Ms. Kate Hunter, AAA Certified

Kate Hunter Rare Book Consultant

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Maps and Atlases; Rare and Antiquarian Printed Books

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Certified Member


Charitable Donation; Estate Tax Liability; Equitable Distribution; Insurance

Appraiser's Statement

Kate is currently the consultant senior specialist at the New York office of Daniel Crouch Rare Books (est. London 2010). She has nearly forty years’ experience working in the Antiquarian Book Trade, in most of its reiterations: bookshops, large and small; auction houses; at book, map and fine art fairs; and online. In that time, Kate has helped to acquire, sell and describe many private and institutional libraries, all over the world. She has witnessed great changes in the industry: from a world of independent bookshops, to one dominated by the internet; and in which auction houses have a substantial position as both wholesale and retail operations. Kate is well-placed to observe how the marketplace has responded.

Kate entered the Antiquarian Book Trade in 1986: first in London (Cavendish Rare Books, and Maggs Bros., Ltd); then New York (Arader Galleries, and Christie’s). Kate has an MA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University. Kate is a Certified member of the Appraisers Association of America, and has extensive experience in appraising material for permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, for both Insurance, and Fair Market Value purposes. She has conducted appraisals, on both a small and large scale, on behalf of private, public and educational foundations, and for booksellers and individuals.

Recent independent projects include:
• Cataloguer for a private collection of early Maps and Atlases, Switzerland, 2021-2023
• Curator and Cataloguer at the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla, 2017-2022
• Independent advisor and cataloguer for a significant private collector of books and maps related to Westward Expansion (2016-2022)
• Independent advisor for a significant private collector of printed documents, and manuscripts related to the founding and early years of the United States (ongoing since April 2021)
• Guest speaker for the Appraisers Association of America, 2018-2019 Lecture Series, April 2019, ‘Appraising Maps: A Pictorial Guide’
• Co-curator of ‘The Kingdom of California’, exhibition at the Peggy Maximus Gallery, The Natural History Museum of Santa Barbara, October 2018-January 2019