The Kensington Rune Stone: Its Place in History) collection of county histories, Minnesota history and Scandinavian-American lore and legend; and the library of Charles Hamilton—grandson of resident Alexander Hamilton and son of John Church Hamilton—who edited and published the President’s complete works. A number of books from this collection are still being processed.


Looking to sell your collection?

We are interested in individual items, collections and consignments of all kinds. As one of the city’s oldest bookselling establishments, we have over 40 years of appraising, buying and selling collections of all kinds.