Category Archives: ABA Past Presidents

Something about Frank Karslake

Frank Karslake (1851-1920) is remembered for a number of things.  In the wider world, he is remembered chiefly for having founded the Guild of Women Binders, which for a brief period either side of 1900 produced some exhilarating work, much … Continue reading

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The Book-Hunters of 1888 (7)

Continuing on from the previous instalment, we reach (17) Mr Walford — one of two Walfords in the room, the two muddled by the editors of “The Graphic”, but this bookseller seated at the table next to Edward Cambridge Stibbs, … Continue reading

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And so to Bod

As part of our ongoing series of exchange visits between booksellers and rare book librarians – our friends and colleagues in the Rare Books and Special Collections Group (RBSCG) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), a … Continue reading

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The Book-Hunters of 1888 (5)

To pick up from previous posts and continuing our journey around the sale-room, we come to: (10) Mr. W. Reeves – seated to Quaritch’s left and puzzling over the quarto currently on offer is the veteran William Dobson Reeves (1825-1907), … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Era

Away to Scotland for a rather special rare book trade occasion last week.  A retirement party for our old friend Elizabeth Strong (McNaughtan’s Bookshop) – not just a retirement party but also a welcome party for Derek and Anna Walker, … Continue reading

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The Book-Hunters of 1888 (2)

Returning to The Book-Hunters of 1888, following the Roberts enumeration round the room we come to: (1) Mr Snowden – The figure in the foreground at the desk, pondering a great deal of paperwork, is the auctioneer’s clerk, assiduously recording the … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls

Always a matter of rejoicing to hear of a new bookshop opening, rather than yet another one closing.  Not that Hall’s Bookshop on Chapel Place in Royal Tunbridge Wells is strictly speaking a new bookshop.  Reuben Hall first opened his … Continue reading

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Past Presidents

I know that some of you appreciate and enjoy the occasional post I put up both here and on the ABA website about various past presidents of the ABA (at least one person has told me so).  What you may … Continue reading

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Percy Dobell (1871-1956)

Percy John Dobell served as president of the International Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (as the ABA was then called) in 1922.  Born at Kentish Town in North London in the latter part of 1871, he was the second son of … Continue reading

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Tracking Miss Banks

Let’s begin at Mount Carmel Chambers.  Named for the Carmelite priory opposite, Mount Carmel Chambers is a Victorian block of mansion flats in Dukes Lane, a quiet turning off Kensington Church Street.  For those of you who can only georeference … Continue reading

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