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Mark Dimunation

Mark Dimunation

Mark Dimunation was appointed Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress in 1998. As Chief, Mr. Dimunation is responsible for the development, interpretation, and management of the Rare Book Collection, the largest collection of rare books in North America. 

He came to the Library of Congress from Cornell University, where he had served since 1991 as Curator of Rare Books and Associate Director for Collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Mr. Dimunation had his start with rare books when he was appointed the Assistant Chief of Acquistions at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. He served in this position from 1981 until 1983, when he was hired to be the Rare Book Librarian and Assistant Chief for Special Collections at Stanford University.

Mr. Dimunation received his master's degree in library and information science from Berkeley in 1983, his master's in American history from Berkeley in 1976, and his bachelor's degree in history from St. Olaf College in 1974.

He specializes in 18th and 19th century English and American printing and has considerable experience working with antiquarian materials as well as fine press and contemporary artists books. He is nearing completion of an extensive project to reconstruct Thomas Jefferson's Library at the Library of Congress. He is currently on the faculty of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, where he teaches the history  of the book, and on the faculty of Catholic University. He is a member of The Grolier Club and was recently elected as a Member of the American Antiquarian Society.
Andy and Marcee  Nettell

Andy and Marcee Nettell

Like many book dealers, this is Andy's second "career," albeit  a mostly unplanned detour.  Fully intending to work for the National Park Service as a park ranger until retirement, a little hiccup in the road first led him to a small retail music store before opening a full-service new and used bookstore in 2001. In those heady days before Amazon, digital downloading and recessions, slinging books offered a good living.  Not content with one store, he bought out the competing bookstore (across the street) in 2004 and even opened a used paperback bookstore a year later. Once 2009 descended and amazon became a force, everything changed.

Luckily, Marcee entered the picture in 2005. She was an entrepreneur with a long background in running small businesses (including building and running a remote lodge featuring camel treks) on a shoe-string budget,  and collectively they've survived. Their entry into rare and collectible books was one of necessity.  They simply were not selling enough from the storefront  (they'd consolidated all three stores by 2011) and needed another revenue source.  First dabbling in collectible Edward Abbey books, they soon specialized in books of the American West.