Adolphus Ranney (May 15, 1824 - April 16, 1874), known as the 'Gift Book Man' was an American educational bookseller and publisher active in New York in the mid-19th century. He published books, maps, broadsides, and letter sheets. Ranney was born in New York City and spend most of his life there. The bulk of his work dates from 1854 to 1858. In the 1860 he went to prison convicted of 'Gross Fraud' related to an employment scandal.