About

I’m Rebecca Romney, the Rare Book Expert on Pawn Stars and Manager at the Las Vegas Gallery of Bauman Rare Books.

 

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My rare books blog is named after Aldus Manutius, the 15th century Venetian printer who supervised the creation of the Italic fount and the octavo format (the format in which most of our books today are published).

 

Aldus played a major role in the popularization of classics. He printed many of the great Greek authors for the first time, and his pioneering of the octavo format made books more accessible to a wider public.

 

Aldus himself was a scholar who befriended the best editors and professors of the day to create these works. His printing press was the hub for scholars, humanists, and anyone dedicated to literature. Aldus is my hero. And my crush. (Though my husband has excellent qualities, as well!)

 

Aldus’s printer’s device is the famed anchor and dolphin, the allegorical figure for the ancient saying Festina Lente.

 

Sir Thomas Browne translates festina lente as “Celerity contempered with cunctation.” Since that’s an abomination of alliteration, let’s just translate it as “make haste slowly.” In other words, work really fast, but be thorough and deliberate with your work. Aldus knew the importance of getting out as many works as possible, but he refused to sacrifice quality.

 

My blog is Aldine because I hope it will make the classics, and rare books, more accessible. I hope it can be a hub for book lovers. And I hope that my random thoughts on books show a bit of quality, here and there.

 

Click here for information about appraisals and click here for information about autographs. Otherwise, if you’d like to contact me, please use the form below. I receive a large number of queries, but I’ll do my best to get back to you.

 

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  1. Tim If someone wants to tell Rebecca she’s cute, What’s the big deal;? My wife is just as cute and I don’t mind guys telling me. Just because she’s attractive doesn’t mean someone doesn’t get something else out of her appearances. .

    • Rebecca: Does a passion for collecting go hand and hand with a passion for collecting?

      Also, I’ve found that an individual’s collection of books does reflect their personality and has helped me retain fond memories of friends and relatives that are no longer around. I have even saved a few of their regular magazine subscriptions. My wife thinks it’s weird but to see their name on the cover and read about something I knew they enjoyed, sometimes I shared is comforting and calming.

      • I had debate class along time ago in high school,the question for the year was “should Pot be legalized?. Also as a Minister you find your self defending the faith-debateing. The more successful debaters are
        1) respectful of the opposing view and the one who express it. 2)Know your stuff! You can’t fight a fire properly without knowing the fuel and the place to start. If you are debating who wrote the book of Hebrews in the New Testament,know all the facts that you can get as to why Paul is the writer,and others don’t make logical sense. Of course God is the writer,Paul was just a penman. 3)Take good notes. Take a 8×11 paper fold in 1/2. On one side your opponents position and comment, opposite that your statement refuting it. 4) stand up, speak up, shut up! Too often people talk to much and give away info that will hurt them later. These are 4 basic starting points to debate,defend your position. If you are in situation were you can’t stop and write points down,you have to do all this ‘on the fly’, remember #4 and keep it all in your head. The first chance you have write it all down,go over it to see what you need to do for improvement,what you can do to gather more info,you can never know too much or look good delivering it!

        Rev. Barry Cantrell

  2. Thanks Alex. There is nothing wrong with finding Rebecca beautiful and intelligent – and I do do – but I still am concerned at how her husband must think of us all. To my knowledge he hasn’t said anything, but we did have a ‘fake’ Mr. Romney who took no one in but me unfortunately. The real Rebecca found it funny and of course, being on television gives you a much higher profile and especially when you are everyone’s favorite expert on the Pawn Stars. I’d just like to spare some thought for the real Mr. Romney and whilst we can all admit he is a very lucky fellow in being married to Rebecca, it probably isn’t fair to her or him to punctuate nearly all of our comments with glowing tributes that don’t have much to do with books but which could be upsetting her family dynamics or homeostasis.

