About John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller.
Like many kids, I started collecting comic books because they were cheap and a quick read. In high school, I went to work for Robert A. Madle in order to support my habit. Bob, who is an original member of science fiction fandom, introduced me to science fiction book collecting and fandom. Through high school and into college I worked part-time for Bob, helping with his book business and attending science fiction book conventions to assist him in selling his books. This was invaluable experience and gave me exposure to the world of collectible science fiction books. I expanded my collecting interests and, while building my own collection, I started to acquire extra copies of interesting books. It was a natural move into selling this material, and in the 1980s I started my own business and began issuing my own catalogs of books for sale, as well as exhibiting at science fiction conventions. Later, I began an informal arrangement with the pre-eminent bookseller in the genre of science fiction and fantasy, L.W. Currey, who in 2004 sponsored my membership to the ABAA. Mr. Currey and I have purchased major collections, participated as buyers at major auctions, and jointly exhibited at major book fairs. This business has expanded into other facets of popular fiction, including a strong interest in mystery and detective fiction. Lately, we have added Illustrated, Cartoon, Children’s and Propaganda books and ephemera covering the period of WW I – WW II.
Warren Bernard is on board as our expert in our WW I – WW II material. He is a scholar of this period and is a long time volunteer at the Library of Congress, where he has cataloged over 1200 political cartoons. He is author of the upcoming book CARTOONS FOR VICTORY, which is a volume of cartoons reflecting life on the home front.
A quick word about Lloyd Currey, Antiquarian Bookseller. We have collaborated closely for many years now and have purchased quite a few fine books together. Also, we often work in concert to acquire the best books we can. Lloyd has been my mentor and guide into the antiquarian book business and is a good friend.