About Us

Then and Now

In 1964, while Anne Bromer was enrolled in the Library Science program at Simmons College, students in her rare books course visited the Library at Williams College, whose special collections form the finest holdings in an undergraduate institution. David was invited to come along. Richard Archer was Curator of Chapin Library's rare book department and the professor for Anne's course. He unlocked the cabinets and vaults, putting the books into the hands of his students. From that encounter with magnificent medieval manuscripts and early printed books in the Chapin's stately room, the seeds of a vocation took root. Four years later, Bromer Booksellers issued Catalog One.

In 1974, Anne became the full-time member of Bromer Booksellers and joined the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA). David, with a career in scientific research and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joined the firm in 1976. During the recession of 1980 the business moved to the heart of Copley Square. After twenty-six years, Bromer Booksellers can still be found at 607 Boylston Street.

As Bromer Booksellers grew, so did our areas of specialization. We have traveled the world seeking the finest books in our fields of interest and have purchased important private collections in this country. We handled the miniature book collection of legendary retailer Stanley Marcus. From the celebrated Estelle Doheny auction in 1989, we acquired the majority of her fore-edge paintings. The "Triple Crown" and Eric Gill collections owned by California collector Charles Gould are now permanently housed at Washington University in St. Louis. A superb collection of Rockwell Kent from a leading Nashville collector is now integrated into the treasures of the Boston Public Library. If you have books to sell, we encourage you to see our guidelines and to contact us.


Anne and David Bromer in 1977
Anne & David, 1977
 
Our clientele has expanded from a small list of individual subscribers to collectors, bibliophiles, universities, museums, and dealers worldwide. In addition, we have provided appraisals for a number of these major institutions. Anne has written articles, and a biography of Dorothy Abbe, which was published as Strings Attached by the Boston Public Library and the Society of Printers in 2000. She has also co-written a full color history on the subject of miniature books, Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures, published by Harry N. Abrams in association with The Grolier Club, which received First Place in the category of Gift Books at the New York Book Show in 2008.

In 2008, Anne was selected to receive the Alumni Achievement Award from the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Alumnae/i Association. This award is given every year to one alumna/us who "has demonstrated professional achievements, has made outstanding contributions to the library/information profession, and has shown a commitment to our community." Listen to her speech from the awards ceremony here.

David served as a Trustee on the Board of The Associates for the Boston Public Library, is a member of The Society of Printers, and is an associate member of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. In 2011, he completed over twenty years of research and published Aun Aprendo: A Comprehensive Bibliography of the Writings of Aldous Leonard Huxley, the most current and comprehensive descriptive bibliography of Aldous Huxley's works ever produced.

In 2005, the Bromers funded On the Edge: The Hidden Art of Fore-Edge Book Painting, an online exhibit of fore-edge paintings from the Boston Public Library's Albert H. Wiggin Collection. They are members of the St. Botolph Club, a private organization devoted to the arts, as well as members of the Boston Athenaeum, which presented them with the honor of becoming Proprietors in 2010. In 2012, the Bromers created the Anne C. and David J. Bromer Fund at the Athenaeum, which supports the Bromer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts. Additionally, Anne is a member of the Board of Directors of Women's Lunch Place, a day shelter for self-identified women in Boston's Back Bay.

Please check our Events page for complete information on upcoming fairs, exhibits, and other bookish things in which we are participating. We have issued nearly 150 catalogues and lists since our first one appeared in 1968, and we continue to publish several major lists each year. We invite you to join our mailing list.

Anne and David today, with Phil Salmon, manager
Anne & David, today, with Phil Salmon, Manager
 

In June of 2000, Phil Salmon joined us as Manager. Phil began his bookselling career in 1994, the consequence of a collecting interest in the poet Robert Frost. He spent many years working as a freelance cataloger, book scout, and he operated his own internet bookselling firm before moving to Portugal in 1998. In his time with us, Phil has become an integral part of our company, attending auctions on our behalf, exhibiting at book fairs, and handling other key responsibilities. Phil became an associate member of the ABAA in 2004, and considers it "an honor and a privilege" to do what he loves for a living.