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An interview with Am Here Books

Biblio checks in with Am Here Books to learn more about their book business, collecting interests and more! To view and shop their inventory, click here.


When did you get started in bookselling?

1970


What drew you to bookselling?

Love of books


Did you have any mentors in becoming a bookseller?

Miss Steloff at the Gotham, Larry Wallrich, Bob Wilson


What are your specialties as a dealer?

20th Century Poetry with an emphasis on the Irish, the American South, 18th Century English Imprints with a connection to Samuel Johnson,


What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?

THE BOOK OF HOURS - A unique scrapbook by William S, Burroughs but there are many other books that remain in my mind - the books, while gone, have left n enduring impression.


What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?

Building collections for wise ones. I am currently building one of the great 21st century collections of Natural History plate books from the 15th cntury through the early part of the `19th century. A great and wonderful education!


Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?

Not currently but many years ago in Philo, California I had an open shop.


If so, do/did you have any bookstore pets?

No, other than the books.


What is the funniest / strangest / scariest thing that ever happened in your store?

The night the pipes burst and water was everywhere.


What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?

They have all gone or have moved, Maggs at Berkeley Square, the Phoenix on Jones Street, Serendipity in Berkeley but, actually, Donld Heald in New York has a most wonderful establishment right now and also a dog which counts greatly.


What do you personally like to read? Collect?

Utter trash and books of exploration and discovery and I do not collect though I seem to have an ungodly number of shoes. And reel to reel tapes.


What's your favorite book you personally own? Would you sell it, if the price were right?

At my age all must go - I have no favorites.


What one book would you buy if price were no object?

The great series that was done of the Napoleon's opening of Egypt - what majestic plates those are!


If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring three books, what would they be?

The Bible, the Ashendene Ecclesiastes, The great Temple of Flora by Thornton