Hemet, California, USA
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About Andrea Feodorov
I am an individual seller and lover of books. I've collected books for over 40 years. I am now making many of those books available to the general public.
Biblio Member Since2017
1300 W Menlo Ave
Spc 76Hemet, CA 92543 USA
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Interview with Andrea Feodorov of Andrea Feodorov
- When did you get started in bookselling?
- Collecting books was always a hobby for me. I loved to read, especially the classics, and quickly amassed a venerable library. I began by swapping books then, with my extensive knowledge, slowly gravitated toward selling them.
- What drew you to bookselling?
- I always loved to read. With an overflowing library, bookselling began a natural for me early on.
- Did you have any mentors in becoming a bookseller?
- My grandmother was a poet whose poetry was included in an anthology with Walt Whitman. My grandfather was a professor at Columbia University. Both sold books, not professionally, but in an amateurish way. But together, their library was as impressive as any I've seen. When they died, I inherited that library, which was far more than I could house. So I guess you could say they were my mentors.
- What are your specialties as a dealer?
- I love the classics, especially French existentialists like Sarte and Camus, and Russian writers like Gogol and Dostoyevski. I also specialize in classic American writers like Poe.
- What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?
- The most amazing book I ever sold was an old copy of The Occult Life of Jesus of Nazareth, a very old, strange book with bizarre and enchanting illustrations. I found two in an old barn in New Hampshire at a yard sale. I still have one copy which I've held onto all these years (this was in the '70s).
- What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?
- I love intereacting with others who love books. Selling books not like selling shoes or cars. It's highly personal. I grow extremely attached to the books I sell and I know those who purchase those books will become equally attached. It's a community.
- Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?
- I had an open storefront in Portland and Seattle. But being retired and disabled, I'm no longer able to manage a brick and mortar store. Plus the internet has changed everything. I find I can do just as well through sites like Biblio.
- If so, do/did you have any bookstore pets?
- Yes! At both locations I had bookstore pets. Camus was a docile tabby who used to lounge on the desk by the front door of my store in Seattle. And Geothe was a black, olive-eyed ragdoll who affectionately brushed my customers' legs as they browsed my store in Portland. Goethe is actually still with me. But at 19 years, she does considerably less brushing!
- What is the funniest / strangest / scariest thing that ever happened in your store?
- One day a customer had a ladder get away from him and slid all the way from the history section to biographies. I ran over to help him, but he just kept right on browsing! Said he had forgotten a biography he meant to purchase!
- What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?
- These days, most of the small bookshops are gone. It's very sad and I did everything I could to ensure that wouldn't happen. But it has. So today, like most people, I'm pretty much consigned to shops like Barnes & Noble unless I want to drive long distances which I rarely do.
- What do you personally like to read? Collect?
- I like Shakespeare, Celine, Camus, Sarte, Gogol, Dostyevski, Chekhov, Voltaire, Poe, Tennessee Williams, Orwell, Wolfe, Emily Dickinson, Faulkner, Emerson, Goethe, Balzac, Jung, Neitsche, Ionesco - far too many to list.
- What's your favorite book you personally own? Would you sell it, if the price were right?
- My favorite books are a leather bound copy of The Complete Romances of Voltaire from 1927 and a leather-bound copy of Webster's Dictionary from 1929 - the last year before thousands of supposedly obsolete words were omitted.
- What one book would you buy if price were no object?
- The Gutenberg Bible.
- If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring three books, what would they be?
- The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts, Isis Magic by Isidora Forrest, and Swiss Family Robinson by Johan David Wyss (just kidding)