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Richard B. Arkway

1927 - 2014 MANCHESTER Richard B. Arkway, 87, a leading dealer in antiquarian maps and rare books, died on July 10 in Manchester, following a long illness. He was the son of Olga (Bunim) and Samuel Arkway and was born on Feb. 7, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he spent his childhood. He was a graduate of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and the University of Connecticut. After a career in retail menswear, Arkway turned his hobby of map collecting into a successful business, first in Providence, R.I., and then in New York City. In time, Richard B. Arkway, Inc. became one of the most respected antiquarian bookshops in the world and many important transactions in the trade took place there. The 69 catalogs he issued between 1982 and 2008 are noted for the high quality of their content and their scholarship; they are still revered in the trade. He was well-known for the depth of his knowledge and especially for his integrity. Those who worked for him often went on to establish rare-book businesses of their own. He is survived by his wife, Angela Arkway; his daughter, Ellen Bisshopp, and grandson, Edward Bisshopp of Sharon, Mass.; his stepson, Paul Grigaux and wife, Gail and their children, Olivia, Sophie and Julien of Ladera Ranch, Calif.; his stepdaughter, Claire Grigaux and her husband, Eric Savranksy and their children, David and Isabelle of Westfield, N.J. He was predeceased by his son, Andrew. FUNERAL NOTICE: A celebration of Richard's life will be held at the Dorset Inn, Dorset, on Sunday, July 20, between 3 and 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) at camfed.org or in c/o BREWSTER SHEA FUNERAL SERVICE, P.O. Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255 To send the family personal email condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.


Published in Bennington Banner on July 12, 2014
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