David M. Lesser
David M. Lesser, Fine Antiquarian Books LLC
Woodbrige CT, USA. ABAA [former Board of Governors Member], ILAB, SNEAB [Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers], Grolier Club, American Antiquarian Society, Ephemera Society
Established in 1989, the Company specializes in the social, political, and cultural history of the Americas. Areas of concentration include Colonial America, the American Revolution and Federal period, American imprints of the 18th century; Afro-Americana, slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the American South; law and economics, commerce, banking, trade, industry, canals, railroads, agriculture, urbanization; the American West; political campaigns and issues, presidential politics.
David began adult life as a law student, became a lawyer in 1967, and practiced law full-time for nearly 25 years. In 1993 David became a member of ABAA. David’s life as a bookseller has been most satisfying—he enjoys the hunt for books, researching and cataloguing them, and selling them. The travel that the work requires is normally a great pleasure. He likes associating with other booksellers all over the country [Europe has not been a fruitful destination for this Americanist], and he has made many friends among them.
Alameda CA, USA. ABAA
First Editions, Rare & Collectible Books with a Special Focus on Charles Dickens
Tavistock Books is a generalist Antiquarian Shop, established in 1989. It has been in its Alameda location since the summer of 1997. The firm’s founder, Vic Zoschak, is much interested in bookseller education, having personally been, since 1998, to over 20 ‘bookish’ courses at Rare Book School and elsewhere. Further, in 2012, he founded the Tavistock Books educational scholarship [details on the RBS website], and, employing his 3000 volume reference library, annually hosts a gratis day-long workshop for ‘newbie’ booksellers on the continued relevance & use of reference books.
Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc.
Santa Monica, CA, USA. ABAA member since 1976. I have served 3 terms on the National Board of the ABAA, and twice as President of the Southern California Chapter of ABAA.
Really general antiquarian, with an emphasis on books printed before 1800, all subjects and all languages.
I sold my first book in 1967 to my university library. I did an almost five year apprenticeship working for a major general antiquarian dealer. I received my Master degree in Library and Information Science at UCLA, where my emphasis was rare books and manuscripts.
I have worked in this profession for a long time, keeping a shop/office, exhibiting at bookfairs, and issuing printed catalogs. As a generalist I look at everything. I now have a stock of approximately 2,000 books for sale.
I serve on the advisory boards of the UCLA and UCSB Libraries, the William Andrews Clark Library, and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. I am currently a Director of the Book Club of California, and have memberships in The Grolier Club, The Roxburghe Club and The Zamorano Club.
No business website.