William Reese Company is to live on under new ownership


(Left to right) Nick Aretakis, Pom Harrington, James Cummins, Terry Hallyday

William Reese Company premises in New Haven

Business will continue at the existing William Reese Company premises in New Haven

Acquired an antiquarian bookstore with a sizeable inventory of around 40,000 items, continuing operations under longtime Reese star Nick Aretakis.

The William Reese Company has always been synonymous with Americana at its finest and I look forward to seeing the business continue to thrive.”

– Dorothy Hurt

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES, Oct. 4, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The William Reese Company, the world’s leading antique dealer of printed and manuscript Americana, is pleased to announce the continuation of the William Reese name and book retail tradition the new owner of a joint venture between New York-based bookseller James Cummins and Peter Harrington, London. Business will continue at the company’s existing premises in Temple Street, New Haven.

The late William S. Reese (1955-2018), known as one of the leading antiquarian book dealers of his generation, founded the New Haven, Connecticut-based William Reese Company in 1975 and left an indelible impact on trade and book collectors worldwide. After his untimely death four years ago, the company successfully continued under the direction of his widow, Dorothy Hurt, with longtime Reese Company specialist Terry Halladay in charge of the literature department and Nick Aretakis in charge of the Americana department. Two new book specialists in Americana will join the team next month.

The company was purchased along with its substantial inventory of around 40,000 items. Day-to-day operations continue seamlessly under Aretakis, with no change to the Reese Company’s highest standards of book retailing and customer service. The company’s location, name and contact information also remain unchanged, and printed catalogs and e-lists continue to be issued frequently. James Cummins Bookseller and Peter Harrington are proud to be part of the continuing legacy of William Reese.

“It has always been my goal to continue the William Reese Company as the leading antiquarian book dealer and I am delighted that Peter Harrington, James Cummins and Nick Aretakis will continue the business in Bill’s tradition. The William Reese Company has always been synonymous with Americana at its finest, and I look forward to seeing the business continue to thrive,” said Dorothy Hurt.


About William Reese Company
Founded in 1975 by the late legendary bookseller William S. Reese, the New Haven-based William Reese Company is a leading specialist in Americana and world travel with a large and diverse inventory of more than 40,000 first edition and second-hand books. For almost half a century, the company has been supporting a large international clientele of individual collectors as well as private and public institutions in acquiring rare books and manuscripts and building their own collections. The company also occasionally publishes works related to American bibliography and maintains some recommended Americana references in its inventory.

James Cummins Bookseller
Founded in 1978, James Cummins Bookseller is one of New York City’s leading second hand booksellers specializing in American and English Literature, Americana, Sports and Fine Books. Led by its founder Jim Cummins, the business has been expanded over the past decade by his son James Cummins III to include both a Madison Avenue store and multiple warehouses with over 600,000 volumes.

Sarah Hasan
[email protected]
+1 212 688 6441

Peter Harington
Established in London in 1969, Peter Harrington has specialized in the sourcing, sale and purchase of original first edition, autographed, rare and antiquarian books, premium bindings and library sets of the highest quality. Over the last twenty years the business has been run by Pom Harrington, Peter’s son, and has grown into one of the world’s leading rare book dealers and the largest second-hand book dealer in Europe, with a flagship bookshop in Chelsea and another gallery. Style Shop in Mayfair offering a carefully curated selection of their finest wares.

Radhina Almeida Coutinho
peter harrington ltd
+44 20 3763 3220
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