Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts
Portland, Oregon, USA
Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts specializes in Americana, Collection Consulting, Collection De-Acquisition, Historical, Modern Fiction Which Interests Us, Signed Politicians, Signed Presidential, The Beats.
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About Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts
I started as a collector of signed Presidents and Politicians more than 30 years ago. I have expanded that original collection to include signed documents, ephemera, historical, Americana. Montgomery also excels at assisting clients de-acquisition their inherited books or your own collection. We also attend multiple books fairs each year in the Western U. S.
Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts
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Interview with Ed Markiewicz of Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts
- When did you get started in bookselling?
- I've only been selling since 2016, but have been a collector for almost 30 years. I now want to share the joy of helping others build their own lifetime collections.
- What drew you to bookselling?
- Bookselling seemed to be a natural extension of collecting, except I get to expand the genres to which I'm exposed.
- Did you have any mentors in becoming a bookseller?
- In 2016 I was able to attend the Colorado Antiquarian Book School (CABS). It was a tremendous opportunity to be exposed to world class instructors and meet peers from across the country.
- What are your specialties as a dealer?
- I specialize in signed Presidents and Politicians, Americana and the Beat Authors
- What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?
- Union College Class of 1857 Year Book which included Maj Henry Rathbone as one of its alumni. Maj. Rathbone and his wife were guests of Abraham LIncoln and sat with him in his box at Ford Theater on the evening he was assassinated. Maj Rathbone attempted to apprehend Booth, but was slashed with a knife. I sold it to Union College. I believe that all historical items have a natural home and we have a responsibility as dealers of history to place a book where it belongs when ever possible.
- What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?
- The thrill of the find...Whether it is an estate sale, another book dealer or a customer who walks in off the street, that first time you handle a new, antiquarian book is the start of a mystery.
- Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?
- I currently have a Rare Book Room at 2075 SW 1st Ave, in downtown Portland, Oregon
- If so, do/did you have any bookstore pets?
- I still do a great deal of work at home, especially photographing and bibliography. My work from home bookstore pet is an orange tabby cat named Tony.
- What is the funniest / strangest / scariest thing that ever happened in your store?
- One night after the store closed, three of us decided to play Ouiji Board...
- What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?
- I love to unexpectedly find a shelf of books in an antique store or a second hand market. There is always at least one treasure to be retrieved.
- What do you personally like to read? Collect?
- I've always been a fan of (auto) biographies. The furthest I venture from this genre is historical fiction.
- What's your favorite book you personally own? Would you sell it, if the price were right?
- Profiles in Courage inscribed by John F. Kennedy. The only President to have won a Pulitzer Prize. Yes I would sell it...in fact it is for sale on my Biblio page. I would want someone other than me to have this cornerstone of a presidential collection.
- What one book would you buy if price were no object?
- The Bible which was owned by Abraham Lincoln. I'm not sure that such a book even exists...but it would fulfill my fantasy just to hold it.
- If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring three books, what would they be?
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac, A 52 Volume Set of the Encyclopedia Britannica (Does that count as one book?), A book with blank pages, and a pen.