Featured Bookseller: Ed Postal



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: [email protected]
Specialties: Early printed books, children’s & illustrated books


Collecting Early Printed Books—Collecting early printed books is a very rewarding and challenging area of book collecting. Unlike other areas of collecting where if you have enough money you can find almost anything that you want, there are many early printed books that you can't find no matter how much money you have....[More]


1984 1984 by George Orwell - Originally written in 1949, 1984 presented a grim utopia to its readers. Winston Smith works at the Ministry of Truth, constantly falsifying records depending on the political climate. When Winston gets involved in a forbidden love affair, he risks provoking Big Brother and the Thought Police.

Animal Farm Animal Farm by George Orwell - Orwell writes against totalitarianism in his tale of a workers' revolution gone bad. When the overworked animals of Manor Farm overthrow their drunker owner, they plan to run and manage the farm collectively, sharing responsibilities. They write rules on the barn for everyone to follow. Soon the pigs have other ideas...

Cannery Row Cannery Row by John Steinbeck - Steinbeck poignantly recalls people he knew that lived in worked in the cannery in Monterey, California. Doc, Henri, Mack, and his boys are good-hearted slackers, troublemakers, and drinkers.

Sweet Thursday Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck - Steinbeck offers us more characters from Monterey, California, in the same vein as Cannery Row. Sweet Thursday comes after Lousy Wednesday, and we get a rich look at the prostitutes, bums, and grime of living by a cannery with humor and candor.

Don Quixote Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra - Don Quixote de la Mancha is an eccentric gentleman who becomes a knight errant who travels through sixteenth-century Spain with his sidekick Sancho Panza, attempting to right wrongs and fight evil. Perhaps the first modern novel, Don Quixote's adventures are not to be missed.

To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird examines race relations and justice in a small Southern town in the 1930s through the eyes of a child. Scout Finch and her brother are witness to a town's lack of morality when their father Atticus is called to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman.