Here’s an article on Michael Sharpe, the collector who hired away several of Heritage Book Shop’s employees when that Los Angeles landmark closed recently. To quote, in part:
In just 20 years, Sharpe has amassed works of science, philosophy, medicine, exploration, religion, literature and mathematics, all classified as being in superb condition and worth about $25 million.
Together, they record the growth of Western civilization through everything from a Dead Sea Scroll fragment to “Gone With the Wind.”
But now Sharpe is ready to go from book collector to bookseller.
Michael Sharpe Rare & Antiquarian Books has just opened in a historic Craftsman house at 569 S. Marengo Ave., with a catalogued inventory worth around $8 million, about 20 percent of it from the personal collection kept at his Pasadena home.
“It was a little bit of a wrench,” Sharpe said of shipping some of his private library off to the store.
“I decided to keep history and science over literature,” he said. “I love them all, but it can take six to eight years to build up an inventory.