Author: Martin McGee
Buffalo’s venerable and unique Old Editions Bookshop & Gallery is in the midst of a massive moving sale. EVERYTHING, including the astounding collection of rare books, artwork (many pieces have a Buffalo subject, theme or connection) and collectibles is on sale from 15-50% off. Make sure to get there ASAP to see the beautiful Buffalo store for one last time and take advantage of the great deals to be had as Ron and company pack up for their big move. Store hours are 10 am-5:30 pm Tuesday to Saturday.
- Old Editions Bookshop | 74 E. Huron Street near the corner of Oak | 716.842.1734 | firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2006 while I was heavily involved with the upcoming UB visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, I got a call from Ron Cozzi, owner of Old Editions Bookshop & Gallery. Ron called to tell me he had just acquired a large collection of rare books from one of Buffalo’s most distinguished families and among the treasures were titles on Tibet. I paid him a visit the next day and was amazed to see what he had placed on a table for me to ponder. They were very old, exquisite and pricey but Ron arranged for me to purchase them with a layaway plan. I took advantage of his offer and they remain among the most cherished tomes in my collection.
This is just one example of the care and attention that Ron pays to his clientele. Once he becomes familiar with your interests he files the important connection in his astonishing brain for future reference. When a book comes into his possession that matches his customer’s wants he doesn’t hesitate to let you know. I’m just a book lover in Buffalo, but Ron has customers across the country and around the world that benefit from his considerable knowledge and expertise. Ron hosted storied book fairs here that drew people from far and wide. Attending a reception at his shop after the opening day, I was blown away by the reaction people had to visiting his store for the first time. These were successful book dealers from major cities who, upon walking through Ron’s cavernous yet elegant establishment proclaimed that this was the best antiquarian bookshop they had ever set foot in, nationally or abroad!
An avid and accomplished player, Ron started off collecting used books on chess. In order to acquire certain ones, sellers required him to buy their entire collection. With so many books on a vast array of subjects, Ron needed an outlet to reduce his ever growing inventory and started off by humbly setting up at the old Super Flea on Walden Avenue back in the early Seventies. He moved to a quaint storefront on Allen, then to a larger one on Hertel, followed by another move to Main Street near Highgate, staying there 22 years. Next, he leased and renovated a warehouse near Broadway, but Rite Aid bought the corner on which it stood. Finally, Ron bought Old Editions’ present location (74 E. Huron St. on the corner of Oak), choosing it for its close proximity to the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, just two blocks away. The store opened in 2002 after six years of renovating the historic building, for which Ron received the Joan K. Bozer Award from Working For Downtown.
After 16 years at his current location and a lifetime as a purveyor of fine books, etc., Ron is moving once again. A deep pocketed developer with plans to build luxury apartments has purchased the sprawling four story building. The money netted from the sale meant Ron and his iconic bookstore could continue to thrive, but unfortunately for Buffalo the new location is in North Tonawanda where Ron has found both a wonderful and practical new space with an inviting storefront and a giant warehouse to house his gargantuan inventory. With a soft opening on November 1st Old Editions will be relocated to 954 Oliver Street in North Tonawanda. Hey Western New Yorkers, just be grateful Ron hasn’t decided to move to Rochester or Chicago!