About Us


Bookseller: Michael Elmer

In the business of buying, appraising, evaluating and selling Used, Rare and Out of Print books since 1980:

    • For Powells Books in Portland Oregon from 1980 to 1983 overseen by Walter Powell and John Henley.
    • As the founder, owner, manager and proprietor of Michael’s Books in Bellingham WA from 1983 to December 31 2015.

I have personally handled and evaluated hundreds of thousands of books in that period and have a vast knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Graduate of the rare book school in Denver Colorado in 1987.

Attendee at the David Gregor Rare Bookseller workshop.

I have exhibited in many rare book fairs and have overseen the daily operations of Michael’s Books in Bellingham, Washington for nearly 30 years.

80 miles North of Seattle, 60 miles South of Vancouver, BC.

Was a subscriber to AB Weekly for may years until its demise primarily due to the Internet. Bought and sold books by mail since 1985 using postcard quotes.

An early joiner of Interloc before it transformed into Alibris.

A bookseller member of  AbeBooks.com since 1998 and Amazon since 2007.

Have a personal book reference library of several hundred books on books, printing, binding, publishing, points, price guides  and related subjects and am always looking for more resources to add to my collection.

Ask me Questions with the ‘Ask the Bookseller’ on the left or get in touch if I can be of assistance.

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