Bookseller Interviews

 A few years ago, Michael Ginsberg embarked upon an archival journey for the ABAA. Recognizing the absence of member histories in the ABAA annals, Michael began conducting video interviews of members at our three annual fairs. The interviews cover members' personal histories as well as their involvement in the rare book trade. The ABAA extends many thanks to Michael, as well as Taylor Bowie, who has also conducted a number of interviews.
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Priscilla Juvelis of Kennebunkport, ME has been an antiquarian bookseller since 1980 and a member of the ABAA since 1983. She served on the Board of Governors from 1988-2002 and was President of the Association from 1998-2000. Priscilla has also served as President of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers (MARIAB) and as a Trustee to Manuscript Society.

After a career in the military, Frank S. Klein took over his father's book store in the 1970's and truly made it his own by delving into the world of antiquarian books. The Bookseller, Inc. is located in Akron, OH and is still a family business, as Frank works alongside his daughter, Andrea. They specialize in U.S. Military, Aviation, Aeronautics, Lighter-than-Air, Ohioana and Old Northwest, Maps, Atlases and Postcards, and Americana.

Peter Kraus of Ursus Rare Books in Manhattan, NY has been in the book business since he was a young man and an ABAA member since 1974. Ursus Rare Books specializes in Art Books, Illustrated Books, Art, Architechture, Natural History, Decorative Master Prints and Watercolours, First Editions and Travel.

David M. Lesser, Fine Antiquarian Books LLC is located in Woodbridge, CT. David practiced law before becoming a bookseller in 1989 and a member of the ABAA in 1993. David served on the Board of Governors and chaired the Ethics and Standards Committee. David M. Lesser, Fine Antiquarian Books LLC specializes in Americana: Colonial, Revolutionary, Early Federal, Presidency, Political and Social Issues, Slavery, Civil War, Afro-Americana, Reconstruction, Economics, Banking, Trade, Law, and Early and Unusual American Imprints.

David Lilburne founded Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints with his wife Cathy in 1977, and became a member of the ABAA in 1984. David is a former President of the Association (2006-2008). He served on the Board of Governors for several years, and sat as Chair of the House Committee. Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints is located in Cold Spring, NY and specializes in Voyages and Travel, Australasia, Antarctica, China, Books, Maps, Prints, Ephemera, and Photography in all fields.

Kevin Johnson founded Royal Books, Inc. in 1998 and became an ABAA member in 2002. Prior to entering the profession, Kevin worked for the government and had founded a small record label. Today, he is a leading expert on Modern First Editions. Kevin is the author of The Dark Page: Books That Inspired American Film Noir (1950-1965), a two volume full-color guide to first edition sources of film noir. Kevin was a faculty member of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar for several years. Royal Books, Inc. is located in Baltimore, MD specializes in Modern Literature, Books Into Film, Screenplays and Film Ephemera, Crime Fiction, Science Fiction, African-American Literature, and Books on Film and Music.

Ken Karmiole of Santa Monica, CA got his start in the trade in 1970. By 1972 he had established his own business, Kenneth Karmiole Bookseller, Inc., and became an ABAA member in 1976. Ken has served on the Board of Governors and as Membership Committee Chair. Ken is also an active alumnus at UCLA, where he received his masters in library science. In 2002 he endowed the Karmiole Fellowship, which each year supports one student in the study of rare books and manuscripts, and in 2006 Ken established the Kenneth Karmiole Endowment for Rare Books and Manuscripts, which supports the acquisition of special collections throughout UCLA's libraries. Kenneth Karmiole Bookseller, Inc. specializes in Early Printing, Travel, History of Printing, Science and Technology, and Incunabula.

Owen D. Kubik of Kubik Fine Books in Dayton, OH has been in the book business since 1986 and a member of the ABAA since 1990. Owen is a past President of the Midwest Chapter, and he specializes in Roman Catholic History and Theology of all types, as well as Military History, History, and Historical Fiction

Allen and Patricia Ahearn

In Memory of Pat Ahearn
Quill & Brush

Allen & Patricia Ahearn have owned and operated Quill & Brush in Dickerson, MD since 1976, but began collecting and cataloguing books in the early 1960s. Quill & Brush specializes in First Editions, American & English Literature, Signed & Inscribed Books, Mystery & Detective Fiction, Art: Silk Screens, Prints and Drawings, and Author Price Guides. They also conduct Appraisals and specialize in Collection Development.
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