Category Archives: ABA Past Presidents

Ernest William Heffer (1871-1948)

The booksellers W. Heffer & Sons, although now reduced to a single large shop from an earlier chain,  has long been a cherished Cambridge institution.  It is still a very fine bookshop, now boasting a revived second-hand department, and is … Continue reading

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Alan Gradon Thomas (1911-1992)

This week – revisiting the past again with another in the occasional series on past presidents of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association. Alan Gradon Thomas was born in Hampstead, North London, on the 19th October 1911 – the son of Albert … Continue reading

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In Search of Tregaskis

The ABA is patently not just about books – we have dealers who specialise in all sorts of printed matter – and autograph and manuscript material too.  One type of shop I haven’t mentioned much  so far in my travels … Continue reading

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Paul Minet

The ABA occasionally awards someone with an honorary membership.   These are most often given to luminaries from outside the immediate world of rare book dealers, but who are deemed nonetheless, as the citation runs, to have rendered “signal service to … Continue reading

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Four Seasons

A fine Edinburgh morning – utterly clear and cloudless sky – sea bright and blue (you can just about see it from Elizabeth Strong’s kitchen window if you crane enough and stand on one leg).  Healthy breakfast with Elizabeth and … Continue reading

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