about us

RIVERRUN specializes in rare, antiquarian,  and unusual books & literary manuscripts of all periods, with an emphasis on literature, travel & exploration, art reference, illustrated books, science & technology, and Americana. We seek interesting and important material in all fields. Riverrun's catalogued inventory exceeds 15,000 titles, all of which may be found online. The shop's revolving inventory of some 30,000 volumes means that there is always more to discover if you pay us a visit.  

SUMMER HOURS: by appointment. Please email or call for availability.


RIVERRUN is located 30 minutes from Midtown Manhattan along the eastern shores of the Hudson River in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Easy to reach either by train or car, we are a block from the Metro North station, and just a few minutes off of the Saw Mill River Parkway (find your directions). While much of our inventory is listed for sale online, many books, prints, maps, and associated ephemera may be found in our shop. Our general hours are Thursday through Saturday 11am to 5pm, and we are available most other days by appointment. It is best to call or e-mail ahead to confirm hours and availability.

 

OUR HISTORY

RIVERRUN was founded in 1978 by Frank Scioscia, a former sales executive for Harper’s Books, and was continued from 1993 by his son-in-law, Christopher P. Stephens, whose career as a bookman has spanned four decades. RIVERRUN was purchased by Tom Lecky in the Summer of 2016.

Tom LeckyPrior to taking over RIVERRUN, Tom Lecky was Head of the Printed Books & Manuscripts Department at Christie’s auction house in New York, and a Senior Vice President there. Tom joined Christie’s in 1999 as a specialist, and was named head of department in 2006. Tom has extensive experience in the fields of science & technology, travel & exploration, and historical Americana, as well as English & American literature. As a former head of department in a major auction house, however, Tom has broad knowledge in all fields of books and manuscripts, from Homer to Harry Potter. Tom has worked on some of the most significant collections to come to auction in the last 25 years: prime among them are the auctions of the Kenneth Nebenzahl and Frank S. Streeter libraries of important Americana, navigation & voyages, and the Richard Green Library of Important Scientific Books. 

Tom catalogued the publisher’s copy of Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica sold at Christie’s New York (where he remains a consultant) in December 2016 for $3.7million, a world record for a scientific book. This beat the previous record, which Tom also catalogued: the Richard Green copy of Nicholaus Copernicus's De revolutionibus (1543) that sold for $2.2 million dollars. This remains a world auction record for any sixteenth-century book at auction. Tom also handled Abel Buell's 1783 map of the United States that sold for $2.1 million. This remains a world auction record for any printed map. He has been involved in many other historic sales of the past quarter century, including those of Jack Kerouac’s typescript scroll of On the Road; The Helmut N. Friedlaender Library (early printed books, science, and literature); The Library of Abel E. Berland (English literature, early printed books); The Estelle Doheny Collection from St. Mary's of the Barrens, Perryville, Missouri (early printed books, Bibles, American literature); Masterpieces of Modern Literature: The Library of Roger Rechler; The Estate of Mary, Viscountess Eccles (English literature including Shakespeare); and The History of the Book: The Cornelius J. Hauck Collection (important historical texts, miniature books, and bindings). Tom cataloged the groundbreaking sale The Origins of Cyberspace, the first auction exclusively devoted to the history of the computer. Tom's skills and knowledge extend beyond the fields of printed books and manuscripts: at Christie’s he oversaw the sale of Bob Dylan's Fender Stratocaster that was used when he (in)famously “went electric” at Newport, 1964: at $964,000, it was a world record for a guitar sold at auction. Tom was an auctioneer at Christie's, and he has appeared since 1999 as an appraiser on PBS's Antiques Roadshow.

Tom previously served as Director of the Books & Prints Departments at Doyle New York. Tom was educated at Stanford University (MA American literature), Columbia College (BA English) and Choate Rosemary Hall. Tom occasionally finds time to pursue the recording of instrumental music, having released four albums under the name Hallock Hill.

Memberships

The Grolier Club, member since 1999

Appraisers Association of America

The Bibliographical Society of America

The Manuscript Society 

 

More about Tom Lecky can be found on his PBS Antiques Roadshow appraiser page and in these select mentions in the press:

Fine Books & Collections: "Bright Young Booksellers: Tom Lecky"

Rare Book Monthly: "Tom Lecky, the next stage"

NY Times: “Bits of History (of Bits) on the Auction Block.”

NBC News: “Science Books Fetch Astronomical Prices.”

USA Today: “Copernicus book sells for more than $2.2M in New York.”

The Guardian: “Philip Roth tops the bill at PEN's annotated first edition auction.”

BBC: “Globetrotters’ passion: Collecting maps.”

CNBC: “Walt Whitman Book Sells for $305,000.”

FOX News: “Bob Dylan Stratocaster Sets Auction Record, sells for nearly $1 million.”

KPBS: “This woman's reaction is no act when appraiser Thomas Lecky of Christie's reveals the value of her family's collection at "Antiques Roadshow" in Salt Lake City, Utah.”