SVP/Executive Director, Books, Autographs & Photographs / Coins, Bank Notes & Postage Stamps / Estate & Appraisal Services | Books & Autographs Photographs Coins, Bank Notes & Postage Stamps

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.

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Gordon Parks' America

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."
Beatrix Potter

Becoming Beatrix Potter

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.
Pioneer Naratives

Pioneer Narratives

Peter Costanzo profiles some of the fascinating pioneer material in the current online auction of Americana from the Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson.
Colonial New York

Manhattan, 1776

Peter Costanzo examines Bernard Ratzer's rare 1776 map of New York City and other highlights from the Estate of Dr. Leo Hershkowitz.
Thoreau & James

Thoreau and James

Peter Costanzo reviews summer exhibitions devoted to American authors Henry David Thoreau and Henry James at The Morgan Library & Museum.
James Joyce, Ulysses

James Joyce

Specialist Peter Costanzo discusses the early works of James Joyce, whose tumultuous publishing history has provided a gratifying assortment of rare editions for collectors.
Mets National League Championship Ring

Meet the Mets!

The spirit of Nelson Doubleday, Jr. and the New York Mets is brought to life by remembering the most famous night in Mets history