When the passion for collecting literature & the history of ideas becomes a passion for selling literature & the history of ideas, you awake to the possibility that you are facing a career change & have entered the rarefied realm of the professional 'bouquiniste'. 20 or 30 years later, you might have gained enough knowledge & experience to hold your own & actually make a living doing what you love to do. When we [Sharon & Robert Shulman] began this excursion in 1975 or thereabouts, by the turn of the century [imagine this statement], we had handled thousands of volumes & bought & sold some absolutely amazing titles. Our penchant for presentation copies that we loved to salt away so much as collectors has stood us in good stead & our efforts to uncover superb copies of sought after books in remarkable condition always gives us a bit of a rush when we land a gem. About 10 years ago we started making custom clamshell cases for our collectors. We design these to include embossed 'sculpted' covers inspired by book wrappers & cover illustrations. We also accept custom box making assignments, both traditional & modern.
What we love most about this business is shipping books around this ever shrinking planet. When books go to Tokyo or Moscow or Beijing or Moosejaw, there's always a story, a new contact, possibly a new friend; fodder for an as yet unwritten bookselling memoir that we are always threatening to publish, laden with delicious true adventures. Any blue-blooded bibliophile would certainly enjoy the read. This is a very fun business.