Ed Smith began as a collector of literary first editions in the early 1980s. In 1990 he established his own firm, Ed Smith Books. He became a member of the ABAA in 1995 and has served on the their Board of Governors. He lives on Bainbridge Island, WA and specializes in Modern Literature, First Editions, Photography, Screenplays, Signed Books, and Appraisals of Books and Photographs. His appraisal work includes the estate of Hunter S. Thompson, and JFK's personal photographer Jacques Lowe.