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Ed Postal Ed Postal and his wife run Barnaby Rudge Booksellers out of Laguna Beach, California. Specializing in early printed books, children's, and illustrated books, Ed travels around the world looking for the perfect additions to his store. For those who don't recall, Barnaby Rudge is also the name of a Charles Dickens' novel, wherein he recalls the Gordon Riots in the 1780s in London. Barnaby is a simpleton who becomes accused of leading a mob of anti-Catholic rioters. We're sure Ed has a story about naming his store after Barnaby Rudge...


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How did you get started?
Nine years ago I owned a travel agency and a printing business. My wife and I started to buy inexpensive old books because we thought they had a certain charm about them. As we were buying our tastes changed and we wanted better and more expensive books. We decided to set up at an antique show to sell the first ones we bought and use the money to buy more expensive ones. From there it snowballed to a point that we sold both businesses and went into the book business full time. This year we were accepted as a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association Of America (ABAA).

If you weren't selling books, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t selling books I would probably still be in the travel business, but this has become my real love.

Name 5 people, living or dead, you would invite to a dinner party.
Other than my wife who would naturally be there, five people that I would invite to dinner would be Ben Franklin, Henry VIII, Leonardo Da Vinci, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Queen Elizabeth I.

What was your best book find, for price or personal reasons?
My best find for both price and personal reasons was a 1552 Tyndale Bible that I got at auction.

Contact Ed Postal:
Barnaby Rudge Booksellers
1445 Glenneyre St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 497-4079
Fax: (949) 376-3111
E-mail: ed@barnabyrudge.com
Specialties: Early printed books, children’s & illustrated books

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