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What to do it it’s Catching?

Firstly – a big thank you for checking in to my website in these extraordinary and momentous times. I trust everyone is well and safe. Self isolation is something that as a sole-trading bookseller I am quite used to, but it is going to be emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging for all of us, and so I sincerely hope that you are holding up as well as can be expected, and finding succour and comfort where you can. BBC6 Music is certainly helping me through the day.

In the face of such uncertainty, all I can do is to continue doing what I know how to do best – in fact it is the only thing I know how to do – i.e. to catalogue books and offer them out. I plan to send out a couple of short lists, though am conscious of adding unduly to the tsunami of emails which are flooding out across the world. They will be limited I promise – but I will try to keep updating my website.

I have just uploaded a number of stock items for your perusal. All items at this time will be sent post free and normal trade and institutional courtesies are extended. I will post things if I can, and usually use courier services, but the lockdown may perhaps reduce the services they provide. All orders will be held until the situation changes.

I am fully aware that for institutional customers, that most are currently unable to receive or pay for purchases in the near-to-intermediate term. I am happy to hold items for as long as necessary. We are all in this together.

I wish I could offer you a selection of gentle and soothing novels to pass the time. Sadly that is not my forte. It is so sad to see the impact that the current circumstances have had on book fairs and even on the health of some of my colleagues. How lucky that we live in this interconnected age, thanks to the internet, so that the book trade does not have to grind to an utter and complete halt. Many of my colleagues do offer a more extensive, and let’s be honest, a less gruesome and more ‘reading for pleasure’ stock, however, and so I encourage you all to seek out local independent bookstores, fellow ABA, ILAB and PBFA members, so many of whom are magnificently rising to the challenge of life in the time of Covid-19.

Hang in there – Stay Home – We are all in this together!

 

60th Anniversary New York Antiquarian Book Fair

I am delighted to once again be exhibiting at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair – in this, its 60th Anniversary year. The books are now on their way, and I will be joining them next week. Please do come and say hello if you are in town. I will be exhibiting at Booth C29. If you would like a ticket please let me know. For further details about the fair please go to their website:

https://www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com

York Antiquarian Book Seminar 9-11 September 2019

The York Antiquarian Book Seminar provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise and experience in a comprehensive survey of the out-of-print, antiquarian, rare and used book markets. Basic procedures and problems are discussed both formally and informally through a series of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and practical hands-on workshops with emphasis on cataloguing, pricing and bookselling in the electronic age.The seminar is designed for people of all levels of expertise, from beginners to those with years of experience who want to hone their skills in this rapidly changing field.

I am delighted that I will be returning in 2019 as a member of faculty.
For more information please go to: https://www.yabseminar.com

Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair 7-9 June 2019

Only a few days to go until the opening of Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair. With more than 150 international exhibitors offering an array of rare books, maps, manuscripts, art and ephemera, there really should be something for everyone! I will be exhibiting at Stand D08 and very much look forward to welcoming you to the stand – please do come and say hello. I will have a varied selection of material – including a number of items relating to Women in Science and Medicine.

This year the fair will be opened by actor and book collector Stephen Fry, and visitors will have the chance to view a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio along with other historic books and items from the Globe Theatre.

Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair at Battersea Evolution is open:

Friday 7 June: noon – 8pm (£20 admission)

Saturday 8 June: 11am – 7pm (free admission)

Sunday 9 June: 11am – 5pm (free admission)

To register for complimentary tickets on all days visit: www.firstslondon.com
Battersea Evolution, Chelsea Bridge Gate, Battersea Park, London SW8 4NW
FREE shuttle bus operates between Sloane Square and the Fair

Women in the Trade – Past and Present.

As one of a series of informal talks organised at the Battersea Book Fair in May, I was asked to talk about the growing number of Women in the Book Trade. Over the last few years, the Antiquarian book trade has benefitted significantly from the recruitment of a number of highly intelligent, articulate, and passionate young women, who have either joined some of our larger established firms, or else have set up under their own steam. The drive of this younger generation of trailblazers, who are more attuned to calling out inequality and imbalance, is certainly helping us to find our ‘collective voice’ and women in the trade are certainly being listened to more, though the trade has not been without many influential book women over the years, and in my talk I attempted to highlight some of the leading lights of our profession – both past and present. What struck me, as I put the talk together, was just how many women dealers are operating at the very top of their fields, and who are respected for their expertise, wealth of experience and knowledge, honesty and integrity. Apologies to all of those who I may not have mentioned.

Women in the trade

ABA Rare Book Fair – 24-26 May 2018

I am delighted to be exhibiting at the ABA Rare Book Fair London, being held for the first time at Battersea Evolution. I will be at stand P02 and very much look forward to welcoming those of you able to attend.

Sir David Attenborough will open the fair at 12pm on Thursday May 24th.
Sir-David-Attenborough-opens-ABA-Rare-Book-Fair
Admission is free of charge, though to download tickets and for more information about the fair please go to: 
www.rarebookfairlondon.com
Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 May 2018
Battersea Evolution
Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NW

New York 2018

My books have left, and snow permitting, I will be joining them next week! Very much looking forward to welcoming visitors to Booth C26. I am once again sharing with my colleague Leo Cadogan. The fair runs from March 8th-March 11th at the iconic Park Avenue Armory.

 

 

 

https://www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com

https://www.facebook.com/nybookfair/

#NYABF18 @NYBOOKFAIR

 

 

China in Print 2017

HKI am delighted to be exhibiting for the first time at China in Print. I look forward to welcoming you to my stand.

Opening Hours

 

Friday 17th November 16.00 – 20.00

Saturday 18th November 12.00 – 19.00

Sunday 19th November 12.00 – 16.00

Location

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Central Ferry Pier No.8, Man Kwong St

Hong Kong

 

INK FAIR London

inkLess than a week to go until INK FAIR London – one of the newest and most exciting rare book and art events in the country. Around thirty dealers will once again be exhibiting at Two Temple Place, the wonderful Gothic mansion on the Embankment, and only a short walk from Temple Tube Station.

To obtain a complimentary general admission ticket please type in the following in your search engine: inkfair.london/Coltham

Autumn Miscellany – is a short list of some of the items on display.