Ann Drourr | Office Manager
Ann has been with Bauman Rare Books since 1996, serving as the Office Manager, as well as a bookseller. She studied History and Accounting at Fordham University. Ann is actively involved with charities promoting lung cancer research and awareness, and spends her leisure time traveling, reading and doing needlework.
Steve Moosbrugger | Inventory Director
Stephen Moosbrugger joined the firm at the turn of the last century and since then has assumed a range of central duties in the company’s Philadelphia headquarters. He devotes his working hours managing inventory, coordinating the IT Department, and assisting with new acquisitions. Steve was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. At Penn State University he studied American history, a subject that still is his favorite area of collecting. He is married to Kathy, a reproductive biologist at the University of Pennsylvania, with whom he has three children. In his off hours, he serves as a youth baseball coach and is president of the Fairmount Soccer Association, central Philadelphia’s largest youth soccer club.
Ernest Hilbert | Buyer
Ernest Hilbert holds advanced degrees from Oxford, where he completed a doctorate in the Department of English Language and Literature in 2000. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, Yale Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Parnassus, Boston Review, Verse, New Criterion, American Scholar, and the London Review, as well as a number of standard university classroom anthologies. Hilbert is a member of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, the Royal Society of Literature, the Fine Press Book Association, the Philobiblon Club, and is a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle. He joined the firm in 2003 and serves as a senior specialist at Bauman Rare Books headquarters in the city of Philadelphia, where he lives with his wife, Lynn Makowsky, the Keeper of the Mediterranean Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthopology.
Mike Niklaus | Head of Cataloguing
Michael Niklaus has been with Bauman Rare Books since 2000. At Swarthmore College and the University of Michigan, his studies focused on antebellum American literature and culture.
Joe Getz | Shipping
By day, Joseph Getz works in the Philadelphia shipping and receiving department, handling numerous tasks involving inventory. By night, he can be found in local music venues, keeping the beat on the drums. He has been a recording and performing artist for numerous independent artists in the Philadelphia area since completion of his degree in music performance from The University of the Arts. Currently, he collaborates and performs with Mercury Radio Theater, Six Acre Lake, Geology, Byways, Cape Wrath, and F. Woods. He is also a faculty member at Perkins Center for the Arts. He also has a passion and interest in the fine arts and likes to create oil paintings.
Niamh O’Connell | Photographer
Niamh is chief photographer at Bauman Rare Books since joining the company in 2005. When not behind a camera, Niamh enjoys Horse Riding, hanging with her dogs and her many and varied artistic endeavors.
Jennifer Mercer | Graphic Designer
Jennifer studied Art History at the College of William and Mary and Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She joined the Philadelphia staff of Bauman Rare Books as their Graphic Designer in 2005. When she’s not designing, you can find her at the ice rink where she is a synchronized figure skater.
Patrick McCuen | Bookseller
Patrick first bought and sold rare books as a child, acquiring and then liquidating an impressive comic book collection. Entering manhood, he sold books and book-related merchandise at B. Dalton Booksellers and Waldenbooks (both now defunct). He earned a B.A., an M.A., and began work on his Ph.D., all in the field of Literature. He has worked at Bauman Rare Books since 2006.
Andy Hallman | Cataloguer
Andy joined Bauman Rare Books in 2000.
Mike Poteet | Cataloguer and Acquisitions
Mike has worked as a cataloguer in the Philadelphia office since 2004. He especially enjoys working with our acquisitions in children’s literature, science fiction and fantasy, and religion. He holds a B.A. in English and Religious Studies from the College of William & Mary, and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Yujean Park | Photographer
Yujean joined Bauman Rare Books in 2010. A graduate of Oberlin College, she studied photography under the tutelage of Guggenheim Fellow Pipo Nguyen-duy and internationally acclaimed photographer Zoe Strauss. She has been awarded grants to produce work in multiple cities in the US and South Korea. One of her current involvements is the upcoming publication Fungiculture, a transdisciplinary journal of cultural studies. She also volunteers with the organization Code for Philly, which uses technology for civic improvement. She is a dedicated student of Ashtanga yoga.
Finley is the resident four-legged member at Bauman Rare Books. He assists the Art Department with several of its functions, such as reviewing catalogue proofs and replenishing batteries. He counts Lacan and Derrida among his favorite authors. When he is not contemplating the various refinements on the notion of post-modernity, he enjoys napping, sampling artisanal cheese, and rolling in dirt.