Whitmore Rare Books was founded in 2010 with the aim of drawing together exceptional first editions of important literary works. Over the past several years, the shop has become a world-class destination for both seasoned collectors as well as those people newly discovering the field. WRB maintains a reputation for rigorous research and integrity, for discriminating taste, and for creating a space where collectors can interact with amazing copies of the books they love.
Meet our Team
Founder & President
A Pasadena native, Dan earned his BA in Economics from Middlebury College before acquiring his JD from the University of Pennsylvania. Returning home to California, his passion for exceptional books drew him onto a new career path. Shifting from collecting to book dealing, he founded Whitmore Rare Books in 2010 with the goal of developing a shop focused on exceptional first editions. An avid outdoorsman, Dan is a traveler, a fly-fisherman, and an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker (in 2001). When not at the shop, he can be found happily at home with his wife and their energetic family of four sons.
Darinka grew up in Bolivia and earned her degree in Graphic Design from the Universidad Privada Boliviana. Having enjoyed time in the U.S. during her childhood, she relocated permanently in 2009. As Dan’s wife and a founding contributor to WRB, Darinka lends her vision to the shop by overseeing photography and graphic design decisions to ensure that all visual content remains on point. She also manages an active and happy household of two dogs and four sons.
Miranda Garno Nesler
Miranda serves as the WRB specialist in women’s history, in addition to working with institutional clients and assisting with daily operations at the shop. With a PhD in Literature and Gender Studies from Vanderbilt University, she has a deep commitment to the collection and preservation of rare books and manuscripts. Outside the shop, she puts her organizational tendencies to use on volunteer committees, tackling an ever-expanding reading list (she adds anything in inventory that she hasn’t read before), and overseeing the growth of an extensive shoe collection.
With a BA in Graphic Design and Fine Arts, Sheena uses her well-honed eye to create WRB’s striking catalogue and website photos. A Ventura County original, she now calls LA her home. Sheena’s love for travel has taken her to 5 out of the 7 continents thus far, with her camera leading her toward more adventures to come.
After a childhood in Ecuador, Julie moved to Bolivia for four years and earned her degree in Graphic Design from the Universidad Privada Boliviana. An admitted “handmade-aholic,” she spends her spare time crafting and taking on DIY projects at home, with her husband and baby. At WRB, she uses over a decade of experience in editorial design to develop elegant, on-brand print and email marketing.