About Us

I have worked with books for over 25 years. After graduating from Chaminade High School and Fordham University, I started in the college publishing division in the old Harper & Row in 1989. I then moved to the editorial department at Basic Books, the scholarly imprint at HarperCollins, before departing for The Palmer School of Library and Information Science, in 1996.

During graduate studies, I worked the reference desk at Brooklyn Public Library's Central Branch in Park Slope, guided researchers through the venerable collections in the Library at the New-York Historical Society on the Upper West Side, and I interned in research/cataloguing at the Frick Art Reference Library on the Upper East Side.

In 2000, I began a 16-year apprenticeship with Bauman Rare Books, starting as a Bookseller in their Waldorf-Astoria and Madison Avenue galleries. In 2008, I transferred to manage their newly-opened Las Vegas gallery. In 2010, I returned to New York as a Senior Bookseller before relocating to the South Bay of Los Angeles in early 2016 to open STAR OF THE SEA fine books. 

Justin McShea