Allen and Patricia Ahearn, ABAA Members
We became booksellers in 1962, specializing in first editions, a specialty that continues today. The Quill & Brush (named for our initial focus on books and art) was started in 1976.
Allen's own first book, The Book of First Books, was published in 1975 and revised in 1978, 1983, and 1986. G.P. Putnam's Sons first published a revised and expanded edition of the book as Book Collecting: A Comprehensive Guide in 1989 and, in 1995, published a revised and updated edition with Pat joining as co-author. The latest edition is Book Collecting 2000.
Our Collected Books: The Guide to Values was first published by Putnam in 1991. The latest edition is Collected Books: The Guide to Values, 2002 Edition.
We are working on updates for both books, which we hope to have ready sometime in 2007.
To date, we have compiled over 170 individual Author Price Guides with the able assistance of Carl Hahn and Suzanne Regan.
Allen graduated from the University of Maryland in 1960. From 1960 to 1980 he worked as a contract negotiator for the U.S. Navy and as an advisor on contracts, cost estimating and program management to the Director of Research and Development, Office of the Secretary of Defense. He received his Masters from George Washington University, and graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1970. Pat attended Maryland University, and Maryland School of Art and Design.
We have three daughters (Beth, Sue & Dyanne), a son (Allen), and 13 grandchildren.
Elizabeth Fisher, ABAA Associate Member
Beth has been with Q&B full time since 1993. She resides in Middletown, Maryland, with her husband Martin. They have 3 sons and 2 daughters. Beth attended North Carolina State University and the University of Maryland. Before joining Q&B, Beth worked for Pratt & Whitney in Florida.
Suzanne Regan, ABAA Associate Member
Sue has been with Q&B for many years. She and her husband Ralph reside in Smithburg, Maryland. They have 2 sons and a daughter. Sue attended Montgomery College and the University of Maryland. Sue has a business specializing in clothing and supplies for premature infants, Jacqui's Preemie Pride.
Dyanne started work at Q&B when she was 9 years old, and continued to work for us until she graduated from University of Maryland in 1990. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband John and their 2 daughters. Dyanne works full-time at an accounting firm and part-time cleaning up our accouting errors.
* Research for Author Price Guides
Carl began working part-time for us in the late 1980s. He resides in Clarksville, Maryland, with his wife Wendy. Carl graduated from the University of Maryland and worked for Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission where he served as Chief of the Natural Resources Division. He began Alder Books (specializing in horticulture, gardening, and natural history) in 1994. His contributions to the Author Price Guide series have been invaluable.
* Customer Service
Max came to work at Q&B when he was just 8 weeks old. At the ripe old age of 9, he is a seasoned bookman. He approaches his job as official greeter with the enthusiasm of a golden retriever. He is loyal and true, staying close at hand (or foot) when customers come to call.