Crouch takes a $10m map to Manhattan fair and opens his own new gallery around the corner

It was in my last column that I wrote just how busy St. James’s specialist dealer in rare maps and atlases Daniel Crouch is at the moment. I was highlighting his exhibition of 200 prints and panoramas of 600 years of London which he showed at Frieze Masters before moving on to TEFAF New York where he currently shares a stand with Dutch rare books dealers Antiquariaat Forum.

What I did not know then is that the energetic Mr Crouch, who enjoyed a successful Frieze Masters, will be spending more time in New York from next year when on January 25 Daniel Crouch Rare Books open a gallery at 24 East 64th Street in the heart of Manhattan’s opulent Upper East Side.

The launch is timed to coincide with the venerable and prestigious Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory and Bibliography Week.

Mr Crouch says: “We have exhibited at fairs in New York, Miami, Palm Beach, Los Angeles and San Francisco and the time is now right to have a permanent space in the United States. ”

Like many other dealers Daniel Crouch has responded to the Americans increasing reluctance to travel; even mighty Maastricht, where Daniel shows, has seen a marked drop in American buyers, which is one factor behind this month’s TEFAF New York.

However, the dealer adds: “We prefer to think of ourselves less as ‘Brexiles’ and more as Englishmen in New York.”

The New York gallery will be managed by Noah Goldrich, who joined the company earlier this year and is well known in New York with both auction and dealing experience.

Meanwhile, Daniel Crouch created quite a splash at TEFAF New York with his star exhibit, a 1531 manuscript map of Giovanni de Verrazano Maggiolo’s epic first voyage to the new world which features the earliest extant depiction of New York Harbour (illustrated).

At $10m it is one of the more expensive items at the fair and is billed as the most expensive map ever offered on the open market.