Peter Costanzo joined Doyle as a Director in the Rare Books Department in 2010. Born into an auction family, Mr. Costanzo has been surrounded by auctions his entire life. While at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, he completed his Art History thesis on the Civil War photography of Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner. Mr. Costanzo continued his education at Sothebys Institute in New York, earning a Masters Degree in American Fine and Decorative Arts, and he wrote his dissertation on the Civil War paintings of American artist Eastman Johnson. Joining Bloomsbury Auctions in 2007, he rose through the ranks from Junior Cataloguer to Specialist and conducted thirty sales as Principal Auctioneer. A rare book specialist with a focus on Americana, Mr. Costanzo seeks quality consignments in that field, along with literature, manuscripts, original illustration art, private press and fine bindings. Additionally, he participates in fundraising auction events and lectures frequently on Americana and Rare Book Collecting.
Word sleuthing collectors will enjoy specialist Peter Costanzo's recollections of William Safire's long running New York Times column On Language as it relates to his collection of American masters Mark Twain and Herman Melville offered in Fine Literature.
Peter Costanzo examines the life and work of the photographer Gordon Parks who "saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs."
Peter Costanzo chronicles the life of the beloved English writer and illustrator, Beatrix Potter, author of the classic children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Rare original artwork and letters by Potter highlight the online-only auction of the Mary K. Young Collection.
The online-only auction of books from the Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson features the published journals of famed conservationist Russell E. Train, founder of the World Wildlife Fund.
Peter Costanzo profiles the historic trophy won by Alfred G. Vanderbilt, Jr.'s legendary racehorse, Native Dancer, at the 1953 Preakness Stakes. The trophy achieved $100,000 in the May 23 auction.
Peter Costanzo profiles the papers of the Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac responsible for the defense of Washington, DC during the American Civil War.
Peter Costanzo provides historical insights into The Hillsborough Colonial Returns, a fascinating contemporary account of Colonies on the eve of the Revolutionary War