Laird is the sole proprietor
of Michael Laird Rare Books. He has over twenty years' experience in the antiquarian book trade, notably at
Martin Breslauer Inc. (New
York) and Ursus Rare Books (New
York). Mr. Laird earned his Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. He has taught courses on Rare Books and Special
Collections at New York University (SCPS), Long Island University (Palmer School of Library and Information
Science), and the University of Texas at Austin (Graduate School of
Laird is the principal appraiser of
rare books and documents for Winston Art Group (New York) and Gurr Johns Inc. (New York), the largest art
appraisal companies in the United States. He is an active member in the Grolier Club, and has
published a number
of scholarly articles and reviews.
Michael Laird has been awarded two major fellowships by the Bibliographical Society of London, most recently in 2016 for his research on Nicholas Spierinck, early Cambridge bookbinder.
Michael Laird is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and the Appraisers Association of America.