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Rare Books London 2016 – Notes from a Young Collector

A guest-post from Kayleigh Betterton As we come to the end of yet another London International Antiquarian Book Fair, the fifty-ninth ABA summer Fair to be precise, collectors’ pockets are feeling a little lighter and our Twitter feeds are now full … Continue reading

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The ABA Code (2)

As a follow-up to the previous post, let me first of all thank all of those who have been in touch, both publicly and privately, to make a large number of very interesting and some rather  important points.  I am … Continue reading

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John Pollack (1918-1985)

J. Pollack – it’s a distinctive signature frequently seen on British pulp fiction paperbacks of the mid twentieth century (at least if you can find them) – a stylish, clever, sought-after and readily recognisable commercial artist – although I’ve never … Continue reading

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Rare Book Week – Olympia 2014

I was asked yesterday at the ABA Council meeting if I could institute a live Instagram feed for next week’s Olympia Book Fair, synchronised to the Fair’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Or something along those lines, anyway.  What sort of … Continue reading

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Afternoon at the Hilton

Pleasant little outing last weekend to the PBFA Bookfair at the Hilton London Olympia.  A nicely themed fair, forty or so dealers, but all (or nearly all) concentrating for the day on children’s books, illustrated books and modern firsts.  Everything … Continue reading

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Designer Bookbinders – Competition 2013

A jolly, if slightly chaotic, evening at the St. Bride Foundation saw the annual prizes and awards handed out by our friend Glyn Farrow, St. Bride Chief Executive – crocked and on crutches but still astonishingly cheerful after his recent … 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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All the Fun of the Fair

And indeed it was fun last week at the Chelsea Book Fair.  Over eighty exhibitors, fabulous books, huge attendance figures, smiling faces all round and very healthy sales.  Slight disappointment that the record sales of the first day didn’t quite … Continue reading

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York Book Fair 2012 – Friday

The first person I met as I headed into the York National Book Fair was the legendary American bookman, David Bauman (Bauman Rare Books) – branches in Philadelphia, New York (Madison Avenue) and Las Vegas.  What a feather in the … Continue reading

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Whatroaches? Bookroaches!

“So could secondhand [book-]shops be the cockroaches that survive this nuclear winter?” – the somewhat  startling question posed by Mark Mason in his recent “Back to the Future”  piece on The Spectator’s book-blog (link to the right – and thank-you … Continue reading

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