Brooklyn-based Honey & Wax booksellers announced earlier this week that Rebecca Romney is leaving the shop to open a rare book venture in Washington D.C. with ABAA bookseller Brian Cassidy.
Dubbed Type Punch Matrix, the forthcoming shop is slated to open in 2020. “I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished together these past three years, not only in our daily bookselling, but also in our work on the ABAA Women’s Initiative and the Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize,” said Honey & Wax founder Heather O’Donnell. “Rebecca will remain as a Honey & Wax prize judge, and she and I will continue to work together on new projects that advance our shared goal of a more inclusive, vibrant book world.”
Prior to joining Honey & Wax, Romney was a bookseller at Bauman Rare Books and has appeared regularly on the History Channel’s Pawn Stars as the rare book specialist. Cassidy started his eponymous bookstore in 2004 where he specialized in the Beats and counterculture. He currently serves on the faculty of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminars (taking place July 14-20) and is planning a course for Rare Book School focusing on “20th century duplicating technologies” slated for summer 2020.
In the meantime, we’ll have to patiently wait and see what treasures Type Punch Matrix will offer.