Ahearn, (Edward) Allen 1937-

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AHEARN, (Edward) Allen 1937-

* Indicates that a listing has been compiled from secondary sources believed to be reliable, but has not been personally verified for this edition by the author sketched.

PERSONAL: Born May 29, 1937, in Washington, DC; son of Edward Michael and Esthere (Allen) Ahearn; married Patricia Webb (an antiquarian bookseller and writer), March 17, 1959; children: Elizabeth Ahearn Jones, Suzanne Ahearn Kalk, Edward Allen, Jr., Dyanne Ahearn Ryan. Ethnicity:"White." Education: University of Maryland—College Park, B.A., 1960; George Washington University, M.B.A., 1971. Politics: Democrat Religion: Roman Catholic

ADDRESSES: Offıce—Quill and Brush, 1137 Sugarloaf Mountain Rd., Dickerson, MD 20842. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: U.S. Department of the Navy, Washington, DC, contracting officer, 1960-73; Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Arlington, VA, advisor on major systems acquisitions, 1973-80; Quill and Brush (antiquarian book store), Dickerson, MD, partner, 1976—. Worked as defense procurement consultant in Rockville, MD, 1980-84. Active in local Catholic Youth Organization and Boys' Club.

MEMBER: Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (member of board of governors), Bibliographical Society of America.


The Book of First Books, privately printed, 1975, 4th edition, 1986.

(With wife, Patricia Ahearn) Book Collecting: AComprehensive Guide, G. P. Putnam's Sons (New York, NY), 1989, 3rd edition published as Book Collecting 2000: A Comprehensive Guide, 2000.

(With Patricia Ahearn) Collected Books: The Guide toValues, G. P. Putnam's Sons (New York, NY), 1991, 1998 edition, 1997, 2002 edition, 2001.

Coauthor of more than 200 privately printed price guides to the works of individual authors.

SIDELIGHTS: Allen Ahearn once told CA: "The books we compile are intended to attract interest in book collecting and to provide detailed guidance on identifying edition and ascertaining condition. They also include price ranges."



Book World, December 2, 2001, review of CollectedBooks: The Guide to Values, 2001 edition, p. 15.

Library Journal, July, 1997, Eric Bryant, review of Collected Books, 1998 edition, p. 74.

Library Quarterly, January, 2001, Sidney E. Berger, review of Book Collecting 2000: A Comprehensive Guide, p. 78.*