Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sharpe Snags Heritage Talent

Scott Brown's got the very latest update on what's happening with Heritage Books: he reports today that Michael Sharpe of LA is planning to open Michael Sharpe Rare and Antiquarian Books at 569 South Marengo Ave. in Pasadena by the end of the summer.

"Staffed by former Heritage employees, including Nat Des Marais and Mike Garabedian, initially the shop will boast an inventory worth $10 million. The stock will derive largely from Mr. Sharpe's Heritage-formed personal library, and include holdings in voyages and travels, science and natural history, literature, fine printing, Western Americana, and books from Printing and the Mind of Man."

Brown notes that the shop will be housed in a "beautiful, two-story Craftsman home that was once the residence of Pasadena hotel magnate Colonel G.G. Green" and is listed on the National Historic Register.

Always interesting to eye these developments in the upper stratosphere of the bibliocommunity from afar. Speaking of which, I'll have a full update on the Streeter sale later this morning; I'm running through the lot lists now.