A Brief History
Kevin Mullen became a bookseller in February 1993, after leaving a short career in the environmental consulting field. He also spent four very enjoyable years in the land surveying business in Hunterdon County, New Jersey in the mid 1980s. Prior to all this, he received his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geology from Marietta College in Ohio,1984. After graduating from Pingry School in Hillside (now Martinsville), New Jersey, he spent an educational and transitional year in the wholesale nursery business prior to attending college.
Raised on a farm in Oldwick, New Jersey, with three brothers and three sisters, Kevin grew up in a house surrounded by books and learning (on the inside) and animals and countryside (on the outside). His maternal grandfather, Gerald Tyne, was the worlds leading authority on the history of Vacuum Tubes, and wrote the still-standard work on the subject, The Saga of The Vacuum Tube. During his lifetime, Gerald Tyne assembled one of the pre-eminent collections of books and printed matter relating to the history of electricity and magnetism, and the visions of these centuries old books bound in sheepskin and vellum, made an indelible impression on Kevin as a youngster. His father, Thomas J. Mullen Jr. is a renowned military historian whose field of specialty is the involvement of soldiers, regiments and armies of Irish origin in conflicts throughout time. Kevin's mother Joan (d. 2008) assembled an impressive collection of books related to Pewter and American Decorative Arts. Books and scholarship have always been a large part of Kevin's life. He acquired an interest in American art while in college and began to develop his own small library in 1988. When he discovered how limited the sources were for out-of-print material in this field, he left his short Environmental Consulting career and decided that there was plenty of room for another specialist in American Art books. Over time, his interests and inventory have expanded to include a comprehensive selection in the arts from all over the world.
Interests and Family
In addition to books, I have developed a great passion for varied subjects and objects. These would include homeopathy, bio-dynamic gardening (think super-charged organic, or do a web-search on it), Waldorf Education (my partner Diana Marshall and I have three children between us, and all three attended the Susquehanna Waldorf School here in Marietta, PA), organic and nutritionally dense foods, raw milk (Lancaster County has the finest milk I've ever tasted), farming, alternative energy, and the ongoing restoration of our circa 1800 home (former tavern) known as The Brick Tavern. It no longer serves spirits, but its 15 rooms and 12 fireplaces harken back to an age when people seemed to have a lot more money to build things. The builder's vision is not equaled by my checkbook, but we are slowly fixing the house up.
For family fun, we work outside in our garden, cook Thai and Indian dishes, travel, ride bikes, search for Gnomes around our home and listen to great music. We have 2 cello players in the family (Mitchell and Victoria) and one budding violinist (Alexa). The children's hobbies include Airsoft, creating artwork, horses, basketball, computer games, playing music, texting, photography, playing with our kittens and cats, knitting and crocheting, reading food labels, eating ice cream, Pepsi Throwback, and above ALL else, WHINING and FUSSING!
Our farm currently numbers 4 tom and 2 hen turkeys, about 20 adolescent turkies, about 30 chickens of various sizes and breeds, 7 bunnies, 2 cats, and the traditional seven thousand Pennsylvania stink-bugs (quite the pest!). Applications for accommodation are always accepted!
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