I’m Rebecca Romney, a rare book dealer with Honey & Wax Booksellers. I’m known as the Rare Book Specialist who evaluates books on the HISTORY Channel’s show Pawn Stars, a former manager at Bauman Rare Books, and the author (with JP Romney) of Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History. I am also a member of the Grolier Club, the Rare Book School Scholarship Committee, and a Baker Street Irregular (“That Gap on That Second Shelf”).
I buy, research, catalog and sell rare books for a living.
I was first introduced to the rare book trade in 2007, when I was hired by Bauman Rare Books as part of the group that would open their new gallery in Las Vegas. Bauman has long been known in the rare book world for their ads in the back of the New York Times Book Review, and for their galleries: once in the Waldorf-Astoria, now on Madison Avenue and at the Palazzo in Las Vegas.
In 2010, I was promoted to manager of the Las Vegas gallery of Bauman Rare Books. In 2011, Rick Harrison approached me to appear on his Las Vegas-based show, Pawn Stars, as one of the regular experts (and the only regularly appearing expert who is a woman). Since then I have appeared in over 60 episodes, evaluating rare books and offering advice for potential purchase by the shop.
In 2014, I moved to Philadelphia to work directly with Natalie Bauman, co-founder of Bauman Rare Books, in overseeing the central operations of the firm, including purchasing, marketing, pricing and cataloging, and managing a total staff of over 35 people.
In 2016, I left Bauman to pursue other projects, including a podcast on books called Biblioclast, which I produced with the author JP Romney.
Over the summer of 2016, I joined with Brooklyn-based Honey & Wax Booksellers, which was founded by a friend and former colleague of mine, Heather O’Donnell. You can read more about this collaboration here. Read about Honey & Wax’s role in promoting women in the book trade, as well as our prize for young women book collectors.
In 2017, HarperCollins published my book, Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History, which I wrote with JP Romney. You can read more about this publication and where to order here.
If you’re looking for advice on how to figure out how much your books are worth, I’ve created an information page for you here.
Besides my appearances on Pawn Stars, I regularly speak at events related to books, collecting, preserving history, and encouraging literacy. If you would like to inquire about booking for a professional speaking engagement, please contact me using the form below.
If you are looking to buy or sell a valuable book, you can also contact me using the contact form below.
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