Four Members

A little concerned that our younger daughter’s morning message was from the periphery of the war-zone at Clapham Junction – her office right inside the police cordon. Oddly, we were staying at the Rock Inn on Dartmoor, where one of her best friends from university now works. So – very much in our thoughts. A special word from The First Lady on the fineness of both the baked ham and the marmalade at the Rock.   

Geoff Tyson

Geoff Tyson in Honiton

On the road to Honiton – Geoff Tyson (High Street Books) and Graham York as amiable, entertaining and as well-stocked with books as ever.

Dog in the Window

How much is that …?

Graham York

Books, eggs, and the Yorks

Julian Nangle

Julian Nangle

Across country on the return leg. Julian Nangle in Dorchester: tea in the garden and a very interesting chat about the interconnectivity and chequered histories of the various members of the trade we have both known over so many years.

Car now beginning to sag with weight of purchases. Cheque-book bled white – or a least looking very, very pasty.

Christopher Proctor

Christopher Proctor in Puddletown

Final stop of the day in Puddletown. Christopher Proctor (The Antique Map and Bookshop) jovial and interesting on the way the trade has changed – the ways we have adapted. And the things we have forgotten in so doing. A refrain throughout the week – why don’t the trade come and buy from each other anymore. Time was when we got out and about. The London trade bought heavily and well from their country cousins. They still could. I’ve been doing it for days.

Make it a vow to go to an ABA member and buy a book once a week.

About Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

Laurence Worms has owned and run Ash Rare Books since 1971. He represented the antiquarian book trade on the (British) National Book Committee from 1993 to 2002 and has been six times an elected member of the Council of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association. He was largely responsible for drafting the Association’s Code of Good Practice introduced in 1997, served as Honorary Secretary of the Association from 1998 to 2001 and as President from 2011 to 2013. He is a former member of the Council of the Bibliographical Society and continues to serve on the Council of the London Topographical Society. He writes and lectures on various aspects of the history of the book and map trades, and has lectured at the universities of Cambridge, London, Reading and Sheffield, as well as at the Bibliographical Society, the Royal Geographical Society, the Warburg Institute and at Gresham College. He teaches annually at the London Rare Books School and also organises the monthly Book Collecting Seminars at Senate House, University of London. Published work includes the compilation of fourteen ‘lives’ for the “Oxford Dictionary of National Biography”, a number of articles for “The Oxford Companion to the Book” and the chapter on early English maps and atlases for the fourth volume of “The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain”. A major essay on the same subject also appeared in “The History of Cartography” published by the University of Chicago Press. His long-awaited “British Map Engravers, co-written with Ashley Baynton-Williams, was published to critical acclaim in 2011”. More recently, he contributed the numerous biographical notes to Peter Barber’s hugely successful “London : A History in Maps”, co-published by the British Library and the London Topographical Society in 2012.
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3 Responses to Four Members

  1. garethjames says:

    Even though I wasn’t a bookseller the last time I checked, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I’m particularly proud now I’ve realised my good friend is an actual First Lady! We need to talk about how you get read more and how you check your hits. Enjoy the balance of the safari. Gareth

  2. Shame I missed you both, I could have taken you on a 5 hour walk across Dartmoor … to walk off those oh so naughty cream teas ! Or perhaps a pint in the second highest pub in England.

    • ashrarebooks says:

      Yes, great shame we missed you. You do the walk, we’ll do the cream teas. And very sorry that we’ve missed so many other people too – only so many hours in the day. We shall return.

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