@philabooks|booksellers, an on-line
Philadelphia bookshop that's unique in featuring titles by and about the author
John O'Hara, has merged its extensive catalog with an exclusive, privately-owned
O'Hara collection to create a now one-of-a-kind compilation of the legendary
New Yorker writer's works.
The new catalog, consolidated as the
Carreño-Checket Collection, is named for Richard Carreño, the managing partner
of @philabooks, and the late James Checket of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a private
collector and a member of the John O'Hara Society. Carreño is a founding member
of the Society.
@philabooks entered into the merger agreement
with James Checket's estate, administered by his widow, Sally
The newly assembled collection includes more
than one hundred titles, with firsts of virtually all of O'Hara's
English-language and foreign language editions. The collection, when fully
fleshed out, will also include photographs, magazines, and related ephemera. As
such, it will be among the most comprehensive non-institutional O'Hara
Carreño said he and Miller want to maintain the
collection as a unit. Their aim, he said, is to sell or donate the collection to
a private or public institution that can safeguard it as well give the public
access to it.