About Sonny Ideker
I'm Sonny Ideker, the proprietor of Sonny Ideker Bookseller, Rare and Antiquarian Books, located at City Antiques in Roswell, Georgia. I've been in the antique book selling/collecting business for over 25 years. I'm dyslexic and I've often been asked how I became involved "in the chase" of antiquarian books when I'm not particularly fond of reading myself. Before I was a collector, I was a pilot in the US Air Force for 20 years and served in the Vietnam War. I was stationed in the continental US, Korea, Thailand, Hawaii, Spain, and Germany where I was able to immerse myself in different cultures. When I retired from the Air Force, I was fortunate to be hired by a major US airline as a commercial pilot. Not only was I influenced by living in, as well as traveling extensively, to overseas countries, but by my wife as well. She is an outstanding interior decorator and was a home decor store owner. She asked if I had seen decorative leatherbound books during my travels abroad which she could use in her decorating. I told her that I had seen antiquarian bookstores but had never actually gone inside. Then I started to visit overseas antique markets and bookstores, and I fell in love with the process of hunting for, buying and selling rare and decorative antiquarian books. My flying schedule was flexible and I was able to adjust it so I could attend book fairs in Europe and South America, and over time relationships developed. After retiring from commercial aviation I began exhibiting at US antique shows and book fairs. I exhibited from Miami to Los Angeles, Houston to Minneapolis, and Nantucket to Washington, DC. In 2016, I discontinued exhibiting and solely offered books from my current location in Roswell, Georgia. The strength of the collection is in the breadth; its a very eclectic mix of decorative, general antiquarian works. There are over 1,500 English titles, 230 French titles, 110 Latin titles, 65 German titles, 50 Italian titles, and other works in Hebrew, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish. The collection ranges from a Catholic missal from 1502 to the 1987 "We the People", an elephant folio work made in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the US Constitution. The collection includes the classics as well as works by such authors as Shakespeare, Dickens, Poe, and Austen, costume books from Russia, Turkey, England, Germany, Africa, Asia, Europe, and architecture titles, dictionaries, Americana, etc., etc., etc.