Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has hired Jason Rovito as a specialist and the director of its Fine Books and Manuscripts department. Prior to joining the team, Mr. Rovito worked for two years at Rare Books and Special Collections at McGill University Library and for four years as an independent book dealer in Toronto.
At McGill University Library, Mr. Rovito assisted in curating a number of major exhibitions and digitization projects and was instrumental in the reconstruction of the private library of the colorful Sir Charles Sebright, the Baron d¹Everton (1807-1884). As a dealer, he has worked closely with both institutional and private collectors in discovering and cataloguing materials relating to the arts, social history and the human sciences.
“As both a dealer and librarian, I¹ve learned an incredible amount from working with various collectors and collections,” said Jason Rovito, Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. “Especially now, with memory sold by the stick, there’s a real pleasure, and responsibility, in discovering and preserving our paper legacy.”
Mr. Rovito continues, “To that end, I¹m thrilled to be joining such a well-respected firm, both for its sense of tradition and its commitment to innovation. After a few years of studying the history of catalogue design, I¹m particularly excited to work with our design team, which produces such stunning work.”
Mr. Rovito received a Master of Information Studies degree from McGill University and both a Bachelor and Master of Arts from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where his research focused on the history of ideas. As a doctoral candidate in the Joint Program in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities, he is completing a dissertation on the psychology of paper (“Because the Cloud forgets”).
“Jason’s background is impressive and incredibly interesting. His experience working with McGill University Library and with private collectors will be of huge benefit to our clients,” said Leslie Hindman, President and CEO.
The Fine Books and Manuscripts department is currently accepting consignments for its November 2 auction. Jason Rovito can be reached at email@example.com or at 312.280.1212.