Welcome to my internet home. I’m a rare book specialist at Honey & Wax Booksellers. (I am also a former manager at Bauman Rare Books, one of the largest rare book companies in the world. You can read more about my background here.)

I am also an author; my book on books, Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History, will be available via HarperCollins in March of 2017.


If you’re new to the site, here’s a list of posts to explore.


Freshly Pressed

Two of my posts have been specially featured by WordPress.

The Unlikely Friendship and Inevitable Feud of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini

Dust Jacket Logic: It Exists

Rare Books

If you want to learn about rare books, check out my Rare Books 101 series. It is ongoing and covers everything from what makes a first edition to storage and handling of rare books.

Here are a few other posts touching on books from the perspective of a rare book dealer:

Why Book Collectors Matter

Electronic Readers: Blessing, or Abomination?

Rare Books and the White Gloves Myth


Some Personal Favorites

What Fairy Tales Really Mean

Dorothy Parker: The Author who “Wrote Poetry like an Angel and Criticism Like a Fiend”

Tolkien’s Secret Vice

Ulysses: “We were the First to Publish this Masterpiece and the First to be Arrested for It”

Thank you, and happy reading.