Category Archives: Libraries

There Will Be Fun

“There Will Be Fun”, promises the British Library with its new exhibition on the world of Victorian Entertainments.  And so there is – plenty of it.  The material is drawn mainly from the Library’s Evanion Collection, an extraordinary archive of … Continue reading

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Lines of Thought

I’m not sure whether there is, or even whether there should be, a recognised collective noun for a bunch of booksellers, although the googleweb thrums with suggestions – a bind or a binding; a blessing (thank you);  a case;  a … Continue reading

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Do you not twitter Gentlemen?

“Do you not twitter Gentlemen?” – what’s this then, a line interpolated into Shakespeare to bring him up to date and make him ‘relevant’?  Well, yes, that’s actually more or less what it is.  It’s a line from a fresh prologue … Continue reading

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The Book-Hunters of 1888 (8)

(21) Mr Dykes Campbell – Top-hatted, in the far corner, back to the room, diligently scouring the shelves, is James Dykes Campbell (1838-1895), a well-travelled and well-to-do Scottish merchant of a literary bent.  Born in Port Glasgow into a shipping family, … 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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Hidden Treasures (2)

The final day of the recent CILIP ‘Hidden Treasures’ conference (see previous post) took place in the friendly and familiar surroundings of the British Library. A few words of welcome from Dr Kristian Jensen, éminence grise at the BL, on … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures (1)

Hidden Treasures (and their unveiling) – such was the theme at the recent conference of the Rare Books and Special Collections Group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) – that’s what used to be the good … Continue reading

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The York Antiquarian Book Seminar – Second Edition (2015)

Another guest post  from Pauline Schol! After waiting at King’s Cross for a considerable amount of time for our train to arrive (first blamed on a ‘terrorist threat’, later referred to simply as ‘an incident’, and eventually on ‘a person … Continue reading

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Two Hundred Hours at Ash Rare Books

A guest post by Pauline Schol. Having finished six courses as part of the MA in the History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies (London University), I and my fellow students were offered a chance to be … 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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