    • Good for You! It goes to the double standard in industry. Women can’t do this or that because the look good or are mothers. However when an attractive woman is intelligent and excels they so she ‘slept her way up! HOW OFFENSIVE! You don’t say that when an intelligent man excels,what gives? You also see it when a man is greeted they shake hands, when a man greets a woman she gets a kiss on the cheek(in usa) double standard! There are more,but you know them. The Military is trying for more level playing field by going to a unisex uniform,however they stiff want separate heads/bathrooms and berthing compartments. Is this a double standard or does it express the real fact on paper it is one thing, in real life we still have issues. I see a reality from creation,God made Adam from dust of the earth, Eve from Adams rib-his side. Each had separate duties, task to complete to help the other,yet they also time together task to do together all for the Glory of God!

  3. Hi,
    I am looking for an old book about Shmuel Salant. He was a rabbi. Im willing to pay up to $100,000 if I have to if you can find a book on his autobiography. I found a place that has it in a library, but can’t be checked out. I learned I am related to him and want to have family history.

  4. I just want you to know that I’m a big fan of yours! I live old books, and I could read them for 15 hours a day, lol. Oh yes I almost forgot, your are the most beautiful women I have ever seen, say sorry to your hubby for me for saying that, but it’s true!!!!!! Ok. Just wanted to say hi, would luv it if you emailed me just to say hi….. God would that be awesome!!!!! Hint-hint.. Lol. Keep up the great work

  5. The dolphin/anchor symbol was used by the Emperor Titus Flavius. Did you know that the works of Titus Flavius Jospephus, court historian of Titus, were annotated by Manutius Aldus?

  6. I had a ‘complete work of Josephus’, it was 3”thick 8”x12” dated 18 somthing.. It was given to me by the grandso of Dr Martian Dehaan,founder of Raido Bible Class. I gave it to a Pastor for his Church library. I supose it was an expensive gift.

  7. Rebecca,

    It’s been wonderful to see and listen you presenting stories about books. You truly are an awesome story teller.

    My respects and regards,

    Xabier

  8. Copied from Wikipedia but this is a nice piece
    Quotation
    ” … Who claims Truth, Truth abandons. History is hir’d, or coerc’d, only in Interests that must ever prove base. She is too innocent, to be left within the reach of anyone in Power,—who need but touch her, and all her Credit is in the instant vanish’d, as if it had never been. She needs rather to be tended lovingly and honorably by fabulists and counterfeiters, Ballad-Mongers and Cranks of ev’ry Radius, Masters of Disguise to provide her the Costume, Toilette, and Bearing, and Speech nimble enough to keep her beyond the Desires, or even the Curiosity, of Government…. ”
    Thomas Pynchon
    Mason & Dixon (p. 350)

  9. Hello, random question…. on one Pawn Stars episode you were checking out a signature with a particular eye loupe or magnification optic and I was very impressed with it. If you would be so kind as to tell me Who makes it and what model is it. BTW you are awesome and your passion for written works is evident even on TV.
    Thank You

  10. Rebecca, After watching several episodes of you appearing on Pawn Stars, I have been in shock as to how such a gorgeous and amazing woman like you could possibly exist in America today with the country’s continual general slide into decadence. After reading your comments here, I see that your have been immersed into classical literature and languages for many years has assisted in keeping you on a path toward excellence. Your beauty and personality are soooooooo special. I hope you get your own television show. America, in fact the world, needs to be exposed on a regular basis to Rebecca Romney.

  11. Hello Rebecca: I was reading through the Pawn Stars Wikipedia while working a mid-night shift, when I discovered that your last name is Romney. Well that set off a few intriguing bells in my mind of whether or not you were a Mormon, and if you were related to Gov. Romney. Well you can’t really trust what the internet says, but if you are and being a book expert I was wondering about something. I visited Palmyra NY last year and took the tour at the visitors centre, where they had on display one of the orignial 5000 copies of the 1st edition of the Book of Mormon. The tour guide said that on one of the bidding web sites, that a 1st edition went for as much as $200,000! In your expert opinion what makes a 1st edition of the Book of Mormon so valuable, and how many of those original 5000 copies have survived through the years?

