You might have seen Rebecca on Pawn Stars. The rare book dealer was born in Los Angeles in 1985 as Rebecca Angeline Engeat. She speaks several languages including English, Japanese, Latin, Ancient Greek, and French.
She is married to J.P. Romney, who is a historical researcher and young adult novelist. His book “The Monster on the Road Is Me” is a darkly comic debut novel about the unexpected strength we find when we are tested beyond our limits.
She has a degree in Classics and Linguistics, a minor in Philosophy, and a double major in Classical Studies. She has been in the book trade since 2007 when she accepted the managerial position at Bauman Rare Books gallery in Las Vegas.
Bauman Rare Books specializes in first editions, fine bindings, manuscripts, and documents from the 15th through the 21st century. Rebecca later moved to Philadelphia, to manage Bauman’s central operations. She would also work at Brooklyn-based Honey & Wax Booksellers.
She then founded her own rare book firm in Washington, DC called Type Punch Matrix. In 2011 Rebecca began appearing on History Channel’s Pawn Stars television show. She has been their longest-running expert and their only woman specialist.
In 2017 her co-written (with J.P.) book “Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History.” was released. Rebecca also writes for online platforms such as Literary Hub, CrimeReads, BoingBoing, and Mental Floss. In 2019, Rebecca was featured in The Booksellers, a documentary with executive producer Parker Posey about the rare book trade in New York that premiered at New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. She is the co-founder and one of the judges of the Honey & Wax Prize, an annual award for an outstanding book collection built by a woman, age 30 or younger, living in the United States.
A rousing read told in a breezy, often laugh-out-loud funny manner. Who knew the history of books and printing could be this much fun?Popmatters
Rebecca is also a collector herself with interests in genre fiction, especially science fiction, fantasy, & romance. She also has a newsletter you can sign up for called Book Curious.