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ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair 3-4 November 2023

Only one week to go! I am really looking forward to being back in the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall, for the Chelsea Rare Books Fair. One of the most popular, friendliest,  and longest running events in the calendar, I will be found at Stand 53 – do come and say hello!

When: 3-4 November 2023
Where: Chelsea Old Town Hall, London SW3 5EE, UK

Friday: 14:00 – 19:00

Saturday: 11:00 – 17:00

ABA President – March 2023

I am delighted and honoured to have taken over the role of ABA President at the AGM in March. It is such a privilege to be taking over the role, and I am really looking forward to the next couple of years. I was so proud to join the ABA back in November 2009 and have benefitted enormously from the opportunities that it has afforded me, through the ability to exhibit at ABA and ILAB fairs, and from the support offered on a daily basis from fellow ABA members. I am looking forward to having the chance to speak on behalf of fellow members.



ILAB Congress and Symposium, Oxford 2022

In addition to preparing for First London, I am also delighted to be participating in the forthcoming ILAB Symposium on Wednesday September 14th 2022, the latest in a series of collaborative events and programmes between libraries, collectors and booksellers examining issues affecting the world of antiquarian books today. Following the successful symposium held at the Grolier Club in New York in 2019, we are gathering in the beautiful city of books and learning, Oxford, and are very grateful to the Bodleian Library for providing the Weston Library Lecture Hall as our venue.

A diverse and very knowledgeable group of booksellers, collectors, government representatives, librarians and law enforcement officers have agreed to share their views on some of the complex and challenging issues faced by those working with antiquarian books and related rare materials today. I am honoured to be taking on the role of Moderator for the day, and also to be one of the speakers for the first session.

Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair

Just over a week until the International Book Trade gathers once again, this time returning to London and the Saatchi Gallery for the 65th edition of one of the most popular and prestigious rare book fairs in the world – Firsts London. I am delighted to be exhibiting and can be found at stand I82. It will be lovely to catch up with friends and colleagues from far and wide. I will be displaying my usual eclectic mix of books and ephemera, with items relating to history, the graphic arts, medicine, science, and books by and for women. The theme this year is ‘Banned Books’, and I will have a few related items on display – if not necessarily banned, certainly a few clandestine ‘under the counter’ publications as it were.

Saatchi Gallery, London, SW3 4RY

Preview by Invitation
Thursday 15 September: 5-9pm.

Open Hours
Friday 16 September: 11-8pm
Saturday 17 September: 11-6pm
Sunday 18 September: 11-5pm

You can find details of the fair at:

Please click here for a short-title listing.

One particular highlight is an early example of a photographically illustrated book created by Josef Georg Böhm- a photographic copy of a 1640s manuscript relating to Tycho Brahe dealing with trigonometry, Photographische copies von Tycho Brahe’s Manuscript. One of only five copies produced, it is currently the only one in private hands – with no copy in the US. It was produced privately in Prague  in 1862 and has a wonderful description by the author of the technical challenges faced trying to take the photographs of the manuscript. For a full description of the book please click Bohm_Brahe

62nd New York Antiquarian Book Fair

It is with great pleasure that I will once again be exhibiting at the New York Antiquarian book fair. It will be wonderful to meet friends old and new, especially after the two-year hiatus. If you are able to attend the fair, I will be at book B4, once again sharing with Leo Cadogan. Please let me know if you are in need of a ticket.

For an illustrated catalogue of selected highlights please click Armory Selection

For a short-title list of all the items wending their way to the Armory click NY22 Short Title List