Publication Day

British Map Engravers

British Map Engravers

Not strictly speaking part of the narrative, more a matter of unashamed self-advertisement. The long-awaited (and fearfully heavy – over two kilos) “British Map Engravers” was published today. And as I shall be visiting and talking to a number of ABA members in the course of hand-delivering their copies, I shall treat it as part of the journey and certainly blogworthy.

Some 1,600 entries, nearly 800 pages, around 600 illustrations – a long, costly and arduous business to get it into print. But all starting to seem worthwhile now the e-mails are beginning to come in from happy subscribers.

Other than that, a busy week on ABA matters. Plans being drawn up for the big book fair next summer, correspondence with the British Library over their moratorium on book-buying (they have now agreed to a meeting), thoughts on the extraordinary US legal ruling on the resale of books printed overseas, concern over auctioneers – and investigating the possibility of an ILAB app to lead the smartphone world to the world’s best booksellers.

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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