Van Norman Rare Books was established in July 2014. The inventory is the culmination of over 35 years of serious collecting by Bob Van Norman. It consists of 2,500 volumes carefully selected from the original stock of 15,000 volumes with the addition of an expanded Western Americana collection, including a Regional History section. We also specialize in Mysteries with a large selection of signed firsts.
Approximately, 99 percent of our offerings are first edition, first printing. If a book doesn’t meet these criteria, it is collectible for other reasons, such as its association or scarcity. Our books range in price from $30 to $5,000, so there is something for every collector. One special collection is dedicated to lawyers as owners Erin and Bob are attorneys. They both also have completed the nationally recognized Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. Various of our offerings include literature, pamphlets and ephemera from around the world. Bob has traveled in over 60 countries and Erin is valiantly trying to match him. We invite you to review the section on our website on what makes a book rare or collectible. Please do not hesitate to browse our inventory and to email or call us with any questions.
Read more about Van Norman Rare Books in this Rapid City Journal article and interview.