In this case, the "we" is the wrong pronoun. I am a one-man band. No
help of any kind. Despite the lack of staff or a spouse, I have been in
business for myself since 1992 as an antiquarian book dealer. I have
always worked out of my home to keep overhead down. But I am open by
appointment for browsing and discussion. My main focus in the book
world is Americana, early U.S. History and the high points of American
literature. In the last few years I have added bookbinding to the
services I provide. Doing so has given me greater knowledge of books
and added a benefit that most book dealers and binders are unable to
achieve - that is, being able to provide customers with an insight of
the feasibility of repairing or rebinding an older book and whether
doing so makes financial sense given the opportunities of locating a
better copy from other sources.
My formal education was in business leading eventually to a Masters
degree in business (MBA) with a concentration in finance. I spent 25
years in the corporate world which gave me a solid foundation in
business practices, accounting and computer data bases. This knowledge
transferred well to the book business in the form of creating a data
base for my inventory which could interact with my web site to allow
some rather sophisticated automation.
I was one of the first book dealers to start selling books
on-line on various venues and through my own web site. Since
have been a member of the American Booksellers Association of America
(ABAA) as well as the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
(ILAB) two of the most recognized, professional book seller's
Like my colleagues in these two organizations I carefully develop the
descriptions for my books and am proud to stand behind them for an
unlimited period of time. You see, it is my primary goal in
to maintain an engaged and happy customer base making sure that my
integrity and good name are never questioned or tarnished.
Thanks for reading.
John D. Townsend
Watch an interview with John here: 2013 ABAA Interview