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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

California Book Fair February 11th-13th 2022

I am delighted to be exhibiting once again at the California Book Fair. The Fair runs from Friday February 11th through to Sunday February 13th and is once again at the Oakland Convention Center & Oakland Marriott City Center.

For a full list of what will be on the stand see California22.

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

Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair

I am delighted to be exhibiting at the forthcoming in-person

 Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair. 

Now in its 64th edition, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association’s fair is taking place for the first time at the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square, from 21st to 24th October 2021

For a complimentary e-ticket (Friday to Sunday) please click here

Autumn Bulletin – an illustrated catalogue of highlights

Firsts London Short title

I very much look forward to seeing you at the fair and can be found at Stand I61. 

Opening Hours:

Thursday 21st October: 5pm – 9pm (private preview – invitation only)

Friday 22nd October: 11am – 7pm

Saturday 23rd October: 11am – 6pm

Sunday 24th October: 11am – 5pm

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s Square, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY

American Association for the History of Medicine 94th Annual/Virtual Meeting.

I am delighted to be taking part once again, albeit virtually this year, at the American Association for the History of Medicine Book Exhibit. Open to meeting attendees from 5pm on Thursday May 13th, the book exhibit runs from 8am – 8pm on Friday 13th  and Saturday 14th, and from 10am – 2pm on Sunday May 16th.

I will be available to chat at certain points during the day – though sadly the time difference means that my appearances may be brief! Nevertheless, sending best wishes to all my AAHM colleagues and friends and very much looking forward to when we can meet again.

I have recently produced a Catalogue of Early Books in Science and Medicine which can be viewed here: EarlyScience&Medicine

‘Wonders Bound’ – Firsts London Online Autumn edition

For the second time, the virtual doors of Firsts London Online  are about to open, and so once again may I extend a warm welcome to you all, should you care to pop along for a leisurely browse. The online fair will remain open for visitors and buyers from today until midnight on Monday September 14th, with new items being added daily. Together with 115 international dealers from 16 countries, I have uploaded a number of recent acquisitions which can be viewed on the site. Exhibitor highlights may be changed during the event, and so please do keep revisiting the site.

As the book collecting community comes together once again, albeit virtually for the time being, I am therefore pleased to present my latest catalogue on the theme of collectors and collecting – ‘Wonders Bound’ – A Selection of Curiosities. Predominantly from a private collection, the 40 item list includes Wunderkammers, associated instructional works on how best to transport, preserve, and display the natural and artificial wonders, as well as works on zoological gardens (Moscow, Paris and Berlin), auction catalogues, guide-books, and other curiosities. After a relatively quiet summer, it has been an enjoyable, and often thought-provoking, catalogue to work on, and I hope that it may be of interest.

Firsts Goes Online!

We may not all be able to meet in person this year, but the fair must go on as they say, and I am delighted to be amongst 120 exhibitors partaking in Firsts Online – a digital version of our Firsts London.

The fair will launch to the public at 2pm GMT on Friday 5th June 2020. Over 120 Exhibitors from 15 countries will gather to offer rare and beautiful works including books, maps, manuscripts and ephemera covering a vast array of subjects.

Each exhibitor has been invited to showcase up to 12 highlights from what would have been their exhibited stock at the annual fair in London. In addition I will be uploading a catalogue shortly after the fair opens – so please do watch this space! I also plan to be ‘manning’ my virtual booth, so please do drop me a line if you have any questions.

The virtual fair will run for a week, and dealers will be updating their stock throughout the week.


Discombobulation, or Musings on Life in Lockdown

In an attempt to keep up some semblance of normality, and having enjoyed our first joint venture ‘A School Day in Books’, Susanne Schulz-Falster, Amanda Hall, and myself, inspired by the strangeness of the times across the globe, decided to collaborate once again on a catalogue that might reflect the very different lives that we all rather abruptly find ourselves living.

Discombobulation, or Musings on Life in Lockdown tries to capture some of the principal preoccupations facing us all at the moment. In these confusing and unsettling times as we are slowly getting used to social distancing, and new routines, the various social media memes, gifs, and videos circulating globally are inevitably focusing upon certain themes. First and foremost the great skill, fortitude, and selflessness of those in public health treating and caring for the sick and vulnerable; secondly how we are all taking time for reflection & self improvement (i.e. finally taking up that hobby we have long talked about, or reaching for a favourite book); home entertainment (be it gardening, playing games, or just letting it all hang loose); well-being & fitness (i.e. trying not to over-indulge); and finally the big question of the day – quite what does the future hold? 


What to do if 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!