John Schulman


Caliban Books
Pittsburgh, PA
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John Schulman and his wife Emily Hetzel started Caliban Bookshop in Pittsburgh in 1991, specializing in literary first editions, Americana and exploration, fine arts, and general rare books and manuscripts. They became members of the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America) and the international organization of booksellers, the ILAB, in 1993.

Mr. Schulman first appraised books and manuscripts for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW during its inaugural season in 1997 and has acted as an expert appraiser for ROADSHOW many times since then.

Since 1998, Mr. Schulman has been in charge of organizing and appraising books and manuscripts for the ABAA's Discovery Day, at their annual spring antiquarian book fair in New York City.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is an antiques appraisal event and television production; we do not buy or sell objects, and conducting any business with an appraiser at the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event is strictly forbidden.

If you decide to do business with an appraiser who has appeared on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, please keep in mind these tips before consigning or selling an item:

  • Get more than one referral and check references
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  • Compare options between different types of sellers, i.e., a dealer versus an auction house
  • If you are considering consigning an object for auction, be sure to inquire how the item will be priced, the size of the fee, and the expected amount of time the process may take. Find out what will happen if it doesn't sell.
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  • Whatever kind of transaction you decide to enter into, always get a detailed written receipt for your records

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s pool of experts are professionals with a wide range of experience in the antiques, fine art and collectibles community, and they are from a diverse background of auctioneers, dealers and appraisers.

All ROADSHOW appraisers are independent volunteers who donate their time and expertise to PBS and who pay their own expenses to be on the show. All business transactions are independent from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.