Erik Du Ron Books

ERIK DU RON BOOKS

“Pleasure in getting the latest book by one of your favorite authors”, Erik DuRon once wrote in an open letter, “savoring its gargantuan heft or gnomic slimness, riffling its serrated pages, smelling its papery smell, feasting on its cover art and design, clocking the passage of time by the new wrinkles evident in the author photo, and most importantly, gauging the ranks and blocks and stacks of type in which you anticipate losing yourself.  Really, nothing compares to a book.” And we couldn’t agree more. An independent, New York City bookseller, specializing in first editions and rare manuscripts, DuRon used to manage the infamous Left Bank Books as well as the New York gallery of America’s preeminent rare book specialist, Bauman Rare Books. His selection for 10 Curates consist mainly of vintage mid-century (and some earlier) editions of literary and cultural classics, and exhibit the hallmarks of fine book production from that era: striking design with bold fonts and strong graphic elements, charming illustrations, sturdy sewn bindings. 

Erik Du Ron Books

Name: Erik Duron

Occupation: Bookseller

First Job: Walking dogs

Worst Job: Temp for a day at a wall street firm

What do you know about: Books (All kinds) and writers (Mostly of fiction)

where are you based: Brooklyn, ny

Do you have job title? what is it: Boss of my self

 THE FIRST BOOK I BOUGHT FOR MYSELF, WHEN I WAS 8, WAS AN ACE PAPERBACK REPRINT OF THE NOVELIZATION OF THE ORIGINAL KING KONG FILM FROM THE 1930S. I FOUND IT IN A SPINNING RACK AT AN OLD DRUGSTORE IN GREENWICH VILLAGE, THE KIND OF PLACE WITH A MOSAIC TILE FLOOR AND GLASS JARS ON WOODEN SHELVES BEHIND THE COUNTER. THE DUSTY, SLIGHTLY MEDICINAL SMELL OF THE PLACE IS FOREVER ASSOCIATED IN MY MIND WITH BOOKS. I STILL HAVE THAT PAPERBACK. (AND TODAY THAT DRUGSTORE IS A MARC JACOBS SHOP.)

 WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK? A TOSS-UP BETWEEN MADAME ROTARY AND ANNA KARENINA.

 HOLDING BOOKS, FEELING THEIR HEFT, LEAFING THROUGH THEM, MATCHING THEM WITH PEOPLE AND PUTTING THEM IN PEOPLE'S HANDS IS ONLY SLIGHTLY LESS GRATIFYING THAN READING THEM, AND NO ONE'S PAYING ME TO DO THAT.

 I JUST GOT BACK FROM A WEEK'S VACATION IN MONTANA AND WAS INCREDIBLY IMPRESSED BY THE NATIONAL PARK RANGERS THERE. IF MY LIFE WASN'T IN THE CITY I COULD SEE BEING OUT IN NATURE ALL DAY.

 NEUROTIC NEW YORK JEWY INTELLECTUAL LAPSED-BOHEMIAN LEFTY CAPITALIST BOOKSELLER.