    • Thanks for the note. First edition copies of the Book of Mormon are indeed rare and desirable. Generally it’s believed that perhaps only about 500 copies survive from the initial print run of 5000 (which, by the way, was a very ambitious number for the time). On the other hand, for a first edition to fetch $200,000 in the current market would be extremely exceptional. Perhaps there was something special about that copy–owned by an early leader of the Church, for example?

  12. Several years ago I went steady with a highly intelligent, exceptionally gorgeous woman. The guys were non-stop running after her and pledging their love. At some point I knew she was mine, and it didn’t both me anymore. Heck, they saw the same qualities in her that I did.

  13. I was commenting on someone’s post, and my message above sort of got in the wrong section. I was commenting on the church man’s concern about guys complimenting Rebecca.

    • Hi Rebecca, I’ve just about completed a book by Doctor Hendrik Willem Van Loon about Rembrandt. He was a friend of Rembrandt and was the treating physician to Rembrandt’s terminally ill wife. I was surprised that the doctor described a large percentage of the people of the Netherlands as vulgar. I had expected better of the 17th century Dutch. Dr. Loon wrote that Rembrandt was obsessed with painting even to the point of prematurely leaving his wife’s funeral to go paint. According to the doctor, Rembrandt was grossly irresponsible about financial matters, which resulted in the artist’s bankruptcy. Rembrandt died impoverished, which the Dutch aristocracy treated with indifference. The naive Rembrandt allowed scoundrels to socialize with him, which undoubtedly contributed to his demise. Still, despite much tragedy in the biography, I found it interesting to see how people lived in that part of Europe. How the government sent the low class to war in an attempt to enrich the plutocrats, and did nothing to assist the wives and children of the dead Dutch soldiers nor did they do much to help the grossly maimed troops once they returned. Tom R. Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:39:56 +0000 To: tfrathwell@msn.com

  14. Rebecca,
    How did you become involved in Pawn Stars? Did you have to audition for the position or did the producers already know that you were the only logical choice? We in South Carolina really enjoy your expertise and your professionalism on the show. Good luck with your TV career.

    • Thanks! The company I work for, Bauman Rare Books, is the only rare book dealer in Las Vegas. I manage their Las Vegas gallery, so yes, I was simply the logical choice. My real work and career is working as a rare bookseller for Bauman–I only periodically film for Pawn Stars, then go right back to my life selling rare books.

  15. I have met Rebecca and can second the view that she is a “logical choice.” Pawn Stars definitely would not be the same without the expertise of Rebecca, Mark and Brett. I’d include the gun experts if i liked guns but I don’t! Clearly Rick, Corey and Chum know the power of these three to lift the show and long may the formula for the show remain because the combined goofing around of the Pawn Stars coupled with the obvious refinement of their experts – especially Rebecca – makes for very compelling television. I am sure the History Channel is very aware of this and compensates everyone accordingly.

    • Rebecca is extremely smart and cute as a button, what’s not to like? She is like Kim Kardashian without the sleaze and the 65 IQ.

  16. I just wanted to say you do a great job on Pawn Stars. You always make the show better with all your knowledge. Keep up the good work!

  17. Rebecca is very special, and my day is much brighter when I watch her on Pawn Stars, which is very seldom these days.

    • Yes, Rebecca is not on the show very much since they don’t get too many books in there it would seem. I have seen her verifying autographs sometimes but not too often. Everyone obviously likes her on the show and at Pawn Stars, so hopefully we’ll get to see her again soon. I won’t forget the time Chum took her a box of chocolates because he got it right on a book her bought without first seeing Rebecca about it! Very cute moment on the show!

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