Tag Archives: ABA Past Presidents

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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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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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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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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Peter Murray Hill

Peter Auriol Murray Hill, who served as ABA president in 1956-1957, was born on 20th April 1908 at Bushey in Hertfordshire, the son of George Murray Hill, a solicitor, and his second wife Ida Stogdon, who had married in 1907. … Continue reading

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Robert Bowes

Back to the past at this Hogmanayish time of year – in search of the first Scottish president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (International) – Robert Bowes, who became president in 1914. Bowes was born near Stewarton in rural Ayrshire … Continue reading

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A Blocking of Leightons

This began as a gentle enquiry into the origins of Walter James Leighton (1850-1917), who became president of the ABA in 1909 – I’ll write more of him elsewhere, except to note that he was baptised at St. James Piccadilly, … Continue reading

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Cablevision

Attention Seeking Whisperings of late that the blog has been lacking a little in the way of, what shall we say, ‘glamour’, in recent months (apologies to those featured) – and then Janet Clarke commented on my previous post (see … Continue reading

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George Herbert Last (1877-1949)

Off to parts of Yorkshire and Cumbria tomorrow in search of bookshops and booksellers – a report to follow next week.  In the meantime, here is another in the series on old booksellers and former presidents of the ABA.  This … Continue reading

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The Rev. Percy Mordaunt Barnard

A visit to the past again this week – in search of another president.  Prompted by the arrival this morning of a small bundle of old book catalogues – seven catalogues published in the interwar period by P. M. Barnard … Continue reading

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