Lloyd Currey Joins Heritage Auctions as Director of Rare Books, New York

DALLAS—Heritage Auctions has announced that Lloyd Currey, one of the leading popular fiction specialists in the rare books trade, will be joining forces with Heritage Auctions.

"Lloyd is one of the top specialists in the world when it comes to Popular Fiction, including Science Fiction and Fantasy, Horror, and Mystery and Detective Fiction,” said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage. “The entire Heritage family is quite pleased to welcome him to our team. His expertise and reputation in the marketplace for genre fiction immediately raises the level of our rare book auctions."

Currey started working in the world of antiquarian books when he was just 15 years old, in San Francisco, as an employee of the late William P. Wreden of Palo Alto, California. He worked for Wreden from 1958 to 1965, through high school and college, while earning his degree at San Jose State College in San Jose, California. In 1965, Currey was hired by J. S. Canner and Company, Boston, MA, managing the literature department of their book division. By 1967 he had co-founded Literary Heritage of Sharon, MA, and in 1968 established his own antiquarian book business, L.W. Currey, Inc., in Mattapan, MA, which he runs to this day out of its current location in Elizabethtown, NY. Currey is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Inc. and a current member and past officer of the Science Fiction Research Association.

“Heritage’s rare books department is dynamic and thriving and I look forward to contributing to its continued success,” said Currey. “The Heritage model has proven itself quite successful in reaching the top collectors across all its categories. It will be a pleasure to help it continue to grow.” 

Besides being a top antiquarian bookseller and expert, Currey has also made quite a name for himself as a Science Fiction editor. In 1973, he co-founded Dragon Press, along with David G. Hartwell, a noted science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing company. From 1975 to 1979 Currey was co-editor, also along with Hartwell, of the Gregg Press Science Fiction Series and the G. K. Hall Reference Publications in Science Fiction. From 1979 to 1984 he was editor of G. K. Hall's Masters of Science Fiction Series.

In addition to running his business full-time, Currey has engaged in many research projects and written or edited a number of books. His credits include: A Research Guide to Science Fiction Studies: An Annotated Checklist of Primary and Secondary Sources for Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1977; Index to Stories in Thematic Anthologies of Science Fiction, 1978; Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography of First Printings of Their Fiction and Selected Non-Fiction, 1979; and Bibliography of Yosemite, The Central and Southern High Sierra, and the Big Trees 1839-1900, 1992.

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