About Us

I have worked with all kinds of books for over 25 years. Born and raised in New York, I was educated by the Marianists at Chaminade High School and the Jesuits at Fordham University in the Bronx, before starting in the college publishing division within the old Harper & Row Publishers in 1989. I then moved over to the editorial department at Basic Books (the scholarly imprint at HarperCollins) before departing for The Palmer School of Library Science at New York University in 1996.

During my graduate studies, I did Library work all over New York City. I toiled at the reference desks at the Brooklyn Library's Central Branch in Park Slope, interned in research & cataloguing at the Frick Art Reference Library on the Upper East Side, and guided researchers and scholars through the rich collections housed in the Library at the venerable New-York Historical Society on the Upper West Side.

In 2000, I began a 16-year Rare Books apprenticeship with Bauman Rare Books, starting as a Bookseller in their Waldorf-Astoria and Madison Avenue galleries. In late 2007, I transferred  out West to manage the newly-opened Bauman Rare Books gallery in Las Vegas. I returned to New York in 2010 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